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06-25-2009, 10:05 AM   #1

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samsung version of 18-55mm

I'm looking at a Samsung Xenon 18-55mm that a vendor claims to be a "II", but isn't identified as such. I can't find a picture on the net of a "II". Has anyone seen one marked (or not) as such? I know there was a "II" version (at least announced) with the GX-20, but most photos seem to show the 16-45 (not identified other than "Samsung.")

I'm starting to think that all the 18-55mm IIs had "Samsung" and not "Schneider" on the front ring, but I'm looking for confirmation (or not.)



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06-25-2009, 06:09 PM   #2
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I'm curious about this as well. The GX20 I use at work came with an 18-55 that is badged "Samsung Zoom Lens SA 1:3.5-5.6 18-55mm AL" on the trim ring and "Samsung 18-55" on the little plate on the body of the lens. Are any of them labelled "Samsung 18-55 II" in the same manner as the Pentax versions? I wonder if anyone can tell from the serial numbers what series that a lens might be (and if the serial numbers are assigned by Pentax)? My lens is ZR02C40Q400509F if that means anything to anyone...

I had thought that Pentax might be offloading "I" series lenses to Samsung for use as kit lenses with the GX20?
06-25-2009, 06:13 PM   #3
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Samsung SA 18-55s appeared with the introduction of the GX-1L and the GX-1S and there's been no indication of change since. I have one myself.
06-25-2009, 10:01 PM   #4

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This Samsung announcement appeared in early 2008:

Following the launch of the 14.6Mp GX-20 digital SLR, Samsung, leaders in digital imaging, today announces the launch of two new lenses, the D-XENON 18-55mm II f/3.5-f/5.6 and the 18-250mm f/3.5 - f/6.3.
So it appears there were two Samsung versions. The lens I'm looking at is marked Xenon on the silver barrel label and Schneider Xenon on the front trim ring. I'm now thinking it's not a II, mainly because all the GX-20s I see have "Samsung" on the front rings.

Maybe Europe, Asia, and north america got different labels at different times.

I did ask Samsung via email, but of course have had no reply.


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wow you're right! Samsung's website's been rather slow with the udpates. Nothing new yet. If only they made their lenses more accessible like the 35/2AL etc, would be of great benefit for Pentaxians and the company.
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I've got two from the GX-20 kit (don't ask). Says only Samsung 18-55, no II. Made in Vietnam.

If anyone is interested I'll sell or trade (EU pref.).
06-26-2009, 10:07 PM   #7

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The limited evidence I've been able to track down continues to indicate that "Samsung" lenses are IIs, and "Schneider" lenses aren't. Samsung support hasn't replied to my request for information so far, but every GX-20 I've seen associated with the 18-55 has had a "Samsung"-trimmed lens, not a Schneider, and the II was supposedly introduced along with the GX-20.

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I also have this lens. Mine is marked on the front ring Schneider- KREUZNACH D-XENON 1:3.5-5.6 18-55 AL 52mm

Also there is D-XENON 18-55 on the long oblong silver badge mounted on the barrel near the mount end.

There's another small square silver badge with Digital Samsung SA on it

I'm going to be selling this, as i also have the Pentax version and dont need two the same

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you by any chance still selling this lens?

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