Repairing dents in the filter ring

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Repairing dents in the filter ring

Post by titrisol » Fri Feb 24, 2023 10:36 am

I have a couple of old lenses with dents, and I'd like to repair them

I looked at those "lens vise" tools and wanted to know if anybody has used them?
Any advice on how not to destroy the lens??
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Re: Repairing dents in the filter ring

Post by alexvaras » Sat Feb 25, 2023 2:04 am

I have one, it wont leave the lens as it was but it will allow you to insert the filter.

Just be sure the vise threads fits the lens ones not to spoil the lens threads by incorrect positioning.

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Re: Repairing dents in the filter ring

Post by PFMcFarland » Sat Mar 11, 2023 2:32 pm

I'm not a big fan of those tools as they have the propensity to damage the threads on the opposite side you are working on. I cut a short section of wood dowel rod (about as long as twice the diameter of the filter ring), set one end into the threads at either end of where the damage begins, place the lens in a semi-circular cut in a block of wood to support it, then use a hammer to start working the treads back into shape from the ends of the damaged area in towards the center. You take a couple of whacks on the right side, then a couple on the left side, and keep doing that back and forth until you have made it all the way to the center. It will curl the threads back into their original shape as you work along the ring, even if they are bent completely over. If you over do it, it's easy to tap the ring back into shape from the outside.

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Re: Repairing dents in the filter ring

Post by melek » Wed Mar 22, 2023 9:10 pm

I've used the wood with the cutout, and it can work pretty well.

I also have a tool that I've used that works so-so, depending on how bad that dent is.

It's like a vise. I'll hunt down the photos of it.

But of course the reality is that when you dent metal, you're deforming (stretching) the metal, and that can be really difficult to restore it to its original shape, especially if it's a pretty bad dent.
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