49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on 11 July 2012
I can't speak highly enough of this lens, the colour rendition is excellent, absolutley tack sharp, very versatile. As well as its macro function, i've found it superb for portraits and other general uses. Not quite wide enough for full on vistas, but again the sharpness and colour rendition in all situations is inspiring.For the close-up shots it has a manual/auto combination focus - the AF will get you there and then without flicking any switches you are able to make fine adjustments manualy.I would advise buying this lens to anyone that asked me - possibly very serious macro shooters will find the focal distance a bit limiting(I havn't found that) but as a macro starter & as a super-sharp Nikon prime its up there with the best in terms of image quality.For this money you can't go wrong.This will definatley take your photography to the next level.So if your like me 'uming' and 'aring' over how usefull it might be, buy it - try it - LOVE IT!
77 of 78 people found the following review helpful
on 30 November 2011
I did a lot of research before buying this lens, my primary consideration was the 35 mm f1.8. However decided to go for this lens after reading several good reviews on different websites and forums.
As a beginner photographer; I wanted to try a little bit of Macro Photography too. This is an excellent value for money, versatile lens which gives you excellent results, I haven't taken it off from my camera since I got it (I bought it from Jessops not from Amazon).. Really popping images with corner to corner sharpness and good for not-so-close-macrophotography too..
It is also very good for those close up portraits and normal street photography (I got some awesome shots with this lens)..
If you are a beginner looking forward to buy a prime lens go for this one instead of the 35mm 1.8 or 50mm 1.8 and buy this one.. worth every penny...
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 28 August 2014
just to say,for what it costs its excellent. i have a tamron 18-200 zoom on my d7000 at present.
and the small test shots so far are only slightly better. at the long end of the zoom the 40mm is clearer than the tamron,
but at 18-50 there is not to much in it,40mm slightly cleaner (not much though) this lens strenths are probably around the micro end.
it is silent on focusing, light,well made,tacky plastic, but thats what you get at this price.
i will still have to buy a 50mm prime 1.4 to get that extra light,as 2.8 is good,but not fast enough.
the lens is worth the purchase if you have no other small lenses, but with hindsight 35 or 50mm prime would be a better choice.
to be truthful its a 2 star lens on what you have in your hand, but the optics get it up to five star.
taken a fair few shots now with it now, and i have to say,that it is worth every penny,and then some. pics are super sharp and very natural.
if this lens was metal,i would expect to pay 4 times this money,and it would still be worth it.
dont let the moaners put you off about the macro end being to close,yes it is,but if you take abit more time to position and compose,
the results are awsome,the detail on a steam of a plant will blow you away. look at all the reviews and you wiill get the idea, that this lens is a
must have. remember with the 1.5 crop factor this lens ends up to around 60mm. one step backwards please,and you have it in the bag.
27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on 6 October 2012
Image quality is superb. It does exactly what it is designed to do with no reservations and is doubly good when you consider the price.
What it's good for (and what I use it for). High quality macro shots of inanimate objects or items that won't run away with a lens less than 3 inches from them (the close focussing 1:1 facility and exceptional image quality). Indoor and general 'snapshots' of friends and family (the 40mm focal length and the relatively 'fast' f/2.8 aperture).
Why it might not be what you want. It's short focal length means you won't get macro shots of easily spooked insects as you won't get close enough before they've run/flown/jumped away. I still use my 18-105 f/3.5-5.6 for these with good but not quite true macro results. For these I'm saving up for a longer focal length macro lens, possibly with VR/OS for when hand held is the only option.
To sum up, the 40mm f/2.8 macro is a useful lens for a number of situations. The lack of VR and it's short focal length are both limitations and good features (they make it a good, general, reasonably fast lens and above all - cheap!)
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 24 January 2014
Prime lenses of fixed focal length went out of fashion at the end of the 1970s, and that was when we all started taking way too many poorly thought out photographs with our snazzy zoom lenses. At 40mm, equivalent to 60mm in old money (or full frame FX format), this lens is very close to the "standard" 50mm you used to get with your 1970s SLR camera, which means it sees very closely to what the human eye sees (tho in monoscopic rather than steroescopic), and is absolutely ideal for capturing those rare, odd things you happen to see about the place, in a close approximation of how you saw them in the first place.
Rather than zoom you have to move back and forth to frame your image which actually slows you down and makes you think about the picture you're taking. You'll take far less wasted shots. Just one (or at tops 2) really telling shot that defines the inspiration for the photograph, rather than a flock of zoomed images snatching different bits and pieces of what you see, and which you'll just load onto your hard drive storage and never look at again. (I see you nodding and smiling in wry agreement.)
Fixed focal length means a sharper image. Some of us remember the sharpness of those Olympus and Fujica 50mm primes, which were wasted on the quality of film in those olden days.
Micro means having to stop down to get a depth of field that won't leave half your subject out of focus, the magnification here is 1-2-1, so forget the notion of doing hand-held close ups of flowers or insects, you'll need a tripod and a remote release, and also a means of actually disabling the autofocus, which can be a nuiscance, especially if you're mucking about with an electronic remote unit with the other hand and simultaneously watching the viewfinder. Nikon have for some reason adopted some woolly thinking in this department, giving native options of autofocus, or auto with manual override, which means having to keep your finger on the shutter release while you make adjustments, which is very fiddly. Some of their higher-range DSLRs allow you to completely disengage the autofocus, so if you haven't yet bought your camera, opt for a minimum of the D5xxx range.
For sharpness that more than outweighs the inconvenience of losing zoom, five stars.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 9 September 2014
Since i bought my DSLR I have developed a love of taking macro images of nature, especially insects. Havining initially used my Tamron 70-300mm 'Macro' zoom lens for the purpose. Howver I was never really happy with the level of detail or sharpness achieved with that lens. I therefore decided to get a true 1:1 macro lens. Initially I didn't consdier the Nikkor F2.8 40mm DX Micro because so many reviews said that it was not suitable for insects because you have to get so close to them. I decided on the aclaimed Sigma 105mm Macro. However much to my frustration just as I had decided to buy one, Sigma seem to have stopped supplying that lens in Nikon mount! After much consideration, and having found a Flickr group dedicated to the Nikkor 40mm I decided to get this lens.
I am very glad that I did. It is less than 50% of the price of the Sigma 105, or Tamron 90mm macro lenses and yet the quality of images that I have managed of insects including butterflys, moths, bees and flys is excellent. The proof of the pudding is in the eating, so I am going to post some of my pictures on here (but remember Amazon compresses them to death).
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 14 July 2012
Physical info'- comes with full Nikon Warranty and very well packed. Very light, made of engineering grade plastic and excellent on my D7000. Being able to leave it set on auto focus but quickly tweek it to focus on the part of the object I want to give preference to without changing other settings is excellent.
Very sharp results and faster in low light than my most excellent 18-200mm zoom which is still great to keep on the body and use in a huge range of situations. Good old Nikon!! Took only a few days to cross Germany and come to my door from this supplier.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 16 August 2013
Good lens, very sharp. But be mindful 1:1 macro is very close to the lens - around 3cm. This means that macro of stinging insects may be a bit of hard core . also buy an uv filter to protect your lens as sooner or later you will put it into flower while trying to get 1:1 close up macro photo :)
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 29 December 2013
Good quality Nikkor macro/micro lens that also doubles as a pin-sharp 40mm prime lens for indoor and landscape photography. Very, very pleased with this lens. As a macro, is unlikely to be useful for flying insects due to the lens extending on close focus, so they'll be spooked into disappearing: for this type of shot a 105mm or similar will give better results. But for other Nature close-ups - flowers, Still-Life etc - it is fantastic value. Using it for general walk-round shooting, the results are sharp, and when wide-open at f2.8 the subject isolation is terrific, and the bokeh pleasant. Excellent value if you want a dual-purpose lens, as I did: not recommended for pure macro shooting for subjects that move! Note there is no Vibration Reduction, so you'll need a tripod for macros and steady hands out in the wild.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 21 November 2012
I bought my new Nikon camera as a kit but wanted to have some sort of macro facility. Looking at the Amazon customer reviews they threw up this little lens. To me it had the advantage of not being a zoom, us old folks do not trust this modern technology, and the price and previous reviews said it was great value for money. And it is. Had mine a month now, use it every day, and cannot fault it. The auto focus is sharp and there seems to be no edge distortion. If had not bought one already I would buy it.