Nikon AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G

July 12, 2011 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses | 15 Comments |
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The Nikon AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G is a new, affordable 1:1 macro lens for use on Nikon DX digital SLR cameras. Weighing in at approximately nine ounces, the extremely compact and lightweight lens has a minimum focusing distance of just 0.53 feet (6.4 inches). For fast and quiet autofocus operation, the new Nikon 40mm Micro lens also features Nikon’s exclusive Silent Wave Motor technology that allows full-time access to manual focus. The Nikon AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G employs Nikon’s Close-Range Correction System in which 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 Nikon AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G will be available in August for an estimated selling price of $279.95 / £249.99 / €290.

Nikon USA Press Release

Get Closer To Clarity: The New Nikon AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G Brings Fast Macro Ability To DX-Format Shooters

Images Packed with Stunning Detail and Amazing Sharpness Have Never Been So Near

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 http://www.nikonusa.com.

*Estimated selling price listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time

Nikon Europe Press Release

AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G - Curious by Nature

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 12th July 2011: Nikon today announces a new 40mm DX-format macro lens for close-up photography. Designed to capture fine details, it boasts a 1:1 reproduction ratio for superb, life-like images. A fantastic way to shoot features that can’t be seen with the naked eye, this lens will more than satisfy enthusiasts keen to explore the power of close-up images.

Zurab Kiknadze, Product Manager Lenses, Accessories & Software, Nikon Europe commented: “This specialized macro lens lets you capture intricate details that are impossible to capture with a regular kit lens. It’s an affordable way to discover the world of macro photography and is even versatile enough not to limit photographers to that particular subject.”

A closer look

The latest addition to Nikon’s growing line-up of Micro NIKKOR lenses, this 40mm DX-format lens offers a
picture angle equivalent to 60mm on FX-format D-SLRs. Focusing as close as 0.163 m (from focal plain) and boasting a 1:1 reproduction ratio, it offers true macro performance for close-up photography. With a fast maximum aperture of f/2.8, subjects can be singled out against a pleasantly blurred background and sharper handheld shots are possible in low-light.

Quietly does it

Be it a detailed shot of an insect or the stamen of a flower, shooting a great close-up depends on precision. Compact, easy-to-handle and equipped with Nikon’s exclusive Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for incredibly accurate, super-quiet autofocus, this lens lets you shoot without disturbing your subject. Smooth focusing is further enhanced with the M/A focus mode that lets you override the autofocus so you can manually tune the focus just the way you want, without the need to physically switch between auto and manual focus.

Big small world

Capable of delivering images where even subtle features are faithfully reproduced, this lens captures hidden worlds of pattern, texture and details brilliantly. Enthusiasts can capture superb macro photos and it’s perfectly suited to portraits and general shots too.

Measuring approx. 68.5×64.5 mm and weighing approx. 235 g, this lens features a metal mount with rubber sealing and is supplied with a lens hood HB-61 and soft lens case CL-0915.



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#1 Venu

Excellent product. Thanks Nikon.

9:26 am - Tuesday, July 12, 2011

#2 Foto Face

Nice review.The price is good for that lens!

9:45 am - Tuesday, July 12, 2011

#3 Zoltan Arva-Toth

Foto Face,

Thanks, but we would like to make it clear that this is NOT a review, just a product announcement. We hope to get our hands on this lens and publish a detailed review, but you'll need to wait a bit for that.

9:56 am - Tuesday, July 12, 2011

#4 Terost

It would be nice if you test this 40mm Micro DX lens to the current 60MM Micro G AF-S lens.

2:12 pm - Tuesday, July 12, 2011

#5 Spodeworld

Curious, what makes this so attractive when they already have the excellent AF-S 35mm f/2.8?

3:06 pm - Tuesday, July 12, 2011

#6 leo

@ Spodeworld
1:1 reproduction ratio

7:11 pm - Tuesday, July 12, 2011

#7 Marcello

Mmmhh...did we really need it?

7:46 pm - Tuesday, July 12, 2011

#8 Spodeworld

@leo - ahh, missed that point.

8:20 pm - Tuesday, July 12, 2011

#9 lamp shades

I wondered if anyone knows of a flickr account that has examples of someone using this lens and the type of photos it takes.

9:43 pm - Tuesday, July 12, 2011

#10 Iran Ramirez

Would love to see how this compares to the Pentax DA 40mm 2.8(pancake lens) my favorite and basically the one that is 90% on my k5

11:38 pm - Tuesday, July 12, 2011

#11 magicphoto

It's an interesting accessories for your cameras.

6:19 am - Wednesday, July 13, 2011

#12 Tony Butcher

From the product description, I'm wondering how much this will differ from the DX AF-S 35mm f1.8? (apart from the extra 5mm, of course).

The 35mm is excellent, faster, and focusses from 6-7" from the subject without any apparent abberration to my eye. Neither have VR.

The 35mm is also about a third cheaper where I am (£175 as opposed to the proposed £250 for the new 40mm).

Just echoing other people's posts as to why?

5:40 pm - Saturday, July 30, 2011

#13 Zoltan Arva-Toth

Tony,

As noted by Leo above, the important difference is in the reproduction ratio of these two lenses. The 35mm f/1.8 does decent close-ups, but is not a true macro lens (its maximum reproduction ratio is about 1:6 versus the 40mm's 1:1). As demonstrated in our review of the 35mm f/1.8, the smallest area that you can fill the frame with is about 135x90mm. By contrast, the 40mm lens allows you to fill the frame with a subject as small as the DX sensor itself. Importantly, the Micro Nikkor 40mm is the cheapest lens in Nikon's current line-up that can do this.

10:33 am - Monday, August 1, 2011

#14 Gandalfsson

I have seen enough to want this lens for close ups, but I still miss to see, if it is also good at infinity - if it is ??:

Then I will change my workaround 35mm f/1.8 for this (even the 40 is slower, it is nice you can do fine close ups).

So I look forward to see a test of this.

3:27 am - Thursday, September 1, 2011

#15 keyhole

? is,how is the 2nd button used (FULL00-02m) as I have not seen anything about this facility in any write-up

12:04 pm - Tuesday, August 13, 2013