Tamron’s new mobile app lets you fine-tune your lens’ functionality

Scheduled to launch later this year, Tamron has announced the development of its new Lens Utility Mobile app for smartphones and tablets that run Android operating systems (specifically compatible with Android OS 6-12) and will only be compatible with Android devices that are equipped with USB Type-C ports.

The app, previously released as PC software, will allow users to customize various functions of select Tamron lenses and optimize settings to match both the user’s unique video style and photography choices.

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Camera and lens customization apps have been around for a few years now, but not many people know about them. Usually, most camera manufacturers have their own remote control or image transfer app that they encourage users with compatible cameras to download.

For example, Sony A7 series users may be familiar with the “Imaging Edge” app, and for Canon users, there is the “Camera Connect” app. Nikon has its own Wireless Mobile Utility and SnapBridge app.

The last Tamron Utility Mobile Lens (opens in a new tab) is designed to provide users with a hands-on experience of adjusting image setups and customizing lenses in the field, while expanding the possibilities of what can be achieved through video and photography captured using of Tamron lenses.

Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD G2 on a Sony A7III (Image credit: Matthew Richards)

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The app originally started as an in-house developed PC software by the Tamron team, finally released in October 2021, and has earned praise from many Tamron lens owners since its launch.

After receiving valuable feedback from customers on how convenience could be improved, especially from those who wish to customize lens functions when shooting in the field, Tamron decided to use these features under the format of a smartphone application with use by Android smart devices.

The Tamron Lens Utility app will require an Android smart device to be connected to a lens using the Tamron connection cable (USB Type-C), to easily configure lens customizations and settings without the need for a camera. ‘a computer. However, performing firmware updates will still require the Tamron Utility PC software and cannot be done using the app.

At launch, only the following Tamron lenses will be compatible with the new Tamron Lens Utility Mobile: Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2 (opens in a new tab) (Model A063) and Tamron 35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD lenses (Model A058).

Some of the many features of the Tamron Lens Utility Mobile app will include a tethered remote control, customization of custom switch and focus adjustment buttons (the AB Focus feature will smoothly shift the focus from a selected subject to another and can be configured without touching the lens) and customization of the focus ring, switching from autofocus to manual focus.

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A possible expansion of these functions is expected in the near future, as it becomes possible to make users even more comfortable and encouraged to test their skills in video production.

The Tamron Lens Utility Mobile is expected to launch later this year, but unfortunately iOS will not be supported at this time.

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