Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Nikon's newest macro lens! The AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G

Unexpectedly, Nikon has released a brand new macro lens, the AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G. Aimed squarely at the entry-level user this is Nikon's most inexpensive macro lens coming in at $280.

The build of the lens is very similar to the 35mm f/1.8G, which is to say, unlike the 85mm f/2.8G VR macro lens which has a magnesium alloy body, the 40mm f/2.8G macro has a polycarbonate body. The new lens does however lack VR which is a pretty handy feature to have.

The good news is that the lens, is very small and lightweight, making it a great choice as an adjunct to the kit lens. The 40mm focal length is equivalent to 60mm on FX, landing it squarely in the normal lens range so it can easily be used as an everyday walking around lens and an excellent portrait lens.

A couple of other nice things about this lens are the internal focusing and Close Range Correction (CRC). Internal focusing allows you to get close to your subject without worrying about the lens extending as it focuses as some inexpensive third party lenses like the Tamron 90mm f/2.8D. The CRC allows each group of glass elements to move independently for more accurate focus, which is very important in macro work. Of course being a true macro lens, the 40mm f/2.8G allows you to get a 1:1 reproduction ratio.

I have a feeling this lens is going to be a huge seller for Nikon and I anticipate these things flying off of the shelves, do yourself a favor and pre-order.

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