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

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Subject: [Leica] Re: Skylight of Choice
From: feli2 at (feli)
Date: Wed Oct 20 22:31:37 2004
References: <> <001c01c4b72a$aba3e190$87d86c18@ted>

I only use a filter if I am in a obviously hostile environment, like 
the desert or when shooting near ocean spray etc. Sand/dust isn't good 
for any lens and saltwater can damage the coatings.
I once took some shots of a worker using a grinder. I used an UV filter 
for that and was glad I did, because it stopped some pretty ugly stuff, 
which otherwise would have been on the front element. I really don't 
care if the body gets hit.

I don't like protective filters for several reason, the most obvious 
one being that it is a flat surface, running perfectly parallel to the 
front element, thus making it a perfect magnet for unwanted 

Instead use a rigid hoods, which provide all of the protection you need 
and won't slow you down fumbling with a cap when you want to grab a 
shot quickly. I usually toss a few caps in the bag, just in case, but 
that's it.



In reply to: Message from telyt at (Doug Herr) ([Leica] Re: Skylight of Choice)
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