Samsung offers $1,600, 50-150mm F2.8 lens for its NX mount
Samsung shows its serious side by introducing a pro staple lens: a fast intermediate telephoto.
Lori GruninSenior Editor / Advice
I've been reviewing hardware and software, devising testing methodology and handed out buying advice for what seems like forever; I'm currently absorbed by computers and gaming hardware, but previously spent many years concentrating on cameras. I've also volunteered with a cat rescue for over 15 years doing adoptions, designing marketing materials, managing volunteers and, of course, photographing cats.
ExpertisePhotography, PCs and laptops, gaming and gaming accessories
Nothing says you're serious about moving upmarket in cameras more than introducing essential pro lenses. In Samsung's case, that's the new $1,600, 50 - 150mm f2.8 S (which translates to about £1,000/AU$1,770), with its effective 77-231mm focal length. It joins the $1,300 16-50mm f2-2.8 (which runs just under £1,000/AU$1,770) unveiled at the beginning of the year as the second in the company's Premium S series of lenses. They're designed to pair mostly with the new NX1 .
Samsung 50-150mm F2.8 S Lens is big and sturdy (pictures)
The 50-150mm lens incorporates a lot of the same perks as the 16-50mm: it's completely metal, dust-and-splash resistant, uses internal zoom and focus, has an XHR (extreme high refractive) element, a 9-blade aperture, and the Ultra-Precise Stepping Motor, which debuted in that lens. It introduces 4-axis image stabilization, which Samsung claims gives you 4 stops of relief. One of the nice features is a custom focus-range limiter -- you can define the limit range.
Minimum focus distance
27.6 in /70 cm
Angle of view
31.4° - 10.7°
20 elements in 13 groups; 4ED, 1 XHR
6.1 in /154 mm
6.1 in /154 mm
32.3 oz/915 g
$1,600 (£, AU$ TBA)
Oddly, as far as I can tell, this is the first fast lens designed to allow an APS-C camera emulate the staple 70-200mm on a full frame. There are a lot of 55-200mm lenses, but they're all slow consumer models.
As someone who too often has to carry a heavy combination of full-frame body with a 70-200mm f2.8 lens, my back is really looking forward to seeing how well this works as an alternative. It's no lightweight at about 2 pounds, but it still weighs about half of what all the others weight.