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Samsung NX 30 mm f/2.0

15 February 2010
Szymon Starczewski

9. Ghosting and flares

Testing the work against very bright light we usually put the sun near one frame corner and then assess the effects on photographs. Unfortunately the Samsung was available to us for only three days during which it was mainly snowing – the face of our day star was completely invisible. To get any info about the performance of Samsung’s anti-reflection coatings we decided to do a studio test in which a studio reflector, emitting a modulated constant light, set on maximum and reinforced by a snoot, played the role of a bright light source. To tell you the truth these conditions - the dark studio interior with bright, focused light - are even more difficult than our traditional sun test. With even bigger joy we noticed that the Samsung’s results were quite good in this category. At the maximum aperture there are practically no artifacts at all and only on stopping down we see a visible streak of light, “flowing” diagonally through the frame. You should also stress the fact that during the work against bright light the overall picture contrast doesn’t decrease significantly.

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Samsung NX 30 mm f/2.0 - Ghosting and flares

Samsung NX 30 mm f/2.0 - Ghosting and flares