Samsung NX 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OIS III lens review: Value option?

By Kevin Carter - Thursday March 13 2014

Lens Review
Introduction | Samsung NX 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OIS III: Lower than expected sharpness wide open | Samsung NX 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OIS III vs competition | Conclusion
Samsung NX 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OIS III lens review: Value option?

Kit lenses aren’t the most exciting models in a maker’s line-up but, with its i-Function feature, this is one of the more interesting and better made of its type. But, how well does it perform optically? Read on to find out.

As one of the least desirable models in a camera maker’s range, the kit lens is usually the first experience users have of the brand. This is a revised model that’s bundled with the maker’s high-end NX300 and the new NX30 so expectations are high, but it is also available separately at around $220. Although plastic is used for the outer it has a metal mount and is relatively well made by comparison to some of the bigger well-known brands. It has 12 elements in 10 groups including one aspherical element, though the total number in includes stabilization optics. 

Like other models from the maker the 18-55 (28-85mm equivalent) f3.5-5.6 OIS III includes the firm’s innovative i-Function option allowing quick and simple selection of a number of camera features, such as EV shift, ISO and more using the focus collar. Although compact measuring 2.48 x 2.56" (63 x 65.1 mm), it’s not quite as small as the firm’s collapsible 20-50mm f3.5-5.6, which has been bundled as a kit lens in the past but at 7.20 oz (204 g) it’s relatively light in weight.

Samsung NX 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OIS III: Lower than expected sharpness wide open

Samsung NX 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OIS III vs competition

Conclusion