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Digital Photography Equipment => Other Photography Equipment => Topic started by: christopher.j.gallagher1 on June 07, 2014, 12:56:04 PM

Title: Broken big stopper
Post by: christopher.j.gallagher1 on June 07, 2014, 12:56:04 PM
I do not have a big stopper filter and cannot currently afford the list price for such a creature. I can and do stack other ND filters for cumulative effect. However I have noticed on a well known auction site one that is for sale but which has a clean break across it top to bottom. I am wondering if restoring the filter with an appropriate glue would be viable and if it would be possible to clone out any line from resultant pics. If so, how much should I pay? (I'm thinking £15 + 5 p&p). Any and all opinions gratefully received.
Title: Re: Broken big stopper
Post by: AScot on June 07, 2014, 11:18:04 PM
If you must have an ND filter then buy an unbroken one. The time spent cloning out the line, not to mention the possible reduction of IQ in your photos, would be prohibitive. Besides, a variable ND filter is much more useful in my opinion, although they are more expensive.

What is a big stopper anyway, never heard of it. ???
Title: Re: Broken big stopper
Post by: Chris82 on June 07, 2014, 11:26:09 PM
A big stopper is a Lee 10 stop nd filter. Made of glass and 100 x 100mm for use in their filter holder.
I wouldn't bother with the hassle of buying it and having to clone out the line every picture you take.
Title: Re: Broken big stopper
Post by: Faldrax on June 09, 2014, 01:06:13 PM
Supplies of the Lee Big Stopper (and the similar HiTech ProStop IRND Filter) are better now than they have been - still expensive, but you can buy from places like Teamwork (http://www.teamworkphoto.com/100mm-proglass-stopper-c-1047_78_1116_769_2218.html (http://www.teamworkphoto.com/100mm-proglass-stopper-c-1047_78_1116_769_2218.html)) without the risk and inflated prices of EBay.