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

What’s the deal with lens focus tabs?

  • April 11, 2015
  • Tips

On some early rangefinder lenses, a focus tab (also called focus lever) was designed as part of a lens focus aid. Essentially it is a protrusion of the focus ring that a finger rest on. Focus tabs serve two primary benefits.

Visual Feedback

One can learn to memorize the position of the focus tab and know the range of focus. This is great for street shooting where the photographer can quickly determine the focus point needed in order to focus on the subject properly.

On the Leica 50 Summicron for example. When the focus tab is positioned at 6 o’clock, the focus lies at approximately 6 feet. Quickly sliding it to 45 degrees to the right (counter-clockwise) will land the focus at infinity. Sliding it 45 degrees to the left (clockwise) will land the focus at around 3 feet.

Speed & Control

One can throw the focus much faster using a lens focus tab. The speed and control achieved by the dexterity of the finger is much more intuitive that holding the focus ring. When greater control and detailed focus is required (such as macro work), a lens focus tab offers the ability to adjust the focus with greater control.