Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/10/20

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Subject: [Leica] Re: Skylight of Choice
From: jbcollier at (John Collier)
Date: Wed Oct 20 18:52:26 2004
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Protective filters are a personal matter between a photographer and 
their craft. The important thing is the images. If not having a filter 
means you will not be able to freely make images then put the 
UV/skylight filter on. Image degradation is insignificant when compared 
to no image at all.

That said, I do not myself use protective filters. I had never 
scratched a filter in ten years of use so I took them off. It has been 
about ten years since then and no elements scratched. I do use caps 
(either lens or shade) between bursts.

I have only ever seen two scratched front elements. The first was on a 
used set of binoculars that had been stored with no case, loose in a 
glove box. The second was on a lens that fell and shattered its 
"protective filter". One of the shards of lter glass scratched the lens 

This is just an anecdotal report not a scientific treatise so again let 
me repeat:


John Collier

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