The Value of Packing a Filter Wrench

Choosing a Filter Wrench

While planning our getaway for the holidays, I decided I would like to add a travel lens and filter wrench to my arsenal. We were headed to Gran Canaria I wanted something that I could leave on my camera most of the time so I wouldn’t have to lug around my camera bag everywhere we went.

After a lot of research and having read several recommendations, I decided to get a  Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0 L IS USM lens. I chose this length as it covered most of the basic scenarios I might encounter while on the island.

As we were staying in Playa del Inglés, I knew I might encounter blowing sand from the dunes nearby and boy was I right! This photo shows how bad it was most days:

Sand blowing across the dunes at Maspalomas, Gran Canaria
Strong wind blowing sand across the dunes at Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

Hoping to save myself from trouble later, I purchased a  UV lens filter. You can get cheaper filters, but what they say is true: you get what you pay for! Why bother buying a great lens if you’re not going to protect it properly?

The Problem

Anyway, it did the trick! Except…it still wasn’t perfect. I ended up getting some debris between the filter and my lens. I noticed after a few days of trying to get clear shots while still trying to keep my camera protected from the full force of the wind-blown sand.

Once back to the house, we all tried and failed to remove the filter. Even my husband with his death-grip fingers couldn’t get it to budge!

The Solution!

The moral of the story is that a £5.99 lens filter wrench that takes up next to no space or weight in my luggage could have saved me a lot of time messing with my lens and having to do extra editing to all of my images.