I am looking to buy some more Lee ND filters, particularly ND's, but also some Coral's for sunset shots. I'd like to buy whole sets if possible (they usually sell .3, .6, and .9 sets for ND and Coral in Soft and Hard Grad.) It seems that Lee filters are sold out at a lot of online stores, and the items are back ordered. Does anyone know a good online photography gear store that is a little off the beaten path that might actually have some of these items in stock? I would rather not wait an arbitrary length of time to actually get the filters I need to order.
2filter.com is the place. GREAT customer service - they were great on the phone helping get me set up with my first LEE filter set and foundation kit. They even talked me out of some of the more expensive glass filters because the feedback they've gotten (along with their use) shows that the resin LEE filters are better and more durable. When was the last time you had someone talk you out of a more expensive product?
I read an article about Lee filters a while ago that went into how they are made. The process is amazingly manual, each filter is made and checked by hand, its very painstaking. I seem to remember it takes an hour or two to make a single filter!
Lee filters have a reputation for high quality, this is why they are expensive and often hard to get.
BTW, I don't work for Lee or anything, I have a Cokin set.
*Edit: Found a reference.