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

Sample Shots

The following sample shots were taken with a Nikon V1 and converted from NEF to Jpeg via Capture One.

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ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 40.0mm
Aperture: f/3.5
Exposure 1/3200s
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ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 40.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/1600s
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ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 40.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/400s
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ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 40.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/2000s
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ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 40.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/1250s
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ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 40.0mm
Aperture: f/4.5
Exposure 1/800s
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ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 40.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/250s
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ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 40.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/640s
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ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 40.0mm
Aperture: f/3.2
Exposure 1/1250s
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ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 40.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/125s
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ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 40.0mm
Aperture: f/3.5
Exposure 1/1250s
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ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 40.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/160s
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ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 40.0mm
Aperture: f/5.0
Exposure 1/1000s
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ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 40.0mm
Aperture: f/5.0
Exposure 1/640s
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ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 40.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/320s
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ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 40.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/200s
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ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 40.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/320s
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ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 40.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/500s
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ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 40.0mm
Aperture: f/5.0
Exposure 1/640s
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ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 40.0mm
Aperture: f/5.0
Exposure 1/500s

Verdict

The Nikon AF-S DX 40mm f/2.8 G offers excellent resolution in the image center straight from the maximum aperture. The borders and corners struggle a bit at large aperture settings, but stopped down reach very good resolution.

Since the lens is designed for a larger sensor, distortion and vignetting are no issues on Nikon 1 cameras. CAs are a bit pronounced at small apertures, but can easily be taken care of in post processing.

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.

Until Nikon offers a native macro lens for the CX mount, the AF-S DX 40/2.8 G is the most affordable AF lens to explore macro photography with a Nikon 1 camera, at least for those who already own the quite expensive adapter required to mount the lens. Of course the lens is not limited to macro or close-up photography, but also doubles as a nice short tele lens on cameras with a CX sized sensor.

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