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My polarizer filter is STUCK on my lens! It's actually stuck on my UV filter. I have the lens -> UV filter -> Polarizer filter. Since March it's been totally fine and I've been able to take it off in the evenings and indoors. But on my trip two weeks ago, it wouldn't come off. I had to take off BOTH filters together and switch it with the UV filter from another lens. So frustrating. I can't do this when I'm out all day with my camera and just have the one lens with me.

I've been trying with all my might to get it off, but it won't budge. I really don't want to have to buy two new filters. I'm going on another trip this afternoon and I probably should have asked about this earlier. But any suggestions you have for me would be much appreciated!

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Got one of those rubber sheets they have for jar openers? (Two would be better.) Try gripping the filters with them and unscrewing them. If you don't have 2 of those, put a big rubber band around each filter to grip with.

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Okay working on it, it's not budging though :(

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I think the difficult part is the little ring around the polarizer filter - that's the part that's stuck to the UV.

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My polarizer filter is STUCK on my lens! It's actually stuck on my UV filter. I have the lens -> UV filter -> Polarizer filter. Since March it's been totally fine and I've been able to take it off in the evenings and indoors. But on my trip two weeks ago, it wouldn't come off. I had to take off BOTH filters together and switch it with the UV filter from another lens. So frustrating. I can't do this when I'm out all day with my camera and just have the one lens with me.

I've been trying with all my might to get it off, but it won't budge. I really don't want to have to buy two new filters. I'm going on another trip this afternoon and I probably should have asked about this earlier. But any suggestions you have for me would be much appreciated!

never stack a CPL on top of a UV filter. i've done it, but only when i forgot to remove the UV filter first. i've had my CPL filter get stuck to a UV filter too.

once they get stuck i put them aside and come back to them later....usually they come apart right away then.

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Don't squeeze too hard, it deforms the filter ring and binds it more tightly into the threads of the lens.

Use a wide rubber band or a rubber sheet, even rubber gloves, to improve your grip without using excessive squeezing of the filter, put as many of your fingers around the full circle of the filter so that it is kept as round as possible.

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heat the UV filter ring and cool the CPL ring -- often I've screwed a filter on a warm lens and couldn't get it off after the lens cooled because it had contracted and tightened around the filter ring. not much heat is needed; body heat is often enough.

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One of my friends, the Ritz Camera person, told me to do this. I was naive so that's what I did! Bad idea, apparently.

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You know what I mean about how the polarizer filter has two different parts, the very thin part that attaches and the part that turns around? It's so hard to get that tiny part that's stuck.

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Let the rubber band overlap both parts. Really.

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I have never tried this - but if you have them off the lens - what about soaking the filters in hot water for a short while and then giving it a try.

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+1 for fat rubber band on each filter, squeeze (lightly) and twist off. I always have these rubber bands in all my bags for this purpose.

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Okay i will try to find some rubber bands. Thanks!

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