The stupid filter is stuck on my camera :(

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  1. lordfly

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    I purchased a UV Haze filter for my XTi, mostly for lens protection (I'm a bit of a klutz, and the last thing I want is a scratch on my only lens). Alas, I didn't realize it at the time but the inside part of the UV filter has a bit of a finger smudge on it. No problem, I'll just unscrew it...

    ...except it's not coming unscrewed. It just spins around. I don't want to yank on it, for fear of damaging the lens. Am I really this stupid? Possibly.

    How do I get a stuck filter off of my camera lens?
     
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    Sounds like either you've got a circular polarizing filter and don't know it (unlikley) since they spin - or the filter has some how screwed in so far that its slipped below the filter thread.

    I would try to gently pull on the filter and turn it at the same time - making sure that your fingers are fully covering the whole of the edge of the filter. If it is the latter case you might just be able to tug it back into the filter thread and remove it and if its a Cirpolarizer it should come off.
    Otherwise I'm really confused as to what is happening!
     
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    Put a rubber band and see if that help.

    After you are able to unscrew the filter, maybe use a pencil and rub it on the thread of the filter.
     
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    ....


    :mrgreen:

    So, you know, as I was saying, I have this multi-coated circular polarizer filter on my camera, and I can't get it off....
     
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    I had trouble putting my my filter than spins-- he he..
     
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    :lmao::lmao:

    you know you lose 2 whole stops of light with one of those attached? (or is it one stop?) regardless I would not use it for protection in general. It has use most certainly, but not all the time.
    Just make sure your fingers are around the whole base of the filter and turn - there should be some base to it that you can grip with your fingers which is not part of the filters normal turning aspect.
     
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    Bitter Jeweler Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    :lmao: Brilliant reply.

    (I am laughing with you)
     
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    LOL .... but why you want to use a UV filter in the first place since you already have a CPL. :)
     
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    edit - ok that was odd - new posts and Dao's profile were showing his post and I could see the first lines of the post by searching his recent posts - but the thread was not showing the post itself. Till I posted this ...... . TPF --- has a case of Gremlins¬
     
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    They do make filter wrenches pretty cheap, might be worth a try before screwing with the lens. . .
     
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    Yep, that or on of those flat rubber round do dadds you use to get stubborn jar lids off.
     
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    Wonder if the database is corrupted.
     

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