The AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G was released in mid-2011 as an affordable macro lens for Nikon’s DX format cameras. This is a true macro lens, which supports a maximum reproduction ration of 1:1 and provides a focal length equivalent to 60mm in 35mm format. This lens is compatible with all current Nikon DX-format DSLRs, including the entry-level models.

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In summary

The relatively low price tag makes this lens an attractive proposition for cash-strapped enthusiasts who want a lightweight and relatively compact macro lens. But, being designed specifically for DX cameras, it won’t suit photographers with Nikon’s ‘full frame (FX) camera bodies.

Its light weight will suit travellers, while near-silent operation will make this lens attractive for photographers who want to create movies of small subjects. As a portrait lens, it also offers some advantages, largely because of its f/2.8 speed, which can produce attractive bokeh.

However, there are some limitations potential purchasers should understand, the first being the relatively short working distance for macro work. At 16.3 cm, it is too close to photograph easily-spooked subjects. It’s also a little short for situations when artificial lighting is required, either in the form of flash or LED lights.

Rating

Build

8.5

Handling

8.8

Image quality

9.0

Versality

8.3

OVERALL

9.0

RRP:  n/a.  ASP:  AU$340; US$300

 

Specs

  • Picture angle: 38 degrees 50 minutes
  • Minimum aperture: f/22
  • Lens construction: 9 elements in 7 groups
  • Lens mounts: Nikon F
  • Diaphragm Blades: 7 (rounded)
  • Focus drive: Silent Wave AF motor
  • Stabilisation: No
  • Minimum focus: 16.3 cm
  • Maximum magnification: 1:1
  • Filter size:   52 mm
  • Dimensions (Diameter x L): Approx. 68.5 x 64.5 mm
  • Weight:  Approx. 235 grams

 

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