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Samsung 30mm f/2.0 NX Pancake Lens (White)

Price: $299.99
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Product Highlights
  • Samsung NX Mount Lens
  • 46.2mm-Equivalent Focal Length
  • Aperture Range: f/2-22
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Extremely Compact and Portable
  • Weighs Only 2.86 oz
  • Effective in Low-Light
  • Shallow Depth of Field
  • 43mm Filter Diameter

The white 30mm f/2.0 NX Pancake Lens from Samsung is a sharp prime lens that provides the 35mm equivalent of a 46.2mm lens. It is compatible with the APS-C sized NX line of cameras and its wide maximum aperture of f/2.0 is effective in low light and offers shallow depth of field possibilities. At just 0.85" long it is extremely compact and ideal for the equally compact line of NX cameras.

Performance
Focal Length 30mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 46.2 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Samsung NX
Format Compatibility DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
Angle of View 50.2°
Minimum Focus Distance 9.84" (24.99 cm)
Magnification 0.16x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:6
Elements/Groups 5/5
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Humidity: 5 - 85%
Physical
Filter Thread 43 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.42 x 0.85" (61.5 x 21.5 mm)
Weight 2.86 oz (81 g)
Samsung 30mm f/2.0 NX Pancake Lens (White)
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    Samsung30mm f/2.0 NX Pancake Lens (Black)
     
    4.8

    (based on 30 reviews)

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      (6)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (23)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (19)
    • Easily interchangeable (18)
    • Nice bokeh (16)
    • Consistent output (12)

    Cons

    • Slow focus (3)

    Best Uses

    • Low light (19)
    • Landscape/scenery (12)
    • Night photography (11)
    • Weddings (7)
    • Macro photography (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (13), Casual photographer (8), Pro photographer (3), Semi-pro photographer (3)
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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great everyday lens

    By bancika

    from NYC

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Small In Size

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about 30mm f/2.0 NX Pancake Lens (Black):

        I got this lens together with NX300 that comes with 18-55mm lens, but I've been using the 30mm lens much more. Focal length is great for everyday use like street photography or portraits. To my amateur eye, photos look great and it can produce a nice bokeh.

        It's relatively small, so I can fit the camera with the lens mounted on inside my coat pocket. It's still larger than a compact camera, but does fit.

        Doesn't have MF/AF button like the 18-55mm but I don't care much about it.

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        4.0

        Really sharp lens

        By djnoche

        from Guam

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Sports/Action

          Comments about 30mm f/2.0 NX Pancake Lens (White):

          Really good PRIME lens for sharp photos and nice bokeh.

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          4.0

          Amazing Little Lens

          By Celtic Mark

          from Arizona

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about 30mm f/2.0 NX Pancake Lens (Black):

                I bought this lens for dark indoors pics on vacation's etc. It is small enough that the camera can travel in my pocket with not much trouble. But, I was amazed at the "good" light picture quality! The Bokeh is fantastic and the color rendering top notch. Great investment!

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                5.0

                Super Sharp

                By ace1a

                from New York , NY

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh

                Cons

                • No I-fn Button

                Best Uses

                  Comments about 30mm f/2.0 NX Pancake Lens (Black):

                  This lens is Super Sharp and delivers even at max aperture , it is great for low light photos and great for standard portraits, It is also compact and fits easily in your pocket!

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                  4.0

                  Thin and sharp

                  By Total Noob

                  from Belmont, CA

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Slow Focus

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light

                  Comments about 30mm f/2.0 NX Pancake Lens (Black):

                  I'm not a very advanced photographer, and wanted this lens for three main reasons: reduce my camera bulk, get a narrow DOF, and shoot my kids indoors.

                  The lens is thin... not thin enough to make an NX300 fit in my pocket though. The DOF is nice and narrow at f/2, though I sometimes feel like the bokeh in the background is a bit busy. The circles can be pretty sharply defined in high-contrast situations like sunlit trees.

                  The best thing about this lens is the colors that come through. I don't know if it's a lens thing, or just that the wider aperture lets my camera drop the ISO, but colors and lighting come out looking very rich -- especially incandescent lights.

                  The only downside is that focus still doesn't seem that fast, and I get a lot of misses unless everyone is standing perfectly still.

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                  5.0

                  Love this Lens!

                  By Drooshie

                  from San Diego, CA

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Great low light
                  • Lightweight
                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Night Photography

                    Comments about 30mm f/2.0 NX Pancake Lens (Black):

                    I use this lens for most of my photos, it outshines the kit lens by a mile! I love the bokeh it produces, the sharpness of the focus subject and the quick focusing both manual and auto. Sometimes I wish it had a wider field of vision, this just makes me want to buy more lenses! I am no professional, but this lens adds a great level of professionalism right out of the box.

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                    5.0

                    Fantastic sharp small lite

                    By Gusda9

                    from NYC

                    Comments about 30mm f/2.0 NX Pancake Lens (Black):

                    I bought this lens[*] read all the great reviews once I got it Shot some pictures And wow I keep telling myself this lens is fantastic Extremely sharp at all apertures Extreme Detail Excellent color rendering I love the size of it and the weight. I would buy another one Immediately if something happened to this one Really truly a fantastic lens

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                    5.0

                    A little slow under dim light but worth

                    By Rick

                    from Chicago IL

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Comments about 30mm f/2.0 NX Pancake Lens (Black):

                    Amazing small lens, not as fast I would liked but does get the work done. The results are awesome! sharp at 2.0 and sharpest at 2.8 Not great for video...price is a bargain for the quality of the glass, coming form Canon lenses and this little gem does not disappoint me at all.

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                    5.0

                    Very sharp

                    By Dancing Robot

                    from Berwyn Heights, MD

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh

                    Cons

                    • Slow Focus

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Photography

                    Comments about 30mm f/2.0 NX Pancake Lens (Black):

                    This is one of the sharpest lenses I have ever used. Wide open, it's very sharp in the middle of the frame and decently sharp elsewhere. Stopped down to f/4, this lens is razor sharp everywhere, even in the corners of the frame. It suffers from mild barrel distortion. If you shoot JPEG, the camera will correct it automatically, and Lightroom includes a profile for this lens which removes both distortion and vignetting.

                    The only significant downside I can think of is the autofocusing speed, which is leisurely at best — around the same as Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 lens for Micro 4/3.

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                    5.0

                    Great compact lens

                    By SBooth

                    from San Diego, CA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Great in Low Light
                    • Lightweight
                    • Metal Mounting Plate
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Simple
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Night Photography
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about 30mm f/2.0 NX Pancake Lens (Black):

                      This lens is not the smallest pancake option when compared to the stock NX 20-50mm lens, but it is still a nice compact size and the optics are GREAT! This lens meets all my needs when a point and shoot moment calls for something more handy than my larger 18-55mm or 18-200mm lens. AF is quiet and although there is no i-Function button/ability with this lens, I still find it very easy to utilize in smart/auto or manual modes. Overall, a great buy.

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                      4.0

                      Slik design

                      By Stjert

                      from Bergen, Norway

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light

                        Comments about 30mm f/2.0 NX Pancake Lens (Black):

                        I use the lens on the NX300. Mainly without flash. Shoots great pictures in low light. Disclaimer: I'm not an experienced photographer

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                        5.0

                        Great lens

                        By Mmsoaa

                        from Egypt

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Pros

                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Nice Bokeh

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Macro Photography
                          • Video
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about 30mm f/2.0 NX Pancake Lens (Black):

                          Great lens .you love to use this lens every time and very easy and very fast

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                          4.0

                          Not only price-benefit trade-off lens

                          By BJ Jung

                          from Irvine, CA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • Slow Focus

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light

                          Comments about 30mm f/2.0 NX Pancake Lens (White):

                          I purcahsed this prime pancake lens for indoor-low light snap. Besides, its weight and size is extremely low and small, so it would guarantee comfortable photography.

                          In terms of image quality, its distortion control with Samsung NX system is almost perfect. And also spherical aberration is well regulated even its tiny volume of group of glasses. It is really amazing optical achievement.

                          Auto focus is not that swift like Ultrasonic motorized lens but speed is acceptable when you take a picture rahter that movie clip.

                          When it comes to style and color of the barrel, it enhance harmony with white-color body such as Samsung NX 300 White version. Most of my friends say that it looks like customized fetching camera lens with the Samsung white NX system.

                          To put in a nut shell, this lens is good not just because of the well worth the money, but the best choice amongst similar pancake lenses.

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                          5.0

                          Another great Samsung NX lens.

                          By Andrzej P

                          from Connecticut

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Photography
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about 30mm f/2.0 NX Pancake Lens (Black):

                            This lens is small, light, and produces great images when combined with samsung nx camera.
                            Good price and quality.

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                            5.0

                            Love it

                            By Kob

                            from Huntersville, NC

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Lightweight
                            • Nice Bokeh

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Macro Photography
                              • Night Photography
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Video
                              • Weddings/Events
                              • Wildlife Photos

                              Comments about 30mm f/2.0 NX Pancake Lens (Black):

                              Great lens. Expensive, but what great things aren't?

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                              5.0

                              Wonderful standard prime lens

                              By Dany

                              from Montreal, Canada

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Durable
                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Without I-function

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Photography

                              Comments about 30mm f/2.0 NX Pancake Lens (Black):

                              This is a pencake lens for a mirrorless system, but it is as good as other famous prime standard lenses for DSLR. It is very light and small yet it gives excellent IQ. I am totally satisfied with this cute lens.

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                              5.0

                              Worth the money

                              By Brett from NY

                              from Upstate NY

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Lightweight
                              • Nice Bokeh

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Macro Photography
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about 30mm f/2.0 NX Pancake Lens (Black):

                                This lens is compact, so it increases the camera's portability. The lens takes very good pictures, even in low light settings. It produces a good background blur. I am very happy with the lens.

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                                5.0

                                My go to lens

                                By nomad12

                                from bham, ak

                                Verified Buyer

                                Comments about 30mm f/2.0 NX Pancake Lens (Black):

                                This lens is great for my nx20. Extremely fast and small. Love f/2.0 !

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                                5.0

                                AMAZING LENS!!

                                By Jay

                                from Chino, CA

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Lightweight
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                • Weak Casing

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Sports/Action

                                Comments about 30mm f/2.0 NX Pancake Lens (Black):

                                Perfect Lens for indoor/outdoor purposes.

                                Very bright lens.
                                Easy to operate.
                                Fast Focusing.

                                I'm using it with NX200, and fell in love with it

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                                (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Amazing Lens

                                By KatieB

                                from Berkeley, CA

                                About Me Casual Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                                Cons

                                • Expensive

                                Best Uses

                                • Close-up photography
                                • Flowers and Bugs

                                Comments about 30mm f/2.0 NX Pancake Lens (Black):

                                I am so glad that I purchased this lens. I am not a pro photographer, so I'm not sure how it compares to other lenses, but it has seriously elevated the quality of my photos. It is much better than the lens that the camera came with, especially for very close-up images like flowers and insects. It is also great for portraits. Highly recommended despite the price! Works will with manual focus.

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