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New Nikon AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G lens announced

Nikon announced a new AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G lens. The estimated selling price is $279.95 (pre-orders at Amazon and Adorama). The lens will be available for sale in August. Some sample images are available here.

Specifications:

Focal length
40mm
Maximum aperture
f/2.8
Minimum aperture
f/22
Lens construction
9 elements in 7 groups
Angle of view
38°50’
Minimum focus distance
0.163 m/0.53 ft (from focal plane)
Maximum reproduction ratio
1x
No. of diaphragm blades
7 (rounded)
Filter-attachment size
52 mm
Diameter x length
(extension from lens mount)
Approximately 68.5 x 64.5 mm/2.7 x 2.5 in.
Weight
Approximately 235 g/8.3 oz
Supplied accessories
52 mm Snap-on Front Lens Cap LC-52, Rear Lens Cap LF-4, Bayonet Hood HB-61, Flexible Lens Pouch CL-0915

MTF chart:

Lens construction:


Full press release:

MELVILLE, N.Y. (July 12, 2011) – Nikon Inc. today introduced the new lightweight and versatile AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G lens to provide Nikon DX-format shooters macro capabilities at an affordable price point. Ideal for intimate details or general portraiture, the new AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G lens has a minimum focusing distance of just 0.53 feet (6.4 inches) to allow users to capture extreme close-up photographs and High Definition (HD) video with a life-size 1:1 reproduction ratio.

“This new NIKKOR lens is an ideal accessory lens for those who are ready to explore a totally new perspective, whether it’s extreme close-up detail or general still images and movies with flattering out of focus elements,” said Lisa Osorio, general manager of marketing at Nikon Inc. The new Micro NIKKOR lens delivers new and added versatility to the Nikon DX-format digital SLR system and provides DX-format shooters with compact optics that deliver excellent color reproduction and stunning sharpness.”

Weighing in at approximately nine ounces, the extremely compact and lightweight lens is an ideal “next” lens to complement any DX-format shooter’s growing D-SLR kit. The natural focal length (60mm, FX equivalent) and large f/2.8 aperture are ideal for a wide variety of applications, whether capturing close-up details in flowers and insects or shooting flattering portraiture with a pleasing bokeh.

For fast and whisper quiet autofocus operation, the new Nikon 40mm Micro lens also features Nikon’s exclusive Silent Wave Motor technology, which allows photographers to get even closer without disturbing a subject. For complete control, the AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm offers users both manual-priority autofocus (M/A) and manual focus (M) modes to quickly and easily switch focus modes on the fly. To help ensure amazing lens performance at close distances, this new lens employs Nikon’s Close-Range Correction System. With this system, the lens elements are configured in a "floating” design wherein each lens group moves independently to help achieve critical focus. Additionally, Nikon’s Super Integrated Coatings are applied to help reduce instances of lens flare and ghosting. The seven blade diaphragm also helps to create a more natural out of focus component.

The versatile and compact nature of the AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G lens combined with its affordability make it a great travel companion for any DX-format D-SLR, including the new Nikon D5100 and popular D3100.

Price and Availability
The versatile AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G will be available in August for an estimated selling price* of $279.95. For more information, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

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  • http://www.bernardovaghi.com.br Bernardo Vaghi

    This is a must have lenses for shooting jewels. The DOF is “larger” and produce sharper images (more DOF) in the same f/stop of the 60mm and 105mm VR. I have both, and i shoot jewels (take a look in my web site), and this is a very pleasure focal lenght for that job.

    The best lenses for that job are the expensive and limited TS-E, so, this is a great complement for Nikon DX Set.

    Still waiting the new bodys, soon?

    Cheers!

    • http://www.gonseupizdo.com DolphLundgren

      Not really …; the best lenses for that job are the PC-Es …
      ;)

      • http://lamarfrancois.wordpress.com lamarfrancois

        +1 Dolph.

        Utterly pointless (is someone at Nikon having a bit of a laugh or what) . Not a fan of these short macros , they block light seeing how close you have to be to your subject.

        As Thom Hogan says , where’s the AF-S 16mm f/2.8G Nikkor? Much more necessary.

        • dynamitephotos

          You’re asking for a 16mm f2.8 lens? go get a tokina 11-16 2.8, It is a fantastic lens

          • Greg Lamb

            I agree. Tokina 11-16 2.8 and 35mm 1.8 along with the “cheap” but sharp 18-105 and I have stopped shopping for wide.

      • D700guy

        +2

    • http://verbeelden.com Freddy Hurkmans

      The DOF is “larger”

      It isn’t. If you look at it mathematically, you are right: a longer lens will give you less DOF. However, switching to a longer lens will also give you another image (you’ll see less of your subject).
      If you step back with your longer lens until you’ve got the exact same framing of your subject (i.e. the same magnification ratio), you’ll find that you’ve got the exact same amount of DOF.

      The only thing that changes with your longer lens, is the amount of background you’ll see in your image (you’ll see less of the background which is therefore less detailed). This is has nothing to do with DOF, plus it is often an advantage in macro shots as you get a softer and less distracting background.
      (perspective also changes because you move further away)

  • http://mattprattphotography.com Matt

    The 85 DX Macro is junk. If this is better, it is a good option for DX shooters. The fact that it was released now and not with an upcoming camera announcement leaves me optimistic Nikon has a couple FX lenses to be release this summer. Perhaps they didn’t want to muddy the water with too much at one time.

    • gt

      the 85mm DX is highly reviewed by every single lens review site. It’s automatically a better buy already because a) reviewers have found it nearly flawless and b) 5.5″ working distance (as opposed to the 2″ working distance of the 40mm)

      • Johan

        I second that. 85 mm micro is great for DX. Good working distance and light enough to fit on a smaller tripod. And not least as sharp as my Sigma 150 mm which is just awesome. However I have a hard time seeing the point with this new 40 mm lens. 2″ working distance makes it impossible to use in many situations without shading or scaring away the subject. The 85 mm is very versatile that is the DX macro to get, then the 35 f1.8 is the natural choice of lens at this focal length.

        • Jabs

          A 40mm DX Macro is for shooting things like coins, jewelry or such and not insects unless they are pinned to a display as in dead or on exhibition-lol

          • sloma_p

            And what exactly prevent you from shooting coins with 85DX ??

            There’s one issue I can think of, and it’s a DOF – 40 will have much more DoF, but then again if you’re serius enough to worry about having huge DoF in macro, go get one of the PC-E lenses, as they are much better at controllig it.

            • http://verbeelden.com Freddy Hurkmans

              See my other remark on this page: DOF does not change when you keep your magnification factor constant (i.e.: if you take a shorter focal length, you’ll also have to move closer to your subject).

            • Jabs

              @sloma- NOTHING in response to your 85mm DX question.
              Here is the thrust of Macro
              You choose a focal length of your Macro lens that determines the reproduction ratio or SIZE of the final image in your frame that you want.
              You move in or out to compensate.

            • El Aura

              “And what exactly prevent you from shooting coins with 85DX ??”
              Price, size, weight? Some people make compromises to save money (and weight and size).

  • http://dds-pictures.blogspot.com ddatta1

    And this after I bought a Nikkor Micro 60mm AFD lens for my D300 last week.

    It would been a light carry-around lens for portraits and macro instead of lugging around my Nikkor 85mm f1.8 and the macro.

  • AnoNemo

    I guess now we know the big Nikon surprise for this year … Nikon started to produce useless products. This lens is a prime example for that. What were they thinking?

    • ZinhaEq

      +1

    • FM-2 fan

      some people can’t afford to purchase/carry all the lenses – that is why such lens is welcome. as soon as you actually need 2ft distance for a macro, the 40mm will not help at all – no doubt. But think of the people, who rather have such small lens and a tele-zoom – that is in terms of coverage already a lot for medium budgets

  • LB

    As a photographer who continues to learn by renting lenses from a local store, rather than buying because many of the options are just too expensive, a $280 nikkor branded macro lens is a welcome addition to the market. While it may only serve 10% of the photography I shoot, it is refreshing to see Nikon targeting beginners (and noobies) rather than solely on professionals.

    Yes, there is a need for professional-level products, however this is a for-profit corporation that cannot simply survive on professional photographers. There are professional photographers who have been using the same lenses for 2 decades. From a profit perspective, these are the worst customers you could possibly have. The noobies, like the 22-year old kid who has too much money, is the perfect customer who will buy anything new and “upgrade” their equipment every chance they get.

    True, there are many other lenses that we all desire, but given Nikon’s product roadmap and the information gathered here on NR, I think it is fair to say that Nikon is trying their best to meet everybody’s needs. Just as easily as some of you mock this lens or the supports of this lens, it is just as easy for me to laugh at everyone asking for a 30mm f/4.0 VR lens. My response to that is: get a monopod, tripod, or just hold your camera still with the existing 300mm f/4.0D lens.

    • dave

      While I appreciate that Nikon is trying to generate income, it would seem in their best interest to produce lenses that a large number of people will purchase. It seems as if the guys in the marketing department at Nikon have lost their grasp of the products they sell. I suspect someone had the bright idea that since the 60mm micro sold so well and is an FX lens that a 60mm equivalent would be a hit in the DX market, forgetting that the 60mm micro has already sold quite well in the DX market because it is a 90mm equivalent. Granted it’s nice to see a normal field-of-view macro, but it is hardly what the market has been clamoring for.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/ilovewalkman/ Abhinav

    seriously ,why would I get this lens :o.I will rather spend a bit more and get 60mm instead .

    • Fotouser

      Yes. $280 vs $600 for the 60mm AFS !

  • I.am.one

    why wasn’t this product under the radar of the rumour?

    • Banned

      I think it’s a proof that rumors are based on speculation and not facts. There was no speculation about this lens because it’s a very odd lens. Therefore no rumors. On the other end there is a lot of speculation about obvious updates to existing lenses and that’s why we get rumors on those. It’s all a fanboy game really.

      • santela

        u said it man, it’s all a fanboy game really.

  • http://www.flickr.com/KaceyJordan CaryTheLabelGuy

    While this lens isn’t what most of the pro photogs want or need, I think it is a smart move on Nikon’s part. If it’s a money maker(which it will be), good for Nikon. This means more R&D for the pro gear most of us are waiting for.

    After looking at the sample shots, it looks like an amazing and cheap little lens. I might get one just to play with, since it’s so CHEAP!

    I’m sure the dedicated DX shooters will get their fast Ultra-Wide angle primes soon.

  • D700guy

    I for one am amazed at how quickly they came out with this and from out of no where too. I only wish other products had such a short fruition.

  • http://dds-pictures.blogspot.com ddatta1

    There is a set of images with the 40mm DX at
    http://www.nikon.co.in/productitem.php?pid=1428-ac6d207586

    The target market is absolutely clear.

    • Richard

      Of the five sample images I see only two that are macro type images. The other three could have been shot with quite a few other lens with equivalent results.

      • paf

        ….and even those 2 could be shot with the 35mm or 50mm.

        • http://dds-pictures.blogspot.com/ ddatta1

          Yes, definitely.

          But imagine the thrill of a first time buyer of a micro Nikkor and taking similar images. He will be married to Nikon for the rest of his DSLR days. Its definitely a lens launched with a long term strategy.

  • Puny Mortal

    I see this as a good portrait lens, as I find anything longer in APS-C to be more suitable for headshots. And look at the MTF chart – the price is excellent for that image quality!

    • Rahul

      If you want a good DX lens for portrait work then try 35mm f/1.8.

  • Polle Hansen

    Hmm, I think I’ll keep my 35mm f/1.8 … Unless I need to do ocassional macro work and can only carry one lens. It does have the same maximum reproduction ratio as all recent Micro-Nikkor lenses out there.

  • spamdie

    DX lenses must be a little easier to design for Nikon. And they still have a consumer market to push. If all they push out are expensive pro level lenses eventually Canon or some other brand will come out (COUGH Micro 4/3) and kick them in the nuts because all they did was concentrate on Pro level and priced equipment.

    • Anthony

      Curious — what you describe is pretty much what Canon has been doing for the last couple of years too. Not a lot of DX primes out there, and it’s been *years* since they came out with a non-L EF prime. In terms of headcount, most crop-frame users of both systems have Rebel-class bodies with one lens, the 18-55 kit that they don’t even know can come off. Serious crop-frame shooters might happily buy L-class DX/EF-s lenses, but are also content with or at least reconciled to buying full-frame lenses to get the desired quality, so why would either company expend the resources to develop, market, and manufacture a duplicate set of crop-frame glass? As it is, Nikon lens real-world availability is so pitiful that one wonders if there’s more than one human actually working the production line.

  • Jabs

    The How and Why of Micro-Nikkors or commonly called Macro Lenses.

    http://www.nikonusa.com/Learn-And-Explore/Nikon-Camera-Technology/gnhy8b3m/1/Macro-Lenses.html

  • Jabs

    A simple comment – Nikon seems to be matching lens focal lengths BOTH in its’ FX and DX lines with the same or equivalent F-stops lenses.
    40 mm X 1.5 crop factor = 60 mm

    • AnoNemo

      Jabs,
      I noticed the same, I am not an expert but do you think that maybe Nikon is just cutting costs? Maybe these lenses share more common parts than we think. From that point of view it is possible that they have minimal incremental costs to lets say switch from one lens to another on the assembly line. But then again, once they are produced they have to be marketed, shipped, and kept in stock. I think this is the real cost

      • Jabs

        @AnoNemo.
        Naw – perhaps just filling out the line as in duplication of effort for both FX and DX systems. Nikon seems to be taking a two pronged approach to its’ cameras. Don’t know about parts, as not the Manufacturer!

  • enchantedphoto

    The photo samples on the Nikon website are very unimpressive…this lens will not be in my collection…back to Sigma.

  • Jabir

    Another comment – It is apparent to me and others here that some posters here are combatants or ‘soldiers’ for another famous or infamous web site guru who seek to surreptitiously drive traffic from HERE to their own web site out of perhaps jealousy or envy of the success of this site and the lack of some ‘control freak’ NOT running this site. This is why I love and respect the Administrator here, as he DOES NOT seem to be on some ‘egomaniac bent’ as in trying to explain to or be the sole source of information as in Internet GURU to idiots or the gullible as some people need others to think for them as they don’t like to use their own God given brains for much. Lazy bums – LOL

    • hexx

      which one is it then? you wasted your time to write a lot but in the end failed to spit out what exactly is on your mind :)

      • Jabs

        @hexx – libel and slander is a crime in America, so read between the lines – lol

  • B2

    BTW Nikon – when you update this lens make it tilt/shift and ten it may be a nice product lens.

    • Jabs

      @B2 – they already have a lens like that but it costs over $2000 US dollars
      http://www.nikonusa.com/Nikon-Products/Product/Camera-Lenses/2174/PC-E-Micro-NIKKOR-45mm-f%252F2.8D-ED.html

      • B2

        Yes but this is FX lens which afaik is barely usable on D300s and D7000 because of it’s size. I would like to have DX version i.e. smaller, lighter, cheaper.

        • sloma_p

          Haven’t tried it on a D7000, but works perfectly well on a D300.

          And don’t count on a DX version being much smaller – those lenses cover much greater area (in most cases enough to cover 6×6 Medium format frame or more), they will always be quite big and expensive ;)

          • B2

            Ok, didn’t check it myself but I heard that control knobs hit the flash housing on D300 and they are basically inaccessible on D7000 so I would rather have something DX optimized. I know it wouldn’t be much smaller, lighter, cheaper but still..

  • Buett

    This is why we don’t have a D800. Nikon waste time on R&D for crappy products.

  • Shooter

    Darth is DEFINITELY a childlike D-Bag. What a dumb dummy. His posts shall be regarded as trash written by the sites biggest tool.

  • http://photoartbymark.zenfolio.com photoartbymark

    skipping this one

  • FM-2 fan

    it is a good fit for those who need a rather small, light-weight lens. For those, who can’t imagine using a DX camera – well test them to be surprised how much less you carry while obtaining quality results. two lens in one i.e. 35mm and a close up – just right for video and “standard” lens rather than the 35mm 1.8

  • Jabs

    Don’t throw stones if you live in a glass house = you throw out stuff and what comes back ‘rocks’ YOU and then you complain – lol = idiot.
    There are consequences to your points as in DO NOT make them unless you are ready for the backlash = common sense or maturity.

  • Jabs

    A simple test to see if you are an idiot – lol
    You are on this photo shoot with a dog (why? – don’t ask!) and your gear in the mountains and now stuck up there with no way down. You are hungry and have no food or a way to get any or even get down for a while plus no cell phone service or such.
    1. What would you do?
    2. We already know what the dog will do – lol
    The ones socially conscious will die first and quote animal cruelty or such.
    The ones too high and mighty will give their life before doing what is needed to survive.
    What would you do?

    • http://www.seanmolin.com Sean Molin

      …what?

      • Jabs

        It’s a joke – lighten up will you.

        • gt

          sounds more like incoherent rambling

    • JED

      Well you have already failed the idiot test if you get stuck up a mountain without supplies…

      • Jabs

        LOL – you got it. People get stuck on the dog and details.

  • kyoshinikon

    Im going to avoid the flame war and just say that this lens kinda falls in the same boat as the 16-35mm f/4. A useless upgrade aimed at noobs or mid amateurs and not a bestseller. I would never trade my 55mm macro at this point for this as Af is almost useless at this rand just like I wouldn’t give up my 17-35mm 2.8 for vr…

    Nikon Do yourselves a favor and read this site… You will be financially better off.

    (Where is that durn 28-200mm f2.8 you patented?)

    • gt

      Disagree about the 16-35mm F4. That’s not squarely aimed at n00bs.

      The F4 line up (16-35mm F4, 24-120mm F4, and (upcoming) 120-300mm F4 or 70-200mm F4) are smart decisions by Nikon. A general purpose zoom with a moderately fast fixed aperture is on many people’s want lists. These types of lenses are geared towards prosumers or even professionals who are not-on-assignment. It’s a great compromise between weight, versatility, and image quality

      • rearranged

        I highly doubt that there is going to be a 120-300 f4 since the 70-200 2.8 II + tc 1.4 performs great. And by the way it would cost (and weigh) the same as the 70-200 2.8. For me a 120-300 f4 would be a pointless lens.

        • PAG

          I shoot with the 300mm f/4 and often use the TC1.4 to give me a 420mm f/5.6. A buddy of mine instead shoots with the 70-200mm f/2.8 and can’t even reach 300mm unless he gets a more powerful TC, defeating the image quality benefits of the 70-200. He finds it very frustrating at times.

          A 120-300m f/4 that takes a TC1.4 nicely would be a great birding and sports lens.

  • http://www.treehaus.co.nz treehaus

    On paper I can see why some don’t think this is lens is nessecary. But the results!! I personally would have this over all the 35mm and 50mm lenses currently available for dx. That bokeh is so smooth and its so sharp!

    There has been a huge amount of talk from those who want to to defect to the FX system as its the “PRO” format and the iso is better, and the d800 will certainly be a massive seller when it arrives. The hype has not been as great for the d400 that I can tell and Nikon will want to make sure its not over looked when it released. With some seriously good DX lenses now available which cover nearly all the “PRO” requirements with a system that is much less expensive and lighter. I think that the timely introduction of the micro DXs is a great way of keeping DX users in their current systems and makes the d400 a guaranteed success. If its good enough at high ISO I wont bother with fx and the 40mm micro will be the first lens I get for it. My bet is that a wide fast prime will be released at the same time, plus some other zoom, I will stick with my 14 /2.8, plenty wide enough for me.

  • Mac Rockwell

    Can someone pinch me? Am I dreaming? Is it April fool?

  • Charlie Martin

    Nikon has made and excellent choice in this lense and one that I may get. I had the 60 2.8 and got rid of it due to its size. For everyone that snipes each other on this site, step back and take a long hard look in the mirror at yourself and see if this definition of idiot fits.. A foolish or stupid person.
    2. A person of profound mental retardation having a mental age below three years and generally being unable to learn connected speech or guard against common dangers. The term belongs to a classification system no longer in use and is now considered offensive.
    Also, everyone needs to proof read your posts before you click on post comment or hit enter. Grammar and spelling is terrible and sometimes difficult to understand.
    To quote the Rolling Stones “You can’t always get what your want.”

    • Jeremy

      I don’t think the Rolling Stones ever said “what your want.” lol

      • Charlie Martin

        no they didn’t. Thanx for catching that. This is a prime example of not fully proof reading before posting.

  • Sam

    It’s so obvious this lens is for people who have an interest in Macro photography and want to invest in a DSLR system only to find Nikon’s Micro lenses cost $600+. A cheap entry level Micro lens is great for amateur Macro photographers.

    And as for people on hear saying it’s pointless, waste etc. That’s because you don’t buy the entry level lenses. If you did, you’d welcome this.

    • Niels

      Right. I’m interested in that lens because I would like to try macro a bit but don’t want to fork over $600+ for something that I may not do a lot.
      As I don’t want to catch insects, the short distance to the subject is not much of a problem for me.

  • http://StandDevelopment.com Axel

    I will be all FX soon, but I like the idea of this lens. I find the 105mm Micro to be a bit difficult to hand hold when stopped down. The 40mm might be a really good idea for this reason. The images look nice when shooting wide open, though I would like to see them at a higher magnification. It looks both sharp and has good bokeh… something not so easy to achieve. I might even buy one, as I use a 45mm GN on my D200 anyway.

  • bigeater

    Are people this negative on the Canon Rumors site?

    • http://www.josephhorvath.com Joe H.

      Best comment on this topic.

  • Waldorff & Stattler

    Frustrating to see that Nikon fails to make any wide-angle DX primes…Does anybody knows if this 40mm DX was anounced in the patents here on NR?

  • http://www.sinclairvisual.com/cognitions ChriSin

    DX….damnit! I would love a wide angle that could focus ultra ultra close!

  • C_QQ_C

    This lens DOES make sense.. When Nikon started to sell the 55mm Micro ( F3.5 / F3.8. etc.) those lenses sold in huge number : A portrait/general purpose/ normal lens that can focus realy close if the need arises..
    Now this is just the 55mm Micro for DX …. a Flat field lens , with, if the MTF chards don’t lie, corner to corner sharpness, Fast, Small, Light/ convenient to carry around, and very affordable…
    So.. : I think it will sell , espacialy for the younger enthosiast who need a ‘normal’ lens but also like the versatility of being able to shoot a flower, or a friends eye or whatever close-up with the same lens…, I think its a FUN lens, and I might buy it for just those reasons, if it turns out to be any good ….

  • Magnus

    Funny to see all the negative comments on this lens. Surely, Nikon knows exactly what they’re doing here. We people that are reading this site do not care too much about lenses like this one, but when looking at it’s low price, it’s among the cheapest macros available that also features autofocus on Nikon’s entry level DX cameras. This lens is obviously targeted towards the owners of those cameras.

    I did think “WTF?” too when I saw the news about this lens, but after some thinking I’m absolutely sure this will be a top seller for Nikon, unlike the relatively expensive 85/3,5. That lens cost more than an entry-level DSLR, and it’s a lot of money for very many people out there. Perhaps insect photographers won’t bother about this lens, but people shooting flowers and other small things will love it.

    The only bad thing with this release is the timing. Macro lenses are used mostly in the summer, and when this is available in the stores, the summer is fading at least here in scandinavia. It should IMO have been released at the same time as the new AF-S 50/1,8 got official the first time. People buy macros in the spring mainly, I think.

    It would be interesting to see how this lens performs on FX too, as I recently switched to a D700. If it behaves like the Tamron 60/2, which image circle covers the FX sensor when focusing close, it could be useable on FX too, as a wide ange macro. There aren’t too many of those on the market today.

    • C_QQ_C

      >>The only bad thing with this release is the timing. Macro lenses are used mostly in the summer, and when this is available in the stores, the summer is fading at least here in scandinavia. <<

      In Scandinavia :agree, but on the southern hemisphere the Macro season starts in September…..

    • Qwertyuiop

      Surely, Nikon knows exactly what they’re doing here.

      Surely? Not really. That is mere hope, a matter of fanboy faith.

  • http://www.tomwhitephotography.com Tom White

    You could buy this, or for some really spectacular macro you can buy a reversing ring for just over $10 and use it with any fast prime with an aperture ring. If you don’t have one, you can pick up a second hand one for less than a $100 and you can even get a new 50mm 1.8 AFD for less than $150…

    • Jeremy

      Can I see a sample with a 50mm 1.8 AFD?

  • Jeremy

    I wonder if Admin should remove the replies too. They seem a foolish waste of time disconnected from the discarded original. Just saying.

  • miguelyn

    ….still waiting for a “new” Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S

  • kc1000

    at first, i don’t know why anyone would want this lens…. BUT… on second thought, at 6 inch focus distance a 40mm dx lens is actually pretty decent. could be used for taking shots of flowers and/or food — it’s being sold at a relatively low price too!

  • SNRatio

    OK, then, some explanations for this release.
    First, someone having used the 60/2.6 AF-S on FX (I have), might tend to think a 40/2.8 DX, as kind of DX equivalent, isn’t such a bad idea. For macro shooting, they’re practically equivalent: Little need for shallow DOF then – rather the contrary..

    Second, in terms of lens combos, the 16-85 and the 60AF-S micro is a really great combination on DX. The 16-85 paired with the 40/2.8 will be great too, with somewhat different use situations – where the need for higher focal length on macro is nicely covered by the 85 micro. And, the 35/1.8 being a little wonder for its price, it’s very far from flawless. The 40/2.8 could be a real alternative for several uses.

    Third, IF a 24MP sensor based camera is upcoming, this could be the first lens to match that resolution. So, it might be a hint of the D400 coming as a kind of 12/24MP combo, using pixel binning a la the D1H to achieve very good high ISO, while providing excellent detail and high dynamic range @24MP ISO100-200.

    Fourth, I think the press release may give us one important hint: This lens may be the natural choice for video with contrast-detect AF and the new sensors. Nikon may well have found out that they simply need a new lens to fully exploit the mew capabilities.

    Side note: Anyone think it was an incidence that we _first_ got a high res (24MP) FX camera, and _then_ fast wide FX primes? The main reason why Nikon hasn’t released fast wide DX lenses yet, is that they need to be optimised for the actual sensor resolution they are to serve, and that is only stabilizing now. (Going beyond 24MP on DX inevitably loses on so many properties that it’s not that likely to be of much use, but with the readout noise at D7000 levels, 24MP@ISO100-200 may be quite OK.)

  • Anonymous

    I don’t understand the fuss. This lens is clearly directed to the amateur who wants to shoot macro sometimes. For Christ’s sake, it is a sub $300 lens!. I don’t think the user the Nikon intended this lens for is going to split hair about the f-stops. I am sure Nikon did market research and knows how to prioritize for the sake of business and profits. Just go and make images with what you have, and I am sure you will come up with some good images.

  • http://lionel-photo.webatu.com/ Lio

    I’ve bought the Tokina 35mm 2.8 as a 50mm equivalent before the Nikkor 35mm 1.8. By the way it’s an awesome lens. I would have think on this 40mm, if the choice would have been here.
    This 40mm seems to be tack sharp, the only real issue seem the focusing course from infinity to 0.4m in 5mm ! That’s damned short if you want to use in the non macro range. You will need to have faith in your AF.

    Note: yes 40mm is too short for macro, like 60mm and even 105mm. 180-200mm rule here. But if you don’t need a fast lens (for DOF or light), and prefer optical quality this one could be it. And generally contrast is better on macro lens (i.e. rendering a la Zeiss).

  • http://www.24Leaves.com elektrische zigarett

    Along with the D7000 Nikon opened a new way of approaching to their customers : THE UNBEATABLE PRICE . They are coming once again with a similar offer for a lens worth at least twice as much. This is really nice!
    THANKS NIKON!

  • Arnstein

    I shoot with a D300s and love my old AiS 55/2.8 Micro, since it is small and lightweight. But I’d like to have AF. I love my old AF 50/1.4 for portraits, but its focal length could be shorter. I love my AF-S 35/1.8, but the bokeh is bad.

    I’d consider the Tokina 35/2.8 Macro, but it has no AF-S. Same problem with the old AF 60/2.8 D. The new AF-S 60/2.8 looks ugly with its front element exposed. The Tamron 60/2.0 could be the better choice, but with more AF noise.

    I mainly shoot with the 17-55/2.8 DX and love it, but if I shoot people, many are scared of its size.

    Furthermore, this lens would be a great addition to my AF 24/2.8 and AF 85/1.4, and maybe a Voigtländer Skopar 20mm in the future :)

  • Scott

    I actually find this lens interesting, 95% of my shooting is macro and I see a place for this lens. When I go after bugs I’m lugging a d700, 200mm f4 micro, flash bracket etc. a very heavy setup that I wouldn’t trade for anything at the moment. However it would be nice to have lower end prosumer body with this lens as a carry around setup for when I am out with the family. The 60mm is a bit long on a DX body and a 40mm would be a nice compromise, it would leave me with the ability to shoot macro but also snap a family picture. Also remember folks it’s the about 90% photographer and 10% equipment.

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