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TAAB Lens Tab

35mmc – Hamish Gill

I do like a focusing tab on a rangefinder lens, I just find focusing slightly more intuitive somehow. Generally speaking I also find the lack of requirement to grip the focusing wheel to also be a slightly more effective of way focusing without introducing unnecessary movement to the camera. So when TAAB was pointed out to me, I thought I’d found the perfect solution to add a focusing tab to my lenses that don’t have one. Of course, the TAAB isn’t currently available to buy, it’s still in its beta testing phase, so I contacted them to find out if I could be a part of that process. The answer was yes, and this post represents my findings of my testing process; it’s half intended as a product review, and half feedback to TAAB.

After a brief email chat with Nate from TAAB, he agreed to send me a one for review, but luckily for me, and in fact the rest of the people in the beta testing program, we all received all three sizes of TAAB – mini, standard and hefty. You can see the size of lens for which these are intended on the TAAB Website Here.

Once I knew I was to receive all three, what I had in mind for them became three specific lenses in my box of rangefinder tricks – the 90mm elmar for the mini, the 28mm 1.9 Voigtlander for the standard, and the 50mm 1.1 Voigtlander for the hefty… Read the full story

TAAB Design Update

TAAB Design Update

A reporting on design updates and considerations based on feedback.

I wanted to update everyone on the latest design tweaks.  After having a healthy dose of feedback from both beta users and supporters, the following design tweaks will be included in the production designs.  New renderings will available shortly.

Logo Etching

The decision has been made to remove the TAAB logo etching on to the ring. As a photographer, I feel as though the logo will be distracting.

Tab Design

The tab design will feature a more ergonomic form.  A tapering of the finger rest will be introduced.  This will allow the tab to contour to the finger.

Slimmer Form

TAAB’s ring will be shaved down by 1mm.  This will slim down TAAB without sacrificing durability or rigidity.  Combined with the tapered tab, the overall look will be a sleeker TAAB.

TAAB Measuring Guide

TAAB Measuring Guide

TAAB Size Reference Sheet

If you would like to see the size of TAAB to scale, simple print out the attached PDF reference sheet or view it on your screen. Please make sure you set the reference scale to 1in (25.4mm) in order to get accurate scaling.

We have also updated sizing for Inches and MM.

TAAB MINI

Fits lens diameter – 1.75″ (44mm) to 2.25″ (57mm)
Fits lens circumference – 5.5″ (140mm) to 7″ (178mm)
Ring thickness of 0.3125″ (8mm)

TAAB STANDARD

Fits lens diameter – 2.00″ (50mm) to 2.50″ (64mm)
Fits lens circumference – 6.25″ (158mm) to 7.85″ (200mm)
Ring thickness of 0.375″ (9mm)

TAAB HEFTY

Fits lens diameter – 2.50″ (64mm) to 3.00″ (76mm)
Fits lens circumference – 7.85″ (200mm) to 9.25″ (235mm)
Ring thickness of 0.50″ (12mm)

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Japan Camera Hunter

THINGS JCH LIKES

Japan Camera Hunter

I get sent lots of lovely things in the post (and some less than lovely ones, the less said about that the better) and if I really like them than I like to give them a JCH seal of approval. Here are some of the things that have caught my eye lately. Read the full story

Exposure

EXPOSURE

TAAB Beta Testing by Daniel Gorman

TAAB’S TAKE ON LENS FOCUSING

I first came across TAAB while perusing Instagram feeds and analogue photography hashtags. The company had a super clean account with crisp black and white photos and an awesome looking product designed to speed focusing on rangefinder and SLR lenses. Their product is a black neoprene ring with a finger notch that slides over the focus ring of lenses to aid in speedier focusing.

Having looked for similar products in the past with no success, I was immediately interested. I went to their website and noticed they had a program set up for beta testers. I happily filled it out and within a few weeks received a package in the mail. Inside were two TAABs; Standard and Hefty. The initial batch of beta rings were described as rough around the edges but functionally sound. When I took them out of their sleek tin cases I was super pumped to use them.

Despite being rough cut at this stage, they fit over both my Pentax-M lenses and Canon lenses with a nice and tight fit. They’ll also fit perfectly on my Nikon pre-AI lenses, Canon FD lenses and with all other SLR brands and their various mounts. With the tins came a sleek brochure with the company’s info. They’ve done an excellent job with the aesthetics of the company and that goes a long way when dealing with photographers and visual people. Read the full story

Read the review:

You can read the complete review at dfg.exposure.co/taab-product-review

The Focal Point

THE FOCAL POINT

TAAB Beta Testing by Bo Williams

PREFACE

This is my first post on my newly created blog. With the spirit of newness in mind, I will be sharing my thoughts on a new product that is soon to hit the market; TAAB lens tab.

After discovering TAAB on Instagram, I was immediately intrigued. A non-destructive focus tab? Sounds pretty great to me! I specify non-destructive as I have previously attempted to rig a focus tab by ordering a “universal” tab online that didn’t fit and attempted to make it stay attached using an extremely adhesive tape, which has left residue that is slowing wearing off. Read the full story

Read the review:

You can read the complete review at bowilliamsphotography.com/thefocalpoint

Beta User Showcase: Darwin Lam

DARWIN LAM

In this update we wanted to start sharing the work of our beta users. Darwin is currently in the U.S. Army – stationed in Wiesbaden, Germany.  His work covers the day-to-day operations on base in Wiesbaden and the surrounding area in Western Germany.

FIRST CONTACT

When Darwin first contacted us, we were drawn to his intimate portrayal of army life in Wiesbaden, Germany. Before joining the army, Darwin lived in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

Recalling his younger days – he and his buddies would skip school taking the Bonanza bus from Kennedy Plaza bus station in Providence to get to Boston. There they would skate through the financial district and take the metro to explore the city, or even just chill at the aquarium all day.

His care free spirit is shown through his work, and his love of photography.  Documenting life as it plays out. Darwin currently shoots film Leica with a 50mm Summicron Type 3 lens. We sent Darwin a TAAB Mini to test out and look forward to sharing his experience with our community.

Built Tough

When we designed TAAB, we wanted to choose a material that would withstand the most rugged use.  Molded out of high grade Neoprene, TAAB is resistant to harsh chemicals, water, and sun exposure.  We are excited to see beta users from all walks of life testing the durability of TAAB.

Learn More

You can learn more about Darwin Lam by visiting his website at cargocollective.com/darwinlam