Jim Swenson , Oct 17, 2003; 03:28 p.m.
This has happened twice with my girlfiends Rebel. Both times the UV ring was bent and the glass badly broken, like in spidered so bad that there were splinters of glass that had fallen out. Both times I managed to remove all the broken glass from filter leaving just the metal ring. The first time I bent it back grabbed it, at point of impack, with needle nose pliers and it turned and I unscrewed it. The second time that didn't work as it was bent very badly. I had to grab the UV ring and twist it until there was a kink that decreased the circumference enought that it popped out. Very tricky. Both times I was able to do it with any damage to lens.
You have to do this holding the lens upside down to keep glass off the front element of lens. The first one took me umost two hours. The second one over three. Very tedious and nerve wracking, but can be done. The first accident was over two years ago. The second six months ago. I'm glad to say that she has not had a problem with either lens or the camera. Yes, the barrel remained in tact and she can easily screw on and off filters.