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Tamron 20-40mm VXD Lens for Sony Owner Manual

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About Tamron

Tamron is a Japanese company that specializes in the design and manufacture of photographic lenses, optical components, and various other optical products. Founded in 1950, Tamron has a long history of producing high-quality lenses for a wide range of cameras, including DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, and other imaging devices. The company is known for its innovative lens designs and its commitment to providing affordable yet excellent optical products.


  • The C€ Marking is a directive conformity mark of the European Community (EC).
  • The EEC Conformity Report applies to the Council (C€ Directive 2014/30/EU, 2011/65/EU and is used by Tamron Co., Ltd., manufacturer of this product.

Thank you for purchasing this Tamron lens. Before using your new lens, please read the contents of this Owner’s manual to properly use the lens. Also, it will be important to read the manual of the camera to which you will attach the lens. After reading, store this Owner’s manual in a safe place. Please read also the document “Precautions for Safe Use of Tamron Lenses” supplied with the lens for the detailed safety precautions to observe when using Tamron lenses.

Warning Explains precautions that help to prevent problems. 

Note: Explain things you should know in addition to basic operations.

PART NAMES (Refer to Fig. 1)Tamron 20-40mm VXD Lens for Sony-fig 1

  1. Lens hood
  2. Hood attaching alignment mark
  3. Hood locking mark
  4. Filter ring
  5. Hood release mark
  6. Focus ring
  7. Focal length scale
  8. Focal length mark
  9. Zooming ring
  10. Connector port
  11. Lens attachment mark 
  12. Lens-camera interface contacts


Tamron 20-40mm VXD Lens for Sony-fig 4

Length: From tip of front element to mount surface.

Note: Specifications, appearance, functionality, etc. are subject to change without prior notice.


Remove the rear cap of the lens. Align the lens attachment mark 11 and mounting mark on the camera, and then insert the lens. Turn the lens clockwise until it locks. To remove the lens, turn the lens in the opposite direction while pressing the lens release button on the camera.

Turn off the power of the camera before attaching or removing the lens.

Note: For details, please read the instruction manual of your camera.


Select the desired focus mode on the camera. For manual focusing, turn the focus ring 6 to acquire the desired focus. For details, please read the instruction manual of your camera.

Warning Under AF mode, there may be difficulty for autofocus to work depending on the subject.


Connect the connector port to a computer using the TAMRON connection cable (sold separately) and use the dedicated “TAMRON Lens Utility ™” application to customize the focus ring and update the firmware. See the online help of “TAMRON Lens Utility ™” using the link below for more details. https://www.tamron.ip/en/support/lensutility/help/

Do not use the TAMRON connection cable (sold separately) for any purpose other than connecting the TAMRON lens equipped with a connector port to a computer. Our company will not bear any responsibility for any loss or damage of data in use of the TAMRON connection cable (sold separately).

ZOOMING (Ref. Fig. 1)

Turn the zooming ring (9 to adjust the focal length (Zoom position) to the desired position.

LENS HOOD (Ref. Figs. 1, 2, 3)

The hood 1 can eliminate stray light that may affect the picture.

  • Using the lens hood (Ref. Fig. [2)Tamron 20-40mm VXD Lens for Sony-fig 2
    Align the hood attaching alignment mark (2 of the hood with the hood release mark 5 of the lens.
    Rotate the hood © in the direction of the arrow until the hood locking mark 3 meets the hood release mark 5.

  • Stowing the lens hood (Ref. Fig. 3)Tamron 20-40mm VXD Lens for Sony-fig 3
    Attach the hood in reverse and rotate it until it locks.

Warning Be aware that the periphery of the photographed image may be darkened if the hood 1 is not attached properly.


  • An internal focusing (IF) system is employed to reduce the minimum focus distance. The angle of view may be wider than that of lenses with other focusing systems when shooting at a distance less than infinity.
  • The lens hood or the lens barrel may block the light from the flash. It is recommended to perform trial shooting in advance.
  • Differences in the display systems of cameras may cause them to show values different from the maximum and minimum aperture values from the specifications. This is not an indication of an error.
  • Do not touch the lens-camera interface contacts (2 with your fingers. Otherwise, it may cause a malfunction.
  • If the temperature changes suddenly, condensation may form and cause malfunctions.
  • The front lens is covered with a stain-proof coating. After removing the dust on the lens surface with a blower or another means, wipe it with a dry cloth.
  • Never use benzene, thinner, or other organic solvents to clean the lens.
  • Store the lens in a clean and well-ventilated place.
  • For more details on the lens cleaning and storage, compatibility with cameras, and other support information see our website. https://www.tamron.jp/en/support/

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Precautions for Safe Use of Tamron Lenses

For safe operation be sure to carefully read the “Precautions for Safe Use of Tamron Lenses” and the manual before using the product. After reading them, store them in a place where they can easily be reviewed whenever needed. Caution instructions are divided into the following two categories according to the degree of danger involved.

WARNING This indicates instructions that if not followed or if performed incorrectly could lead to death or serious injury.

  • Do not view the sun or other strong light source directly through the lens or a camera while using this lens.
  • Doing so could cause loss of vision, damage to the lens and/or the camera, and possibly cause the lens and/or camera to ignite. 
  • Do not disassemble, repair, or modify the lens. This could damage the lens or camera.
  • Keep the lens out of the reach of small children. There is a risk of injury if the lens is dropped or falls.

CAUTION This indicates instructions which if not heeded or if performed incorrectly could lead to bodily injury or physical damage

  • Do not place the lens in direct sunlight or leave it in an extremely hot place such as inside a car. Doing such could damage the internal parts of the lens or cause a fire.
  • Always attach the lens cap whenever the lens is not in use.
  • When attaching the lens to the camera, ensure that the lens has been properly attached to the camera and firmly locked. If the lens is not attached properly, it could be difficult to remove or it could fall off causing damage or injury.
  • Do not use this lens for any application other than photography.
  • Do not carry around the lens while it is still attached to a tripod.
  • Regarding the lens equipped with a connector port
  1. Place the lens in a stable location when customizing the lens using the dedicated application (TAMRON Lens Utility M. Make sure not to let it fall or impact the lens.
  2. When connecting the lens to a computer, use a Tamron connection cable (sold separately).
  3. Do not touch the connector port with your fingers or a metal object. Also, prevent dust or water from adhering to the connector port. if the connector port is dirty, it may cause connection problems.
  • Tamron will not be responsible for damages caused by a failure, a fire, or other accidents that may occur when using an accessory other than Tamron accessories. Note that in case of such damage, repair of the Tamron lens will be charged since it is not covered by the warranty

FAQS About Tamron 20-40mm VXD Lens for Sony

What is the Tamron 20/40’s minimum focus distance?


What exactly does VXD on Tamron lenses mean?

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The Tamron 20–40 mm is full-frame, right?

The 20-40mm F2. 8 is a fast-aperture standard zoom lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras, covering the 20-40mm focal length range.

What is a lens’ maximum focusing distance?

All normal lenses can focus at a maximum distance of infinity.

The Tamron 20-40 is weather sealed, right?

The lens is completely weatherproof.

What is the lens’s shortest operating distance?

Each lens has a minimum focusing distance at which it may capture an image.

Are Tamron optics of a good caliber?

Some very high-quality lenses are produced by independent producers like Tamron.

Does Tamron use image stabilization in their lenses?

Both Tamron’s exclusive VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization are included.

Are Tamron lenses long-lasting?

Additionally, its toughness will guarantee that your camera maintains shooting.

Tamron is it full frame?

These full frame DSLR camera lenses have been meticulously created to adhere to all full frame DSLR camera requirements.

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