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11-18-2007, 01:12 PM   #1
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stuck rear lens cap on tamron 70-300?

Anyone ever had this happen? I'm hoping someone knows a trick to getting it off.

I've fiddled w/ it for over half an hour (including moving the lens focus, etc.) and can't seem to get the rear cap off. I found one ancient post on photo.net where someone had this happen and he had to use an x-acto knife to cut if off

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Use you palm to apply even pressure downwards while turning the cap counter clock wise. Whatever has put the pressure on it had to happen when you turned it clock wise while putting it on.
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QuoteOriginally posted by KennJ Quote
Use you palm to apply even pressure downwards while turning the cap counter clock wise. Whatever has put the pressure on it had to happen when you turned it clock wise while putting it on.
No luck unfortunately :-P
I've also tried putting pressure on various sides of the lens cap hoping it's some weird effect like a medicine bottle.
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There's a tool you can get to remove lids. It looks like a giant pair of tweezers and has various-sized diameters in the inner ends to accommodate a variety of different sized lids. These circles are rubberized. You simply open the tweezers to fit over the lid (or lens cap) and squeeze on the open ends to form a firm seal. It gives much greater torque than you could ever manage with your palm or your grip alone. You should be able to pick one up in any kitchen store. They're quite inexpensive... around $5.

Let us know how you make out. If I get time I'll take a picture of ours in case you don't understand what I'm talking about.

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Forgive the lousy depth of field. Here it is:

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Melt it off!!!!
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I'm almost with Buddha on this one, but don't believe that you have to go to that extreme.

I'd try a hair dried on high first, and if that doesn't work a heat gun.

If you use a heat gun there's a good chance that the lens cap is ruined.

I know that some of mine fit loosely on some of my lenses and tight on others, so there's a good chance that you can use that one on some of your lenses but I wouldn't use it on that one again.
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lol! happened w/my Tamron 28-75mm!!! I thought I'd never get it off. I can't tell you what 'trick' I used to get it off; it just 'did' after some time. But once I did, I realized next time I put it on, I had to line up the two 'slots' in the cap with the red dot, or something like that. It's the only lens and cap I need to take care when putting the cap on.

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James: it's not stuck as in glass jar stuck. It'll loosen about 1/16th of a turn and then get stuck on something; at this point, it'll lift maybe 1/32" off the lens back. I've tried as much torque as I'm willing to try w/o risking permanent damage.

m80: I suspect that's exactly what happened. With lens caps, I usually just put it back on and spin it clockwise until it lands in the slot, figuring there's only one slot. With Tamron's dumb rear lens cap design, you can apparently put it into a slot that's not meant for it and it gets into this state. Really dumb IMHO and nothing mentioned about this in the docs. I emailed Tamron's customer service to see if they know of any tricks...if they don't I'm going to send it back to them for warrantee service since this can't be an intended design...maybe they can improve the CA/PF while they have it :-)
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I had this happen too. Just keep messing with the cap. If you got it on that way, you can get it back off. Just keep twisting it and pulling it a little. It may help to do it while pullng on one side more than the other and rocking it.
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have you tried using a feeler gauge(very thin metal strip) in between the cap and back of the lens. since it'll come free a little maybe you can find what's holding it..
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I did rock it for a while, jiggled, etc. I think I'm going to give up and send it back to Tamron. If they mess it up, I'm hoping they'll fix it :-)
Here's their amusing reply to my query:
"I think you might have to send the lens in because the cap will only get stuck if it is put on wrong. We will be glad to get it off as it may require some force."

Errrr....some force is not what I'm willing to do to a lens....sigh.
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Yes, I did have to apply more force theen I was comfortable with; but outta frustration i guess I got to that point and got it off. But no, it wasn't force alone. I can't say for sure how I also twisted it @ the same time.
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This happened to me - I put my Tamron lens rear cap (90mm /2.8) onto my sigma 30/1.4 and it wouldn't come off. But I was able to rotate the cap 15 degrees or so. It did come off eventually. I had to force twist it a little. Ridiculous that they cant get a 5 cent plastic piece right.
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