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Samsung 60 mm F2.8 ED OIS SSA Macro Lens
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- The intuitive i-Function lens gives you quick and easy, one-touch access to all your camera's manual settings.
- Supersonic and super quiet
- full-time manual focus in AF mode; so, you can quickly fine-tune your shot without having to switch modes
- Optical Image Stabilizer for clear, sharp images
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|Item Dimensions||10.5 x 12.5 x 12.5 cm||10.5 x 12.5 x 12.5 cm||8.3 x 8.3 x 11.1 cm||10 x 10 x 10 cm|
|Item Weight||0.6 kg||250 grams||0.7 kg||282 grams|
|Max Focal Length||60 mm||20 mm||35 mm||50 mm|
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|Mounting Type||Samsung NX||Samsung NX||—||Samsung NX|
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60mm F2.8 SSA
Macro Lens - Lens for close-up
Perfect pictures at your fingertips
This i-Function lens is perfect for novices and experts alike. If you're a beginner, shoot confidently like a pro with Lens Priority Mode. This allows your camera to instantly recognize the type of lens you've attached. Now, it will serve up optimal scene modes with i-Scene, while i-Setting optimizes all the settings for the perfect shot. If you're already a pro, you can cycle through and adjust shutter speed, aperture, ISO and more - all without taking your fingers off the lens, and your eyes off the shot - simply by pressing the i-Function button and turning the value ring to the desired settings
Supersonic and super quiet
Here's a lens ready for its close-up: the Samsung 60mm macro lens. It comes equipped with a supersonic actuator for fast, silent and precise auto focusing - perfect for the amateur entomologist looking to capture an amazing image of a fluttering butterfly. And thanks to its internal focusing system, the lens barrel remains fixed. So you can get right up close to your tiny little subjects without startling them and capture stunning details that can't be seen with the naked eye.
Expert focus on amazing details
The lens autofocus (AF) mechanism sets you up for the perfect shot every time, but sometimes, it's just not the perfect shot you wanted. The Samsung 60mm macro lens allows full-time manual focus in AF mode; so, you can quickly fine-tune your shot without having to switch modes. This gives you instant and total control over what to focus on and what to blur out in your macro shots.
Optical Image Stabilizer for clear, sharp images
Create beautiful images that move you, even if you jostle the camera. The 60 mm macro lens comes equipped with lens-shift optical image-stabilizing technology. Samsung's optical image stabilizer uses tiny lens-shifts to cancel out motion blur, even in low exposure shots. And since the image is being stabilized externally in the lens, what you see through the viewfinder - and on the display - is perfectly clear.
60mm F2.8 macro ed ois ssa
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One major advantage in using a macro lens of effective 90mm focal length is that it allows you to stand further back from the subject whilst still having an image of the same size as another lens of shorter focal length which was used at a lesser distance. That extra distance will either allow light onto the subject or allow you to light it or, when photographing insects and butterflies for example, not frighten the creature into flying away before you have the shot. Having owned and used shorter and longer focal length macro lenses, I appreciate that benefit.
In general terms you should expect a macro lens, regardless of brand, to be at least as sharp as the best of the other lenses within the same range and hopefully just surpassing it. With the Samsung 60mm macro that is not achieved; the sharpest lens within the existing range is the 85mm 1.4 which is amazingly sharp although this is not that far behind, at least in the centre. The edge/corner performance is slightly lower than with the longer relative but still quite good. This lens is also rather more expensive than the Tamron which, through several generations of design changes, can trace it origins back to the 70s.
Both lenses incorporate auto focussing, although different methods are used and this incorporates the same (or similar) SSA motor as the 85mm. IFn is also included. With the autofocus, you will need to consider that the focussing travel of this lens is extended, as needed by a macro in order to get towards 1:1, which is offered as maximum magnification by both lenses. The minimal focussing distance is approximately 18cm or about 7-inches. The autofocus system works well down to 'normal' distances, Samsung are a little vague with a definition of what is 'normal', but probably to about 50-75cm and far less well or not at all at macro distances. In any event, if using this lens in its macro range, you may want to focus manually - a flower may be quite small and its structures will lie on different planes. Which structure or part of a structure you choose as the point of focus may be different than that which the camera might choose were it able to automatically focus upon it. I don't know of any macro lens which will autofocus at distances of a few centimetres.
Being a moderately heavy lens at around 450g, and seeming a little bulky although only 2mm broader than the current Tamron model but considerably shorter, it is not significantly heavier than Samsung's 50-200 zoom and of similar width. Because it has an internal focussing system, its centre of gravity will remain almost constant and thus should not be unduly awkward to use hand-held.
The autofocus system is very nearly silent and thus should not disturb any animal subjects. Within 'normal' distances, the focus accuracy is high, as with other Samsung lenses. Were this a lens not using internal focussing, it would require a considerable amount of rotation of its focussing ring to travel between the two extremes of distance, closest focus point and infinity. Add automatic focussing, and it will therefore appear slow and will take a little longer than with other lenses. It will vary slightly depending upon which of Samsung's camera bodies you happen to own. The NX20 is claimed to be slightly the fastest, although I have limited contact with any previous model other than a few minutes with a borrowed NX100 when running a brief test of another lens. The lens does not extend when focussing at closer distances (the Tamron almost doubles its length) and the front element does not rotate such that a circular polariser or split-tint filter can be used with relative ease.
Having owned a copy of the original version of Tamron's 90mm, it was my favourite lens for many years and I was able to continue using it with several different cameras and brands of camera, just by replacing the mount - not an option today with the current version. I used it extensively for portraiture and for some studio work, where it excelled and there is no reason why this lens could not be used identically. It is worthwhile also comparing the features of this lens with Olympus' 45mm 1.8, also effectively 90mm (micro-four-thirds uses a 2x lens factor), not a true macro but a very highly performing lens. It weighs significantly less than this, is tiny in comparison and therefore is easier to use in a crowd, for example.
Despite the bulk of the lens, it only requires a 52mm filter and you should not have a problem obtaining whatever you need. Being of a more modest size, attaching a ring flash or other frontal lighting system will be relatively simpler than were it much larger, perhaps 67mm for instance. The lens hood is provided which bayonets in place and reverses over the lens when not in use. You may want not to use it when using the macro capabilities and obviously not if using any attached lighting. A hood is less essential with the Tamron lens as its front element is quite deeply recessed within its body; that on the Samsung is almost flush with the front rim and therefore more exposed.
The lens is very good, if not quite perfect. Although central performance is almost exceptional, edge and corner performance is slightly lower than ideal and the lens is a little pricey. It is a shame that the NX mount is not currently supported by any independent manufacturer as there are a few good independent macros available. If Samsung were to offer adapters for lenses of other brands, were this feasible, it might broaden options. As none of these are currently realistic options, it is the only available macro lens in the NX mount and, if you need or want it, you will have to bite the bullet! You should not be disappointed.