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>I've joined the ranks of the poor and purchased a Noctilux after all the >wonderful comments I've read from owners. I've also read the many past >postings re: filters on Leica lenses. My questions have to do with using a >filter on a Noctilux. I've been told by several folks that it's a good idea to >use a filter on the Noctilux to protect its large glass surface which is more >exposed then other lenses. I've also noticed that the glass is not as recessed >as in other lenses which may expose it to more trauma. Then again the pamphlet >that came with the lens says Leica does NOT recommend a filter be used. Catch >22 here...I want to protect my major investment but I do not want the filter to >impact any f.1 low light night time shooting. Any thoughts? Noctilux owners >are you using a filter?? > >Thanks, Mark > > Mark, You have joined the ranks of those poorer in the pocket but richer in photographic experiences and opportunities which the Noctilux *will* definitely provide you. The situation about the filter placement is an entirely different matter. I really admire those who never put on a filter, come hell or high water. I am more the type who subscribe to what some say that, "Discretion is the better part of valour." I can't bear to see the front element tarnished - during desert storms, in the midst of Chinese stir fried cooking, smoke filled bars with dim light requiring the presence of the Noctilux, and children's inquisitive fingers, and a zillion other anxious occasions. Personally I would not want to buy a Noct that has a blemished front element and to allow one to happen on a perfectly good one is grounds for repeated self-abuse by kicking myself everytime I even think about it. Overnight the value of a perfectly good lens drops and I will NEVER be completely sure whther that wee bit of a 1 mm size chip on the front element or a 3 mm scratch or a 5 mm superficial marking on the same will ever affect my pictures. Those who believe that the shots without the filter turn out better are probably right. Presently I am perfectly at peace with my 60mm Leitz filter sitting on my Noct. I am happy with the way my pics have turned out and some of my shots have even done me honours on the pages of magazines. Dan K.