- Jan 3, 2014
Samsung has made it known that they are serious about their NX system. With the introduction of a weather resistant 16-50 2-2.8, the sneak peak of a new flagship line, and rumors of a very fast 50-135 weather resistant lens, a 300 2.8 in the wild, 24 1.4, it got me wondering about what I would do with this new flagship if I were Samsung.
It is clear they want to up their game, but because of their mount, they are pretty much locked into the APSC format. Not necessarily a bad thing, it keeps weight and size down when making lenses, but is APSC enough to pull in more serious interest? Heck, I never took them seriously until a couple of months ago! LOL! So it got me thinking of what I would do if I were Samsung with this new NX# line....
Going by the mount size, there is no way I'm going to be able to stuff a FF sensor in there. Sony BARELY crammed one into their E mount LOL! That means a new mount... I would absolutely veto that idea. Having two different mounts for your system would certainly confuse new buyers, not to mention you would have to develop a whole new line of lenses specific to the new mount. You would also force your current users to have to get new lenses as well, negating their current lenses. No way. I would stick with the current mount. But here's what I would do: I would put an APSH type sensor in the NX# line. A 1.3x crop factor (or as big as I could get in there). Why? Size matters ESPECIALLY in marketing when trying to stand out from the masses and I'm not as well known. By doing this, you get the advantages of a little larger sensor (DOF control, ISO, ...) and that advantage can be the tipping point when you're fighting with Sony and Fuji!
Keeping your current mount means new buyers of the the flagship can still use their current lenses, and I would use a firmware update to let the camera detect the lens and automatically shoot in 'crop mode' for APSC lenses. So all new and old lenses will work with the new size sensor and the APSC ones. You don't make anyone mad or loose current users frustrated with a new mount making current lenses useless.
Obviously this new flagship will offer a grip option I'm sure (heck, Samsung announced a P&S with a built in grip! So you know they aren't afraid to do a grip), but how about a grip that attaches like the 2nd piece of the EM5 grip? You don't remove the battery from the body, you just screw on a grip that has two batteries in it, so you effectively have three batteries.
Obviously these rantings are just hypotheticals. Samsung's mount may not be able to handle anything larger than APSC, but it sure is fun to imagine