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    Colin Filter and adaptor supplies

    Not sure if anyone else have found this problem but in Brisbane I struggled to get adaptor rings for 67 & 77mm filter size. I purchase a nd grad kit last week (p series) but was unable to source adaptor rings. Both the main stores in Brissy have had Colin kit on back order since March with no eta. After ringing around finally found a camera store with some little stock. A lot of on line store have no stock or bac order. One of the stores told me they had a letter from the supplier stating Cokin was under administration and had ceased production pending out comes. Certainly looks like stocks are very low and no eta is known

    Well I have my base kit but not sure where this leaves us Cokin owners as we grow our kit - will filters still be available in the future ??

    Anyone else found the same?

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    This has been going on for many months now

    It doesn't look good
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    There are plenty of other filter makers with the same sizes.
    Have a look at eBay.
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    I'm not sure if I have remembered right but, Lee were having supply issues too, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scotty72 View Post
    This has been going on for many months now

    It doesn't look good
    Crikey Scotty. I don't know whether to try and stock up on filters I think I may need or not. I assume one of three things will happen. Cokin will trade on and survive. Another company will buy them or flee bay will flourish with el- cheapo look spikes at the same price but half the quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikew09 View Post
    Crikey Scotty. I don't know whether to try and stock up on filters I think I may need or not. I assume one of three things will happen. Cokin will trade on and survive. Another company will buy them or flee bay will flourish with el- cheapo look spikes at the same price but half the quality.
    From all accounts, I would avoid flea-bay when buying filters. The no-name ones especially.

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    Not needing a filter for a while, I hadn't kept up... but

    http://www.cokin.com/
    http://www.cokin.fr/

    the website doesn't look encouraging.

    Might be time to think about Hiteck or Lee

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    I'm needing a replacement Lee filter holder.

    The spring in mine has become corroded from the ocean, and the filter holder tends to fall off the adapter ring.

    I've just ordered a replacement. Expensive!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xenedis View Post
    I'm needing a replacement Lee filter holder.

    The spring in mine has become corroded from the ocean,
    John! yet more equipment lost to the sea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scotty72 View Post
    John! yet more equipment lost to the sea.
    It's not lost; it's in my camera bag.

    It just doesn't stay safely attached to the 82mm adapter ring.

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    I asked my UK-based supplier of Lee filters about the apparent shortage.

    He told me Lee is in very short supply, quoting 28 weeks' delivery on new orders.

    That's right -- 28 weeks (ie, more than six months).

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    So is Lee filters in trouble too? Seems odd for such a long purchase to delivery time. I don't mind so much as long as I can get filters to fit my cokin holder but Lee filters are pretty expensive but I also hear a far superior quality. I have the ND2, 4 & 8 grad filters - recommendations on what others would be useful.. For me I am moving towards Landscape, seascape, sunrise / set photography. The reason for the cokin purchase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikew09 View Post
    So is Lee filters in trouble too?
    From what my supplier says, and from the general vibe I get reading around, it seems so.

    Quote Originally Posted by mikew09 View Post
    Seems odd for such a long purchase to delivery time.
    I'm not sure what's the root cause of the supply issue.

    Quote Originally Posted by mikew09 View Post
    I don't mind so much as long as I can get filters to fit my cokin holder but Lee filters are pretty expensive but I also hear a far superior quality.
    I've only used Lee filters, so I cannot comment from first-hand experience on the Cokins. A lot of people use the Cokins, and they're evidently more readily available, as well as cheaper.

    Quote Originally Posted by mikew09 View Post
    I have the ND2, 4 & 8 grad filters - recommendations on what others would be useful.. For me I am moving towards Landscape, seascape, sunrise / set photography. The reason for the cokin purchase.
    I shoot seascapes, landscapes and cityscapes.

    I have a GND8, GND4 and two ND8s.

    I didn't bother with the GND2, as it's too faint for the harshness of the Australian sky.

    I am keen on the Lee BIG Stopper, but for now, stacking my two ND8s and killing a further three stops of light in the sky is giving me quite acceptable smoothing of water.

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    I just wish that Sydney would put on some weather where I actually needed a GND...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scotty72 View Post
    I just wish that Sydney would put on some weather where I actually needed a GND...
    haha - western Qld hasnt been much better of late either Scotty :-)

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