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

(based on 211 reviews)

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    (35)

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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 (101)
  • 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 (175)
  • Low light (69)
  • Landscape/scenery (60)
  • Wildlife photos (34)
  • Weddings (32)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (102), Semi-pro photographer (44), Casual photographer (25), Pro photographer (20), Photography student (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (178), Yes (22)

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

 

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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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.

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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

      • 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.

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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

          • 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.

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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...

            • 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.

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            • Yes

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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.

                      • 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.

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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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                          • No

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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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                            (5 of 5 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

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • 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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                                  • No

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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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