Started Jul 22, 2019 | Discussions thread
TuVuVu Regular Member • Posts: 352
Re: NX1: 18-200mm or 50-150mm f/2.8 S

Kisaha wrote:

otto k wrote:

There is obviously a lot of sample variation as with any consumer lens, so take this with a grain of salt. Beware that this (18-200mm) lens has terrible borders from 100mm on-wards. This one seems much better than the one I considered buying but declined after testing. That one was quite soft at 200mm even in the center and stopping down helped just a bit. Borders at 200mm were non-existent (completely blurry) to be honest, best at f/8 and acceptable (barely) halfway from the center. Up until ~70mm it was very good but I already had that covered.

OIS is much better than either 16-50pz or 50-200, fantastic even, and the AF was instant and quiet (like 45). Coupled with modest video resolution at the time (1080p) it was great for video when it came out. Might be great on NX500 in 4k due to crop too?

I agree with all the above. I use it only for holidays (1 lens solution) or when I do not want to use a better lens (when filming on boats, in the sand, e.t.c)
Touch AF works better than the S in my experience.

markyboy81 wrote:
18-200mm would be more flexible and easier to carry. 50-150mm is a bit of a beast.

Massao wrote:
There are three arguments in favor of 18-200mm:
a) lighter in weight.
b) wider zoom range.
c) VCM AF technology, which is very smooth in videos just like SSM/VC/STM/AF-P, etc.

Humble apologies for persisting this sub-thread (really); it's personally important (Kasha and Otto: your your extensive expertise...thank you).
I own NX500, NX1, and 50-150mm f/2.8 S ED OIS, and Video Tripod w Video Head (meaning weight of gear from car to field insignificant.

1. Outdoor Daytime Action Sports
2. Youth Soccer, LAX: I'm team's volunteer photo / video
3. I'm physically on field, anywhere that's 15 feet out of bounds

Q: Which Lens
(1) 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 ED OIS
(2) 50-150mm f/2.8 S ED OIS
(3) other

My interpretation of comments based on 18-200mm marketed as VIDEO LENS:
1. Kasha's and Massao's: 18-200's VCM AF has faster AF (good!)
2. Otto: 18-200mm's extra reach is poor (useless is really how I interpreted it, sorry if misinterpreted)

Also not mentioned: I own: 16-50mm f/2-2.8 S ED OIS.

Please correct, disagree, yell: Use NX1 (non cropping 4K) with 50-150mm f/2.8 S. If needed, pull JPEGs from Video when unable to nail good Photograph(s).
Q: Higher quality Video JPEGs from non cropping 4K? True, False, other?

FWIW: Own Benro Video Tripod with S6 Head (bought on sale $175-usd for Lightweight Video Strength Travel Tripod when backpacking; knew in advance S6 Head not good for action video). If Interested:


Very Best Regards, and VERY much appreciated,
Tu Vu
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