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Samsung Adds Ultrawide Zoom, Mid-Telephoto Prime to NX Lens Lineup
by Joel Shore -  10/30/2012

It's pretty clear that compact, mirrorless cameras are wildly popular and here to stay. Samsung, one of the leaders in the category, continues to expand its presence, introducing two new lenses that join its NX system of compact system cameras, a 12-24mm f/4-5.6 ED ultra-wide zoom lens for $599.99 and the 45mm f/1.8 mid-telephoto prime lens $299.99.

Samsung NX lenses

The two lenses offer a balance of portability and ease-of-use, and should give you an easy way to explore your photographic creativity, while keeping the weight of your gear down.

The Samsung NX Lens 12-24mm f/4-5.6 ED can capture dramatic landscapes and also take shots in confined interior spaces. At 7.3 ounces, it's also compact - a good choice for traveling. Image quality is heightened with a low-dispersion glass lens element and two aspherical glass elements designed for sharpness with low chromatic aberration.

Samsung's NX Lens 45mm f/1.8 weight just 4 ounces. It's a mid-telephoto prime lens that is designed to deliver a creamy background blur (bokeh), desirable for creating stunning portraits. The bright F1.8 aperture allows for fast shooting and will perform equally well in bright and low-light environments.

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Both lenses include Samsung's i-Function, an control system that allows you to easily adjust shutter speed, aperture and ISO settings. The new lenses are compatible with Samsung's complete line-up of NX Series cameras, including the 2012 line of NX Smart Cameras: the NX1000, NX210 and NX20.

Samsung NX Lens 12-24mm F4-5.6 ED Specifications:

Focal Length

12 - 24mm (equivalent to 18.5-37mm in 35mm format)

Elements in Groups

10 elements in 8 groups (2 Aspherical lens, 1 Extra-low Dispersion lens)

Angle of View

99.0°- 60.7°

Aperture

F4 - 5.6 (Min. F22), (Number of Blades : 7 , Circular Aperture Diaphragm)

OIS

No

Minimum Focus Distance

0.24m

Maximum Magnification

Approx.0.14X

i Scene

Backlight, Landscape, Sunset, Dawn, Beach & Snow, Night

Lens Hood

Yes (Included)

Filter Size

58mm

Mount Type

Samsung NX Mount

Dimension (DxL)

63.5 x 65.5mm

Weight

208g (without hood)

Samsung NX Lens 45mm F1.8 Specifications:  

Focal Length

45mm (equivalent to 69.3mm in 35mm format)

Elements in Groups

7 elements in 6 groups

Angle of View

34.7°

Aperture

F1.8 (Min. F22), (Number of Blades : 9 , Circular Aperture Diaphragm)

OIS

No

Minimum Focus Distance

0.45m

Maximum Magnification

Approx. 0.13X

i Scene

Night, Portrait, Beauty shot, Children, Backlight, Sports

Lens Hood

Yes (Included)

Filter Size

43mm

Mount Type

Samsung NX Mount

Dimension (DxL)

62.0 x 44.5mm

Weight

115g (without hood)