Micro Nikkor AF-S DX 40mm f/2.8 G - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Nikon / Nikkor (APS-C)

Sample Shots

The following sample shots were taken with a D7000 and RAW-converted via Capture One.

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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 40.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/1000s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 40.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/400s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 40.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/640s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 40.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/1000s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 40.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/640s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 40.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/500s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 40.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/800s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 40.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/2000s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 40.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/800s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 40.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/3200s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 40.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/320s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 40.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/400s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 40.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/800s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 40.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/3200s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 40.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/320s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 40.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/800s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 40.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/320s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 40.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/1000s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 40.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/400s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 40.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/500s

Verdict

The Micro-Nikkor AF-S DX 40mm f/2.8 G is a very nice addition to Nikon's line-up of dedicated DX lenses. Image sharpness is excellent in the image center wide open already, the borders and corners show very good resolution, too, when slightly stopped down. Vignetting is quite pronounced wide open, but no issue stopped down. CAs are moderate and easy to deal with in post-processing. Distortion is basically nonexistent and the bokeh very pleasing.

The build quality of the lens is good and in line with other affordable prime lenses, like the AF-S DX 35/1.8 or AF-S 50/1.8 G. The only real issue here is the amount of play in the focus ring. Although the lens is sonic wave driven, the AF is not really a speed demon.

In summary, the lens is compact, light-weight, affordable and, most important, optically very good. In addition, it doubles as a normal prime on a DX camera. The lens is certainly recommended for anyone tempted to try macro photography with a limited budget. Due the very short working distance (front lens to subject) it's certainly not the best choice to shoot shy creatures. However, that kind of subject isn't really suitable for macro starters anyway.

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