DPReview posted the Samsung NX1 review!

Started Apr 9, 2015 | Discussions thread
photoreddi Veteran Member • Posts: 7,973
Re: DPReview posted the Samsung NX1 review!

CAcreeks wrote:

photoreddi wrote:

Uh, no, the (approx.) $300 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 Power Zoom kit lens wasn't used for the studio photos. The $1,300 16-50mm f/2-2.8 lens was used.

A kit lens is not defined by being inexpensive, as many are, or by being awful, as many are, but by being sold in a "kit" with the camera body. B&H sells the NX1 kit with 16-50/2-2.8 for $2399, Amazon for the same price, ergo it is a kit lens.

That's not a serious definition of a "kit" lens unless you believe that the letter of the law is equivalent to the spirit of the law. The $300 version is the actual kit lens. Samsung is to be congratulated for giving options to buy the NX1 with either the inferior kit lens, the much more expensive "pro" caliber lens, or no lens at all. I'll be surprised if Samsung offers anything other than the 16-50mm Power Zoom lens when the NX500 is released.

Remember Nikon's "Black Gold" D60? If Nikon created a Black Gold D7200 kit, bundled with a special "Black Gold" 400mm f/2.8 or a B.G. 200-400mm f/4 Nikkor, that wouldn't make the either lens a kit lens except by a very tenuous definition. Samsung is only bundling the $1,300 lens with the NX1 because there aren't many/any other high performance Samsung lenses capable of showing what the NX1 can do, at least where performance is concerned, so this unusual type of bundling will probably sell more of those lenses than if the cheaper 16-50mm lens was included with every NX1, which was the case with most of Samsung's previous bodies. Samsung's slightly larger, slightly more expensive 18-55mm lens was also a kit lens, but rarely in the USA.

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The results are much better if the RAWs are checked instead of the JPEGs, but it's still not very impressive in the corners, which may be due to lens curvature at the close distances used for the studio photos.

Most fast wide zooms are poor in the corners. I checked similar APS-C offerings from other vendors, and all were soft in the corners. The best was the Sigma 17-50/2.8, which has a larger sweet spot in the center than other brands.

What's worst about the studio shots from Samsung 16-50/2-2.8 is the chromatic aberration (CA) in JPEG, which should be corrected in firmware, and perhaps will be in a later update. Looks like ACR is correcting CA somewhat, but not completely.

Maybe Ken Rockwell will do his thing and post a review that includes a lens correction table.

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