Samsung's NX lens lineup for 2010

In addition to its already-announced basic zooms and 30mm pancake, Samsung promises a handful more of kit essentials for the yet-to-be-released NX10.

Samsung

Joining Sony in the fantasy-road-map department , Samsung finally, sort of, announced availability and dates for the first lenses for its as-yet-to-ship NX10 camera. However, of course, Samsung hasn't released pricing information for its NX lenses.

Lens Availability
30mm f2 pancake January
18-55mm f3.5-5.6 OIS
January
50-200mm f5-5.6 OIS January
18-55mm f3.5-5.6 (no OIS) Spring
20-50mm f3.5-5.6 compact zoom
Second half 2010
20mm f2.8 pancake Second half 2010
18-200mm f3.5-6.3 OIS tbd
50mm f2.8 macro tbd

I find it very interesting that Samsung is planning to ship a non-OIS version of a very standard kit lens, and that it is being released so soon. I think that probably indicates the company is having trouble hitting a good price on the OIS version of the lens, and that they need a cheaper lens to get a kit price low enough to compete with the $600 E-PL1. Even if you're excited about the prospect of the NX10, you really shouldn't buy into a camera system until you've seen the price of its lenses, and made sure that the company will actually deliver on them.

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Lori Grunin is a senior editor for CNET Reviews, covering cameras, camcorders, and related accessories. She's been writing about and reviewing consumer technology and software since 1988.

 

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