Reviews and Problems with Samsung NX 30mm F2 Pancake (EX-S30NB)
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30 December 2010
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 sector full of highly capable cameras.
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 good range of AF point selection methods, Superb LED rear screen offers high contrast, brightness and viewing angle, EVF useful in bright light and free from the 'tearing effe...
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 seconds when shooting RAW, EVF seems dull in comparison to excellent rear screen, Lack of optional live view magnification makes manual focus of non-NX lenses impractical, Contin...
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. You may spot some purple fringing in extreme contrast situations but that's rather typical at very large apertures anyway. The amount of vignetting is visible at max. aperture but not an issue anymore beyond f/2.8.