How to fix a stuck filter

Salmon Arm, BC - Steps to remove a stuck lens filter: #1. Use hacksaw to cut rim of the filter down to the glass on 4 'sides'.

The following method was explained to me by a Canon Professional Service technician.  Note: this procedure is not recommended for the faint of heart!


  • Jiggi says:

    My UV filter stuck on my canon 55-250mm lens, i tried too much , even service center also tried, finally , one local service center has some tool to catch filter and broke the filter ring and removed it.
    He was telling that i need to remove filter when not in use for long time. Any how small self service for lens is required every month, so i do it.

  • Michael Delman says:

    I can testify that this works! A visiting relative just came home with a cracked filter. Having read this on another site recently I tried a variation using a metal file and it worked like a charm! Thanks for the great idea.

    • CP says:

      Very glad it worked for you, Mike. There have been a lot of alternate methods suggested in other forums where this article appeared – most of the methods are far less invasive and I would definitely use the method above only as a last resort. 😉

  • Allan says:

    😆 not bad 😆
    Give me a tip : how to fix a stuck lens?

  • Kelly Bolin says:

    Are you kidding me? Why not just use an oil filter wrench from your local automotive supply store?

    • CP says:

      That’s a fair question, Kelly, but I’d already tried a rubber grip and a bottle wrench but it wouldn’t even budge. The techs at Canon Professional Service warned that any extra effort might strip the threads of the lens itself. I grant you this is a pretty extreme approach, but bottom line is that it worked!

  • Ahh, scary procedure. I’m never a fan of seeing such tools around expensive gear.

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