Samsung NX prime lens reviews: five models measured!

By Kevin Carter - Thursday, July 04, 2013

Lens Review
Introduction | General Overview: Samsung NX prime lenses | Samsung NX20 primes | Samsung NX lenses: Standard and Wide angle | Samsung NX lenses: Macro and Telephoto | Conclusion

Samsung NX 60mm F2.8 Macro ED OIS SSA mounted on Samsung NX20 Versus Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm F2.8 ASPH OIS mounted on Panasonic GH2:

Comparing the dedicated 60mm f/2.8 Macro (a image stabilized model, equipped with ED glass and an ultrasonic-type AF motor) with the similarly stabilised Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 ASPH OIS on the Lumix GH-2, the Samsung is no slouch. The Samsung pair are capable of  higher sharpness (as one would hope) but, equally, the scores for transmission, vignetting and distortion are all excellent. The only pause for thought is the rather high Chromatic Aberration but at $499 compared with nearly $900 for the Panasonic Leica equivalent, the Samsung 60mm appears underappreciated.

Samsung NX 85mm F1.4 ED SSA mounted on Samsung NX20 Versus Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM mounted on Canon EOS 700D:

Although it might seem like a full-frame lens, on the Samsung NX cameras the $899 NX 85mm f/1.4 ED SSA is the equivalent to a 127mm  - a little long for indoor portraits. However, this well specified lens is interesting when compared with the $2,199 Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM, especially when that model is paired with an APS-C camera (albeit with a slightly physically smaller sensor than the Samsung’s). Pixel counts between the two cameras aren’t identical either so the Samsung has the advantage there but in other respects the image quality is very close with similar characteristics (and scores) for transmission, distortion and CA. Given the price, the Samsung is a steal.