Gadget Watch: Photography Lens Filter Wrench
Posted on 2 Sep ’08 by Earl Moore
If you’ve tried to remove a filter from a lens only to find it “stuck” then you know the beauty of these little gadgets.
In addition, some filters are very thin in design…great from the photographic perspective but with large fingers removing them can be difficult.
These filter wrenches put the “squeeze” on both problems.
You use these wrenches by holding onto your lens with one and grabbing the filter with the other to provide the grip and leverage to loosen the filter. I’ve seen filter wrenches in at least three different sizes; 46-58mm, 62-77mm and 62-82mm. They are very affordable at less the five dollars per pack (two wrenches).
Of course if you don’t have one of these wrenches you might try one of the methods below to loosen a stuck filter, at your own risk:
- use a couple of large rubber bands or a couple of no-slip carpet backing strips in place of the filter wrenches to give yourself additional grip;
- you can also press the filter down lightly against a “clean” rubber pad or shoe sole (make sure the glass of the filter doesn’t make contact) and turn gently; or
- try a change of temperature by placing the offending lens/filter in a cooler location. It may loosen as the metal contracts.
If all else fails take you stuck filter into a trusted camera repair store.
Disclaimer: The sole purpose this posts is to highlight unusual or handy photography and computer related gadgets or gear. It in no way endorses mentioned products and I have no ties with any mentioned company.