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

(based on 203 reviews)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (148)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (120)
  • Easily interchangeable (113)
  • Consistent output (97)
  • Nice bokeh (93)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (168)
  • Low light (69)
  • Landscape/scenery (58)
  • Wildlife photos (32)
  • Weddings (31)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (99), Semi-pro photographer (40), Casual photographer (25), Pro photographer (20), Photography student (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (172), Yes (20)

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

Sharp lens permits enlargement

By BillG

from Westfield, NJ

About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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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          5.0

          You get what you pay for

          By helfox101

          from Dayton, OH

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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          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

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            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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              5.0

              Only one time to get it right

              By WEFergie

              from Overgaard, AZ

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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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                  5.0

                  Love it !

                  By Single Photo

                  from South Dakota

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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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                    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

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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

                              Verified Buyer

                              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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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Yes, I would buy this lense again

                                By Wilderness walker

                                from york,pa

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                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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                                  • No

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