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    Tools/ lens retaining ring (Wrench?)

    A (long) while ago we had a tread where some one posted a link to a company selling tools for photography gear (filter ring straighteners etc). Now I wnat to buy one of those lens retaining ring wrenches and just found out I lost the link. I did search for it here but I can't find it.
    Does the company still exist and does any of you have the link?

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    Søren, I'm not sure if you mean a specific lens spanner, but I have the one Badger sell.

    It is a generic one size fits all, it is able to be sized accordingly to the width of each different retaining ring.

    It works from 0 through to a number 5 (huge) ring I undid for a friend with an ancient brass looking thingy attached to an 8x10" camera a few weeks ago.

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    Various types show up on *bay too. Search for lens wrench, or lens spanner.

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    Thanks guys. Mick I don't mean a specific spanner, just a good quality one. Jandavid i found one on the bay Im just not sure about the quality.
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    You might be thinking of micro-tools.com, they carry several and have a European and a U.S. web site. Then there is skgrimes makes a very nice one as well.
    I recently bought one of these; http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...ns_Wrench.html which many people have recommended, I've not used it yet though.

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    sk grimes sells a spanner that is pretty amazing
    designed by steve grimes choice of 2 tips, and it comes in a wood box ( or used to at least ).
    you can find them in the sponsor page (skgrimes.com)too.
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    I got one of the cheap "economy" ones from micro-tools a couple of weeks ago, and I've used it a bunch of times. It's a little awkward, and the bar without the thumbscrews likes to fall out, but it certainly does its job. The ends are a little too thick for a lot of my smaller lenses, though. That ended up not being a problem for me (there was enough friction to unscrew them anyway), but might be if you have a particularly tight one.

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    I used to have an adjustable type that used two round rods to hold the wrenches straight. I think I got it for $15. A waste of money. The one from SKGrimes looks good, but I didn't want to spend that much. I just got one from Linos (formerly Rodenstock) at B&H for $15. It's not adjustable, but has pre-sets for common shutters like Copal 0, 1, and 3. It works great and there are no moving parts to lose.
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    Wauw thanks guys. Thats a lot of options. Yes Microtools was the name of the firm, now I remember.
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    I have an SK Grimes one somewhere, and while it's great it's not all that good for some older retaining rings with narrow slots or even small holes. I may buy a set from www.micro-tools.de just for those pesky little awkward thingies.
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