Introducing Samsung’s First Ever Premium ‘S’ Lens: The 16-50mm f/2-2.8 ED OIS

16-50mm F2-2.8 S ED OIS Lens 2

Wrapping up the announcements from Samsung today were two new pieces of glass, at least one of which might just get your Gear Acquisition Syndrome acting up. The new lenses are a 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 Power Zoom and Samsung’s first ever Premium ‘S’ lens: a 16-50mm f/2-2.8.

Obviously the headline maker is the second of the two. The first and only lens in Samsung’s new premium S-Series, this lens promises “superior optical-technology” for photographers of all skill levels.

With an aperture that never goes darker than f/2.8, built-in OIS, an Ultra-Precise Stepping Motor (UPSM) and internal glass that includes two extra-low dispersion (ED) lenses, three aspherical lenses and two ‘eXreme High Refractive’ (XHR) lenses, the lens is said to produce “ultimate clarity and detail.”

16-50mm F2-2.8 S ED OIS Lens 1

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Playing second fiddle to the S lens is another 16-50mm, this one with a less impressive f/3.5-5.6 aperture in the cons column and the ability to zoom electronically in the pros.

The Power Zoom boasts a lightweight (111g) design, built-in OIS, a Silent Auto Focusing motor and, of course, the ability to control the zoom from a “seesaw” button on the side of the lens body. This will translate into smoother zooming when shooting video, and the ability to control zoom in addition to other settings when controlling your camera from a smart device using Samsung’s ‘Remote Viewfinder Pro’ feature.



As with the camera, neither lens has a price or announcement date, but if you happen to be attending CES, you’ll be able to try out all of the goodies announced today at booth #12004 from January 7th through the 10th.

  • pikachu

    Samsung problem is that they got too arrogant and tried creating a new system rather than joining MFT, they will never have a lens catalogue that can compete with MFT or NEX. You would have to be a total fool to buy one of these.

  • Sterling

    That looks like a big lens. Does the diameter of the barrel extend below the bottom of the body?

  • Peng Tuck Kwok

    You mean like the other fools who bought Canon EOS (note: I own a 5D MKII) and Nikon platforms? It’s not as bad as you might think. If you buy into this platform you could use an adapter for other lenses.

  • Mescalamba

    Good theory, but apart from fast tele-zooms, they have everything one needs. If someone wants something special, it can be adapted. Focus peaking is there..

  • Rob Elliott

    Umm… the Samsung lens selection is a little different but nearly the same as the NEX. The big failure on Samsungs part is keeping the lens system closed to Third Part Manufactures. That is where Sony will pull a head a bit.

  • Big_Pete

    At least the fools that bought an EOS M got a bargain – for $300 at least its a nice point and shoot for the money :) Samsung however are kidding themselves with their pricing. They are charging more than Olympus, Panasonic and Sony but their IQ, software and build quality are sub par. Hence why only a fool would buy the Samsung option.

  • shaun

    I don’t think you can dictate what everyone needs TBH – if you want UWA, fisheye or ultra fast primes you’re out of luck. And if you do invest in all of the Samsung glass, are you really sure they are committed to making cameras? What will you do with thousands of dollars of Samsung glass once Samsung stop making cameras?

  • Rob Elliott

    16, 20, 30mm all 2 or 2.8
    45 1.8
    60 2.8
    85 1.4

    10mm fisheye.


    All Samsung glass.

    Up to now Samsung has lack fast tele lens.

    I have held off buying because I didn’t know if they would keep making camera’s. The NX30 says they are going to try and buys some time if it is as good as the spec sheet suggests, without the issues the spec sheet suggests.

  • Peng Tuck Kwok

    Dunno. It says high quality image/build. Wait for the DxOmark review.

  • Ziz

    Is it me or the design is very Sigma-esque?

  • stoooopid

    By this logic, one should also be wary of buying a Canon, or NIkon aps-c dslr. There are also few primes made specifically for aps-c by Nikon and Canon (yes, you can slap on a full frame prime lens for much more size, weight and money – but why when you don’t have to). The Nikon 35 f/1.8 is great, but I can only dream that Nikon will make a 20 or 30mm pancake like I can get right now from Samsung. The Samsung lens system may not be as complete as MFT, but it definitely has all the lenses I would need.

  • New Guy

    The thing about adaptors… Is that there aren’t that many. Also, the pin prevents ease of use for other lenses. The camera HAS to be in ‘M’ and this is only if the pin in activated.

  • Peng Tuck Kwok

    You under estimate the Chinese…… :D

  • Andre Joseph Stuart-John

    What pricing are you on about!!?? NX300? NX2000? NX1100? NX1000? NX20? NX210? i sell Cameras for a living and im pretty sure all these cameras are all cheaper then their competitors?

    2 months ago i bought the NX300 18-55mm kit new with a FREE 50-200mm and a 3 year guarantee for £429

    the only overly expensive NX camera is the Galaxy NX

    and the only reason the EOS M got to a bargain price is because it was overwhelmingly disappointing.

  • Stop_Coward_Plutocrats

    Nothing subpar about Samsung build and IQ with their APS-C mirrorless cameras. I’ve owned Canons, Nikons, Sonys, Olympus and Fuji. Samsung is just fine in the build department and excels at IQ – moreso than they’re given credit for by fanhaters and trolls, anyway.

  • Stop_Coward_Plutocrats

    There are plenty of NX adapters for almost all vintage and modern mounts, and since it’s mirrorless, you don’t need glass in them. NX adapters are no less or more capable than other camera adapters. There’s no issue with ‘the pin’ as you describe. I’ve used Konica Hexanon lenses with NX100 and NX200 cameras and they work just fine.