Tamron Lens Utility app brings remote focus control from Android mobiles

Tamron Lens Utility app
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The new Tamron app can make adjustment to Tamron lens settings out in the field and follows on from the Tamron Lens Utility for computers that was released back in October 2021. It uses the Tamron USB-C Connection cable to hook an Android device up to a Tamron lens for configuration. 

The Tamron Lens Utility app was first announced back in August 2022, but it is now officially available on the Google Play Store (opens in new tab). However, it is still under development.

One feature already available is an A-B Focus function that can shift focus smoothly from one point to another, so a little like a remote follow focus system but driven by the lens’s AF motors rather than gears and belts. Tamron says the functions can be expanded in the future.

The app also makes it possible to choose a set focus position and then move the focus to that point using the app’s Remote Set Button. These focus features sound especially useful for videographers using manual focus shifts. 

(Image credit: Tamron)
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Other app tools can control the way the lens operates, switching from AF to manual focus, for example, or changing the direction of the manual focus ring.

What the app cannot do is install Tamron lens firmware updates. This must still be done via the Tamron Utility computer software. There is also no iOS version at this time.

Not every lens is compatible, either. Here’s the list right now:

Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2 (opens in new tab) (model A063)
• Tamron 35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD (model A058)
Tamron 20-40mm F/2.8 Di III VXD (opens in new tab) (Model A062)

Tamron is keen to stress that the Tamron Lens Utility app is still under development and that features are subject to change without notice. You can download the app right now, though, from the Google Play store (opens in new tab).

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Rod Lawton
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Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at fotovolo.com (opens in new tab) but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at lifeafterphotoshop.com (opens in new tab)