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Nikon40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor Lens
 
4.8

(based on 216 reviews)

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    (37)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (156)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (127)
  • Easily interchangeable (121)
  • Consistent output (103)
  • Nice bokeh (97)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (178)
  • Low light (70)
  • Landscape/scenery (61)
  • Wildlife photos (36)
  • Weddings (33)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (104), Semi-pro photographer (45), Casual photographer (25), Pro photographer (20), Photography student (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (181), Yes (22)

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good lens, but missing parts.

Lens is near perfect but what I am disappointed is this lens came with generic front cap and not original Nikon cap. So beware!

Lens is near perfect but what I am disappointed is this lens came with generic front cap and not original Nikon cap. So beware!

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4.0

Great all around lens!

By Wilson

from Dallas

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

Good experience ordering, quick delivery. This is the first micro to 40mm lens I've purchased. Good Nikon quality lens. This is now my all purpose for sports, portraits to flowers and micro detail.

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5.0

Stellar lens for the price

By T-Bone

from Greensboro, NC

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography
    • Wildlife Photos

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

    great for more than macro. I have used this lens for headshots and anything you need a short depth of field.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Great for macro-photography

    By Karl

    from Mountain View, CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Focal length
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • NONE

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography
    • Weddings/Events

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

    I purchased this lens to replace an old Nikon zoom lens with macro capability that I used on a film Nikon. This lens is lighter and much easier to use. While it does not zoom, I have other zoom lenses. The focal length makes it useful to double as a standard lens. It has a large enough aperture to also use for portraits. I have only taken a few pictures so far but it appears to be working as advertised.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    Enjoying this lens!

    By Wyorl

    from North Carolina

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

    I purchased this to have a small lightweight lens I can cart around in the woods looking for photos. I have used filters in the past as well with good success. I poke the performance of this lens.

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    5.0

    very nice micro to infinity lense

    By No Soup

    from Dekalb, Illinois

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      I bought this lens primarily for macro work but I have found that it works great as a general purpose lens as well. I originally thought that without VR there might be problems but I have not run into any blur problems yet. The images are very clear and sharp and for the relatively low cost I am quite pleased. I do not have any real complaints yet except that the lens shroud could fit a bit tighter. I would recommend this lens to anyone looking for a low cost macro lens from Nikon.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Awesome lens for a great price!

      By Mikey

      from Oak Park, IL

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

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

        I bought this lens for my wife as an early Christmas present, as the Sigma EX Macro would not work with her Nikon D3100. Though her camera is outdated, this lens is not. Its built-in motor makes it work for almost any camera and it takes amazingly sharp photos with a great depth of field. It wasn't outlandishly expensive, so it's perfect for beginners. She loves it!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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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.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • 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

          • Was this a gift?:
          • 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.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • 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

            • Was this a gift?:
            • 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

              • Was this a gift?:
              • 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.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • 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...

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                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.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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!

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • 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!

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • 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.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • 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.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            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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                              • No

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