Top 5 improvements made in the TAMRON 28-75mm F2.8 G2 (Model A063)
Back in 2018, TAMRON released the 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A036), its first lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras. Building upon features that have made TAMRON lenses popular for more than 70 years, the lens featured a lightweight, compact design that was ideal for mirrorless cameras, and balanced high resolving power with beautiful bokeh. The lens has enjoyed both success and high esteem since its introduction. In fact, it won the coveted EISA Award for year 2018-2019.
Never content to rest on their laurels, in 2021 TAMRON announced the further evolution of the 1st-generation Model A036 and the launch of the 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2 (Model A063).
Here, TAMRON introduces the five most important of the many improvements that have been made to 1st-generation model.
|Better image quality.||POINT 1.
Achievement of high image quality and resolving power while maintaining a compact, lightweight design.
|Improved close-focus and
MOD of 0.18m (7.1 in) at wide end and maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.7.
|Exciting new lens design.||POINT 3.
Scratch and fingerprint resistant, plus improved operability and texture.
|Faster autofocus speed.||POINT 4.
Twice as fast: uses high-speed, high-precision VXD linear motor focus mechanism.
Proprietary software tool TAMRON Lens Utility™ for lens function customization and firmware updates.
It was no easy task to improve upon the optical performance of the 1st-generation Model A036, which had an established reputation for its outstanding image quality. TAMRON redesigned the optical system of the 28-75mm F2.8 G2 from the ground up, thereby attaining the stunning performance befitting a new fast-aperture zoom lens.
The 28-75mm F2.8 G2 retains the same lightweight, compact design as its predecessor while delivering sharp rendering all the way to the corners of images, across the entire zoom range. Check the MTF charts and actual images to see how the Model A063 differs from the 1st-generation model.
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The Minimum Object Distance (MOD) of 0.19m (7.5 in) at the wide-end and maximum magnification ratio of 1: 2.9 that were achieved by the 1st-generation Model A036 have been well received because they allow users to enjoy close-up photography that emphasizes the perspective unique to wide-angle lenses. The 28-75mm F2.8 G2 achieves an MOD of 0.18m (7.1 in) at the wide-end, 1cm (0.4 in) closer than the Model A036, with a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.7. This allows users to get even closer to the subject for wide macro photography, enabling powerful visual impact with the subject large while keeping a wide view of the background in frame.
The all-new 28-75mm F2.8 G2 features a fresh, new design. Certain internal parts of the zoom ring and focus ring have been enhanced, resulting in smoother overall operability. The girth of the lens barrel has been slimmed down to give the lens a contoured profile that makes it easier to grip. This creates a comfortable shape that fits snugly and naturally in the hand. Plus, the surface of the lens exterior is shiny black, much glossier than previous models. Improved abrasion resistance makes the lens barrel harder to scratch and more resistant to fingerprints, too. Take a look at the design differences between the Model A036 and the Model A063 G2.
The AF drive system is equipped with VXD linear motor focus mechanism. The AF speed marks approximately twice1 as fast as the 1st-generation Model A036. With reliable, speedy focusing from the MOD to infinity and extremely good focus tracking, you are ready for those important moments even when photographing fast-moving subjects. Take a look at the movie comparing the speed of Model A036 vs. Model A063 G2.
1 Compared to RXD (Rapid eXtra-silent stepping Drive) used in Model A036
The 28-75mm F2.8 G2 incorporates the new ‘TAMRON Lens Utility’ software originally and uniquely developed by TAMRON. TAMRON Lens Utility can be operated using a computer by connecting the lens from its Connector Port via the optional TAMRON Connection Cable2. Users can customize the functions and update the firmware through the lens. The personal customization gives flexible shooting options to match the shooting situation such as still photography or videography.
2 TAMRON Connection Cable (USB Type-A to Type-C) sold separately.
[Focus Set Button settings]
- A-B Focus:
Set 2 focus positions (A and B) and make the focus shift between A and B
- Focus Preset:
Set your desired focus position and move the focus to the recorded point by a single button press
- 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 [Focus Ring settings] ・MF Ring Rotation: Change the rotation direction of the focus ring ・MF Method: Choose the method of focus operation when using the focus ring [Firmware update] You can update the firmware of the lens to the latest version by yourself
* The function of Focus Set Button can be cleared
[Focus Ring settings]
- MF Ring Rotation:
Change the rotation direction of the focus ring
- MF Method:
Choose the method of focus operation when using the focus ring
You can update the firmware of the lens to the latest version by yourself
A-B Focus video
This function allows you to shift focus at a preset speed by recording two preset focal points in advance. You may utilize this in a variety of situations to get exactly the kind of visual expression you want.
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28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2 a063(Model )
Outstanding resolution and superb overall performance in a lightweight and compact zoom lens. The 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2 (Model A063) is a fast-aperture standard zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras. The lens is the successor to the popular 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A036), the lens that flipped conventional thinking about standard zoom lenses upside down. High definition and spectacular image quality are the key areas of advancement. The AF drive is equipped with TAMRON’s linear motor focus mechanism VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) to enable high-speed, high-precision auto-focusing. Closeup shooting capabilities have also been improved and achieve an MOD (Minimum Object Distance) of 0.18m (7.1 in) at the 28mm wide end, and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.7. In addtion, the software, developed in-house, enables to easily customize functions and to update firmware.