Nikon AF-S DX 40mm f/2.8G Mi­cro

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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 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.

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