Samsung Intros New NX Camera Lenses

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Samsung Electronics

this week introduced five new lenses for its NX camera system, including a premium portrait lens new silent operation features to assist in movie capture.

All of the lenses are compatible with Samsung's new i-Function system with through-the-lens creative control for the NX mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera line, Samsung said.

Meanwhile, the new additions raise Samsung's portfolio of NX system lenses to 10 overall.

New models are highlighted by an 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 multi-purpose long zoom lens, which is optimized for both stills and high-quality movie capture. It is said to feature fast, silent autofocus operation using Samsung's Voice Coil Motor (VCM) technology.

Also included is optical image stabilization (OIS).

A new compact 16mm f2.4 ultra-wide pancake lens was also added. The lens is aid to deliver strong low light and shallow depth-of-field performance characteristics.

A new 60mm Macro f2.8 super fast lens add to the line also offers silent AF operation via Samsung's Super Sonic Actuator (SSA). It includes OIS and the ability to manually fine-tune focusing using a full-time manual focus override setting. 

The premium portrait lens is an 85mm f1.4 lens that Samsung said was designed for professional photographers. The lens includes the SSA with fast and silent AF. The 85mm premium portrait lens also includes a full-time manual focus, giving advanced photographer's greater control over preferred settings.

Samsung's 16-80mm f3.5-4.5 advanced standard zoom lens is also said to have been optimized for both movies and stills. It has fast, silent auto-focus and OIS. The lens includes VCM modes ranging from landscape to portrait.

"At Samsung we are committed to ensuring that we remain at the cutting edge of imaging technology, and these five new lenses are testament to that ambition and the growing strength of compact system camera photography," stated Hyunho Chung, Samsung digital imaging business executive VP. "These are products that a professional photographer would be proud to use, but we make them so easy to use that a novice could get amazing results every time, and that is a credit to our strong R&D team. We are continuing to innovate in this exciting market and we have more significant developments planned for the future, which will add to our growing strength in the compact system camera market."

Pricing was not disclosed. Lenses and their availability dates follow:

    * 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 ED OIS (available in May)

    * 16mm f/2.4 (available in July)

    * 60mm f/2.8 Macro ED OIS SSA (available in August)

    * 85mm f/1.4 ED SSA (available in October)

    * 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 OIS (available in December)


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