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Samsung30mm f/2.0 NX Pancake Lens (White)
 
4.8

(based on 46 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (35)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (26)
  • Nice bokeh (24)
  • Easily interchangeable (22)
  • Consistent output (16)

Cons

  • Slow focus (6)

Best Uses

  • Low light (26)
  • Landscape/scenery (14)
  • Night photography (13)
  • Weddings (11)
  • Macro photography (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (20), Casual photographer (8), Pro photographer (5), Semi-pro photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
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5.0

Fantastic Lens

By RyanX3F

from Maine, USA

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

Really love this lens and the white finish is really high quality. It's super light and very small, but seemingly very well built and optically I've found it to be great. It may not always find focus on my NX500 but overall it does a great job in fast accurate focus. The only downside is for manual focusing the focus ring feels kinda lackluster but it works just fine and for the cost/value this lens really can't be beat. Oh and it doesn't rattle or make weird sounds so yeah Samsung did well with this one.

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5.0

New life to old machine

By Talan8484

from Tucson AZ

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

I had an nx1000 body sitting around collecting dust. I sold all of my other nx gear but was unable to find a buyer for the body. I purchased the 30mm lens and I have never been happier with this camera. It is now my favorite for shooting my kids and doing other street photography. Awesome low light performance has given me good concert pictures and its small enough to fit in my pockets.

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5.0

Wow! 2.0 for NX-500 helps!

By John M

from New York LI

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Slow Focus

Best Uses

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

    Excellent clarity and build. Nice Bokeh and excellent optics. Built as robustly as I would expect. It does not cause vignetting. I use this on my NX500 and I have the PZ 16-50 as well... plan on buying more from Samsung- I just wish the camera looked more like the Olympus Pen series and build feel- Focus is could be slightly faster in low light. Would recommend this or buy again as always with B+W. BH is always reliable- thanks again!

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    4.0

    Pretty impressive little lens!

    By Steve M.

    from Pacheco, CA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fairly Well Made
    • Inexpensive
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

    • Focus-by-wire

    Best Uses

    • Video
    • Weddings/Events

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

    This little pancake lens has a pretty impressive image. I use this for video work, as I'm not a stills photographer by any means. I have taken a few photos with this lens and they all look really good! As for video capture, this works well, with my only negative being it's a focus by wire focusing system.

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    4.0

    Great Photos When In Focus

    By ocphotodad

    from Orange County, CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

    • Blurry Focus
    • Poor in Low Light
    • Slow Focus

    Best Uses

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

      This lens is sharp and fun to use since it is so small. I use it on the NX1 and when shooting my kids in broad daylight. It hit focus in Multi-Mode/ continuous about 25% of the time. Focusing on the background instead of on my kids. BUT b/c of the lens' size it allows me to carry the camera in a small bag so the camera goes with me to more places than if I didn't have it. Therefore, I do not mind the low focus percentage b/c 25% of something is better than 100% of nothing or the garbage that comes from my camera phone.

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      5.0

      Definitely meets expectations

      By Jerry

      from Portland Oregon

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistant Output
      • Consistent Output
      • Fast lens
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Low Light
        • Macro Photography
        • Night Photography
        • Scenery
        • Video

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

        I do love this 30mm lens. I haven't done a side by side with my 18 to 55 lens yet, but just shot some closeups of bees using a 16mm extention tube. Amazing clarity! Lens seems to be well made and should last for a long time. LOVE the bokeh it produces. Smooth and pronounced at F2. Highly recommended!

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        5.0

        Fantastic Lens

        By ironique

        from Nairobi, Kenya

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          This is my every-day go-to lens for my NX300. Makes the camera even more compact than it already is. Great for low light photography without flash, and beautiful bokeh! The AF isn't the fastest, but it isn't slow either.

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          5.0

          My main reason to get into the NX system

          By Doc Oren

          from Israel

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Affordable
          • Lightweight
          • Sharp

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Street photography

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

            I own a Pentax K5IIs and a Sigma 17-50. A combination that gave me many a wonderful pictures but is niether lightweight nor discrete. I have decided to supplement it with a lightweigh camera. Although my budget was modest, I could not bring myself to skimp on the image quality of the new system. After doing much research I have decided to buy a bargain priced NX3000 and match it with this lens. I was not disappointed.
            This lens is sharp! It is sharp wide open and razor sharp slightly stopped down.
            Color reproduction is on par with my Sigma (quite good) and the bokeh is okay.

            Focus motor is quiet, lens barrel is plastic but nothing rattles or feels loose. There is no iFn button or an OIS.
            If only Samsung made a 25mm version of this lens...

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            5.0

            Must have lens!

            By Ashley Burge Photography

            from Mission Viejo, CA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

                This lens is an absolute must have! It is clear, crisp, and focuses a heck of a lot better and faster than the stock zoom (20-50mm). The small size makes the camera even more portable and lightweight which is always a plus in my book.

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                5.0

                Nice little lens

                By Andi

                from Portland, Oregon

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

                Great bokeh but subject is clear and sharp. Very pleased.

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                5.0

                good solid pancake lens

                By Misha

                from Montague, MA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Great in Low Light
                • Lightweight
                • Rugged
                • Small
                • Strong Construction
                • Well Conceived

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • "blur" Background Shots
                  • Food
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Night Photography
                  • Portaits
                  • Weddings/Events

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

                  great lens! super large aperture catches low light and gives a great shallow DOF. small enough to "live" on the nx300: the whole package is practically the size of a point and shoot. Amazing results from this lens, rivaling the top of the line nikon and cannon lenses. I would recommend to anyone to buy as a standard kit item when purchasing the nx300.

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                  5.0

                  Great low light and portrait lens

                  By tpaine

                  from Santa Barbara, CA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Portrait photography
                    • Weddings/Events

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

                    All the benefits of a 30mm zoom without the drawbacks of a higher f-stop. I've had great success using this for portrait shots for 3 reasons.

                    1) 30mm zoom allows for a close cropped shot without getting into someone's face
                    2) 2.0 f-stop achieves a very shallow depth of field which I love. The low baseline also helps in low light situations
                    3) The smaller lens is less intimidating to your subjects allowing them to be more comfortable. The 30mm zoom also helps in this regard because you don't have to be as close.

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                    5.0

                    Small, sharp and fast lens.

                    By lo bito

                    from new york

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Sports/Action

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

                      I got this for street photography, it is fast, sharp, light, small.

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                      4.0

                      Very Good (almost excellent) Lens

                      By Luke

                      from NY

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh

                      Cons

                      • Slow Focus

                      Best Uses

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

                        Size is great. Sharpness is excellent. Only complaint is that the AF is a little slow.

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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 of 5 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

                                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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