Samsung 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 Power Zoom ED OIS NX

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16-50mm $350
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(From Samsung lens literature) The Samsung 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 Power Zoom ED OIS lens was designed for everyday use as well as for photographers who often travel and desire quality and compactness. It is lightweight, weighing only 111g with a compact 31mm frame and a modern and simple design. It is available in two colors (Black and White). With an outstanding wide angle optical performance, the 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 Power Zoom ED OIS lens includes Silent Auto Focusing and a low zooming noise, excellent for capturing video which is clear and undisturbed by the noise of the mechanism.

A vital feature of the new lens is its quick control made possible through an Electro zoom with a seesaw type button. This unique feature allows photographers to simply click to zoom and take a photo from any view or angle, similar to a compact camera experience. The smooth zooming operation, applied from the high-end camcorder not only creates superb pictures, but enables high-quality videos. The intuitive operating mechanism, i-Function and UPSM help to take more precise pictures, while the Optical Image Stabilization reduces the blur associated with camera movement adding to the appeal of this lens.

Samsung 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 Power Zoom ED OIS NX

Samsung 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 Power Zoom ED OIS NX User Reviews

9.0/10 average of 1 review(s) Build Quality 10.0/10 Image Quality 10.0/10
  • 9 out of 10 points and recommended by benherrmann (5 reviews)
    Compact, Exceptionally sharp lens - excellent contrasts - gives the big boys a run for thier money
    No lens hood offered - I had to devise one using stepup rings and 3rd party generic lens hoods

    Look - I'm not easily impressed, but lately (among various brands), there have been a series of "kit lens" releases that have given some of the "big boys" a good run for their money.

    I purchased the first copy of this Samsung 16-50 PZ lens upon it's release and boy was I taken aback (in a most positive way) at the optical and image qualities of this lens. This lens has an almost "clinical" quality to it, yet without making the images look unnatural. Contrasts are great, and with my copy, I'm getting corner to corner sharpness across the board. Short of having a constant f2-2.8 aperture (like the many more expensive models have), this lens can give them all a run for their money within the 24-75 MM equivalent focal range.

    I'm very very impressed and I subsequently got a second one also. Have them both on the NX300 and NX500 - where they are both staying because of their superb IQ levels.

    I'd say that IMO, this is one of the finest PZ style of kit lenses out there, not to mention kit lenses in general. I think it does an injustice to even call it a kit lens because it's that good.

    IMO - Highly Recommended

    reviewed December 9th, 2015 (purchased for $349)