Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/05/08

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Noctlilux and filters
Date: 9 May 2002 05:24:40 -0000

LOL, Thanks, Ted......the filter shall remain in its box.  My hood is 

> Karina wrote the unfortunate word and Noctilux in the same breathe! ...
> filters!
> >>> How many Noctliux owners use a  Leica UV filter on this lens.
> >
> > I bought one for protection but have since removed it...makes me a tad
> > nervous relying on hood for protection, I have, always no matter what
> > system I have used, gotten into the habit of putting on UV filters.
> > (But then again I have never owned glass like this before)
> >
> > Leica advise against it.
> >
> > Anybody able to comment about inferior image quality as a result of
> filter?<<<
> Dear Karina,
> May I suggest as gently as I can, ____never put a UV filter on your 
> ____ at threat the front element will dissolve and flow out on the floor
> like jelly! ;-) Your good fortune is you removed it before the jelly flow
> happened. ;-)
> First of all you do not need a filter on there for protection unless 
> standing on the deck of a schooner flying the waves or in the middle of a
> Sahara sand storm. Mine has been unfiltered since it arrived out of the 
> in the early 1970's when it became available in Canada.  And has traveled
> the world sans filter ever since.
> Now the lens shade? Well that's another thing, as the lens hasn't had a 
> hood on for about the past 15 years because the pins that held the lens
> shade on fell out. Then it was going to cost a fortune to have them 
> and a new hood. So it was, screw that, save the money and use the lens as
> is! Oh yeah flare or whatever it is they call it? I suppose sometimes 
> there, but I can't say I've actually ever said, Oh dear me look at the
> flair, oh my goodness it spoiled my picture! ;-)
> And yep to this very day and as recent as yesterday on a shoot, it's had
> neither filter nor lens hood and I do believe there are several LUG 
> who've seen the lens hanging off the shoulder or in action. :-) The front
> element is still as beautiful as new and the photos are just as sharp as 
> the beginning.
> So sell the filter my dear and buy yerself a fine bottle of single malt
> scotch, far better use of yer Aussie dollars! :-)
> Now what's important here is for you to realize there undoubtedly will be
> any number of posts decrying my slovenly method and they'll rave on that
> You must use a filter for the protection of that beautiful piece of glass
> and a whole bunch of other hogwash. In most cases they'll be some 
> However? You do not need a filter on that lens for protection..... 
> ted
> Ted Grant Photography Limited
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