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

(based on 198 reviews)

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    (34)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (146)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (117)
  • Easily interchangeable (111)
  • Consistent output (97)
  • Nice bokeh (92)

Cons

  • Slow focus (16)
  • Difficult to clean (4)
  • Tough to attach (4)
  • Poor in low light (3)
  • Weak casing (3)

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (165)
  • Low light (69)
  • Landscape/scenery (57)
  • Wildlife photos (32)
  • Weddings (31)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (98), Semi-pro photographer (38), Casual photographer (25), Pro photographer (20), Photography student (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (169), Yes (19)

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

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

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    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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        5.0

        Love it !

        By Single Photo

        from South Dakota

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        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

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          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

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            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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              5.0

              Compact, Lightweight and versatile

              By Beck Squared

              from Pittsburgh, PA

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Wildlife Photos

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

                This all around camera lens provides the most professional pictures. It is compact and lightweight and accomodates a wide range of options. Portraits are soft and flattering, and the light is perfectly balanced for the finest details for up close shots. The natural background blur allows one to focus selectivly for the most stunning subject isolation.

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                4.0

                Love it!

                By Sparky

                from Queens,NY

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Butterflies
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Wildlife Photos

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

                  Shooting Butterflies and flowers,it brings out the detail of my flowers to a level that never thought of.
                  Glad that I bought it.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Amazing glass for the price

                  By Red Woods

                  from Greenwich, CT

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Macro Photography

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

                    I am using this lens for nature macros, DJ events in low light, and general street photography, and I have no complaints. In fact, I love this lens. The bokeh is beautiful, and it consistently gives me what I want in my shots.

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                    5.0

                    Nikon and B&H equals great quality.

                    By Tio

                    from Houston

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

                    For the value and quality, this has been a great purchase. This is a super introduction to the Nikon micro series.

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                    5.0

                    outstanding lens for a great price

                    By The Ancient One

                    from Lakewood, OH

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                    Pros

                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Nice Bokeh

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Macro Photography

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

                      The Nikkor 40mm Micro lens was purchased primarily to be used with a Nikon D7100 and a circular polarizer. The gear is used mostly for macro work photographing industrial components. Auto-focus gave outstanding performance; which is used for ~ 60% of my work; the remaining 40% is in manual focus mode.

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                      5.0

                      Big question

                      By Cesar photo

                      from Peru

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

                      I Would like to know if this lens will work with Nikon d7100 thank for every one

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                      5.0

                      Micro Lens - 40mm f/2.8G a Travel Friend

                      By K.APPOOS

                      from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Strong Construction
                      • Stunning results

                      Cons

                      • Poor in Low Light
                      • Slow Focus

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Video

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

                      A very good lens for Macro photography. Reasonable price and weightless so easy to use. Good Results I got with this 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor Lens by NIKON.

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                      5.0

                      Yes, I would buy this lense again

                      By Wilderness walker

                      from york,pa

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                      Pros

                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Macro Photography
                        • Weddings/Events

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

                        I use this lense primarily for macro shots of flowers and insects, and wedding closeups.
                        It's everything I was hoping for!

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                        4.0

                        EXCELLENT OPTICS - GREAT VALUE

                        By Photophanatic

                        from Saginaw, MI

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                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Macro Photography

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

                            Because I do not own a Nikon DX DSLR, I am using this lens on my Nikon 1v1 via the Nikon FT1 for closeups of flowers and insects and am greatly impressed with its optical quality. It also serves well for informal portrait work. Given the lens quality it's an excellent value.

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                            4.0

                            Nice little lens

                            By Aspiring Macro Gal

                            from Forest Lake, MN

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Macro Photography

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

                              I have only had this lens for a short time and have not used it all that much but for the few times I have I am well pleased. Nikon lenses have a very sharp image. Can't wait to get out and do more macro photography.

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                              • Yes

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                              5.0

                              Nikon 40mm Micro-Nikkor Lens

                              By Anthony

                              from Hallstead, PA

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Macro Photography
                                • Wildlife Photos

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

                                For the price of this lens I would recommend it to anyone wanting to shoot some close ups.

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                                4.0

                                Great for close-up work

                                By DCBoomer

                                from Washington, DC

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Lightweight
                                • Nice Bokeh

                                Cons

                                • Sometimes Jumpy Af

                                Best Uses

                                • Macro Photography

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

                                For close-up and still-life work this lens fits the bill perfectly. Very sharp output, and no fringing or other color issues that I've seen. Nice bokeh, too. It's also good - not great - as a fast general-purpose lens, although with the 1.5x crop factor on my D7100 it's obviously not a sweeping landscape or family reunion group photo lens. It's solid yet light, and is well-built. Two things: First, I don't know if it's the lens or my unfamiliarity with the D7100 (it's new to me), but in any mode but full auto, the focus point always seems to be weighted to the left side of the frame and jumps around quite a bit no matter what I'm shooting. Second, as there's no vibration damping, I recommend using a tripod with this lens.

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                                5.0

                                Pleased

                                By Steve

                                from Stockton, CA

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Wildlife Photos

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

                                  I bought this lens because I was not happy with the result of the zoom that came with the camera. I've been taking pictures of dogs at our local shelter to post on the website and found that I spent a lot of time adjusting the brightness, correcting the color and sharpness. With this lens, I spend about a quarter of the time correcting the photographs.

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