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Samsung NX 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 ED OIS iFn ( EX-L18200MB ) - Review / Test Report

Samsung NX 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 ED OIS iFn ( EX-L18200MB ) - Review / Test Report | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

Extreme zoom-range lenses are inevitable in all mounts - even in the rather low profile Samsung NX mount. Following the philosophy of of its kind, the Samsung NX 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 ED OID iFn is promising to deliver a huge focal length range in a compact, light-weight package. Such a multi-purpose lens belongs to the so-called "Omnia" series in Samsung terminology.
Just like the similar Sony E 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS (Sony NEX), it shows a weakness of the concept when applied to APS-C mirrorless cameras though. The cameras may be small, even tiny, but lenses with a medium to long tele range are just as "big" as on an APS-C DSLR - a Nikkor AF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR II (for Nikon DX DSLRs) has about the same size and weight, for example, so such lenses aren't really an obvious choice here.
The Samsung NX 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 ED OID iFn offers a field of view equivalent to about "28-308mm" on full format cameras. That's impressive for sure although it's getting even more extreme in other mounts lately (e.g. Nikon 18-300mm, Tamron 18-270mm). Price-wise the Samsung lens isn't overly cheap but about in line with offerings from other manufacturers.

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Samsung NX20: First Impressions: Digital Photography Review

Samsung NX20: First Impressions: Digital Photography Review | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"Samsung has completely refreshed its NX series with a range of Wi-Fi-connected cameras, the NX20, NX210 and NX1000. The NX20 and NX210 replace the NX10 and NX200, while the NX1000 broadens the range with a less expensive, entry-level option. All three cameras are built around the company's 20MP sensor, can shoot at up to 8fps and capture Full HD 1080p24 movies. The NX20 features a high-res SVGA electronic viewfinder and swivel, 'Clear' AMOLED screen with no air gap between the display panel and the protective glass, for improved reflection resistance. The NX210 has the same (non-Clear) AMOLED screen as its predecessor, while the NX1000 has a VGA display.

All three cameras offer an interesting HD movie mode that shoots a super-wide 2.35:1 aspect ratio (the aspect ratio that many pre-1970 movies were projected in), by shooting Full HD cropped down to 1920 x 810 pixels. It shoots this Cinema movie mode at the equally cinematic 24fps."

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Samsung NX 16 mm f/2.4 review

Samsung NX 16 mm f/2.4 review | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"I’ve never tried to conceal the fact that an idea of small mirrorless cameras entices me the most when you join them with little fixed-focal lenses with a good image quality and an aperture noticeably better than that of “kit” zoom lens. We don’t always have to deal with pancake lenses here. “Primes” with just a tad bigger dimensions than the “pancakes” but still relatively small, also fit this concept nicely.
What’s interesting, the producer which has been investing strongly into fixed-focal lenses from the very beginning was Samsung. Currently, you can find three small ‘primes’ with the focal lengths of 16 mm, 20 mm and 30 mm in this company’s line-up. Their properties are summarized in the following chart. When you add to it the 2.8/60 Macro and the 1.4/85 lenses, which have just been launched on the market or merely announced, you get a system which is as close to perfection as it is only possible.
So far we’ve tested only the standard 2/30 lens from that group. We liked its optical and mechanical properties very much and we praised it a lot. Now, courtesy of the Samsung company, we could have a closer look at another device, manufactured by them – the NX 16 mm f/2.4 model."

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Samsung US announces rugged and waterproof SD cards

Samsung US announces rugged and waterproof SD cards | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"Samsung US is showing off a range of tough, waterproof and magnetproof SDHC and Micro SDHC cards. The range includes several high-speed versions in addition to the ones announced in Europe last July. The latest cards include 'Extreme Speed' Class 10 16Gb cards (24MB/s read, 21MB/s write), and 'High Speed' 32Gb (24MB/s read, 17MB/s write) cards also described as Class 10."

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Samsung NX200 Digital Camera Review

Samsung NX200 Digital Camera Review | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"The Samsung NX200 is a major step forwards for the Samsung NX line of compact system cameras, with a 20.3-megapixel image sensor that will place it among the heaviest hitters in the category. The Samsung-designed sensor complements a number of smart, intuitive changes to both the physical design and camera menus that mean the NX200 will appeal to both novice and experience shooters. It’s not a perfect design, but compared to the NX100 released in 2010, this might be the biggest advancement in a single generation we’ve seen from a camera model this year. The NX200 is available now in black with an 18-55mm kit lens for an MSRP of $899."

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Samsung NX 20-50mm f/3.5-5.6 ( S2050NB ) - Review / Lab Test

Samsung NX 20-50mm f/3.5-5.6 ( S2050NB ) - Review / Lab Test | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"Samsung offers two standard "kit" zoom lenses for the NX system - the NX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS and the NX 20-50mm f/3.5-5.6. The NX 18-55mm is a fairly big lens which makes it bit less appealing in the (smallish) mirrorless scope. Fortunately, Samsung was also aware of this so as an alternative they offer the Samsung NX 20-50mm f/3.5-5.6. In comparison the length and weight has been reduced by ~40% which is why it can be described as a "pancake zoom lens". It also belongs to the so-called "Carry" lens series which includes all the Samsung NX pancake prime lenses. Obviously the shrinking procedure came at a price - the focal length range is slightly reduced and you will have to live without an optical image stabilizer."

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Samsung NX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS II ( S1855IB ) - Review / Lab Test

Samsung NX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS II ( S1855IB ) - Review / Lab Test | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"Samsung offers two standard "kit" zoom lenses for the NX system - the collapsible NX 20-50mm f/3.5-5.6, a member of the "Carry" (thus compact lenses) series, and the bigger NX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS II, an "Optima" (thus mainstream) lens according to Samsung's product classifications. In this review we will have a look at the latter lens which is probably also a bit more popular due to its slightly broader range and the addition of an optical image stabilizer. Prise-wise there's basically no difference between the two (ca. 180EUR/200$). The field of view of the NX 18-55mm II is equivalent to about "28-85mm" on full format cameras so it is a rather typical representative of its species. The max. aperture range follows the mainstream as well..."

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Samsung NX 30mm f/2 ( S30NB ) - Review / Lens Test

Samsung NX 30mm f/2 ( S30NB ) - Review / Lens Test | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"The Samsung NX 30mm f/2 is another member of the Samsung "Carry" lens series - or in other words: a pancake lens. Just like its dwarfish cousins, the NX 16mm f/2.4 and NX 20mm f/2.8, it is very suitable for street photography for instance. In classic full format terms it is equivalent to "46mm" thus basically a standard prime lens. The max. aperture of f/2 is very fast for a pancake lens although it stays somewhat short of conventional prime lenses in favor of a more compact size - probably a smart decision because a small(er) size is one of the primary aspects of mirrorless systems."

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Samsung NX200 Preview

Samsung NX200 Preview | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

Samsung has announced the NX200 rangefinder-style 20.3MP mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera. The latest in the NX series features a sleek new metal body wrapped around the latest APS-C CMOS sensor from the Korean manufacturer. It can shoot at 7 frames per second and capture 1080p30 HD video.

 

We've been using a pre-production NX200 with a series of NX lenses over the past few days and have put together a hands-on preview with image samples gallery. This provides an opportunity to see some of the output from the camera's new 20.3MP sensor and also gives an insight into how Samsung's latest NX body behaves.

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New Samsung NX20 and NX200 in July with 18 megapixel sensor???

New Samsung NX20 and NX200 in July with 18 megapixel sensor??? | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
An anonymous source just sent us the following info. We received similar hints form other sources too that’s why we are going to post it here.
According to the source the NX200 and NX20 will be announced in July. Both camera will be in Stock in September. They will share the same new 18 Megapixel sensor that supports 1080p video recording. Samsung will announce the new 2012 lens roadmap in September. There should be a total of 5 new lenses in 2012.
One more thing: Both, the NX20 and NX200 will have a complete new design!
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Samsung NX 85mm f/1.4 ED SSA - Review / Test Report

Samsung NX 85mm f/1.4 ED SSA - Review / Test Report | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"Mirrorless systems became immensely popular lately. However, to date the manufacturers were fairly shy of exploring really professional grade lenses. One of the few exceptions is the Samsung NX 85mm f/1.4 ED SSA which tackles one of the typical gaps in the mirrorless lens lineups – ultra-fast tele primes. Interestingly Samsung offered this lens soon after the release of the system whereas Sony NEX, Micro-Four-Thirds and Nikon 1 owners had (or still have) to wait for ages for such an offering. Admittedly such a big lens looks a bit unusual on a dwarfish mirrorless camera but I had no issues using this beast out there."

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Samsung brings smartphone-connected Wi-Fi to NX series

Samsung brings smartphone-connected Wi-Fi to NX series | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"Today, Samsung has announced three new Wi-Fi-equipped NX models, all of which share the same 20MP CMOS sensor that was used in last year's NX200. Dpreview spent some time in Korea last month, and got some hands-on time with the new cameras as well as an exclusive opportunity to ask some senior executives about their vision for the future of the NX line, and for photography in general.

The new NX lineup consists of three models - the NX20, which replaces the NX10, the NX210, which replaces last year's popular NX200, and an entirely new NX, the NX1000, which is aimed at beginner photographers and compact camera upgraders. As well as sharing the same 20MP CMOS sensor, all three of the new NX models feature Wi-Fi connectivity.

The NX models share the 'Smart Camera' capabilities with the compact models announced earlier this year. This means they can be set to automatically back-up images every time you come back into range of your home Wi-Fi network and allow control of the camera via a 'remote viewfinder' app on compatible smartphones. There are also options for uploading to various 'cloud'-based back-up sites, to ensure both peace-of-mind and accessibilty of your images."

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Samsung NX200 Review

Samsung NX200 Review | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"Our in-depth review of the Samsung NX200. The Samsung NX200 is the Korean manufacturer's fifth NX camera and with its completely new 20.3MP APS-C CMOS sensor, expanded feature set and all-metal body is a significant step up from its predecessor, the NX100. After the Sony NEX-7 the NX200 offers the second highest pixel count in the mirrorless system camera segment which would make it an obvious choice for photographers who want to capture a lot of detail in a portable package. But how do the impressive specs translate into real-life performance? Read our in-depth review to find out."

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Samsung NX200 20.3MP Mirrorless CSC Review

Samsung NX200 20.3MP Mirrorless CSC Review | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Joshua Waller reviews the new Samsung NX200, the latest mirrorless compact system camera from Samsung, it features a new 20.3 megapixel sensor.

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Samsung NX 16mm f/2.4 ( W16NB ) - Review / Test Report

Samsung NX 16mm f/2.4 ( W16NB ) - Review / Test Report | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"After having covered the NX 20mm f/2.8 and NX 30mm f/2 let's have a look at the latest addition to the pancake prime series - the Samsung NX 16mm f/2.4. Just like its cousins it is very suitable for street photography but landscape lovers will also find it appealing for instance. In classic full format terms it is equivalent to "25mm" thus a moderate ultra-wide-angle prime lens. As of the time of this review it is also the widest lens offered by Samsung. Regarding its max. aperture of f/2.4 it is somewhat faster than average for a lens in this class - certainly a plus although it doesn't make the lens design any easier. It'll be interesting whether Samsung was able to manage this spread between speed and performance."

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Samsung NX 60mm f/2.8 Macro ED OIS SSA ( M60SB ) - Review / Lens Test

Samsung NX 60mm f/2.8 Macro ED OIS SSA ( M60SB ) - Review / Lens Test | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"Samsung NX may still have a bit of a low profile system in the mirrorless system market but Samsung is working steadily to change this and the Samsung NX 60mm f/2.8 Macro ED SSA OIS is a further step in this quest. Neither Sony, Nikon nor Pentax are offering something similar as of the time of this review. The closest competitor beyond NX is probably the Leica/Panasonic Lumix G 45mm f/2.8 OIS (Micro-Four-Thirds system) but its price tag is substantially higher. The Samsung lens is equivalent to a "92mm" lens on a classic full format camera so it's a medium tele macro lens. Thanks to the relatively large aperture it is also suitable for portrait photography.
It is a fairly large lens as you can already conclude from the image below. Size- and weight-wise it is actually more comparable to (full format) DSLR lenses with similar specs. At least upon first thought this may feel a little odd because we associate mirrorless cameras with correspondingly small lenses. However, the design advantage (smaller lenses) diminishes from about 50mm onward anyway."

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Samsung NX 20mm f/2.8 ( W20NB ) - Review / Lab Test

Samsung NX 20mm f/2.8 ( W20NB ) - Review / Lab Test | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"Some people may have wondered why we didn't test any more Samsung NX lenses after the NX 30mm f/2 about 1 1/2 years ago. Well, Samsung products may be fine but the local service here in Germany is dismal at times - our initial test base camera (NX10) was "serviced" by Geissler (Samsung's local "service" partner here in Germany) for almost half a year with all extra spice of cheeky phone call responses. After this rather unpleasant experience we decided to stop testing NX for a while. Anyway, a positive side effect is the restart of the tests based on the NX200 thus on a 20 megapixel camera.
Our first test covers a lens from one of the most appealing system aspects the NX system - a pancake lens or a "Carry" lens in Samsung terms, more specifically the Samsung NX 20mm f/2.8. As of the time of this review this is one of three pancakes by Samsung and regarding the current popularity of such lenses we'll certainly see a couple more. These lenses are, of course, small and comparatively fast and as a combination they're a nice gang for street photography for instance. Anyway, coming back to the 20mm f/2.8 - it behaves like a "31mm" lens on full format cameras so we are talking about a moderate wide-angle prime lens here."

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Just posted: Hands-on video of the Samsung NX200: Digital Photography Review

Just posted: Hands-on video of the Samsung NX200: Digital Photography Review | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

Samsung NX200 hands-on video. We've written a full preview of the NX200 but there are times when it's easier to show than tell. With that in mind, here's our first hands-on video, which we hope will add a new dimension to our coverage. These won't replace our written content but will, we hope, add something extra. Let us know what you think...

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New Samsung 300mm f/2.8 XF ED lens?

New Samsung 300mm f/2.8 XF ED lens? | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
In this new video uploaded by Samsung, you can get a glimpse of a new unreleased Samsung 300mm f/2.8 XF ED lens...
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Samsung NX 2011 roadmap (GPS, new lenses)

Samsung NX 2011 roadmap (GPS, new lenses) | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
A Korean blogger attended a presentation from Samsung that revealed the NX roadmap for 2011...
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