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How to unscrew lens bezel (beauty ring)
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 11:51 am    Post subject: How to unscrew lens bezel (beauty ring) Reply with quote

Hi all,
I know there are tools available for this job but I never owned a set because I was always able to remove bezels using this method:
Make sure you clean the front of the lens before you start, and wash your hands.
Cut small pieces of double-sided sticky tape (the thin kind, not the thick foam) and stick them to the bezel, avoiding the glass if you can.
Remove the backing paper and just unscrew by pressing your fingers on the tape. It really is as simple as that.
I've repaired hundreds of lenses, always using this method, and have never marked a lens.


PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2022 11:40 am    Post subject: Re: How to unscrew lens bezel (beauty ring) Reply with quote

unclemack wrote:
Hi all,
I know there are tools available for this job but I never owned a set because I was always able to remove bezels using this method:
Make sure you clean the front of the lens before you start, and wash your hands.
Cut small pieces of double-sided sticky tape (the thin kind, not the thick foam) and stick them to the bezel, avoiding the glass if you can.
Remove the backing paper and just unscrew by pressing your fingers on the tape. It really is as simple as that.
I've repaired hundreds of lenses, always using this method, and have never marked a lens.


Sometimes the beauty ring is glued on. How do you remove it if that's the case? Most newer lenses have glued on beauty rings.


PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2022 2:26 pm    Post subject: Re: How to unscrew lens bezel (beauty ring) Reply with quote

unclemack wrote:
Hi all,
I know there are tools available for this job but I never owned a set because I was always able to remove bezels using this method:
Make sure you clean the front of the lens before you start, and wash your hands.
Cut small pieces of double-sided sticky tape (the thin kind, not the thick foam) and stick them to the bezel, avoiding the glass if you can.
Remove the backing paper and just unscrew by pressing your fingers on the tape. It really is as simple as that.
I've repaired hundreds of lenses, always using this method, and have never marked a lens.


Seriously?

You have repaired hundreds of lenses and still the modest investment of £40 or so for a decent set of rubber lens bezel removal tools didn't seem sensible?

Don't get me wrong; your suggested method often works. However, if you anticipate fixing more than a small number of lenses, a set of those dedicated rubber/vinyl removal tools are really worth investing in as they are also vey handy for removing all sorts of other stuck retaining nuts/lens groups and are also very handy for offering up aperture assemblies and lens groups during reassembly...

In any case, if you are serious about lens repair the modest cost of those rubber removal tools should not matter too much anyway, as you will be spending much more on all sorts of other essential tools such as quality screwdrivers, vernier callipers, spanner wrenches, filter repair tools, collimators, lubricants, etc.

EDIT: Ha, just noticed this was a revived original post of 2010. The advice still stands though... Wink