AF-S DX Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G
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
Uma lente que todos deveriam ter. Focagem rápida, mesmo em condições com pouca luz. Versátil, tanto para retratos como para paisagens ou macrofotografia. Vale cada centavo!
November 21, 2014
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
Micro just for the heck of it
OK! I didn't go into the store with the idea of coming out with this lens. Micro photography is way outside of what I normally focus on. This lens is just for the heck of it and to have fun. I have messed around with it several times and although I am not into micro photography I can tell you it has caused me to see things differently (to some degree). A good switch up every now and again is good for the eye. If you are stuck in landscape mode this might be the right tool to bring the fun back to your photography. It isn't the cleanest lens but it does the job. Go ahead and get out of your rhythm and try something different.
June 9, 2014
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