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OldSlowHans
Frequent Contributor

What filter wrench/spanner is good for use with rotating filters like circular polarizers?  The cheap plastic "clamp ring" style are junk.

"Just an old boy, and his camera"
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hsbn
Reputable Contributor
🙂 i have never had any problem with non-rotating filter, only with slim frame CPL, but rubber band works wonder for me. Sorry I don't know any good wrench product. 🙂 Good luck on your hunt.
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TCampbell
Esteemed Contributor

I use a technique of rolling the filter in a spiral type motion AS I attempt to free it from being stuck and it works fairly well for me.  

 

I have a filter (which also happens to be a CPL) that likes to jam and I just try to careful not to fully thread it on... just enough turns to ensure it can't possibly fall off.

 

Sorry I can't offer advice on filter wrenches... everything I see these days is plastic.

 

 

Tim Campbell
5D III, 5D IV, 60Da

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MikeSowsun
Respected Contributor

Desmond photographic Distributors makes metal filter wrenches: [MOD NOTE: Link Removed Per FORUM GUIDELINES]

 

I rarely have trouble with my CPL filters and when I do get a stubborn filter, my plastic wrenches always worked for me. 

 

Review here:  A Useful Aluminium Filter Wrench from Desmond

 

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Mike Sowsun
80D, 5D Mk III

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hsbn
Reputable Contributor

is this for removing stuck filter? I just use rubber band, it's easy, effective and free. 🙂

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OldSlowHans
Frequent Contributor

Yes, a stuck filter.

 

Rubber band works great for most "stationary" filters, but the rotating style (like a Tiffen circular polarizer) have only a narrow knurled area which is almost impossible to grip.

 

 

"Just an old boy, and his camera"

hsbn
Reputable Contributor
🙂 i have never had any problem with non-rotating filter, only with slim frame CPL, but rubber band works wonder for me. Sorry I don't know any good wrench product. 🙂 Good luck on your hunt.
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Weekend Travelers Blog | Eastern Sierra Fall Color Guide

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TCampbell
Esteemed Contributor

I use a technique of rolling the filter in a spiral type motion AS I attempt to free it from being stuck and it works fairly well for me.  

 

I have a filter (which also happens to be a CPL) that likes to jam and I just try to careful not to fully thread it on... just enough turns to ensure it can't possibly fall off.

 

Sorry I can't offer advice on filter wrenches... everything I see these days is plastic.

 

 

Tim Campbell
5D III, 5D IV, 60Da

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MikeSowsun
Respected Contributor

Desmond photographic Distributors makes metal filter wrenches: [MOD NOTE: Link Removed Per FORUM GUIDELINES]

 

I rarely have trouble with my CPL filters and when I do get a stubborn filter, my plastic wrenches always worked for me. 

 

Review here:  A Useful Aluminium Filter Wrench from Desmond

 

Desmond-Filter-Wrench-003-MOTION.gif

Mike Sowsun
80D, 5D Mk III

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OldSlowHans
Frequent Contributor
Thanks, Mike. That looks like the answer. Have had rotten luck with the plastic ones.

"Just an old boy, and his camera"

billybobboy42
Occasional Contributor

I am also interested in filter wrenches.  The Desmond certainly looks better than the plastic variety.  However, after searching the Desmond website and also eBay, there are two filter size groups for which no wrenches are available: 60-70mm & 87-100.  Specifically, the wrench sizes are 52-58mm, 72mm-86mm, and 105mm-112mm.  So, as long as your lens filters are within those ranges, you're good to go.  In my case, I have two lenses that are 67mm and one that is 95mm.