Filter stuck on lens - any tips?

Started Apr 11, 2011 | Discussions thread
Chuck Lantz
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Re: Filter stuck on lens - any tips?
In reply to Bart7D, 4 months ago

The flat rubber mat works well, on a table top, while you hold the lens with both hands.  You can use one of those round rubber mats used to remove stuck caps on glass containers.  The trick is to turn the filter slightly the wrong way, like tightening it, as you put some weight on the lens.

If that moves the filter, even slightly, continue to move it clockwise and counter-clockwise, again very slightly, until the filter slowly frees itself.  If the threads have stripped, which they probably have from what you said, you may have to toss out the filter, since both the filter and lens threads will be stripped somewhat.  You can try to save both thread lands by using the sharp blade of a knife to clean out the stripped grooves.

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