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Nikon 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor Lens USA

You Pay: $276.95
Product Highlights
  • DX-Format Close-Up Lens
  • Lightweight (9.9 oz/280 g)
  • Images from Infinity to Life-Size (1X)
  • Natural Background Blur (Bokeh)
  • Superior Close Range Focusing
  • Quiet Autofocus
  • Quick Switching from AF to MF
  • Reduced Lens Flare and Ghosting

The 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor Lens from Nikon is a superb carry-it-everywhere, jack-of-all-trades lens for your Nikon DX camera. The focal length (equivalent to 60mm in FX or 35mm format) gives it the versatility to capture portraits, street shots and landscape photos without breaking a sweat. And the light weight (9.9 oz/280 g) means you'll actually carry it around with you, greatly increasing the chance that you'll get a great photo.

Continuous quiet autofocus from infinity to 6.4 inches, and quick switching from autofocus to manual focus and back will keep you from missing any photo opportunities. The 7-blade diaphragm delivers a lovely, natural-looking background blur (known as bokeh), and Nikon's lens coating gives you reduced lens flare and improved color consistency. Take a close look at this lens--it could be your new best photo friend.

Compact and Lightweight DX-Format Close-Up Lens
Small enough to be carried everywhere, this standard focal length DX-format Micro-Nikkor lens provides high resolution and contrast from infinity to life-size (1X). The AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G is for taking high quality stills and HD D-Movies and is ideal for shooting general close-ups, delicate flowers, detailed collectables, copy photography, portraits, landscapes and more.
Sharp Images from Infinity to Life-Size (1X)
This standard close-up lens captures the finest details at any distance, including details practically impossible to detect with the human eye (at 1X magnification). It's a great choice for enticing food photography or detailed product shots. And with its continuous autofocusing from infinity to 6.4 inches (life-size/1X), the AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G ensures sharpness and clarity in every composition.
Stunning Portraits and Landscapes, Too
The AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G is compact, lightweight and versatile enough for everyday photography, including flattering people shots and breathtaking landscapes, so you get brilliant results in most situations without switching lenses.
Natural Background Blur (Bokeh)
Whether you're shooting portraits, food or nature-indoors or outdoors-the AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G's rounded 7-blade diaphragm renders a beautiful, natural background blur (Bokeh) at its wider aperture settings. Selective focus helps to isolate the subject, creating out of focus backgrounds.
Superior Close-Range Focusing
The Close-Range Correction system is one of Nikon's most important focusing innovations. Using an innovative floating element design, each lens group moves independently to achieve superior performance at close distances.
Quiet Autofocus
A significant innovation in AF lens technology, Nikon's Silent Wave Motor uses ultrasonic (inaudible) vibrations-rather than a gear system-to focus the lens, providing incredibly smooth, silent and precise autofocus operation.
Quick Switching from AF to MF
When fine manual focusing is needed, simply rotate the lens focus ring-M/A mode allows you to seamlessly override the AF system with virtually no time lag.
Reduce Lens Flare and Ghosting
Nikon's Super Integrated Coating enhances light transmission efficiency and offers superior color consistency and reduced lens flare.
Performance
Focal Length 40mm
Comparable Focal Length: 60 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon DX
Angle of View 38.5°
Minimum Focus Distance 6.4" (16.26 cm)
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:1
Elements/Groups 9/7
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Front:52 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.7 x 2.5" (6.86 x 6.35 cm)
Weight 9.9 oz (281 g)
Nikon 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor Lens
  • LC-52 52mm Snap-on Front Lens Cap
  • LF-4 Rear Lens Cap
  • HB-61 Bayonet Hood
  • CL-0915 Soft Case
  • 5-Year Warranty (1-Year International + 4-Year USA Extension)
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    Nikon40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor Lens
     
    4.8

    (based on 211 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (173)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (35)

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      (3)

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    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (154)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (125)
    • Easily interchangeable (120)
    • Consistent output (100)
    • Nice bokeh (95)

    Cons

    • Slow focus (17)
    • Difficult to clean (4)
    • Poor in low light (4)
    • Tough to attach (4)
    • Weak casing (4)

    Best Uses

    • Macro photography (174)
    • Low light (69)
    • Landscape/scenery (60)
    • Wildlife photos (33)
    • Weddings (31)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (102), Semi-pro photographer (43), Casual photographer (26), Pro photographer (20), Photography student (7)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (179), Yes (21)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A double duty prime

    I'll start by saying this: I don't like prime lenses. Yes, I understand *why* prime lenses are good (fast, beautiful bokeh, sharp) but useful? Well, for the types of...Read complete review

    I'll start by saying this: I don't like prime lenses. Yes, I understand *why* prime lenses are good (fast, beautiful bokeh, sharp) but useful? Well, for the types of photography I do (travel, landscapes), they're just not practical. I've tried the 35mm 1.8 and the 50mm 1.8 on my D7000 and they just ended up collecting dust. I sold them off and bought this.

    Third time's a charm, right? RIGHT. Why did I buy this? Because this lens serves two purposes: it's relatively fast at 2.8, it's wider than the 50mm on my crop sensor, and it has the ability to shoot macro. For me, this lens makes sense as I *did* want a faster lens in my bag, AND I can shoot macro. For the price, it cannot be beat.

    It's also lightweight (important for travel), VERY sharp, and I can still use it for portraits should the need arise.

    This is an excellent value for your money. I'm having a blast learning macro photography, and it's a fast lens for general indoor/low light work. Love it.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not what I thought I needed

    I had a macro lens which I gave to a friend, and thought the micro was an equal replacement-it is not. So I write this to help others not confuse micro and macro

    I had a macro lens which I gave to a friend, and thought the micro was an equal replacement-it is not. So I write this to help others not confuse micro and macro

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    3.0

    Not what I thought I needed

    By the scientist

    from chicago

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Nikon 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor Lens:

        I had a macro lens which I gave to a friend, and thought the micro was an equal replacement-it is not. So I write this to help others not confuse micro and macro

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        • No

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        5.0

        Very sharp, ideal DX close up lens

        By Jerry

        from Minneapolis, MN

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography

          Comments about Nikon 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor Lens:

          Great lens works wonderfully with the ES-1 to copy 35m slides.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great product

          By Jose Carmona

          from Envigado, Colombia

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography

          Comments about Nikon 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor Lens:

          For great macro photos, with a reasonable price len, this is the choice

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          • No

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          5.0

          Easy to use

          By Dancnbutterfly

          from Lancaster, PA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography

            Comments about Nikon 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor Lens:

            Great lense. Easy to use and does the job.

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            • No

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            5.0

            excellent choice

            By george

            from chile

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Lightweight
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Poor in Low Light

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography

            Comments about Nikon 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor Lens:

            I take photos of the mouth, with great resolution

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            • No

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            5.0

            dag

            By dag

            from nyc

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography

              Comments about Nikon 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor Lens:

              this is excllent

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              • No

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              4.0

              Great Macro Lens

              By A Photography Student

              from New Jersey

              About Me Photography Student

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Great For Macro Shots
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Nikon 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor Lens:

              I purchased this lens with the intention of using it to take macro shots of flowers, and it has worked very well so far. The only issue that I have had is that it sometimes takes a little while for it to focus. It was well worth the money, though, and I would recommend getting it.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Happy Wife

              By Skip

              from Audubon, NJ

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Nikon 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor Lens:

                my wife loves the macro... she's a gardener and now enjoys taking her own photos, all close ups...
                now I'll have to buy her a body for her lens so she'll stop using mine...

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                • Yes

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                (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Sharp lens permits enlargement

                By BillG

                from Westfield, NJ

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh

                Cons

                • Weak Casing

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography

                Comments about Nikon 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor Lens:

                After reading many of the reviews here, I was leaning toward getting the 40mm f/2.8 Micro-Nikkor (as a birthday gift from my wife), but I wanted to talk with the B&H staff about macro lens use and get a recommendation. Steve showed me the four Nikkor macro lenses. He said that the key factor was how far away from my subjects I expected to be. He pointed out that my 18-300mm zoom Nikkor could function as a quasi-macro lens at full zoom. I tried the 40mm macro and the 105mm VR macro, both f/2.8 lenses. Largely because of price I decided on the 40mm, with the idea that I would try it out on the High Line elevated garden that very morning and decide whether I wanted to keep or return it. I'm keeping it. After using my lovely but heavy zoom lens with my D7100 for a year, I appreciated the lightness of the 40mm. The camera is also less conspicuous with the smaller lens, so candid photography was easier. I was able to get very close to the flowers I was photographing, making some perspectives possible by leaning over that would have been impossible if I'd had to be further from my subjects. What really impressed me after loading the pics into Aperture was how good many of the images looked when enlarged. See the two enlargements below for examples. I used auto-focus with normal program (P) metering on the flower pic and manual focus with aperture priority (A) metering on the bee pic.

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                5.0

                Works well!

                By Aspiring Filmmaker

                from Norcross, GA

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Nikon 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor Lens:

                      Haven't used it much yet but seems to work very well!

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great Lens

                      By Kssworld

                      from Sacramento CA

                      Comments about Nikon 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor Lens:

                      Perfect for all around photography. Very sharp. Macro is also good. Worthwhile purchase.

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                      5.0

                      I love my new Nikkor lens - 40mm

                      By Wildmoose

                      from Lyons Colorado

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Macro Photography

                        Comments about Nikon 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor Lens:

                        I like the fact that I can get close enough to a flower and it is in focus. Still getting use to using it.
                        haven't found anything that I dislike about it yet!

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        You get what you pay for

                        By helfox101

                        from Dayton, OH

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight
                        • Rugged
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Macro Photography
                          • Night Photography

                          Comments about Nikon 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor Lens:

                          The most reasonable lens I own, and it works perfectly.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Great lens

                          By barryhb

                          from Oxnard, CA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Macro Photography

                            Comments about Nikon 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor Lens:

                            It is the perfect macro lens and allows me to take the pictures as close as I want.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Only one time to get it right

                            By WEFergie

                            from Overgaard, AZ

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Lightweight
                            • Rugged

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Macro Photography
                              • Sports/Action

                              Comments about Nikon 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor Lens:

                              There was a need in the camera bag for a prime lens faster than the usual zooms and this fit the bill perfectly. Used it while at the ABQ Dragway shooting the jet cars for the team, both action and candid. The f/2.8 rating coupled with ISO made for some great shots when time was critical. Nice and light and fast focusing with outstanding optics make this one a keeper.

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                              5.0

                              First macro lens!

                              By Paign

                              from Troy, Alabama

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Pros

                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Great macro

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Macro Photography

                                Comments about Nikon 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor Lens:

                                I'm very pleased with this, I've had my eye on this for a couple of years and I broke down and bought it. Wow!

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                                • No

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                                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Love it !

                                By Single Photo

                                from South Dakota

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Lightweight
                                • Nice Bokeh

                                Cons

                                • Tough To Attach

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Nikon 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor Lens:

                                  A picture's worth a thousand words.

                                  For some reason this lens goes on a little tight.

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Excellent Macro Lens

                                  By RadioRay

                                  from Saddle Brook, NJ

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Easily Interchangeable
                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors/Low Light
                                    • Macro Photography

                                    Comments about Nikon 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor Lens:

                                    This is the first lens I have bought in a long time. I use this lens mostly for close-up macro photography. With the fast f 2.8 lens you can get really close up and get great macro photos. The auto focus works really well even you're very very close to your subject. The lens also works well for portrait photography. For a Nikon lens it is a great value at a great price

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                                    • Yes

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                                    5.0

                                    A versatile 'normal' lens

                                    By The.Truth.Is.Out.There

                                    from Atlanta, GA

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent Output
                                    • Durable
                                    • Easily Interchangeable
                                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Macro Photography

                                      Comments about Nikon 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor Lens:

                                      I've mostly used the 40mm as a normal lens and found it to have great edge-to-edge sharpness.
                                      I would still give the 50mm f/1.4 the edge in overall 'look and feel' of image quality, but the 40mm is sharp

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                                      5.0

                                      Nice lens

                                      By Gustavo

                                      from Uruguay

                                      Comments about Nikon 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor Lens:

                                      Exelent adition, good build quality. Sharp, using with D5300

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