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Schneider-Kreuznach (Samsung) 50-200mm F4-5.6 D-Xenon

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Schneider-Kreuznach (Samsung) 50-200mm F4-5.6 D-Xenon

Schneider-Kreuznach (Samsung) 50-200mm F4-5.6 D-Xenon
Schneider-Kreuznach (Samsung) 50-200mm F4-5.6 D-Xenon

This lens is a rebadged version of the smc Pentax-DA 50-200mm F4.5.6 zoom lens. It was introduced by Samsung for their K-mount line of DSLRS and branded as a Schneider-Kreuznach D-Xenon lens.

-11 elements in 10 groups
-Diagonal view angle: 31.5-8.1
-6 blades
-Minimum focusing distance:110 cm
-Filter size: 52mm
-Weight: 255 g
-APS-C sized circle
-Hood included

The Pentax counterpart is currently available in the weather resistant version.
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Registered: December, 2013
Posts: 23
Lens Review Date: December 14, 2013 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $105.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: metal mount, sharp, 4x zoom, good IQ
Cons: lightweight, plastic
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 8    Autofocus: 8    Handling: 9    Value: 9    New or Used: No   

Optically, the best digitally-dedicated tele kit zoom that we've tested so far,
this Samsung lens produced the sharpness and distortion numbers of a much more expensive,
pro-caliber zoom.

Excellent range at all three tested focal lengths, an above-average performance by kit lens standards. (Even pro-caliber lenses in this focal-length range tend to dip into the Very Good SQF zone at 200mm.) Distortion was also very well controlled, according to DxO Analyzer 2.0 tests, with Imperceptible barrelling at 50mm (0.09%); and Slight pincushioning at 100mm (0.22%) and 200mm (0.23%). Light falloff was gone by f/5.6 at 50mm, and by f/8 at the longer focal lengths -- about average for the kit-zoom class. Close-focusing distances ranged from 39.25 inches at 50mm (1:16.2) to 42.24 inches at 200mm (1:4.4).
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Registered: December, 2013
Posts: 1
Lens Review Date: December 3, 2013 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $120.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: 4x telephoto zoom, sharp, quality glass
Cons: The focus ring could be more sensitive, has to turn much
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 8    Autofocus: 8    Handling: 10    Value: 10    New or Used: Yes   

The size of this lens is great. It's compact but gives me enough zoom.
This is a very nice lens, it has quality both in optics an in mechanics.
Only thing is it takes alittle time to focus on subject.
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Registered: March, 2010
Posts: 5

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: May 27, 2013 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $100.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: sharp, IQ, lightweight, compact, inexpensive
Cons: slow
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 7    Autofocus: 9    Handling: 10    Value: 10    New or Used: No   

I took a risk based on previous review of the pentaxforums and pop photo. I do not regret this purchase though I have the F-Zoom 70-210 , which gives way to the D-xenon on digital camera IMO.


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#_0039 by lookafera, on Flickr
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Registered: October, 2010
Location: madrid
Posts: 833
Lens Review Date: December 4, 2010 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $70.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: Cheap,good IQ,metal mount,compact, lightweigh.
Cons: needs plenty of light.

This lens is a good consumer lens, it's got good IQ, the build quality is decent and has a good feel when using it, if buyed used it's got a great price (for a new one i would consider pentax's 55-300 instead..).
The lens is very similar to the pentax 50-200 kit lens, probably made in the same Hanoi factory, with some small differences.The coating and barrel designs could differentiate the performance, but i haven't been able to appreciate the difference.
Two of the differences i like is the metal mount on Samsung's model, and the inclusion of a useful hood.
The lens was branded Shneider-Kreuznach for marketing reasons, and they had nothing to do with it's design or construction, they only set minimal quality requirements (i'm sure this lens meets them).
If you are shooting outside in a sunny day, stopped down to f/8-f/11 ,this lens delivers very beautiful, good color, contrast, and sharp images. On indoors or night-shots it'll be slow so take your tripod with you and forget any spontaneous scene with subjects moving (unless you're looking for the motion blur:P).
The lens extends to almost twice it's size, the auto-focus is quite noisy and not too fast but accurate.
Summary: with good IQ, not unpleasant bokeh (but not remarkable either),smooth zooming , decent build this is a good lens to complete the 18-50 kit lens...the fact that the 55-300 is pulling it's price down and that it can be found new in second hand market from people who dump their kit lenses to upgrade makes this lens a good bargain.

one sunny day example:
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