Reviews and Problems with Nikon 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Micro
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Nikon AF-S DX 40mm f/2.8G Micro Nikkor Review
What Digital Camera
20 February 2013
Summary: Overall this is a very impressive and inexpensive lens that should bring true macro photography within the grasp of most DX-format camera users. There are a few minor weaknesses, the most obvious of which is relatively sluggish focusing in AF mode, but there is nothing serious to dislike about this...
Excerpt: The AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G is the most affordable macro lens for Nikon's range of DX format DSLRs, and as an AF-S model, it'll autofocus on any Nikon body. Yes you read this right: it's even cheaper than any lens capable of 1:1 magnification from Sigma or Tamron.
Excerpt: Nikon has brought the macro lens goodness (btw: Nikon calls macro, Micro) for DX-format shooters with the new, portable Nikon AF-S DX Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G ($279) . For less than $300, this lens is a steal and a must-have for anyone within the Nikon D40 to D7000 range.
Excerpt: In both capability and cost, this close-up lens is a gift to DX-format (APS-C-sensor) Nikon shooters. A full-frame equivalent of 60mm, it delivers a lot for its meager $280 street price: 1:1 macro shooting, a fast f/2.8 aperture, metal lensmount, and great optics.
Summary: The relatively low price tag makes this lens an attractive proposition for cash-strapped enthusiasts who want a lightweight and relatively compact macro lens. But, being designed specifically for DX cameras, it won't suit photographers with Nikon's 'full frame (FX) camera bodies.
Excerpt: In July 2011 the Nikon company quite unexpectedly presented a new lens - the Nikkor AF-S DX Micro 40 mm f/2.8G. It is a macro instrument, with the 1:1 reproduction ratio, designed to cooperate with reflex cameras featuring DX sensor format.
Cons: the build quality could have been at least a tad better,, noticeable astigmatism,, slow autofocus,, huge vignetting at the maximum relative aperture,, too weak work against bright light.
Micro Nikkor AF-S DX 40mm f/2.8 G (CX) - Review / Test Report
26 October 2011
Conclusion: The Nikon AF-S DX 40mm f/2.8 G offers excellent resolution in the image center straight from the maximum aperture. The borders and corners struggle a bit at large aperture settings, but stopped down reach very good resolution.