About the blog

I am just writing this as a free time project. For me this is just a motivation to learn more about my gear and to improve my photography skills. As I am using mostly Samsung NX stuff I am writing about this system, but I am planning to do general photography stuff, too.

I am also using this to improve my English as I am going to need this in the master courses of my studies. I am not a native speaker as you might have noticed and therefore this page hopefully improves my English writing skills. I hope you can understand what I want to express. If there is anything wrong please just leave me a note, I highly appreciate any help.

In addition to this blog you can also follow me on…

  1. Flickr (primary account for photo uploads)
  2. Twitter (primary account for short news)
  3. RSS feed of this blog (articles, news, etc.)

About me

I am a 27 years old guy who is currently studying Geoinformatics. Besides photography I love to do sports.

I am an amateur photographer who is highly interested in photography and loves to travel and to be outside. Photography is a good combination of those hobbies. I primarily take shots of landscape and nature in general, often using my macro lens. I am also happy to try other things, but I am not that experienced in Architecture, Portraits and other motives.

I started with photography back in 2004 with an old Sanyo S3 compact camera. Until 2008 I was mainly shooting some “events”, but I didn’t had much interest in photography so far. This changed in 2008/2009 with my night shots of my previous home town (using a Canon IXUS 80) and my first journey to Australia (using a Canon Powershot A1000IS). It was a good experience to use the  compact cameras as you had less you could do wrong and the the concentration was used for the motives. At some point I hit the limit of the camera and was not able to improve and decided to invest into a new camera, which was not that easy without much money. My friend Phillip Reeve suggested to buy a mirrorless camera and after some time reading tests and saving money I bought a (cheap) Samsung NX11 with three lenses (18-55mm, 50-200mm, 30mm). I also started using Lightroom for the RAW file processing. This was a huge step for my way of taking photographs. Later I added several NX lenses, tried legacy lenses and also bought several bodies. After purchasing and selling many lenses and bodies I finally found suitable lenses and bodies for my style of photography. I also made short experiences using other equipment (e.g. Sony NEX), but never got a better overall package from another camera maker.

How to support me

I am doing this mostly as a free-time activity. Nevertheless buying cameras, lenses and hosting this site is quite expensive. Therefore I places some affiliate links in my articles, which you can use to buy gear you like. This doesn’t cost you a cant, but the shop will pay me a small commission. So if you like what I am doing I would appreciate if you use one of those links in case you are buying something in the following shops:

eBay: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Canada, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, UK, USA

You can also consider a small donation via PayPal:

Everything collected here will be used for this page only. Thank you in advance.

Besides this you could also help me by lending me equipment to test. I don’t have all NX gear and I would be interested to test lenses (e.g. Samsung 85mm or Samsung 50-150mm S) and cameras (e.g. Samsung NX Mini) a limited amount of time. Please get in contact, if you are willing to help.

About my equipment

I am currently using the following gear:

  • Samsung NX500
  • Samsung NX30
  • Samsung NX1000
  • Samyang 12mm F2
  • Samsung 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 PZ
  • Samsung 50-200mm F4-5.6
  • Samsung 30mm F2
  • Konica Hexanon 40mm F1.8
  • Konica Hexanon 57mm F1.4
  • Tokina AT-X 90mm F2.5 Macro
  • Konica Hexanon 135mm F2.5
  • Canon FD 300mm F4 L
  • and some other legacy lenses…

What I tried/used before:

  • Samsugn NX1, NX11, NX100, NX20, NX200
  • Samsung 12-24mm, 16-50mm S, 18-55mm, 20-50mm, 18-200mm, 16mm, 20mm, 45mm, 60mm Macro and more legacy lenses
  • Samsung SEF20A, Metz mecablitz 44 AF-1
  1. Jakub Misak

    Hello,

    I am just wonder. Why do you prefer 20-50mm lens instead 18-55mm. I have NX210 with 18-55mm. Is the 20-50mm opticaly better? Thank you.

    Jakub

    1. Matt Everglade

      Several tests claim that the 20-50mm is optically a bit better, but the difference is really small compared with the latest revision (III) of the 18-55mm . I personally prefer the 20-50mm because it is smaller, but I don’t use it that much. For my landscape work I prefer to use the 12-24mm and the 45mm on my both cameras.

  2. Luis Alonso

    Hello Matt,
    Very informative article about compatible flashes & NX cameras. I myself was searching to see if I could use my
    Nikon SB-600 Speedlight flash with the nx500 and read your warning possible damage to the camera caused by the voltage trigger used in/by the flash and was wondering if you know wether it is safe to use the Nikon flash directly on the nx500 mount?
    I also discovered the following item and thought I’d share it with you:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004G45UJM?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=od_aui_detailpages00

    also at:

    https://www.fotodioxpro.com/smdv-hot-shoe-hotshoe-safe-sync-adapter-sm-512-for-samsung-nx100-nx5-nx10-gx-
    10-gx-20.html

    Thank you very much,

    Luis

  3. jorge tejo

    Matt, very interesting your page. I’m sure many users of the NX line, they have visited and visit, despite the bad news is supposed closed. But that is another matter, the important thing is that if we have a camera, enjoy. Greetings from Chile and if you walk around here let me know so you can try the lenses can still miss you.

  4. Bobby Watts

    Hi Matt, I’m interested to know what type of adapter you use to be able to use a couple of the non Samsung lenses like Tokina, Canon and Konica on your NX Bodies!

    Thanks
    Bobby

    1. Matt Everglade

      Hi Bobby, I am using random adaptors from Chinese no-name manufacturers. You can buy them from eBay for around 20 bucks. The quality is sometimes not very good, but for the price it’s okay. I simply order another one in this case. Novoflex has good quality, but is too expensive.

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