Samsung has announced US pricing for the 12-24mm F4-5.6 ED wide-angle zoom and 45mm F1.8 mid-telephoto prime for its NX system. The lenses - announced at Photokina - will cost around $600 for the wide-angle zoom and $300 for the 45mm F1.8. Oddly we're told there are no samples of the 45mm F1.8 at the show where they're being 'unveiled', so we can't know if it's any closer to the promised 'ultra-professional look and feel' than the inexpensive-feeling early examples we saw at Photokina.


Press Release:

Samsung’s Grows NX System; Unveils Two Lightweight NX Lenses at PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo

New ultra-wide zoom and mid-telephoto prime lenses capture professional-quality images and join the growing NX Family of Compact System Cameras, Lenses and Accessories

New York, NY, October 25, 2012 – Samsung Electronics America Inc., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today introduces two new lenses that join Samsung’s NX system of compact system cameras.  Samsung’s new 12-24mm F4-5.6 ED ultra-wide zoom lens (MSP of $599.99) and the 45mm F1.8 mid-telephoto prime lens (MSP of $299.99) are on display at the PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo at the Javits Convention Center in New York City.

The new NX lenses offer the perfect balance of portability and smooth ease-of-use, giving photographers an easy way to explore their photographic creativity, while keeping their system equipment light. Also at the PhotoPlus Expo, Samsung will exhibit its full line of Digital Imaging products, including SMART cameras and camcorders with built-in Wi-Fi, compact point-and-shoots, and new durable and stylish memory cards.

“Earlier this year, Samsung introduced the world’s first compact system cameras with built-in Wi-Fi, and with the addition of the lightweight ultra-wide zoom lens and mid-telephoto prime lens – Samsung continues its leadership in imaging innovation,” said Reid Sullivan, Senior Vice President of Mobile Entertainment. “With a diverse portfolio of 11 lenses, the Samsung NX system offers a solution for virtually any photographer from beginner to the most seasoned professional.”

Samsung NX Lens 12-24mm F4-5.6 ED: Thanks to its ultra-wide angle, this lens can capture dramatic landscapes and easily take shots in confined interior spaces. At 7.3oz, it also remains compact – perfect for those traveling. The image quality is heightened by one extra low dispersion glass lens and two aspherical glass lenses that produce superb sharpness and low chromatic aberration.

Samsung NX Lens 45mm F1.8: The 4oz mid-telephoto prime lens delivers an impressive depth of field with background blur, creating stunning portrait images, complete with beautiful bokeh. The bright F1.8 aperture allows for fast shooting and performs equally well in bright and low-light environments. With a fast and quiet Auto Focus, and a solid metal body and metal mount, this lightweight lens offers ultra-professional performance, design and feel.

Both lenses include Samsung’s i-Function, an intuitive control system which allows users 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. For more information on Samsung’s NX Series, visit www.samsung.com.