Adam Savage Performs Nerve Racking Lens Surgery

Tested, a Youtube channel featuring the adventures of Adam Savage and his colleagues, has released a video that is bound to make any camera fanatic squirm. Adam takes an 1,800 dollar camera lens to a bandsaw in a final attempt to remove a stuck lens filter.

You may be wondering how exactly one gets to this point, what circumstances lead up to a lens filter so stuck that the only removal option is a power tool. As Norm, the two time filter breaking culprit puts it, “I did it again…I ran into the cave and literally dropped the camera”.

Since this wasn’t Adam Savage’s first broken filter rodeo he already had a safe removal solution, a filter wrench. But, when that failed he had to take a more hands-on approach.

Watch how Adam man handles the lens, performing nail biting lens surgery with a bandsaw. You might want to sit down for this.


Adam shows us that camera gear is just a tool and sometimes you have to treat it as such. Even then, a bandsaw probably shouldn’t be the first thought that pops into your head when it comes to fixing camera equipment — maybe consider a professional.

Keep in mind what Adam has taught you and repeat after me “A camera is a tool. A camera is just a tool.” But still, be careful with your gear. You wouldn’t run around with a jackhammer would you?

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