How do you re-grease a polarizer filter?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by B. Peg, Feb 21, 2005.

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    B. Peg Guest

    Brand new polarizer spins way too easily in it's mount. It is used on a
    movie camera and it slowly revolves while shooting and the outcome is
    getting annoying real quick.

    Short of using a rubber band to hold it still, has anyone ever pulled the
    rings apart and put some thicker silicon grease on them so it would work
    smoother? If so, how did you separate them?

    I got the glass and retaining ring out but the thing (Hoyo brand) appears to
    be snapped together somehow.


    B. Peg, Feb 21, 2005
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    Jim Waggener Guest

    You don't want grease anywhere near your lenses.
    Jim Waggener, Feb 21, 2005
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    chrlz Guest

    Seconded. There are `non-creep` greases, but even so... Plus, as you
    have discovered, I think you will find it very hard to get apart.
    Frankly, I can't see why it would revolve unless your camera is
    vibrating, which can't be good for image quality...

    I would just cut off a piece of a good quality removable-adhesive
    label, and stick that on the side.
    chrlz, Feb 21, 2005
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    Gaderian Guest

    If it's brand new I'd return it for a new one. If it's not working now you
    might as well get a new one that works and save you all of the bother.
    Gaderian, Feb 22, 2005
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    B. Peg Guest

    Thanks anyway. I figured it out under a magnifying hood. The front ring
    that revolves is bent over (beveled) slightly over the rear piece (rolled
    edge or swaged fit??).

    I soaked the thing in silicon oil, found a large socket that just about
    doesn't go through the rings with the glass filter out, sat it on a hardwood
    block, and smacked it with a hammer from the backside. The thing now
    revolves as it should. It was way too loose from the factory and maybe had
    a 0.050" amount of looseness in the front (I could easily stick my
    fingernails in between them. The glass filter itself was loose as well and
    wasn't aligned with the "Sun Dot." It was a rattle trap in two places and
    the revolving polarizer filter glass was making another issue in itself
    (thanks to black silicon it won't do that again!).

    All washed it up with Simple Green and it is better than new, and I don't
    have to Mickey Mouse the thing anymore -- I hope.

    B. Peg, Feb 22, 2005
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    chrlz Guest

    I know you said you washed it all up, but be *very* careful with
    silicon compounds as they are notorious for going places you don't want
    them to, and if it gets on/under coatings or between elements of a
    chrlz, Feb 22, 2005
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    Ken Oaf Guest

    Might I ask what brand the polarizer is?

    Just so I stay clear of that brand!
    Ken Oaf, Feb 22, 2005
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    dylan Guest

    Might I ask what brand and size the hammer was?

    Just in case I ever need some minor adjustment of my photographic equipment
    dylan, Feb 22, 2005
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    Owamanga Guest

    A Nikon F5.
    Owamanga, Feb 22, 2005
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    Chip Gallo Guest

    My buddies over at Penn Camera (right across from the FBI building in
    DC) steered me away from a $45 polarizer due to fit 'n finish. The price
    difference wasn't too much in a 67mm but it feels tighter.

    Chip Gallo
    Chip Gallo, Feb 22, 2005
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