Samsung NX 30mm f/2 ( S30NB ) - Review / Lens Test - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Samsung NX

Sample Images

Here're some sample images taken with the NX10 (from our initial review) and RAW-converted via Photoshop.

Make SAMSUNG
Model NX10
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 30.0mm
Aperture: f/2.0
Exposure 1/4000s
Make SAMSUNG
Model NX10
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 30.0mm
Aperture: f/2.0
Exposure 1/90s
Make SAMSUNG
Model NX10
ISO Speed 800
Focal Length 30.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/125s
Make SAMSUNG
Model NX10
ISO Speed 800
Focal Length 30.0mm
Aperture: f/3.2
Exposure 1/100s
Make SAMSUNG
Model NX10
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 30.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/125s
Make SAMSUNG
Model NX10
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 30.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/180s
Make SAMSUNG
Model NX10
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 30.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/200s
Make SAMSUNG
Model NX10
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 30.0mm
Aperture: f/2.0
Exposure 1/3200s
Make SAMSUNG
Model NX10
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 30.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/200s
Make SAMSUNG
Model NX10
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 30.0mm
Aperture: f/2.0
Exposure 1/3000s

Verdict

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. The only real weakness of the lens is the quality of the bokeh which can be somewhat rough at times.

Besides being extremely compact and light-weight it is also very well built. The AF speed is pretty good on the NX200 but this aspect is also related to the capabilities of the camera so your mileage may vary here. Some users may not like the "fly-by-wire" approach in manual focusing mode but we think it's mostly just a matter of getting used to it. Samsung NX lenses are highly competitively priced - especially here in Europe (strangely). The NX 30mm f/2 is available for around 220EUR/300US$ which is nothing short of a bargain offer (less so in the US) and it's definitely worth having it in your bag.

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