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Samsung NX 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS

31 December 2010
Arkadiusz Olech

6. Distortion

As it was the case of the Sony E 18–55 mm f/3.5–5.6 OSS, the distortion measurements don’t impress us here as they are very similar to those of the Sony. At the widest angle we get very distinct barrel distortion amounting to –4.38% which near 30 mm becomes zero and already at 35 mm changes into pincushion of 1.01%. What’s worse it increases along with the increase of the focal length and at 55 mm it reaches a quite significant value of 1.64%. Distortion correction is evidently a problem for the designers of all mirrorless systems’ kit lenses.


Samsung NX
18–55 OIS
Sony E
18–55 OSS
Olympus M.Zuiko
14–42
Canon EF-S
18–55 IS
14–20 mm
−4.38%
−4.16%
−5.48%
−3.96%
30–35 mm
1.01%
2.16%
1.29%
−0.17%
42–55 mm
1.64%
1.52%
2.86%
0.42%




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Samsung NX 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS - Distortion
Samsung NX 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS - Distortion
Samsung NX 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS - Distortion