Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2008/07/30

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Subject: [Leica] M8 Ultra Violet photography
From: len-1 at (Leonard Taupier)
Date: Wed Jul 30 03:52:43 2008
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Hi Marty,

I'm fully aware of everything you're saying. However, look at it from  
a hobbyist point of view. The UV-Nikkor and the Coastal Optics 60mm  
and 105mm UV lens would be really nice to have, but the cost is  
prohibitive for the casual shooter. The M8 offers a readily available  
alternative since so many of us own one. The cost is a couple of  
filters in addition to equipment we already own.  The very sensitive  
sensor makes it work even though the Leica coated lenses will cost  
you a few stops in sensitivity. While I have a specially modified  
Nikon D1X and use both enlarging and uncoated lenses with it, I find  
the M8 much easier to use and with useable sensitivity. I also find  
it is fun plus it satisfies my thirst for experimentation.


On Jul 30, 2008, at 3:07 AM, Marty Deveney wrote:

> Colour UV or IR rarely make pictorial sense to me, but that's just  
> me.  I use both UV and IR a lot for work.  The M8 works okay for IR  
> photography, but the filter on the sensor does remove some IR  
> (though not enough to prevent magenta contamination, obviously).   
> You can also get a decent UV effect, but modern coated glass  
> filters out the vast majority of wavelengths that are important in  
> the scientific and technical applications that UV is really useful  
> for.  The Fuji YV/IR camera is nice:
> as  
> are other digicams modified to have the filter on the front of the  
> sensor removed.  You really, however, need a lens with quartz  
> elements like a UV-Nikkor or custom lens made by Kogaku or Custom  
> Optics.
> Marty
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