Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/07/08

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Subject: Re: [Leica] To use or not to use UV filter
From: Alex Hurst <>
Date: Wed, 8 Jul 1998 22:45:10 +0100

Andrew wrote:

>I don't often use a filter with my non-Leica lenses, but my 35/2
>Summicron-M cost enough that I want to do it simply for the protection
>it offers.
>If I use Leica's own E39 UV filter, am I likely to significantly
>decrease the optical performance for which I bought the lens in the
>first place?  I assume the answer is "yes", but I also suspect it may
>be by a negligible amount, at least by my standards.  I don't
>scrutinize my photos for the absolute best optical performance.

Aaargh!  Whisper it not anywhere near the ears of Jim, but the dreaded UV
filter thread has struck again.

In addition to "Leicas Anon." (Dan Post, founder member), we must form "UV
Anon." before this addiction spreads further.

Andrew - you haven't heard this from me, but I can't do without UV. I
confess in front of the entire assembly of LUGnuts that, when confronted
with the expanse of expensive front glass on a 21/4 Super Angulon R, I
sinned, and spent approx. USD100 on a _multicoated_ UV filter to protect
the damn thing. Funnily enough, all my favourite lenses seem to have high
quality UV filters stuck on the front....but when you've bought one, you
buy another.

Guess what - I can't tell the difference even shooting into the sun, and I
bet you won't either.

Go for it! (for protection, of course). This, also of course, is strictly
between ourselves.



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