Choose the Right Lens for Every Photograph

Apr 09, 2013

An interchangeable-lens camera like the Samsung NX gives you access to a vast range of capabilities. Whether you’re using a zoom lens to snap a faraway vista or a macro lens to capture the details of an insect’s wing, interchangeable lenses prepare you for any photo opportunity that comes along.

To get the most out of your interchangeable-lens camera, learn about the different types of lenses and how to choose the right one for each type of photo

Zoom Lenses


A zoom lens lets you take clear, stunning photos of faraway subjects—but that’s not all it can do. Choose a zoom lens for flexible shooting in a variety of situations.

Landscape Photos: Wide Zoom Lens (12-24mm)
To capture a city skyline or scenic horizon, reach for the Wide Zoom lens. Its fast and quiet autofocus and outstanding resolution make capturing dynamic photos a snap. And the lens’s short focal length lets you capture wide shots even when you’re close to your subject.

Multipurpose: Standard Zoom Lens (18-55mm)
The Standard Zoom lens is a versatile choice for those times you can carry only one lens with you. Its angle of view ranges from that of a mid-wide to a mid-zoom lens, letting you capture portraits, landscapes, and everything in between.

Multipurpose on the Go: Standard Zoom Lens (20-50mm)
For even greater portability, choose the more compact Standard Zoom lens. Its 20-50mm focal length is slightly narrower than that of the Standard Zoom lens, but with that small trade-off comes the ability to collapse the lens to a compact 40mm height, making it small enough to fit into a pocket.

Vacation Videos: Super Zoom Lens (18-200mm)
With its wide-ranging focal length, the Super Zoom lens is a versatile choice to take on vacation. The Super Zoom can capture everything from landscapes to close-up shots, and its Voice Coil motor, autofocus support, and fast zoom tracking make it perfect for capturing high-quality video, too.

Wildlife Photos: Telephoto Zoom Lens (50-200mm)
For those who appreciate wildlife but also value their safety, a long-range lens like the Tele Zoom is a good choice. Its long focal length and built-in lens-shift image stabiliser let you capture crisp, detailed photos from a safe distance. And while a zoom lens will never be as portable as other lenses, the Tele Zoom is compact for its focal length: just 70 x 100.5mm and 417 grams.

Prime Lenses


The fixed focal length of a prime lens makes it lighter and more portable, while a wider aperture delivers stunningly bright photos.

Natural Photos: Standard Prime Lens (30mm)
A so-called “standard” lens is simply one that is neither a telephoto lens nor a wide-angle lens. Instead, it captures subjects in a way similar to how the naked eye would perceive them. Use the Standard Prime lens to capture realistic photos that don’t tamper with natural visual cues such as perspective, distortion, and depth of field.

Portraits: Standard Prime Lens (45mm)
The Standard Prime lens is ideally suited for portrait photography. With its shallow depth of field, the Standard Prime lens lets you put all of the focus on the subject of your portrait while softening the background. Compact and lightweight, it’s a great lens to keep handy in your camera bag.

Wide Scenery: Wide Prime Lens (16mm)
This thin and light pancake-style lens strikes a balance between portability and high performance. With an ultra-bright F2.4 aperture and broad focal depth, you can capture brilliant scenic shots even from a distance. As with other wide lenses, the Wide Prime lens is also a great choice for tight interior shots.

Scenery: Wide Prime Lens (20mm)
With an angle of view slightly wider than that of the Standard Prime lens, the Wide Prime lens can capture broader scenes like cityscapes and monuments while maintaining a natural perspective and maximum brightness. As with all pancake-style lenses, its compact size makes it especially portable.

Artistic Portraits: Premium Portrait Lens (85mm)
The F1.4 aperture of the Premium Portrait lens allows excellent out-of-focus effects and bright, high-resolution images, while also shooting with very shallow depth of field. Pro tip: Open the aperture in gradual steps to avoid a depth of field that is too shallow and subjects that are difficult to get in focus.

Special Purpose Lens


To capture distinctive results like ultra close-ups or 3D video, consider a specialised lens purpose-built for the type of shot you want.

High-Definition 3D Photos and Video: Mid-Telephoto 2D/3D Lens (45mm)
With a simple button push, switch the Mid-Telephoto lens into 3D mode to capture vivid, three-dimensional HD photos and videos for playback on any 3D-capable monitor or TV. With the same 2D capabilities as a regular mid-telephoto lens, the 2D/3D model is also a great choice for stunning portrait photography.

Ultra Close-Up Photos: Macro Lens (60mm)
The Macro lens features a radically shortened focal length to capture vividly detailed, high-resolution close-ups of any number of subjects. Popular for natural subjects such as flowers and insects, the Macro lens features a quiet supersonic motor so you won’t disturb your subject, and a stabilising OIS function to reduce camera blur.

A camera system with interchangeable lenses—such as the full lineup of lenses available for the Samsung NX camera—gives you the versatility to capture every image that comes your way. And with the know-how to choose the perfect lens for every situation, you’ll be able to take pictures like a pro.