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Tip of the Week (#003) - Filter Sizes

Filters. How to buy filters if you have lenses with varying filter thread sizes? One approach is to buy the biggest size and any step-rings necessary to adapt them to your smaller sized filter threads. The downside is that fitting a lens hood may become difficult, if not impossible. And if your sizes cover quite a range, perhaps impractical. Another approach is to just buy filters for the largest of your most commonly used lenses and go from there. For most Leica lenses, 46mm is a great size to settle on.

Tip of the Week (#002) - Exposure Compensation

Exposure compensation. Not everyone's cup of tea, but handy for situations like shooting in the snow or at the beach. It's available on the M7 via the rear dial, in the SET menu of the M8 and configurable for both/either on the M9. But what about older bodies? Easy! Change the film ISO. Remember, each doubling or halving of the ISO (e.g. 200 vs. 100) results in a one-stop adjustment (just like full apertures or shutter speeds). Of course, this only applies to metered bodies - and a limited few at that (mainly the M6, M6 TTL, M5)... Also works on light meters. Don't forget to change it back!

Tip of the Week (#001) - Cotton Swab

Always carry one or two Q-Tips (cotton swabs) in your camera bag with any other cleaning supplies. They're great for cleaning the eyepiece of your viewfinder! Touch one end to your tongue and give the eyepiece a good going over. Flip the Q-Tip around and use the dry end to polish up. Much like with diving masks, saliva helps prevent fogging for those colder/wetter months. Lens cleaning solution works also if you have that along.