Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 40mm 1: 2.8G SWM review

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Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 40mm 1: 2.8G SWM review

Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 40mm 1: 2.8G SWM review

Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 40mm 1: 2.8G SWM is a macro lens for Nikon DX cameras. To date, it is the most affordable macro lens with auto focus from the entire line of 'Microphone Nikkor '(so designated closeNikon lenses).

Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 40mm 1: 2.8G SWM

The trunk of the Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 40mm 1: 2.8G SWM lens when focusing on MDF

Main technical characteristics of Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 40mm 1: 2.8G SWM Micro 1: 1:

Review Instance Name Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 40mm 1: 2.8G SWM Micro 1: 1 2026482
Basic properties
Front Filter Diameter 52 mm, plastic thread for filters
Focal length 40mm Equivalent Focal Length (EGF) for cameras Nikon DX is 60 mm.
Zoom ratio 1 X (this is a fixed lens, it does not have a zoom)
Designed by for Nikon DX digital cameras (with APS-C sensor)
Number of aperture blades 7 rounded pieces
Tags mount bayonet mount and hood mounts, focus distance scale in meters and feet, magnification scale from 1:10 to 1: 1
Diaphragm F / 2.8 to F / 22, without aperture ring.
MDF 0.163 m, maximum magnification ratio 1: 1
The weight 235 g
Optical design 9 elements in 7 groups, without the use of special elements

Nikon 10-24mm f / 3.5-4.5G ED AF-S DX Nikkor Optical Circuit

Scheme is increased by click

Lens hood Nikon HB-61 Bayonet Type
Manufacturer country MADE IN CHINA (Made in China)
Period From July 2011 to the present
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The Micro Nikkor 40 / 2.8G began production in 2011, all lenses are made in China. The assembly is of high quality, the lens weighs 235 grams and has a metal mount. The focusing ring is rubberized. The lens itself is small, comparable in size to the stock zoom Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM Aspherical... The standard diameter of the front filter is 52 mm. The optical design of the lens does not include any special elements (the diagram can be found in the section 'Optical design for all Nikon DX lenses').

For a complete list of lenses for Nikon DX series cameras, see Nikon Nikkor DX.

Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 40mm 1: 2.8G SWM

Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 40mm 1: 2.8G SWM Lens Marks Unfortunately there is no IPIG scale.

Micro Nikkor 40 / 2.8G refers to lenses'AF S'type (with built-in focus motor), and therefore will automatically focus on any Nikon DSLR camera :). During focusing, the lens trunk lengthens noticeably, but does not rotate. Micro Nikkor 40 / 2.8G focuses quite quietly thanks to 'SWM'-motor (Silent Wbird Motor is a quiet wave motor).

During focusing, you can notice that not only the lens barrel extends forward, but also the front lens, deeply set into the lens body, using an additional section of the trunk (see photo near the end of the review). But the rear lens always remains stationary.

The lens uses CRC (Close Range Correction) technology - a focusing system with correction at close focusing distances (i.e., a floating focusing system). CRC allows you to get good image quality at any focusing distance.

The lens has a 'Full / ∞-0.2m' focusing distance limiter. At the '∞-0.2m' position, the focusing speed is fast enough, similar to the lens Nikon Nikkor AF-S 35mm 1: 1.8G DX Aspherical... In the 'Full' position it takes a lot of time to focus from infinity to MDF and back.

If you focus using the focusing ring manually, the focus limiter does not work, in any of its positions the range from infinity to MDF equal to 16.3 cm is always available.When autofocusing at the limiter position '∞-0.2m', you can focus only from infinity to 20 see I find it very convenient to always have a full range of focusing distances when focusing manually :)

Also, on the lens housing you can find focus switch 'M / A - M'... In the 'M / A' position, autofocus operates with constant manual focus priority. The 'M / A' mode is very convenient and useful - for manual override, you do not need to additionally switch the lens to the 'M' mode.

The focus ring rotates approximately 160 degrees when active. The lens has a focusing distance scale - in a glass window, in meters and in feet, it is combined with a scale for macro photography from 1:10 to 1: 1.

Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 40mm 1: 2.8G SWM

Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 40mm 1: 2.8G SWM rear view

When working with a lens, there is one small nuance to consider. Despite the fact that the minimum focusing distance is 16.3 cm, this number shows the distance from the subject to the camera sensor (i.e. to the focal plane), and the focusing distance from the subject to the front lens is only 3-4 cm. This means that the front lens, when shooting macro at 1: 1 scale, will almost touch the subject. For many photographic tasks, this 'closeness of relationship' is highly undesirable, for example, you can easily scare away insects being filmed.

But this is not so bad. In macro photography, the built-in flash is useless, because the lens completely blocks its pulse. Yes, and when using the camera installed external flash the situation is not changing for the better. These problems are further exacerbated when using a hood - even with additional, external light sources, you can easily get a shadow from it in the pictures.

In my personal opinion, for macro photography it is much more convenient to use longer telephoto macro lenses, for example, Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 85mm 1: 3.5G ED VR SWM IF Micro1: 1 or Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 105mm 1: 2.8D.

Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 40mm 1: 2.8G SWM

Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 40mm 1: 2.8G SWM with HB-61 blend. The lens hood is mounted in the slots on the lens barrel (not on the lens barrel).

EGF lens on Nikon DX cameras is 60 mm, we can say that Micro Nikkor 40 / 2.8G is an analogue of a full-format macro lens Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 60mm 1: 2.8D (and its modifications: Nikon AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm 1: 2.8GN IF ED и Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 60mm 1: 2.8).

Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 40mm 1: 2.8G SWM

Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 40mm 1: 2.8G SWM with hood in transport mode. In this position, access to the focus ring is completely lost.

Like most other macro lenses, the Micro Nikkor 40 / 2.8G changes the minimum number F depending on the focusing distance. So aperture F / 2.8 can only be used in the range of ∞-0.4 m. When focusing on MDF, you can shoot with a maximum aperture of F / 4.2. The diaphragm consists of 7 rounded lobes and closes to F / 22 at infinity and to F / 36 on MDF. When focusing, the effect is very noticeable 'Focus breathing'.

Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 40mm 1: 2.8G SWM

Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 40mm 1: 2.8G SWM on ZK

Many users of Micro Nikkor 40 / 2.8G cropped cameras liked it as a replacement. Nikon Nikkor AF-S 35mm 1: 1.8G DX Aspherical и Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8G SWM Aspherical and even with a macro function. Of course, Micro Nikkor 40 / 2.8G can be a kind of 3-in-1: both a 'camera', and a 'portrait' and 'makrik', but nevertheless, it copes with each task much worse than the indicated lenses.

Personally, I think that 35 / 1.8G, for everyday shooting, suits much better, due to the much higher aperture and wider angle of view. For lovers of portrait and artistic 'troubles' 50 / 1.8G (who has a camera with a motor - then 50 / 1.8D) would also be preferable. Perhaps the article will be useful to someone ''On choosing the first prime lens for Nikon DX cameras - 35mm or 50mm. '

Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 40mm 1: 2.8G SWM

Infinity focus and MDF on the Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 40mm 1: 2.8G SWM. Lens lenses use Nikon SIC enlightenment.

The lens creates a sharp, contrasty image, with almost zero distortion and slight vignetting (on DX cameras). I have no complaints about image quality, but still I expected much better detail when using such a macro lens.

On full-frame cameras, the lens can be easily used at short focusing distances, while vignetting can be easily corrected in the editor, and sometimes it does not play any role at all in the picture. But when focusing at distances close to infinity, the pictures from the full-frame camera get very strong darkening at the edges of the image, and the pictures are practically useless.

Here link to the archive with the originals - 363 MB, 43 photos in .NEF format (RAW) from cameras Nikon D80 и D700, when shooting was used protective filter Citiwide UV 52mm.


With examples of photos on the Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 40mm 1: 2.8G SWM and camera Nikon D3100 shared the reader Radozhiva.

Source photos can download from this link.

Prices for Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 40mm 1: 2.8G SWM lenses can look at this link, or in the price block below:

All autofocus MICRO / MC NIKKOR lenses

Z-mount FX:

  1. Nikon Nikkor Z MC 50 mm 1:2.8
  2. Nikon Nikkor Z MC 105 mm 1: 2.8 VR S

F-mount FX:

  1. Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 50 mm 1:2.8 R-UW
  2. Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 55 mm 1:2.8
  3. Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 60 mm 1:2.8
  4. Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 60 mm 1: 2.8D
  5. Nikon N AF-S Micro Nikkor 60 mm 1: 2.8G SWM ED IF Aspherical Nano Crystal Coat (Japan or Thailand)
  6. Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 105 mm 1:2.8
  7. Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 105 mm 1: 2.8D
  8. Nikon N AF-S Micro Nikkor 105 mm 1: 2.8G ED VR SWM IF Micro 1: 1 Nano Crystal Coat (Japan or China)
  9. Nikon ED AF Micro Nikkor 200 mm 1: 4D
  10. Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 70-180 mm 1: 4.5-5.6D ED

F-mount DX:

  1. Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 40 mm 1: 2.8G SWM
  2. Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 85 mm 1: 3.5G ED VR SWM IF Micro 1: 1

An accurate list of all Nikon DX Nikkor lenses

  1. 10.5 mm/ 2.8G AF Fisheye [gold ring]
  2. 35 mm/1.8G AF-S
  3. 40 mm/2.8G AF-S Microphone
  4. 85 mm/3.5G AF-S VR Microphone
  5. 10-20 mm/4.5-5.6G AF-P VR
  6. 10-24 mm/3.5-4.5G AF-S
  7. 12-24 mm/4G AF-S [gold ring]
  8. 16-80 mm/ 2.8-4IN AF S VR [gold ring]
  9. 16-85 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR
  10. 17-55 mm/2.8G AF-S [gold ring]
  11. 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S [black / silver]
  12. 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6GII AF-S [black / silver]
  13. 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR
  14. 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6GII AF-S VR
  15. 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-P
  16. 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-P VR
  17. 18-70 mm/3.5-4.5G AF-S
  18. 18-105 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR [Thailand / China]
  19. 18-135 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S
  20. 18-140 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR [Thailand / China]
  21. 18-200 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR [Japan / China]
  22. 18-200 mm/3.5-5.6GII AF-S VR
  23. 18-300 mm/3.5-5.6G VR
  24. 18-300 mm/3.5-6.3G VR
  25. 55-200 mm/4-5.6G AF-S [black / silver, Japan / China]
  26. 55-200 mm/4-5.6G AF-S VR
  27. 55-200 mm/4-5.6GII ED VR
  28. 55-300 mm/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR
  29. 70-300 mm/4.5-6.3G AF-P
  30. 70-300 mm/4.5-6.3G AF-P VR


Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 40mm 1: 2.8G SWM is perfect as a budget macro lens, and can also serve as a relatively fast standard fixed-lens for everyday shooting.

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Comments: 118, on the topic: Review Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 40mm 1: 2.8G SWM

  • Irina

    Good day! I just can’t choose between 35mm and 40mm. Basically I plan to photograph hikes, flowers, bushes.

    • Eugene

      Then 40 mm 2.8 micro is better.

    • Alexey

      I think 35 mm is better! Bushes and flowers!

      • Valery A.

        Flowers are very small, and 35 / 1,8DX has a 1: 6 magnification on MDF, here it is weak against 40 / 2,8.

    • Denis

      better 18-55

      • Valery A.

        By the way, yes.

        • Valery A.

          In the sense of more convenient and cheaper, but with some decrease in quality. And then you need to compare. 18-55EDII on d40x:

          • Denis

            or maybe not this decline in quality. still 6MP in total, and the d40 matrix itself additionally paints

  • Valentine

    Hello, I want to shoot macro. Flowers, drops, insects ... I have a Nikon D5100 please advise the lens, I can't make a choice.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Under the crop are good options for Tamron 60mm f / 2 and Nikon 60 / 2.8G

  • Vitaly N

    "The lens creates a sharp, high-contrast image, with virtually zero distortion and little vignetting (on DX cameras)." Probably on FX cameras?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      He's under the crop, on the DX

      • Vitaly N

        Strange, the pictures on the D700 are in full-frame mode, this is also indicated in the pictures.

      • Vitaly N

        Vignetting without cropping the image is just noticeable on them. The archive has a snapshot of the white sheet in full frame to show the dimming of the corners. Maybe all the same they meant FX?

        • Arkady Shapoval

          On FX, only vignettes are lost at close range. In the area of ​​infinity, black corners. There are pictures from both the d700 and the d80

          • Makunochimaster

            And under what conditions will be the most noticeable vignetting on DX-cameras?

            • Valery A.

              In general, I did not see vignettes on it, at infinity I never, however, never removed it.

  • Makunochimaster

    Vsezh bought it, did not notice vignetting either on MDF or on infinity, D3100

  • Makunochimaster

    Still, he has a little distortion :(

    • Denis

      how do you see? uncheck the editor and put it again, which corrects distortion and changes are visible?
      but there is vignetting, you can check in the same way ...

      • Makunochimaster

        where does the editor? the lens itself has distortion

        • Michael

          In the editor, this is easily and clearly verified.

          • Makunochimaster

            here you can see without an editor

  • Sergei

    Is this macro suitable for the D3400?

    • Michael


      • Sergei

        Thank you.

  • Sergey

    He took this makrik as the very first Nikon fix; before that he dabbled in Wave-9, all sorts of Helios and Jupiters. I chose Micro for purely amateur macro photography of nodes of different equipment.
    First impressions. Yes, good sharpness, along the edge of the frame: a little more detail, a little less chromaticity compared to kit 18-55.
    But on an open aperture, there is still a frigging - gray-black details outside the focus zone acquire a different shade, slightly chromatite and flash glare as a result have a pronounced red color. If you close to F / 6, everything starts to bounce back. In terms of frigging, Wave-9 is much better, although much less contrasting. Kit 10-30 from Nikon 1 bezzeralki also does not allow this on the open.
    It's hard to work without a stabilizer and flash. Autofocus brake.
    Maybe I came across a good AF-P 18-55 VR kit, but I didn’t see such a big difference as they say on the Internet. Wow effect did not work out for me. Maybe I have not tried it?

    • Denis

      He photographed people on the street, against a background of trees. very sharp photos are obtained, the leaves are clear. it is sharper than a 50mm fix, and even more so 18-55, including AF-P

  • Andrei

    Arkady, please tell me, for a 5100 camera and indoor subject photography (object sizes from 5cm to 50cm) with a limited distance to the subject of no more than 1.5m, which in your opinion is more suitable from the budget options? I want an atomospheric bokeh)) on an open aperture in the absence of studio flash lighting (there is a simple set of softboxes). I looked at flickr photos with the same mf ais 50 / 1,4, there are quite atmospheric ones, but as I understand there are still frames from the film ...? And in these lenses there are no raisins, the frames are as smooth as a board)) I would be grateful for your answer.

  • Vladimir

    In some photos, a horizontal bar appears at the top of the image. Please tell me what it is? Thank.

    • Taras

      maybe the shutter does not have time to work out? what is the shutter speed on other lenses as well?

  • Novel

    Hello! Is this lens suitable for product photography in an apartment?

  • Julia

    Good day! Such a moment. I bought this lens and put it on the D5600. All photos are very dark, in auto-mode the camera sets the ISO value to 3000 or more, the aperture is fully open, the shutter speed is 1/60, while I am in a bright room and only at such values ​​it is possible to take a bright frame. What could be the problem?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      contact the store where you bought it, maybe he has problems with the lever and he works on closed

  • Irina

    Good day!
    I have Nikon z50, there is an adapter. Thinking about a budget macro lens. There is a kit 17-50, Sigma 18-300, 3,5-6,3, Sigma 30 1,4 art and Tokina 11-20 2,8 available. Does it make sense to buy Nikon 40 mm 2,8? I will be very grateful for the answer!
    ps Maybe tell me - macro rings will work on this camera with an adapter?
    Thank you!

    • Arkady Shapoval

      If you need a macro, then there is a point. But 40 2.8 is a weak and uncomfortable makrik. Better 85 3.5 or 60 2.8

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