The advent of autofocus changed how pictures were taken. Modern AF systems are so quick and generally so accurate that I know for many the mere suggestion of manually focusing induces curious far-off stares. Understandable, but manual focusing still has a place.
For one, certain lenses are still made without autofocus abilities, ranging from the elite to the bargain, and sometimes using certain lenses with adapters may render the AF useless. Also, many of us still use old glass that we have either had for ages, inherited or simply enjoy. It’s a shame that so many shooters avoid old glass often due to a lack of AF, because there are some fantastic lenses to be had out there for little cost.
Anyway, extolling the virtues of manual focusing isn’t particularly what this is about. Assuming you already know what they are and use manual focusing either out of choice of necessity, you’ll know that some lenses aren’t the easiest to focus manually for a myriad of reasons; from size, overall ergonomics, etcetera. LensTAAB is aiming to be a friend and solution to these woes.
LensTAAB is simply a tough neoprene ring with ‘teeth’ on the inside, that goes on over the focusing ring and grips it without any other assembly or adhesive required. True to the name, each has a finger tab reminiscent of some old Leica and M lenses, which makes the task of manually focusing that much more comfortable, easy, and precise.
There are three different sizes to ensure that essentially all lenses are within the scope of help. There’s the Mini, seemingly for smaller mirrorless and rangefinder lenses; the Standard, for more typical sized lenses; and a Hefty for the more monstrous variety. You can measure the diameter of your lens to figure out the best one for you; however, if you want one now they’re not yet in stores, as the company seeks distributorship. So for the time being you can place a pre-order through their site.
I think for many, myself included, this looks promising, and I certainly wouldn’t mind throwing a few of these in my bag since they’re small, and I do manually focus my lenses often. My only concern is just how secure and tight they will grip the focus rings, because if they have a tendency to bend or slip, it could be the most frustrating thing, at which point I’ll chuck them after a minute. But the company seems positive this won’t be an issue. Time will tell and, hopefully, we can get a review unit and give you a verdict.