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Samsung announces 12-24mm F4 and 45mm F1.8 lenses for NX

By dpreview staff on Sep 17, 2012 at 15:27 GMT

Photokina 2012: Samsung has announced two lenses for its NX mirrorless camera system, a 12-24mm F4-5.6 ultra-wideangle zoom and a 45mm F1.8 short telephoto prime. With angles of view equivalent to 18.5-37mm and 69mm respectively, both are billed by Samsung as lightweight and portable, and feature the company's unique i-Function control system. The 45mm also uses a stepper motor for fast and quiet autofocus.


Press release:

Samsung NX Lens 12-24mm and 45mm

New ultra-wide zoom and mid-telephoto prime lenses allow professional quality imagery

The new lenses join the NX family, giving camera-lovers the chance to maximise their creative potential whilst keeping their system light and portable. The 12-24mm F4-5.6 ED ultra-wide zoom lens and 45mm F1.8 mid-telephoto prime lens are amongst the lightest lenses on the market, coupling portability with smooth ease-of-use to allow for effortless creative expression.

The new lenses bring superior innovation to the award-winning NX camera series and are compatible with Samsung’s i-Function system, which allows the user to achieve professional results through a uniquely innovative control system. The new 12-24mm F4-5.6 ED (equivalent to 18.5-37mm in 35mm format) and 45mm F1.8 (equivalent to 69.3mm in 35mm format) lenses now means there are now eleven top of the range lenses available for the NX system.

Samsung NX Lens 12-24mm F4-5.6 ED

Thanks to its ultra-wide angle, this lens creates both dramatic landscapes and also facilitates shooting in confined interior spaces. At 208g, it also remains compact and light for easy portability and excellent usability for travel photography. The image quality is heightened by one extra low dispersion glass lens and two aspherical glass lenses that guarantee superb sharpness and low chromatic aberration.

Samsung NX Lens 45mm F1.8

This mid-telephoto prime lens delivers a pro-standard shallow depthof field with background blur, creating stunning portraitimages or pictures of your favourite food, complete with beautiful bokeh. The bright F1.8 aperture allows for quick image taking that performs brilliantly for night-time or indoor shooting, with a stepping motor for a fast and super-quiet Auto Focus. Weighing 115g (without the hood), it combines lightweight portability with a solid metal body and metal mount for an ultra-professional look and feel.

 NX 12-24mm F4-5.6 ED NX 45mm F1.8
 Focal Length  12-24mm  45mm
 Focal length (35mm equiv)  18.5 - 37mm  69.3mm
 Angle of view  99.0° - 60.7°  34.7°
 Aperture  • F4 - 5.6
 • F22 minimum
 • 7 blades, circular aperture
 • F1.8
 • F22 minimum
 • 9 blades, circular aperture
 Optical formula  • 10 elements in 8 groups
 • 2 Aspherical lens
 • 1 Extra-low Dispersion lens
 • 7 elements in 6 groups
 OIS  No  No
 Minimum Focus  0.24m  0.45m
 Max. magnification  0.14x  0.13x
 Lens hood  Yes (included)  Yes (included) 
 Filter thread  58mm  43mm
 Dimensions  63.5 x 65.5mm  62.0 x 44.5mm
 Weight  208g (excluding hood)  115g (excluding hood)
 Mount  Samsung NX  Samsung NX

Comments

Total comments: 28
Timmbits
By Timmbits (Sep 24, 2012)

Nice 45mm... too late for me though... I picked up an old Minolta 50mm lens f/1.4 in mint condition, with an adapter... I'm all set. (and I'm really happy with it too!)

"ultra-professional look and feel"??? uh huh! right! LOL (they sound like they're talking to a little kid who doesn't know what professional look and feel is)

Glad to see that they didn't use plastic for the lens mounts! (for that "ultra-professional look and feel")

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RRJackson
By RRJackson (Sep 18, 2012)

Samsung had originally been teasing a 55mm f/1.8 pancake and then later it leaked that it would be a 45mm f/1.8 pancake. Either of which sounded wonderful to me, since I exclusively use the 30mm f/2 with my Samsung and have been wishing for a slightly steeper focal length pancake.

Well, this isn't it, unfortunately. To me the entire appeal of the Samsung system is the pancakes and that the camera with a pancake attached will fit in a cargo pocket which will get it into places where a DSLR isn't allowed. That list of places just keeps growing, too. More and more places in the United States are pretending like having a camera is a threat to national security, so compact is good.

I've been eagerly awaiting this lens for nearly a year. It's a huge disappointment to me that it ended up being too large for me to consider buying.

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Timmbits
By Timmbits (Sep 24, 2012)

I wouldn't rule it out, for just good photography... why don't you just pick up an rx100 for those events you go to?

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techmine
By techmine (Sep 17, 2012)

Very competitive system from Samsung. They just need to work on buffer write speeds. I am inclined towards selling my D300s + lenses to get to a lighter and smaller system. Alas Nikon will never release a camera like NX (or other mirrorless models) so why bother...move on..

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Timmbits
By Timmbits (Sep 24, 2012)

Your Nikon lenses will fetch a good price on ebay (people love Nikon glass)... then again, you could also just get a $20 adapter, and use some of those lenses on your new Samsung camera. ;-) The buffer write speeds are much criticized... but in actual use, I don't find them that handicapping, on the new models - you can easily live with it. I do use class-10 memory cards though... never the slow ones. And I plan to upgrade to the new faster formats as they become more available and come down in price.

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Dennis
By Dennis (Sep 17, 2012)

Maybe they saw how popular the Olympus 45/1.8 is ? Not stabilized, probably dirt cheap. Perfect for all those people that loved shooting with 67mm on film. Early on I thought Samsung was doing things right, but the bodies aren't interesting, the sensors aren't competitive and even the early, inspired lenses are being replaced by odd choices. I criticized Sony for calling their 50mm a "portrait lens" ... 85 is better ... but an 85/1.4 on a small mirrorless body is overkill. And now a 45/1.8 ? Oh well. They'll remain the camera maker that everyone forgets about.

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Timmbits
By Timmbits (Sep 24, 2012)

with a 1.5x crop factor, that 45mm lens becomes the same as 68mm. For portrait, it's recommended to have 70mm or more... but it's pretty close. Perhaps close enough?

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Boerseuntjie
By Boerseuntjie (Sep 17, 2012)

Who cares, I can't even find a Samsung camera at any of my local camera dealers?

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supeyugin1
By supeyugin1 (Sep 17, 2012)

You don't have Fry's or Bestbuy nearby? Where do you live?

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Boerseuntjie
By Boerseuntjie (Sep 17, 2012)

Bestbuy does not have Samsung NX in Canada but they sure have their crap TV's

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supeyugin1
By supeyugin1 (Sep 17, 2012)

How about Henry's? They do have all Samsung stuff, and I bought from them a couple of lenses at excellent prices.

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Timmbits
By Timmbits (Sep 24, 2012)

Indeed! they don't have them in Montreal... but dealers here tell me Samsung is bigger in Toronto. I had to get mine on ebay.
(I used to be a channel manager... and most companies develop the US, then Canada... and launching those operations from the US, they all think that anything farther than Toronto is just igloos!)

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nickthetasmaniac
By nickthetasmaniac (Sep 17, 2012)

DPR - why have several release announcements today fallen straight to the bottom of the page, while the 6d preview rays at the top?

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Andy Westlake
By Andy Westlake (Sep 17, 2012)

Because we place high priority on pointing our readers to our own original editorial content. Weird, huh?

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Mssimo
By Mssimo (Sep 17, 2012)

and they have a vendetta against samsung.

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cre8unique
By cre8unique (Sep 17, 2012)

The answer from Andy Westlake is a piece of quite mind-boggling stupidity! I always thought this was just the result of bug-ridden web programming, but now I find out this is a deliberate policy! DPR should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves. Time to go back to writing school and learn what 'news' is.

Any news page should be in reverse chronological order. To have a news page that does anything else, that causes news stories to be missed because the come near the bottom of the page when they first appear, renders any news page pointless. It is not a news really an news page at all.

A news page should be in reverse chronological order. Full stop. End of story. No exceptions.

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Dennis
By Dennis (Sep 17, 2012)

Makes sense to me. I could also understand if he replied that they arrange articles in order of interest to the most readers. Putting everything in reverse chronological order is yet another scheme that makes sense, too. None of those approaches would bother me much more than another. Certainly none of them qualifies as "mind boggling stupidity". Why should dpr see their hard work (previews) pushed out of sight by press releases ?

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nawknai
By nawknai (Sep 17, 2012)

@cre8unique: Did you not understand what Andy actually said?

News releases are just in chronological order. They didn't write those. They simply publish them. Their content, which is referring to their own hands-on previews, and their own opinions, are valued more on their own site than a ho-hum press release that's duplicated at every website.

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SunnyFlorida
By SunnyFlorida (Oct 31, 2012)

Andy Westlake sure is one snarky sensitive dude

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Ganondorf
By Ganondorf (Sep 17, 2012)

Gj i guess. Now you just need to put out some cameras that people actually want to buy.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (Sep 17, 2012)

The mirrorless field just got a lot more compatible, with NEX and NX filling the glaring holes in their lineups. m43 is still ahead with extra f/2.8 zooms and excellent tele primes still missing from other systems, but the prices for those are insane.

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AV Janus
By AV Janus (Sep 17, 2012)

Yep, that mega slow and huge 2x zoom and odd 67mm f1.8 is really something others are missing.

Please don't tell them.

/end sarcasm.

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sorinx
By sorinx (Sep 17, 2012)

@ AV Janus:
You are completely wrong.

12-24 is equivalent to 18-36 F5.6-F8

The competition has:
M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4-5.6 lens which is equivalent
to 18-36 F8-F11; it is lighter (~150g) but also one stop slower.
and
Panasonic Lumix 7-14mm f/4 which is equivalent to 14-28 F8 at about the same weight.

For SLR you have for example
Sigma 12-24 F4-F5.6 at 670g

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alendrake
By alendrake (Sep 17, 2012)

In all this mirrorless crowd, Samsung seems to be the only company which does almost everything right, and right from beginning. Just 3 camera lines covering all possible needs/budgets, and very sensible lens roadmap. If only they also changed to Sony 16MP sensor!!!!!...

But I don't believe that Samsung is not popular just becuase of sensor... Look at all Olympus PEN models (apart from the ones announced today) and all the old Lumix'es with same 12MP sensor - they were and still are sold pretty well...

Indeed though, there may be something wrong with us, the customers. We ask for things missing from PENs Lumixes and NEXes, 4 years already! But Samsung nad it all right with NX10 already. Why don't we simply get this camera and supplement it with Samsung excellent lenses???

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mathOS
By mathOS (Sep 17, 2012)

@AV Janus :
Is 76,5mm (50mm on APS-C) less weird than 67mm (45mm on APS-C ?

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supeyugin1
By supeyugin1 (Sep 17, 2012)

This is 69.3mm equivalent. Still wierd, I was expecting 55mm (85mm equivalent).

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Faith Yeung
By Faith Yeung (Sep 18, 2012)

Not a pancake lens....... I would wait for the next.

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Timmbits
By Timmbits (Sep 24, 2012)

I think they listened to the customers... looking at what's out there, and not making the stupid mistakes others are making in an attempt to differentiate themselves. Samsung just did what made common sense... and in this market, it looks like it is common sense, sound camera design, that is the differentiating factor for Samsung. Bravo!

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