Removing a Camera Lens Filter with… a Band Saw

The following is not recommended viewing for the faint of heart or anybody who really cares for his lens. Courtesy of Adam Savage and Norman Chan from tested we get a pretty unnerving way of removing a stuck filter from a Canon L lens.

This video is just a little bit crazy (at least this is how we see it). Norman Chan got his 24-70mm L series lens bumped somehow and his filter got stuck in a way which could not be removed.

This isn’t the first time this happened to him and the last time this happened Adam Savage used his band saw to cut two groves in the filter and twist it so it can be removed (however they didn’t really shoot the last time – this time around they had their camera to record the whole thing).

Savage was actually smart enough to buy a special extractor that is designed to remove tackled filters from lenses but he was unable to use it in this case (it is either a poor design or he didn’t use it properly). The end result – he needed to use the band saw once more and the look on Chan’s face said it all – don’t try this at home kids…

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Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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