I picked up my camera bag a few days ago, which was not zipped shut. Out fell two of my lenses. In the process I broke the focus motor on one lens and cracked a Hoya HD polarizing filter on the other lens. Looking at the damage to the polarizing filter I can see that only the front piece of glass (the part that spins) is cracked. The inner piece of glass is unharmed. I have three questions:
- Is it possible to get just the outer piece of glass replaced by Hoya for a cheaper price than buying a brand new filter?
- Assuming the answer to #1 is no, is the inner piece of glass useful for anything? Can is act as an extra protective filter? Does it still have some polarizing effects without the outer piece of glass attached.
- If the answer to #2 is yes, does anyone have any suggestions on how to safely remove the outer piece of glass from the filter?