Samsung NX 12-24mm f/4-5.6 ED and 45mm f/1.8
Samsung has expanded its NX lens line-up with an 18-36mm equivalent wide zoom and a fast, ~70mm equivalent telephoto lens. The Samsung NX 12-24mm f/4-5.6 ED zoom lens features an optical formula comprising 10 elements in 8 groups, including 2 aspherical and 1 extra-low-dispersion element, plus an iris diaphragm with seven rounded blades. It allows you to attach standard 58mm filters such as polarisers, ND grads, and more. At 208g, it also remains compact and light for easy portability. The small and fast Samsung NX Lens 45mm f/1.8 is constructed of 7 elements in 6 groups, takes tiny 43mm filters, and weighs in at a mere 115 grams without the supplied hood. Additionally, the 45mm lens is compatible with Samsung’s i-Function system that allows users to easily adjust shutter speed, aperture and ISO settings. Pricing and availability of the two new lenses have yet to be confirmed.
Samsung Press Release
Samsung NX Lens 12-24mm and 45mm
New ultra-wide zoom and mid-telephoto prime lenses allow professional quality imagery
London, UK – September 17, 2012 – 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 an 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 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 depth of field with background blur, creating stunning portrait images 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.
Monday, September 17, 2012
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I love the Samsung has expanded its NX, their new components are very useful, as the lens line-up with an 18-36mm.
Sergio at 03:37pm on Tuesday, September 18, 2012
I want both of these, though at a push, I take the 12-24.
JackBassV at 01:00am on Thursday, September 27, 2012
In May 2015 my Samsung NX 12-24mm f/4.0-5.6 (EX-W1224ANB) broke completely in half simply when I attached the supplied lens hood to the lens. The lens was not dropped, knocked or mistreated in any way.
I have since looked at the lens construction more closely and am absolutely stunned how badly designed and engineered it is. The mount is attached to the lens by three extremely short screws, just 1.5 mm in diameter and 4.4 mm long. These each pass through tiny plastic cylinders that project from the rear lens element mount. Crucially however, the short length of the screws does not permit them to transfer the load to the main body of the lens, ending as they do just beyond the plastic cylinders. How Samsung engineers expect such a flimsy and weak plastic material to bear the rotational shearing forces is beyond me. It was a failure just waiting to happen.
It would seem I am not alone with this experience, with several postings here and around the internet of unhappy users of the lens incurring the same problem.
So aghast was I at my experience, I returned the lens to Mr Sunny Lee, President & CEO Samsung Electronics at Samsung’s European Headquarters in Chertsey, Surrey, England. I believed he should be aware of the issue and that even though my lens was now well out of guarantee, that Samsung should repair it at no cost to me, as clearly the lens was poorly designed and not fit for purpose.
I had expected that Samsung’s response would be immediate and apologetic. Alas, this was not the case. Two weeks after the lens was delivered to them I received a terse and unambiguous refusal to accept responsibility and to stand behind their products and repair or replace the lens.
This really shook me, as I had decided only the week prior to the failure to invest in a complete NX system and to sell all my Nikon gear. I liked (and still do like) the optical quality of the lenses and the features of their NX1 body (and particularly the frequency and significance of their firmware updates). However, there was no way I was going to spend £12,000 on an NX1 system if the lenses regularly fell apart…
So, given Samsung’s utter failure to accept any responsibility in this matter and their readiness to snub their noses at a customer prepared to buy into their NX system vision, I believe it’s time to use social media to call Samsung out for what they are and to alert other potential buyers of their NX system of the fact that (a) their design and engineering skills are not what you might think, and (b) they refuse to stand behind customers who spend significant money on what they think is a viable alternative to Nikon and Canon.
I have created a simple Facebook page, 'Samsung's 12-24mm' to promote this issue to a wider audience. It can be seen at https://www.facebook.com/samsung1224mm .
Russell Hall at 11:13am on Saturday, July 11, 2015