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Old 01-05-2005, 08:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Howdy all,

Having bulk polarizer dramas. I am using a 77mm HOYA circular pol filter on my 70-200 but the little bugger keeps getting jammed on. It then takes me about 10 mins of sitting on the ground, lens in my lap to get it off again b/c the top spins and I can't get a decent grip on it.

I read/heard somewhere that the Nikon pol filters only twist rotate through a half circle and thus are easy to twist off. Has anybody used one of these? If they do and they are easy to remove then I'm prepared to pay the extra for it. I'm barely using mine at the moment b/c I dread having to get the bastard thing off again when I'm finished with it!!

Other thing is, does putting graphite etc on them help at all?

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Re: Polarizer Woes
Old 01-06-2005, 11:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't know if this helps at all, but sometimes if you put a rubber band around a stuck filter, it's easier to grip it and get it loose. Try not to squeeze any harder than you have to as if you distort the ring you can actually make it tighter.

I wouldn't put any kind of lubricant on my lens. I'd be too worried that it would work its way inside somehow.
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Re: Polarizer Woes
Old 01-08-2005, 09:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Dunno anything about the Nikon polarizer having rotation limits.

I'd avoid putting anything on the lens threads or the filter threads. It will inevitably collect dirt, and make it even more difficult to get them together or apart.

I'd suggest you check the Porter's Camera catalog or web site for a "lens wrench." Those are plastic "wrenches" that fit around the filter and you squeeze them to get a grip on the filter. It should make it lots easier to remove the filter, and they are small enough to slip in a pocket.

In a pinch, you can wrap a leather belt or strap (use real leather!) around the filter to use as a wrench. Think oil filter wrench...

Here's a link to the Porter's wrench... Porter's lens wrench
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Old 01-16-2005, 05:30 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Adam,

I have two Nikon circular polarizer's which I only use when taking photos of whales. I have had no problem with screwing them on or using them. Dont screw it on too tight, and you will have no problem getting it off your lens. Nikon is worth the money. I also bought them from B & H as a grey market item. Have had them for years, with no problems. Hope this helps, Bob
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