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January 02, 2014

Samsung reveals first serious NX zoom lens: 16-50mm f2-2.8 OIS [and also 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 OIS Power Zoom]

Coming together with the NX30 camera announcement, Samsung also revealed two new lenses for their NX system today. Both are 16-50mm APS-C lenses, but they couldn't be any more different. One is the first "serious" zoom lens in the NX system, it even gets the "S" in its name, while the other is a compact power-zoom. Both are OIS (optically stabilized)... Update: the original post forgot the "zoom" part in "first serious". Thanks to OGL for pointing it out!

The Serious 16-50mm Lens
The serious lens is the 16-50mm f2-2.8 S ED OIS with UPSM (Ultra-Precise Stepping Motor) and 18 elements in 12 groups (three aspherical (ASP) and two extra-low dispersion (ED) and two eXreme High Refractive (XHR)). It also comes an all-you-can-eat acronym buffet. Other specs include 30cm (one foot) minimum focusing distance, 0.19x max-mag, 9 blades, splash-dust-proofness, 72mm filter size, lens hood, and 622g in weight.

Details at Samsung and dpreview et al.

The Skinny 16-50mm Lens
The other 16-50mm lens is a compact power-zoom that goes by the name of 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 ED OIS weighing just 111 grams. That's right, one 16-50mm Serious Lens weighs more than five of these skinny power zooms! The filter size is 43mm.

You can see it attached to the NX30 in the hands on at Digital Camera Review. Details at Samsung Mobile and dpreview.

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