How to Remove a Stuck Lens Filter

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Ever had that sinking feeling when your expensive filter becomes stuck on your even more expensive lens. How are you going to remove the filter without damaging it or the lens. Well, in this short video from Lifehacker we find a remarkably simple and effective solution.

Basically you need a rubber mat of some sort, for example a drawer liner. Place the lens filter side down and gently turn the lens, with a little luck the filter should come off.

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4 Comments

  1. Ot Sukardi says:

    Very useful tips. Happened several times to me.
    Thanks.

  2. Brian Leng says:

    When that happened to me, I use my wife’s dish washing glove.

  3. Great tip, and I’ll definitely use this for a stuck UV or similar filter, however, I don’t think this technique would work for a difficult circular polarizer because of the outer filter ring that spins separately. For this issue, which seems to happen to me all the time, I simply put a thick rubber band around the filter and that gives me something to grip on to…works every time. And I can conveniently keep the rubber band in my bag or attached to my Rapid Strap.

  4. Gary says:

    FINALLY… I got the filter that was stuck onto my Canon 18-135mm lens off!!! I tried everything… no dice. I tried many times for months!!! Today, I had the idea of running a credit card around the gap between the lens and the filter… when I got to the bent area, it made a crack sound like the threads being forced back into place. After trying to UNSCREW it, I concluded that all that did was help it get BACK off the threads in the area it was obviously bent. So, I used the card ONE more time, and AND LEFT IT JAMMED in that area where it made the thread cracking sound, I then tapped it several times fairly hard with a large wrench using the rubber coated handle end. This bent the filter frame a little and stopped it from going OFF track/threads. It screwed right off!

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