updated 09:30 am EST, Mon February 21, 2011
Samsung intros five new NX camera lenses
Samsung today brought out details of five lenses for the NX swappable lens system found on cameras like the NX11. The company is catering first to everyday users with an 18-200mm, f3.5-6.3 long zoom lens to cover most shooting situations with a single lens. While image stabilized, it won't have a silent autofocus system and is likely targeted at newcomers who want an all-purpose lens.
Other lenses are more specialized. Three fixed-zoom lenses are joining the mix, including a 16mm f2.4 pancake lens without any assists, a 60mm f2.8 macro lens with both stabilization and a silent motor, and an 85mm f1.4 prime lens with the silent motor but no stabilizer. Samsung has also promised a higher quality standard zoom with a wider and longer 16-80mm range, stabilization, and a relatively tight f3.5-4.5 aperture spread.
The lenses don't have prices so far and will be scattered over the course of the year. The 18-200mm lens should be ready in May and will be joined by the 16mm lens in July, the 60mm macro in August and the 85mm prime in October. The 16-80mm lens won't be ready until the very end of the year, in December.