Customizable focus options ? Fstoppers reviews the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III VXD G2 lens


When considering which lens to buy, there are a few features and technicalities to consider to help you make your decision. If being able to customize the focus of your lens is important to you, you’ll want to check out the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III VXD G2.

Before we dive into the lens focus customization capabilities, let’s take a look at them first. If you’re a fan of Tamron lenses, especially the earlier 28-75mm version, you’re going to love this one even more. Everything has been kicked up a notch to include updated optics, an improved focus motor and a USB-C port to fine tune some of its options. The lens is lightweight with its composite plastic construction, but feels sturdy. I like that it doesn’t add a ton of weight to the camera. Behind the focus ring on the right side of the lens is the USB-C port, which allows you to perform firmware updates.

Tamron Lens Utility Program

This lens is compatible with Tamron’s new lens Tamron Lens Utility program, which lets you configure some customizations based on the lens’ capabilities. Once you’ve connected your lens and launched the Tamron Lens Utility program, you can dive into the settings. The Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III VXD G2 allows you to set custom settings for the focus knob and focus ring. Photographers and filmmakers can take advantage of these options, but if you’re shooting video, you have several more customization options.

Program requirements

Windows 8.1 or higher, 32-bit or 64-bit

  • 1 GB of RAM or more
  • 16 GB of HD space
  • USB2.0

macOS 10.15 or higher

  • Intel or M1 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM or more
  • 12.5 GB of HD space
  • USB2.0

If you’re a hybrid photographer and filmmaker, depending on the projects you have in store for that day, you can quickly set custom options and save those settings for quick loading when you need to switch between them. ‘other. You can also bring your laptop with you and even change settings while the camera is connected and in use. For the focus ring settings, you can customize the ring rotation between default and reverse, and the MF method between linear and nonlinear. In linear focus mode, the change depends on the amount of adjustment, while nonlinear mode allows changes based on how fast you turn the ring.

When customizing the focus button, you have several other options to choose from. You can program the focus button to be another custom button, make it a toggle button between AF and MF, you can configure it as a focus preset button to save a focus setting , or switch it between two focus points with AB Focus. There’s even an option for the focus button to switch the ring function between focus and aperture settings. If you plan to shoot video, you can change the focus and focus speed of the lens for focus preset mode and AB focus mode.


All in all, I think this lens would be a great addition, with nice f/2.8 optics and a good zoom range that would work well for many, all at great value. For mirrorless shooters or filmmakers using Sony mirrorless cameras, the custom options with focus knob and ring come in handy. The option to shoot focus at the push of a button makes it a whole lot easier. Even for photos, lock that focus and if something happens just press the button to go back, which is also very useful. What do you think of a customizable button on a lens?


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