Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/11/18

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Subject: Re: [Leica] To Filter or Not?
From: "Joe Stephenson" <>
Date: Wed, 18 Nov 1998 17:41:16 -0700

Dear BMW,
This topic gets covered from time to time. My take is that it's better not
to use filters, except when needed for a specific photographic purpose.
Leica works hard to make their lenses as good as possible, and they
recommend against the use of protective filters. Few users report that they
have damaged a lens in normal use. I certainly have not in many years of
using cameras almost daily. Proper cleaning of modern lenses does no damage.
Joe Stephenson

>And so, leaving flames aside, what do
>people think?  Can you clean a modern
>lens without scratching it or rubbing away
>the coatings?