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Stuck Lens Filter

Hello guys,

I purchased a used Canon 24-105mm L series lens and it looks pristine in the front glass, so I never bothered trying to remove the lens filter during the pre-purchase inspection. However, upon trying to remove it, it seems to be stuck. I did try using a rubber band and am hesitant on trying to use the blow dryer on the lens and lens filter to try removing it. Do you guys have any other suggestions as to how I could try to remove it? When using the rubber band to try to remove it with the added traction, I fear breaking the lens if I apply too much force.
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There are lens filter "wrenches" available on eBay. I've used them in the past with great success. You use two - one goes on the filter the other on the lens and you can just twist off the filter. I'm not sure if any local camera stores carry them. They may also be available on Amazon
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The extreme thing to do is to bring it a local store and ask them to saw it off. Most have done it before already and won't damage your lens.
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Blow dryer first, safer than a heat gun.
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Bought a rubber jar opener at a dollarama before and it worked on a filter that was stuck.
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aerok wrote:
Feb 1st, 2018 10:37 am
The extreme thing to do is to bring it a local store and ask them to saw it off. Most have done it before already and won't damage your lens.
I am very interested in watching this happen, but not on my lens. Haha.
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Feb 1st, 2018 11:25 pm
Bought a rubber jar opener at a dollarama before and it worked on a filter that was stuck.
I was just about to click on the ship to this address button on Amazon when I saw an email notification about your post. Might try this and see if it will save me a few dollars. Could you advise if it looks something like this? https://www.magnifyingaids.com/store/im ... er_LRG.jpg
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Whatever you decide to use, you should try to use two of them - one on the filter and one on the lens. If you only use one all the twisting force you are using is transferred to the lens and may damage it. That is why the dedicated lens filter wrenches are sold in pairs.
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Elastic bands. I actually got tired of stuck filters so I only buy brass filters now. I haven't had one stick.
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Use an inverted compressed air can and cool down the lens filter. Then take a non-slip cloth and try to twist it off.
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FoodieEd wrote:
Feb 1st, 2018 11:33 pm
I am very interested in watching this happen, but not on my lens. Haha.



I was just about to click on the ship to this address button on Amazon when I saw an email notification about your post. Might try this and see if it will save me a few dollars. Could you advise if it looks something like this? https://www.magnifyingaids.com/store/im ... er_LRG.jpg
https://www.magnifyingaids.com/store/im ... er_LRG.jpg
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Channellock pliers worked for me. Just make sure you don’t squeeze it too hard.
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Try a mouse pad. The problem with grabbing the ring to twist off is that it's soft and deforms easy and that's what makes getting it off hard. The trick is not to apply side pressue.
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jackrabbit000 wrote:
Feb 10th, 2018 2:17 am
Channellock pliers worked for me. Just make sure you don’t squeeze it too hard.
Could you please advise what you did with the Channellock pliers? Did you break the filter glass and spin the filter ring?

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