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I have decided to get one of these because I find it too fiddly to take off my Lee holder etc and put the B&W screw in 10 stopper on (and off again to recompose etc). I know they're very popular at the moment and people can have difficulty getting hold of them, but I ordered one from Dale Photographic last night, and rang them to confirm this morning and they said they do have them in stock. I didn't ask how many, but I thought I'd let people on here know, in case anyone is keen to get hold of one.
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is your B/W up for sale then ??
Well, I'm not sure yet. You know how I like to double up on everything! Want to borrow it?
Yes, Dale are very good, and the best chance to get a big stopper without long waiting list.
Quote: Want to borrow it?
Maybe if ya dont mind, i would like to test it against my cheapy and the welding masks I have been trying out, would be appreciated, thank you.
Thought you might Don't mind at all (if you're really careful with it - you know how fussy I am!). I'll pm you when I get the Lee.
Fussy you?, no, I dont belive it, I wont even dare clean it, scouts honour
As I mentioned on another thread, I have been experimenting with an ND4.0 13-stop ND filter, i.e. three stops greater than the Lee Big Stopper.
With it I find that autofocus (on either a Nikon D300 or a D3s) just doesn't work. Obviously insufficient light. It's not a huge problem as I can use autofocus and then slide the lens control to manual before fitting the filter. Also, I tend to use the filter to blur moving elements in landscapes such as water or clouds, so am using small apertures and can, in most cases, simply "guess" the focus on the lens scale at halfway between 10m and infinity.
But, as a matter of interest, will most cameras autofocus through the Lee Big Stopper?
Pretty sure autofocus is never going to work with any 10 stopper. I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong there.
Just been reading David Clapp's Photokina report ( here on epz ) that on the LEE booth the are indicating a 2,000+ back orders for the "Big Stopper".
Quote: Just been reading David Clapp's Photokina report ( here on epz ) that on the LEE booth the are indicating a 2,000+ back orders for the "Big Stopper".
Ahh well I guess by the time that back order has been sorted teh look and technique will be out of fashion and my savings will have to be spent on something else
I'm obviously in the wrong business 2000 x £100 and that's just back orders
From what I have managed to find out about Lee filters they are made in batches not a continual run, so they do run low on stock.
I dont think auto focus works through any 10 stopper due to the lack of contrast picked up, and as for it being out of fashion soon, most of the shots so far have tended to be about the same, there is scope for someone to think outside the box i think.
Quote: I dont think auto focus works through any 10 stopper due to the lack of contrast picked up, and as for it being out of fashion soon, most of the shots so far have tended to be about the same, there is scope for someone to think outside the box i think.
autofocus doesnt work, not really a problem with landscapes and wide angles ( hyperfocal distance). I agree about more scope but there is a big learning curve, focus, filters, light leaks etc.
I have a few projects in mind - but first I need to perfect the technique in safe "scapes" - tho may try one idea at the weekend if the weather plays ball. Like all thingsit will be the flavour of the day then will just be another tool - I don't believe it will be just a fad but a means of controlling exposure.
The lee filters have a little seal around them that is supposed to prevent light leaks, just remember to use the little rubber eyepiece cover on your long exposures too, just to be sure
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