Android OS users can now tune the Tamron lens features in the field via a smartphone

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TAMRON announces development of TAMRON Lens Utility Mobile™ for
Android™1 OS; users can tune lens features in the field via a smartphone

August 4, 2022, Saitama, Japan – Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Shiro Ajisaka; Headquarters: Saitama City), a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announced the development of TAMRON Lens Utility Mobile™, a dedicated application for smartphones and tablets running with Android OS that provides convenient use in the field and expands the possibilities of video and still photography.
The application is the mobile version of the TAMRON Lens Utility dedicated PC software that has earned praise from many TAMRON lens users since its release in October 2021 and was developed in-house by TAMRON.

TAMRON Lens Utility Mobile™
Application Name TAMRON Lens Utility Mobile™
DATE OF LAUNCH Planned within 20222 Compatible OS Android 6-123
Compatible Lens 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2 (Model A063)
35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD (Model A058)

1 Android is a trademark of Google LLC.
2 Release date is subject to change depending on development conditions.
3 Compatible with Android devices fitted with USB Type-C ports only.

Summary of TAMRON Lens Utility Mobile

October 2021 marked the release of TAMRON Lens Utility, a dedicated PC software that enables the customization of various functions of select TAMRON lenses to match the video and still photography style of the lens user. Since then, we have received feedback regarding improved convenience from customers wishing to make lens function customizations when shooting in the field. As a result, we have developed TAMRON Lens Utility Mobile for Android OS. Using the TAMRON Connection Cable4, an Android smart device can be connected to a lens to easily configure lens customizations without requiring a computer.
A new function that enables lens operations to be controlled from a smartphone has also been added. For example, the A-B Focus function that smoothly shifts the focus from one preselected subject to another can be setup without touching the lens.
Expansion of functions in the future is possible to make users even more comfortable to try out video production.
4 TAMRON Connection Cable (USB Type C to Type C) (Model CC-350) is sold separately.

* Lens firmware updates are not supported with the Mobile version. Performing firmware updates requires the TAMRON Lens Utility for PC and a computer.
* This application is designed for Android OS. Please note that iOS is not supported at this time.

Functions of TAMRON Lens Utility Mobile

  1. ●Tethered remote control

    Dedicated features developed for the smartphone can be configured to perform tethered control.
    (Features that can be configured with the Remote Set Button in the application)
    – A-B Focus: Set 2 focus positions (A and B) and make the focus shift between A and B5
    – Focus Preset: Set your desired focus position and move the focus to the recorded point by a single tap of the Remote Set Button5

  2. ●Customizing the Custom Switch or Focus Set Button (Normal functions available with the PC version)

    – A-B Focus: Set 2 focus positions (A and B) and make the focus shift between A and B5
    – Focus Preset: Set your desired focus position and move the focus to the recorded point by a single
    press of the Focus Set Button5
    – Select AF/MF: Select AF and MF function using the Focus Set Button
    – Switch Focus Ring Function (Focus/Aperture): Switch Focus Ring Function from focus adjustment to aperture adjustment
    – Assign function from the camera: Assign custom functions from the camera body to the Focus Set Button
    5 With the Mobile version, the focus travel time can be specified in 0.1-second increments. With the PC version, there are eight possible speed levels.

    *The function of the Focus Set Button can be cleared.

  3. ●Customizing the Focus Ring

    – MF Ring Rotation: Change the rotation direction of the focus ring
    – MF Method: Choose the method of focus operation when using the focus ring
    * As the application is still under development, the screenshots are subject to change without notice due to design evolution or other factors.

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