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.