THE BASIC STRAP

Rethink Basic

Our new “Basic” camera strap is anything but basic.

The TAAB “Basic Strap” is anything but basic. A camera strap that looks good, but doesn’t stand out. Each “Basic” strap is made with premium bridle leather, hand-riveted, and hand-finished. Strong, durable, and made to last.

Each strap is secured using solid Saddlers copper rivet – one of the strongest ways to hold leather together without stitches. We use a custom manufactured copper rivet that is nickel plated to a nice chrome finish. Securing your camera is top priority, therefore we use heavy-duty split rings that are made from durable strength stainless steel. These are serious heavy-duty rings, unlike many found on straps today. Our split rings are fabricated in the USA of spring tempered steel which is then plated in bright nickel to prevent corrosion. These rings open easily, yet resume their original shape without distortion.

Each strap is hand-riveted and inspected to ensure a proper fit.

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TAAB: The little gadget that makes manual focusing enjoyable again!

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A focus tab can help you focus faster in two ways:

1.- The ring becomes much easier to turn and control.

2.- The tactile feel and position of the tab will aid you (without looking) in knowing what distance is set on the lens. For example at 1500 (3:00pm) it will be exactly at lets say 3 meters and at 7:00pm it would be at 1 meter. Since this TAAB is movable, you can set that distance to your liking.

All my rangefinder lenses have a focusing tab from original design and done in the manufacturing process, so they are fixed which in many ways is much better.

The Leica Elmarit M 90mm f/2.8 doesn’t have a focus tab. It has a long throw, which can be good for a lens like this since you need very precise movements to focus at 90mm but adding this little TAAB suddenly your motion is smother, has a better grip and has the same idea of the tabs found in other lenses.

The material is made of strong, durable and yet soft to the touch plastic. Very “grippy.” I don’t work for these guys and I had to purchase mine but go ahead and Get yours here you won’t regret it.

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Taab Focus Rings

Transform the handling of your non-tab Leica lenses

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What do the current Leica 50mm Summicron, 50mm Noctilux and 75/90mm Apo-Summicrons have in common? They all lack a focus tab, something that I find near essential, especially in a smaller-diameter lens such as the 50 ‘Cron.

In fact, while I can accept the absence of a tab on fatter lenses such as the Noctilux, I find the 50 Summicron frustrating to use. Most Leica lenses I use regularly, from the 28mm Elmarit, through the 35mm Summicron and Summilux, to the 50mm Summilux and the 50mm Apo-Summicron, are equipped with a standard focus tab which improves the ergonomics no end. Even the now-defunct but enticing 28-35-50 Tri-Elmar is equipped with a substantial tab and it definitely improves the handling.

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TAAB Lens Focus Tab

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If you´re a keen photographer, and are all about manual focusing, this is just the thing for you. Meet Taab, you´re new best friend. Taab is the easiest way to add a focus tab on your lens, simply slip it on to get a sturdy finger rest, a smooth grip and tactile feel when you need critical focus, it also gives you a visual guide to let you know your focus point. Available in three sizes to fit most lenses, Taab is built ultra tough with ultra durability for any rugged use.

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LFI Magazine: Focusing Aid

  • August 17, 2015
  • News

Focusing Aid

As featured in the August 2015 issue of LFI Magazine

U.S. company TAAB offer Leica-style lens focus tabs. After extensive beta testing, the tabs were launched on the market last month.

The majority of lenses in the M’s portfolio feature an integrated lens focus tab with a finger grip positioned on the lower half of the lens. However, there are still some exceptions – among them the Summicron-M 50mm f/2, the APO -Summicron-M 90mm f/2 Asph and the Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 Asph. The American start-up company TAAB now offer an innovative solution with their universally compatible focusing tabs. Mounting the lens tab requires a degree of patience, as the resilient Neoprene material offers little elasticity. Once attached, fine grooves on the interior surface prevent the ring from slipping out of place.

Almost appears to be part of the lens: the TAAB lens tab with convenient finger grip.

The result is a more ergonomic lens, with increased comfort during manual focusing. As an added advantage, the photographer is able to adjust the position of the tab around the circumference of the lens. While you may choose to attach it in the same position as on regular M lenses (on the lower part of the lens if the focus ring is set to 1.5 metres), alternative locations, such as the minimum focusing distance or infinity, are also available options. When mounted in the customary Leica position, the tab can be used to roughly select the focusing distance without looking through the viewfinder: set to the left, the tab corresponds to the closest focusing distance; when the tab is placed to the right, the focus is set to infinity.

TAAB lens tabs are matte black, and come in three sizes: ‘Mini’ (with a diameter of 44-57 mm) fits the Summicron-M50 mm f/2; ‘Standard’ (50-64 mm) is suitable for the APO Summicron-M 90mm f/2 Asph, while the Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 Asph requires the ‘Hefty sized TAAB with a diameter of 64-76 mm.

For detailed sizing information visit the company’s homepage at www.lenstab.com.

TAAB Tips #1

  • August 12, 2015
  • Tips

How to properly stretch and size your TAAB.

Hello, TAAB is rated to stretch about 1/2″ and because the band is very thin (for comfort), you should understand how to properly stretch and size your TAAB. A quick video guide is now available.

TAAB Fulfillment Update

TAAB Fulfillment Update

A reporting on preorder shipping.

We wanted to send out a quick email to let you know that TAAB has begun processing and fulfilling pre-orders. We are shipping orders in batches.

What this means for customers who pre-ordered early is that they will receive their TAABS first. We hope to catch up on all orders in about 1 week.

New orders received going forward will be shipped out in 5-7 business days until orders are caught up. Thank you for your support and patience.

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TAAB Lens Tab

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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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