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Samsung NX mount 16mm & 18-200mm Lens: Quick Look

Samsung has kept NX owners waiting for the longest time, but I finally got them for review – the 16mm F2.4 and 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OIS lenses.

16mm F2.4 iFn
This extremely lightweight lens at 75g offers 24mm equivalent focal length on 35mm format. i-Function button gives access to shooting parameters like Aperture, Shutter, ISO and WB instantly. The pack comes with a pouch to protect the lens. Lens mount is metal.

18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OIS iFn
This all-in-one travel lens with image stabiliser offers much-needed versatility for the travel photographer. It is not much bigger than the current 50-200mm F4-5.6. A lens lock is provided although not necessary as the lens does not slide out. Interesting note: this lens is made in Japan, the first NX lens to be made outside Korea.

While it seems like the 18-200mm can replace a 18-55mm and 50-200mm lens combo, the drawback of the 18-200mm is that the lens already hits F5.6 at 60mm, whereas the 50-200mm barely passes F4.3 at the same focal length. And the 18-55mm has a shorter minimum focus distance of 28cm compared to 18-200mm at 50cm, which is still better than 50-200mm at 98cm.

If you are an existing NX user with 18-55mm lens, the 50-200mm is still a worthy consideration, as the price is definitely less expensive than 18-200mm. If you currently own the 20-50mm kit lens, then I would certainly recommend the 18-200mm.

As for 16mm, it’s the widest NX lens and the fastest at the focal length. If you love street photography and often shoot in low light, then consider getting one.

These lenses should be available for sale in Singapore in Q4. Meanwhile, I’ll be looking out for the 2 other specialty NX lenses: the 60mm F2.8 Macro lens and 85mm F1.4.

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