I just bought this lens and I want to paint over the many scratches on the barrel. Which method listed above would you consider the best. I do not want the scratches to show afterward, even on close inspection. Thank you so much for your help.
I had my lens inspected by a local, reputable camera repair shop (who said that it would still have to be sent to Nikon anyway) and their guesstimate was that it would be at least a $300 repair.
In looking on Ebay there are a plethora of this model lens selling for $200 to $300, and that mint condition lenses are selling for $400-500.
Given these numbers I ...
You can achieve some success to unscrew the filter by pushing the front of the lens against a rubber surface (the underside of a mouse pad, or and inner tire tube for instance) and turning the lens.
Don't be too happy to fast, among possible damage:
Slightly bent lens barrel (no way to align optical elements after that)
Slightly bent camera body around the ...
Canon needs to make good on this wide-spread problem--it is a disgrace and will lose many customers. Cameras should be returned for a fix that can be engineered by canon. Or maybe this is a ploy to get you to buy a new camera--If I do it won't be a Canon this time.my ELF SD550 cost a bundle back in its day and now it is useless.