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Old 19th January 2013
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"Don't try this at home" ! .....

..... well I guess many of us have suffered such a problem at some time or other.

I recently purchased the ring-flash adapter for the 60mm macro ( aka fr-2 ) so that I can attach the ring flash to said lens. Nothing out of the ordinary there, but here is where the "fun" ( not really ) starts ....

I didn't buy a UV filter for the lens as I had a 'like new' Leica UV sitting in a drawer so I screwed it on .... perfect. Next ..... attach the fr-2 and ring flash ..... now for the mistake ....... I attached the adapter to the lens before the flash as I thought this would be quicker and less clumsy .... big mistake ! ..... attaching the flash to the adapter required some considerable force for it to 'lock off' correctly .... ok, no problem, it's done ... EXCEPT .....

...... in the process the filter jammed solid, and I mean SOLID onto the lens. No matter how hard I tried to remove it I couldn't, filter wrench etc ... still no joy. Well it would not normally be the 'end of the world' as I would always keep it on, except ( again ) I noticed the internal face of the filter was quite dusty, I had forgot to clean it first .... MUPPET

So after a week or so of deliberating there was only one thing for it ..... I 'bit the bullet' and decided to 'chance my arm' and remove it with brute force ! Adjustable wrench in hand and 'a wing and a prayer' I proceeded to DESTROY the 'like new genuine Leica filter'

Well it came off as you can see and thankfully the front optic of the lens is ok But it is a lesson learned ..... mount the fr-2 to the ring-flash before the lens, it may be more cumbersome that way but is sure a hell of a lot less stressful

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Re: "Don't try this at home" ! .....

For CRYING OUT LOUD ! I cannot upload images to my posts again

If you want to see the image it's in my gallery

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Re: "Don't try this at home" ! .....

Lets try pasting the link instead of 'attaching' it ...

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Re: "Don't try this at home" ! .....

Yep it worked so I must remember this from now on.

BTW ... the lens looks a lot 'healthier'
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Re: "Don't try this at home" ! .....

may sound stupid now but you could have left the lens in a cold place for about 1 hour then using a warm cloth on the lens side and a cold on the filter, try removing it. The heat will expand the lens, the thread mount side making the filter easier to remove without any damage to either...may or may not work.
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Re: "Don't try this at home" ! .....

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may sound stupid now but you could have left the lens in a cold place for about 1 hour then using a warm cloth on the lens side and a cold on the filter, try removing it. The heat will expand the lens, the thread mount side making the filter easier to remove without any damage to either...may or may not work.

H'mmm,

Yes that may have worked, then again maybe not, I didn't think of that

Ah well must remember for future reference, then again I hope I don't have the same problem in the future

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