AF-S DX Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G
Exceptional, Stunning Detail for Both Close ups and Portraits
I HIGHLY recommend this lens. I own the Nikon D7000, which I LOVE. I have been using the lens from the kit 18mm-105mm. I took great photos. But, I was BLOWN AWAY from this 40 mm lens. I was skeptical because it's only 40mm and I have no range other than 40mm....I am taking the time to write this review because the quality of the photos has shocked me. Everybody from the professional photography realm has told me to put money in good lenses. Everybody should have this lens. Here is why: it took exceptional, stunning detail in photos up close and from far away. It is quite an unique lens that I am becoming obsessed with!
September 2, 2012
Excellent Micro Lens
I like it for it's compactness. Have used the 60 and the 105. But for traveling it is handy to have a Micro that is small and compact. I like it's design for the DX format. Another great lens from Nikon.
July 9, 2012
Great lens for close ups
just bought this lens 2 days ago and I am amazed at what it can do. I like taking pictures of flowers and was looking to get more detail. This has helped me to achieve it.
July 7, 2012
LOVE IT! BEST MICRO LENS!!
This is my first Micro-lens and i absolutely love it. Comparing it to the other lenses it much more cheaper and it gets the job done! If you are thinking about taking close-up pictures and want something inexpensive you are looking in the right place. I recommend this lens ! :)
May 17, 2012
Awesome lens. Great price.
I wanted a lens that would allow me to do close-up and take great portrait pictures at an affordable price. Not at all disappointed.
May 16, 2012
One of the best lenses ever!
I bought this lens as a macro lens, but soon discovered that I ended up using it for everything. Image quality is unbelievable, and I cannot fault it in any way. This was a pleasant surprise, as I did not expect anything near this standard considering the price.
Build quality is great, and although not built like one of the gold ring lenses, it is on a par with the 35mm f/1.8G and 50mm Gs. Like the 35mm, it is very light and compact, and it makes a nice change to use such a small lens without compromising on image quality!
Focus speed is actually rather fast and very accurate. When using this lens for landscape/portrait shots (with the focus limiter switched on), focusing seems instantaneous.
I have both this lens and the 35mm DX, and can honestly say that I would pick the 40mm over the 35mm every time. It may not be as fast as the 35mm, but the close focusing ability is very useful, even when I'm not doing 1:1 images.
With image quality close to pro lenses, full 1:1 focus capabilities and such a compact body, this has to be one of the best lenses ever!
March 27, 2012
This is my first macro lens. Brought it home today and couldn't believe how amazing it is! Lightweight but hardworking. Took stunning close-ups as well as incredible portraits. I really wish I would have bought this lens sooner. I am extremely pleased with this lens, especially for the price.
March 16, 2012
Amazing macro lens!
This lens is a great all around lens! It's at a decent focal length for DX cameras, has macro capabilities which are even better than I expected, and great background blur! This makes the lens excellent for portraits and macro shots. The barrel extension makes the lens a little long, but that is a small price to pay for the price of the lens, it's expected. The shallow depth of field can make a lot of the image blurry, so it's best to stop it down to ~f/4 or so, allowing more of the image in focus, because it gets a little too blurry at f/2.8 at times.
Just one flaw with this product, when at the closest focusing distance, if the camera is facing a downward angle, the shadow of the lens will appear in the photo if using the camera's built in flash.
March 6, 2012
This is an easy to use lens for closeups & the sharpness is exceptional....auto-focus is quick & dead on...
January 29, 2012
IF you don't have a micro/macro lens, you can't beat this!
I needed an optic to do some general overall closeup work. This lens is great for most everything you'll need to do. Nikon has done it again with a reasonably priced optic that functions exceptionally well. Light to carry and sharp as a tack. Thanks Nikon!
January 10, 2012
Love Love Love
Great Lens. If you want to walk around and take awesome macros, this lens is perfect. The autofocus is OKAY with that said, the overall quality of the photos for the money is second to none. Great product
December 28, 2011
I received this lens as a gift after looking for a macro lens. I was surprised by how much clarity and detail can be achieved in a shot! I was also surprised by how light the lens is, perfect for when I am shooting while traveling. This lens really surprised me but by now I should learn to expect nothing less from Nikon!
December 26, 2011
Great Macro Lens
I was blown away with its capabilities and detail, especially for the price.
December 1, 2011
Nikkor Lens AF-s DX Micro 40mm f/2.8G
Great little lens, lightweight and fast focus.
Really good for close up as well as for people shots and landscapes.
November 30, 2011
Simply Awesome close-up technology* An upgrade to my faithful 55mm macro, I am more than impressed with this exceptional Nikon lens
November 22, 2011
This Lense worths every penny
Very pleasing bokeh and respectable closeup, The focusing is not fast but responsive. This inexpensive lense is definitely worth very penny.
October 31, 2011
It's an excellent piece of glass, no doubt. I've just bought it through online and shoot some pictures of my baby, family members, also some lanscapes. I really wonder to see that it's sharpness on all apertures is excellent. My macro shots of flowers and some tiny toys are also stunning. This lens is really versatile and great for it's price. And this is the sharpest among cheaper Nikkor lenses. I don't care its technical aspects, but really really satisfied with real life photography. Definitely, this is a gift for DX format Nikonians. Just one sentence about this lens: "Real professional quality with an amateure price". Just take it and enjoy...
October 25, 2011
Proud to own one!
Couldn't have asked for a better birthday present! Coming from my fiance' made it all the more special! This lens continues to flatter me! I love the versatility that this lens provides esp. the bokeh.
October 1, 2011
Gorgeous lens, amazing.
I used this lens in photography class, they're so amazing. The photos become to crisp and clear and the blur is beautiful. I might have to purchase these for my own use!
August 19, 2011
I got to try this lens out at school a couple of months ago while in Photography Class. It's amazing! It gives a great bokeh and focus. And the photos are very crisp and clear. Defiantly would recommend.
August 14, 2011
A must-have for amateurs and pro's.
I love this lens. I a not much of a macro shooter however on a recent trip I was inspired and really wanted to have some fun and step out of my normal comfort zone.
Simply put, this lens allowed me to see things, everyday things in a brand new light.
This lens is now a staple in my kit whether I am travelling or at home.
July 30, 2013
A Gem to Keep Handy
Most of my photography is either with the 70-200 2.8VRII, or rather wide with the 12-24. While I have a half-dozen older 24mm and 50mm lenses in my lens rack, their control of CA has not been great, and on the D7000 found I needed to adjust focus. I bought the 40Micro-Nikkor and fell in love with it in its own right. No sign of CA, sharp and contrasty, and just a great lens to work with. I keep finding new uses for this lens, but have come to especially love it when using it as a 'normal' lens - check out the attached image of our skittish Norwegian Forest Cat. I use it for fast close-ups when I don't want to use my 105Micro, but mostly it is just that the 40Micro is so fast to work with. It gets the job done, with sensational quality.
November 4, 2012
I love the sharpness and bokeh, great lens to introduce micro photography
June 12, 2012
I wanted an inexpensive macro lens. This is it.
All the required extra effort and precision needed for macro photography pays off in the end.
Any issues you may experience using this lens are macro photography issues, not lens issues.
Very quickly I realized to maximize this lens, the R1 Wireless Close-Up Speedlight System is a
must(my camera has commander mode). I have taken great shots without the R1, but I recommend it strongly for the light required at smaller aperture settings. Higher ISO speeds defeat the amazing sharpness of this great little lens. Buy the R1, shoot at ISO 100. Don't tell Nikon how sharp it is...
they might raise the price.
The R1 removes most constraints associated with macro photography. Depth off field is the thing.
An extremely sharp lens. This lens has whet my appetite for the Nikkor AF-S VR II 105mm f/2.8 Micro IF-ED which would be a perfect versatile all around prime lens for portraits and macro.
If I was just starting out and wanted prime lenses, I'd buy the Micro series lenses and have the best of both worlds.
May 14, 2012
Excelente lentre macro para el trabajo de campo.
Estuve usando el lente 18-105 provisto con mi D90, pero mi problema era la distancia tan lejana al objetivo que este lente impone al trabajar fotografía macro. Adquirí el 40mm f/2.8 y estoy muy contento con los resultados, he podido lograr muy buenas fotografías a pulso a distancias mínimas de 10 cm al objetivo. Por otro lado, es excelente para retrato. Donde la luz no es suficiente para otros lentes y habría que hechar mano del flash, con este lente se logran excelentes resultados por su gran apertura focal. Trabaja muy bien con el flash integrado de la cámara, aunque para usarle en distancias muy cortas hay que quitar el parasol para evitar sombras en la fotografía. Estoy muy contento con haberlo adquirido.
December 22, 2012
Great for bug photography
It focuses smaller than the standard 18-55mm lens, plus, being DX format, you can crop a lot, but still end up with a big resolution picture, enough for 8X12 and bigger.
August 4, 2012
good entry macro
good for starters for its price. if you're into food photography, this lense will not fail.
June 9, 2013
Macro prática. Boa para retratos
Prática lente para fotografar macro sem muito mistério e também excelente para retratos. Permite desfoque posterior (bokeh) com efeito bacana, trabalha com pouca luz, custa relativamente pouco pela qualidade que oferece.
March 28, 2012
incompatible with R1C1 Macro Flash
I today unpacked my this new macro lens that I ordered from Amazon and could not believe what I saw!
Like the much older 60mm Micro Nikkor this lens has ONLY a front lens filter thread. This means that the R1C1 Macro Flash can only be attached to the front lens element and not to the barrel of the lens. The weight of several macro flash heads (up to eight possible) is considerable.
For the 60 mm Micro Nikkor Nikon therefore provides the UR-5 adapter ring, so that the R1C1 can be attached to the barrel and not the front element of the lens. The new 40 mm DX Macro does not permit this. The R1C1 can ONLY be attached to the front lens, not the barrel. This incurs considerable wear on that extruding and moving front element and essentially means that this new MACRO lens is incompatible with Nikon's own Macro flash. Incredible!
How can Nikon produce a new macro lens incompatible with its own macro flash set? This would perhaps not even be so bad if this was a larger focal lens, where working distance permits minute objects to be illuminated quite well even without a flash. However, for a lens with such an extremely short working distance, using a flash to obtain maximum depth of field for macro-photography is almost a must.
I was so hopeful that this much lighter lens would replace my now almost antique 60 mm macro. Sadly I can only return it.
November 8, 2011