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NikonAF-S DX Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G Lens
 
4.8

(based on 246 reviews)

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    (44)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (177)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (140)
  • Easily interchangeable (130)
  • Consistent output (111)
  • Nice bokeh (103)

Cons

  • Slow focus (18)
  • Difficult to clean (4)
  • Poor in low light (4)
  • Tough to attach (4)
  • Weak casing (4)

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (198)
  • Low light (73)
  • Landscape/scenery (66)
  • Wildlife photos (41)
  • Weddings (36)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (115), Semi-pro photographer (51), Casual photographer (28), Pro photographer (22), Photography student (10)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (204), Yes (23)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Sharp lens permits enlargement

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...Read complete review

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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Acquiring this lens completes my range of lenses for my Nikon D7100. As I have not yet utilized it I cant give a operational review but will soon. I do want to say that...Read complete review

Acquiring this lens completes my range of lenses for my Nikon D7100. As I have not yet utilized it I cant give a operational review but will soon. I do want to say that the ordering process for your products is one of the best I have ever utilized. B&H is my "go to" source for all my camera and drone products.

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4.0

Great Value Macro Lens!

By Brett

from Pittsburgh, PA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Close Focus Distance

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Macro Photography

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

I read the reviews of all the Nikkor Micro lenses before purchasing this and I have no regrets. Let me start by saying that the only downside to this lens that keeps me from giving it a 5 star rating is the close focus distance. I shoot uniquely outdoor flower and flora macro with this lens so it is seldom an issue for me. However, if you're shooting indoors or trying to shoot insects, the close focal distance will be an issue for you.

Now for what I like. For the money, the lens is very sharp and very versatile. I have a 35mm f/1.8 but if I didn't already have it, this 40mm would almost take it's place. The f/2.8 is variable but that doesn't matter IMO because the difference in aperture makes a minimal difference in nearly any macro situation. The lens is well made for the money and I love the Nikon M/MA focusing option which is standard on this lens too. No, this is not a professional quality all-around macro lens. But for south of $300, it is an excellent general use lens and a great natural light macro lens. I would replace it in a heartbeat with the same thing!

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5.0

Useful DX lens for Nikon

By CC

from Sebring, Florida

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Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Macro Photography
    • Weddings/Events

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

    I use this as a general purpose lens on a Nikon D5500. It is a lightweight, sharp, handy lens to have. The front element is recessed enough that I don't use a lens shade or filter. It is nice being able to focus closer than a normal lens allows you when you have to and I find the f2.8 reasonable to work with since the newer cameras are excellent at higher ISO settings. I also use a 35mm 1.8 and a mid range zoom but this is the lens that is on the camera most of the time.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Nice lens

    By Betty

    from FL

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography

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

      I'm enjoying this lens. It's a nice bright lens, easy to use for macro. You do have to get very close to the subject, though, so it's not the best for insects. Overall, I would recommend it as a nice walk-around lens also.

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      5.0

      Simple and amazing

      By IanVapes

      from Peoria illinois

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

      Had a friend recommend this lens to me and it's been just what I needed for that bokeh look I was looking for

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Versatile fast lens

      By Mark

      from New York, NY

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

      I bought this lens for my D7200 and have not been disappointed with the caliber of the pictures and responsiveness in varying light.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      In love

      By Rbawalan

      from New York

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

      I've always wanted a micro lens and walked right into the store and asked an associate which would be the best option and he pointed me out to this little guy. I love it. It catches crazy good detail and I wouldn't ask for anything more.

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      (1 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Nikon Lens

      By Ken

      from Claysville, PA

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography

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

        Acquiring this lens completes my range of lenses for my Nikon D7100. As I have not yet utilized it I cant give a operational review but will soon. I do want to say that the ordering process for your products is one of the best I have ever utilized. B&H is my "go to" source for all my camera and drone products.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        like the lens

        By Babs

        from St. Petersburg FL

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Macro Photography

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

          The sharp focus of this lens was exactly what I was looking for. Have used it to photograph artwork and it picks up good detail.

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          5.0

          Belongs in a museum!

          By PMKacz

          from Philadelphia, PA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Animal Behind Glass

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

              Or a zoo, or an aquarium. Screw on a Hoya 52mm rubber lens hood and you can get right up to the glass with no reflections.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Terrific macro lens

              By CAL

              from New Jersey

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Macro Photography
                • Wildlife Photos

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

                Have used for portraits and close-up object both indoors and out. Fast focusing and crystal clear.

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                • Yes

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                (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Awesome lens, but aperture varies

                By Ken

                from Ann Arbor, MI

                About Me Photography Student

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Nice Bokeh

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography

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

                  Despite a disappointment with the nomenclature on the lens, I'm giving it 5 stars because this lens is amazing as long as you know what you're getting. My disappointment with this lens was my own fault. As a relatively new photographer, my assumption was that all "prime" lenses (lenses with one focal length) had one maximum aperture and I thought the "1:2.8G" on the lens label confirmed that thought. Turns out, because this lens telescopes to achieve focus on close subjects, the maximum aperture varies from f/2.8-4.2 depending on how close your subject is. I thought I'd have f/2.8 no matter where I was focusing, but that is not the case.

                  Again, that was my fault for not realizing it and I suspect that is a factor of this lens' affordability. That aside, this lens is awesome. There's no shortage of bokeh and shallow DOF on extreme closeups. Very sharp, very beautiful images. I can already tell that I will thoroughly enjoy owning this lens.

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                  5.0

                  Get er done right

                  By The Artist

                  from Farmingdale, ME

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output

                  Cons

                  • Slow Focus

                  Best Uses

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

                    I appreciated the helpful and sincere expert advice...and the lens is exactly what she told me it do to photograph upclose my framed art and portions of my art without a fisheye look.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    great!

                    By Jonas Eduardo Santana

                    from Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brasil

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Macro Photography

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

                      perfect for food photography

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                      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Works great for slide and negative digital conversion

                      By Skip2it

                      from Kansas City

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Macro Photography

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

                        Bought this lens together with the Nikon ES-1 to copy 35mm slides and negatives. I have found this to be a much better solution than scanning. Woks well for traditional macro photography as well, though to get 1:1 need to get very close to your subject.

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                        5.0

                        Great lens for price

                        By Stan

                        from Virginia

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Macro Photography

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

                          I am just getting into the world of macro shots. I have had a little practice with this lens and have been very impressed with the results. For the price, I am very pleased with the results.

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                          5.0

                          Exc. macro lens

                          By DD

                          from San Luis Obispo, Ca

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Macro Photography

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

                            Useful macro lense at good price.

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                            • No

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Great Value

                            By Mike

                            from Hurricane, WV

                            Verified Buyer

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

                            Good low cost intro lens for Micro

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                            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Excellent

                            By Bill

                            from Aiken, SC

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Lightweight
                            • Nice Bokeh
                            • Reasonable Price

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Macro Photography
                              • Weddings/Events
                              • Wildlife Photos

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

                              Just got the lens a couple of weeks ago but the initial shots have been awesome. Photographed some flowers with bees handheld. Veins in the bee's wings were clearly visible as were the pollen sacks on their legs.

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Great lense for a good price.

                              By Bob

                              from Scottsdale, Az.

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                  My passion if photographing the natural world. I attempt to do so with as little equipment as possible. This lens allows mw to get very up close and personal. It's very compact, light weight and versatile.

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                                  4.0

                                  Works with DX Body and ES-1

                                  By Phil

                                  from Cincinnati, OH

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Macro Photography

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

                                    I bought this specifically to copy slides with the Nikon ES-1 and my D7200. It works perfectly for that even though Nikon does not specifically recommend it. No other adapters or rings needed. I already have the Nikkor 105 VR, so I was going to sell it when I'm done copying slides. But...I may keep it. It makes a super compact and light 40mm (60mm equivalent) f/2.8 on a DX camera with 1:1 capability. I did not give it 5 stars only because the barrel extends when you get into close focus, unlike the 105 which is internal. But...it's 1/3rd the price so what do you expect? Good value!

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