Nikon AF-S DX 40mm f/2.8G Micro
Mount Nikon AF-S DX Autofocus Yes TT L metering Yes Infinity focus Yes Ima ge stabilizer Not featured Optical elements 9 Diameter 69mm Length 65mm Website www.nikon.com Price £240/$280 This DX format ‘micro’ lens is designed for cameras like the D3400 and D5600, on which it has an effective focal length of 60mm. It delivers full 1.0x magnification at its closest 16cm focus distance, measured from the focal plane near the rear of the camera body. This is Nikon’s most inexpensive micro lens, yet it still has an AF-S system that enables autofocus with any Nikon DSLR, complete with full-time manual focus override. It also has an autofocus range limiter that can lock out close focusing for general shooting. Weighing 235g, it certainly isn’t a heavy lens, and it’s reasonably small as well, making it ideal for popping into the spare corner of a kit bag. It's easy to fit and to use, although, at its closest focus distance, the front comes very close to the subject, at just 3.5cm. With a fast f/2.8 aperture rating and effective focal length of 60mm, it makes a good general-purpose prime with impressive image quality. At f/2.8 you get a tighter depth of field than with standard zooms, and faster shutter speeds under low lighting. Image quality is very pleasing, with excellent sharpness, practically no colour fringing and absolutely negligible distortion. Autofocus is a bit slow, but this isn’t generally an issue for extreme close-up photography, where manual focusing is often preferred.