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I have a whole pile of 43mm filters (B&W and Olympus, pretty good) bought for an Olympus Pen-FT system. I believe there is some lens in the Leica line that takes these. If so, what is it? I'm intending to get rid of the Pen-FT stuff (it was fine where I bought it - Auckland - but I don't find their dim finders usable in the hyperborean gloom of Scotland) but if the filters are going to come in handy in the future I'll hang on to them. Plug for yet another screwmount lens: the Schneider Xenogon 35mm 2.8. Mine is internally filthy but still works pretty well. Takes A36 filters, though these can vignette it. Mine cost 70 pounds about 3 years ago. I second people's recommendations for the Canon 50mm 1.4: I have one and it's VERY sharp and contrasty. It cost a bit over 100 pounds, consistent with the $200 figure other people have mentioned, though I've seen them advertised in the UK lately for as much as 200 pounds. Word seems to be getting round. I also use a Canon FL-mount 19mm with an adaptor. Doesn't couple to the rangefinder, but at that focal length it hardly needs to. Is this any different optically to the Canon screwmount 19mm? It doesn't seem to be a retrofocus design (has a huge internal projection that would require mirror lockup on its intended body). I've used this a lot for up-the-nose pictures in demonstrations and for cities like Lisbon, where narrow lanes and vertiginous stairways are the norm. Vignettes a bit at full aperture and a lens hood is impossible as it gets in the way of the finder; fortunately it's reasonably flare-free. Nobody's mentioned any lenses longer than 90mm. Is a 135mm Hektor at all reasonable if you wear glasses? The frame on a V100H multifinder (the most user-hostile piece of Leitz gear i've ever used) is minute - is the 135mm brightline finder any better?