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Samsung is not a name that immediately springs to mind when thinking about high end photography equipment, however they, along with others such as Sony, are challenging the big names of Nikon and Canon.
This latest lens offering from Samsung the EX-M60SB shows how far these companies have progressed over the last few years.
This lens, for the Samsung NX range is the 35mm equivalent of a 90mm prime lens, nestling nicely between the 50mm standard lens and the 135mm Tele.
The F-stop range is f2.8 to f32
The lens itself is of plastic construction, but is well constructed and is in no way flimsy or cheap feeling, with metal NX mounting.
When attached to my NX200 it did make the camera/lens combo seem quite end heavy as it is a chunky and heavy lens, weighing it an a not unsubstantial 389g.and is 73.5 x 84mm in size.
Image stabilising is contained within the lens as opposed to within the camera body as with some brands.
As the auto focus is performed internally with no outward movement a polarising and graduated filter can be used with ease on the 52mm thread.
I found the autofocus fast and accurate in reasonable light but it does falter somewhat at the lower end of the light scale and some hunting occurs. A focus limiter switch can be utilised to limit this hunting
Sold as a dedicated Macro lens the M60 performs well in most conditions.
With a close focus range at a reasonable 18.7mm some shading from the lens may occur and a reflector would be a handy accessory to carry around when using for macro and close-up work.
Manual focus, if preferred is smooth and the rotating ring easy to handle, a centre zoom in the preview screen assists precision focus.
The image stabiliser gives reasonable chance to lower speed hand held shots.
Picture quality is good to excellent, with only slight not noticeable fringing at the f16-f22 end in certain lighting conditions, as with most digital offerings.
This and the slight corner fall-off at the wider end can easily be tweaked out on the PC.
Barrel and pin distortion is present but minimal, again easily tweaked out on the PC when editing..
Slightly disappointing is the rendition of reds, especially on natural subjects like flowers but having come from using a Fuji SLR this is perhaps to be expected.
What is impressive is the ability to contain contrast when shooting into the light.
A large deep circular lens hood is provided to help omit extraneous light but this becomes cumbersome at close range.
The lens supports the i-funtion feature found on the NX range giving quick access to manual controls within the camera body.
The sharpness of the lens overall is impressive, and the optic stabiliser is a great aid to composing at longer distances, perhaps less effective at closer and macro distances.
Overall a somewhat expensive but good value lens offering from Samsung,
At present no other lens maker provides NX fit lenses, which is perhaps a shame as a bit of competition would do this brand no harm both quality and price wise..