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10 Stop Filter HiTech, LEE ? ......or both26/07/2011 - 7:29 PM
A bit of a departure from the recent themes... but I was a bit cheesed off with LEE today..
Back in April, I was on Anglesey when I heard that horrible sound of my LEE big stopper hitting the rocks and shattering into 1000 pieces.
I trudged back to the hotel, calling myself all the expletives you could think. But I thought oh well, just log on and order another from Warehouse Express, which I did. Well 3 months later I e-mailed them to ask for a progress report for the order (yes I know there's a waiting list) - but was told it will be a MINIMUM of another 6-7 months. Well I thought I would check with LEE - and Yes they will not be getting any new deliveries until December and are turning away all new business. Not exactly a good way of keeping business running a waiting list of 10 months.
Some are aware that I'm not a great fan of HiTech from some forum posts - I've had problems with magenta castes caused from IR contamination in the past, but I thought, oh well, most of my work will be in mono anyway so I thought I would get the HiTech one as an interim measure. Turns out they have listened to customers, they've gone back to the drawing board, and have brought out a range of "Big Stoppers" - not glass, but plastic but with IR protection in-built. And a couple of reviews I've seen to date are encouraging - on par if not slightly better than LEE.
Well I took the plunge, ordered one, only time will tell if they are any good. I've kept my order on for the LEE, whilst I check out the HiTech. The lead times are pretty good too "allow 28 days for delivery".
When it comes I will give it a quick spin close to home and post the results with a mini review here (if anyones interested).
As an aside I had just got the hang of the big stopper, and was planning a few projects that weren't strictly landscapes, so I will be using the HiTech instead.
..well thats it for today.