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Keywords: Samsung Tele Prime SSA NX APS-C i-Function


Registered: March 2012
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Samsung 85mm f/1.4 ED SSA NX review by arconovum
Review Date: 4/23/2012 Would you recommend the product? No | Total Spent: $1,000.00| Rating: 7 

Pros: good bokeh effect, good DOF
Cons: extremely heavy, poor auto focus and speed, no warranty

This will be a review in two stages, I will return in 1 week to complete the review when the weather gets better.

I chose NO to the question"Would you recommend this lens?" on the review submission form, primarily due to warranty issue for this lens (see the first part of the review for more details).

So as all lenses from Samsung , the warranty is a major drawback, especially in this case when 1000.00 dollars is at stake. As I have said before if it gets damaged, breaks, or fails Samsung will not repair nor replace it because they have categorized a lens as an accessory and the product is shipped without a warranty in the box.

Again this lens does no better as all other major lenses in the Samsung NX line when it comes to auto-focus , The auto focus is slow and often will fail to focus at all, and numerous retries and repositioning of the camera are required to allow the camera to achieve focus. But the manual focus works better than other lenses I have reviewed, far less effort is required to focus properly.

The lens's auto focus also does poorly when using the video option of the camera (nx200) , not that you would use this lens for that purpose , but in reality nothing stops you from using it.

The minimum focus distance for this lens is 2.7 feet in manual and auto focus, but you can reduce that to 2.5 feet in manual , but auto focus cannot. In that minimum distance you can fit a subject 7 inches wide, and 5.5 inches high, nothing bigger than a short coffee mug.

The weight is also a drawback to this lens, It is very heavy, I feel very uncomfortable hanging this expensive warranty-less lens from the cheap camera strap provided with the nx200 camera.

As I said I will be back in one weeks time to review the optics, and to make my final say about this lens.



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