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Hi,

 

I own 3 lenses: 35mm lux asph, 50mm lux non-asph and 75mm lux. Only the 35mm is tabbed and I like the tab a lot, just a lot easier to know instantly approximately where the lens is focused to as soon as you pick the camera up, and helps me to focus faster.

 

What are the options or people experience in tabbing the lenses themselves? I googled a bit there seems to be a few options. But it wasn't a lot of information. Wonder why this isn't more common, tabs are nice aren't they?

 

Byron

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If it's of any help I have seen on one of the fuji forums a 3d printed focus tab for the excellent Fuji X100S looked a bit crude but some of the users loved it, could possibly be something to explore.

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What are the options or people experience in tabbing the lenses themselves?

 

I've seen all sorts of DIY attempts on various lens, including using this material: Photography - the future needs fixing - sugru

 

There's also the 'Steer' that some people seem to like: www.leicagoodies.com

 

Both of the above are removable (although the Sugru requires cutting away after its hardened; I've used it for various projects but not as a lens tab.)

 

But personally I'd just have a Leica tech install a focusing tab. It will be professional looking and fully functional like any of the tabbed factory Leica lenses. Plus it won't risk impacting the value of the lens like a DIY attempt might do; it will more than likely even add value.

 

DAG (Don Goldberg in the US) can do it. He used to charge 70 USD for the job. That was about 7 years ago but I imagine it's still probably under or maybe right at 100 USD now. Anyway, try contacting a good Leica tech and ask about getting it done.

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If you're not worried by looks, try a plastic cable tie. Wrap it round the focus ring, pull tight and cut off the excess. Use the small square-ish piece as the tab. No plastic surgery on your lens either!

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If you're not worried by looks, try a plastic cable tie. Wrap it round the focus ring, pull tight and cut off the excess. Use the small square-ish piece as the tab. No plastic surgery on your lens either!

 

+ 1

 

James

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I recommend this.

 

https://sugru.com

 

(I have no connection with them, but I've used it for several things and it's brilliant, in that it really does what it says it does.)

 

Thanks for posting!

 

Looks very good for DIY projects

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Heavy Star focus tab, use 3M automotive tape to stick on. It works PERFECTLY. And, if you wanted to take it off it leaves zero trace.

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Heavy Star focus tab, use 3M automotive tape to stick on. It works PERFECTLY. And, if you wanted to take it off it leaves zero trace.

 

Don't bet on that!

Selling my M9 after having had my thumby-like-artcle-of-undisclosed-source removed by a reputable Feinmechaniker led to an additional loss, due to the paint damage.

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I went to my Leica Dealer and ordered an original Tab from Leica. It comes with 2 little screws.

I placed it with double sided tape on an Summicron 50 (latest Version) it looks nearly original (from the two small sides you can see the white tape, i think its not available in black) and works since a few months without a problem.

 

And the best: Leica sent the tab for free!!

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Posted a bit earlier.

The lens has a tab but the ring gear lets you focus without the tab.

Good for injured hands.

 

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I have these on all my lenses.

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Don't bet on that!

Selling my M9 after having had my thumby-like-artcle-of-undisclosed-source removed by a reputable Feinmechaniker led to an additional loss, due to the paint damage.

 

Trust me, the 3m double sided auto tape leaves no trace or sticky stuff and doesn't take off the paint. I just took one off a summicron that was on for a year (selling the lens).

 

I feel your pain on the loss -- my screen protector cracked and when I tried to take it off I ended up peeling off the back LCD of the M9. I basically glued another screen protector on and it looks like crap. Oh well, I'm not planning to sell the camera anyway.

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I think I could probably design some focus tabs that didn't need gluing on, if someone wanted to PM me to provide measurements and test it?

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Where can I get ring like that ?

 

 

This one came from a model car store. It was a drive gear which I bored out to fit, then cut to clear the focusing tab.

 

 

 

 

Sent from my Etcha-sketch.

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