Removing Stuck Filters Using a Rubber Drawer Liner

Here’s a quick tip from photographer Jeffrey Guyer that’ll help to keep you from warping a stuck filter when trying to take it off your lens. Instead of grabbing it with your fingers or using a jar opener, you can just use rubbery drawer liner. Simply place the liner on a flat surface, press your lens (filter down of course) onto it, and turn. This allows you to get the filter unstuck while applying even pressure — no broken/warped filters, no sad photographers.

(via Gizmodo via DIYPhotography)

  • David Thunander

    I tried that when i dropped my 24-70/2.8 by accident. 

    My filter got a bit dented in the edge so it didnt work.
    This is a technique that worked better for me ;)


  • Suman0102

    How often do filters actually get stuck? I’ve been using many filters for years and years without having any major stuck issues. Am I doing something wrong here? 

  • Osmosisstudios

    Thin-mount B+W filters on step-up rings are a bitch.  I’ve learned not to tighten filters down completely and just be more careful.

  • Melka

    Do we really need 55 sec of video for that?

  •!/thelonelylights Adam Cross

    do you really need to write a comment for that?

  • Peter Neill

    Sorry but you must modify your post.  On a lot of lenses this front pressure you advocate could damage the motor in the front element.  I can name one lens right off the bat that would not survive this, the Canon 50mm 1.4 has a troublesome sensitive front element that needs to be handled like a baby.

  • Patricia S. Berrios

    a troublesome sensitive front element that needs to be handled like a baby.

  • Seb

    but what if the stuck filter is a polarizer lol

  • Guest

    Wish I’d seen this earlier, just used the bottom of my shoe to remove a filter that had been stuck for probably a decade (since it hadn’t been in use since then).