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

You Pay: $238.00
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)
  • Front & Rear Lens Caps
  • Lens Pouch
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Samsung30mm f/2.0 NX Pancake Lens (White)
     
    4.8

    (based on 32 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (24)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (20)
    • Easily interchangeable (19)
    • Nice bokeh (17)
    • Consistent output (13)

    Cons

    • Slow focus (3)

    Best Uses

    • Low light (20)
    • Landscape/scenery (13)
    • Night photography (11)
    • Weddings (7)
    • Macro photography (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (14), Casual photographer (8), Pro photographer (3), Semi-pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    Reviewed by 32 customers

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    5.0

    Exactly what I needed.

    By lacekill

    from Allen TX

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

    We keep our living room and other areas of the house very dark, so it always made it difficult to get good images of our twins. I'm not looking for perfection, just not a scrapbook with nothing but red eyes and blown out complexions from a flash. This lens is great. I was hesitant about the 30mm, but it's come in handy more than once. I can keep my distance and still get some great shots.

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    5.0

    Small lens, big performance...

    By ELW

    from Mebane, NC

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery

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

      Pros:

      -Takes purdy pictures.
      -Fast lens at f2.0. Remarkably fast considering the fact that it is a true pancake lens.
      -Small. Of course smaller than my much loved Nikon 35mm f1.8 (that is a DSLR lens after all), but also smaller than the 25mm f1.8 I enjoyed with my previous mirrorless, the Olympus E-P5.
      -Good low light performance.
      -I am pleased with the quality of the bokeh this lens produces.
      -Sharp.
      -Fast to focus with the NX300.
      -Reasonably priced, especially with mark downs available when purchased.
      -A light and compact lens well suited to the NX300.
      -Sturdily constructed with a metal mount.
      -Takes purdy pictures.

      Cons:

      -No iFn button like the 45mm… Yep, that is about it. No big whoop.

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      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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                            • No

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                            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            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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