Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/03/25

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Subject: [Leica] Leica's odd filter sizes (was new 75mm)
From: Harrison McClary <>
Date: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 23:51:06 -0500

I never said there were no solutions.  I very plainly said it is a pain 
to have to deal with the odd filter sizes of Leica.  (I believe my words 
were "dammed hard and annoying to have to get either step rings or 
special built filters")

I use Wratten filters for my color correction because of the many 
incremental steps the filters come in, the handy way they pack up, the 
ability to use them on many different lenses with the proper holder, but 
since switching to Leica I have had to get stepping rings so that I can 
use the technical holders (I have yet to find a Wratten holder in 60mm 
size).  It took me 3 months to get the 60-62mm step ring so that I could 
use the technical holder on the 24mm lens.  In that course of time I had 
2 industrial shoots where the use of a color meter and corrections on 
both my lights and on the lens were critical.  To have as my widest lens 
a 50mm was annoying to say the least.

Finally after trying several of the New York stores I called the Filter 
Connection and after waiting for back order for 3 weeks I FINALLY have a 
step ring.  Of course I have not needed it since getting it, but I have 
it.  They also introduced me to the Hi Tech filters, much better than 
Wrattens.  If anyone ever needs filters the people at Filter Connection 
are the guys to call.

Eric Welch wrote

>As I have pointed out, there are solutions. Someone who uses filters a lot
>in adverse conditions can utilize them. But I know they don't work for
>everyone. I'd be getting Calumet's filters, which would be one filter of
>each type, on any lens I'd use in bad light.

Harrison McClary