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> [Bill My Leica dealer (Wey Cameras in the UK) finally got some 69mm UV filters in a about 3 weeks ago. Ludicrous price (what else is new!) but worth it for the peace of mind. I have felt very protective of my front lens element until I had the filter! Cheers Chris Kelly]
Chris, as a resident of the UK, why don't you have SRB make up a stepping ring so you can use the more available/cheaper 67mm or 72mm if 67 vignettes?
When I owned LeicaR lenses with that silly 54mm front, I had them make a 1mm step up ring so I could use 55mm B+W and other top class filters with decent selections. They will also anodise them in black for you.
Ted, I'm an Army photojournalist in Baghdad. The dust around here will kill the glass if there isn't a filter in front. There's a lot of dust on the camera after every shoot. So a filter is a must have around here.