Reviews and Problems with Samsung NX 30mm F2 Pancake (EX-S30NB)
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REVIEW: Samsung 30mm f/2 NX Pancake Lens Review
6 July 2014
Excerpt: This compact pancake lens sports an unusually fast f/2 maximum aperture and can be picked up for around £230. On an NX system camera, this lens provides an angle of view similar to a 45mm lens on a 35mm camera, making this an ideal choice as a standard lens.
Summary: The NX10 proves it's possible to offer an APS-C sensor and interchangeable lenses without the mirror, prism, and general bulk of a DSLR design. It's a small, likeable camera that is readily capable of matching the image quality of its peers, but a few minor failings prevent it from standing out in a...
Pros: Smallest interchangeable lens camera with an APS-C sensor, Good image quality, Very reliable metering and white balance in most shooting situations, Excellent build quality, Generally well-thought-through interface and ergonomics, High specification for the price, Fast (DSLR speed) autofocus and ...
Cons: Auto ISO will all too readily result in shaky photos, Steep tone curve gives harsh transition to blown-out, white areas (as seen in Panasonic G series), Noise reduction in JPEGS can be destructive (especially in Smart Range mode), Several functions, including playback, unavailable for several sec...
Summary: Overall, this is a Jekyll-and-Hyde lens. If you like compact lenses then you’ll love it but if not then its handling may annoy you. It’s the most expensive of the current Samsung NX lenses yet it has the fewest features and isn’t even supplied with a lens-hood, which the other two have.
Conclusion: The Samsung NX 30mm f/2 is a highly attractive pancake lens. It's very usable at f/2 and f/2.8 and very sharp across the image frame at medium aperture settings. Distortions as well as lateral CAs are minimal and not relevant from a real life perspective.
Conclusion: There’s no denying that after several days of playing with the Samsung NX10 and the 2/30 pancake set I took a liking to it. Most of this sympathy was gained exactly by the lens. I can hardly wait for next Samsung launches in the same style.
Cons: frame edges could have been a bit sharper at the maximum aperture,, noticeable vignetting.
Summary: Nie jest to obiektyw bez wad. Tego typu konstrukcja wymusza pewne uproszczenia. Nie da się bowiem zrobić sprzętu idealnie ostrego, świetnie korygującego wszystkie wady pozaosiowe, a jednocześnie małego, lekkiego, jasnego i w rozsądnej cenie. Trzeba zastosować jakiś kompromis.
Pros: bardzo kompaktowa obudowa przy zachowaniu rozsądnego światła,, świetna jakość obrazu w centrum kadru,, dobra jakość obrazu na brzegu kadru,, bardzo dobrze korygowana aberracja chromatyczna,, dobrze korygowany astygmatyzm,, prawidłowa praca pod ostre światło,, stosunkowo cichy i celny autofokus.
Cons: brzegi kadru przy maksymalnym otworze mogłyby być choć troszkę ostrzejsze,, zauważalne winietowanie.