Loving my new Nikkor 40mm Micro on my D5100

Discussion in 'Nikon DSLR Forum' started by Chris2500dk, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. Chris2500dk

    Chris2500dk SC Top Veteran

    Dec 22, 2011
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    I recently picked up a Nikkor 40mm f2.8 Micro for my D5100 and it's a fantastic lens.
    I've had the 35mm f1.8 before but I enjoy this one a lot more. It's a little larger and heavier, but still very light and the camera balances great with it, and the image quality is wonderful.
    It's sharp sharp sharp, even into the corners and the lack of distortion and CA really makes it a joy to use. There's no "gotcha's" to remember when shooting it other than the obvious limitation of the focal length.

    It takes a bit of getting used to as a walk-around lens, I'm more comfortable with 28mm equivalent, but it's an interesting challenge to get the most of the different focal length and I can always put my Canon S95, Sigma DP1x or my Sigma 8-16 lens in a pocket/bag if I really want to have a wide angle option.
    I'm really hoping for Nikon to bring out a 16 or 18mm prime that's as light, affordable and has the same image quality as the 40mm!

    Here's a few shots from it so far, crossing fingers for nice weather in the weekend so I can get out and play again.
    All OOC JPEGs btw, with the 40mm I find much less reason to do a lot of PP from raw files, there's simply less to correct. I stilll shoot both JPEG and raw though, in case I want to adjust the WB or play around with the exposure.

    This one was taken inside with a SB400 mounted off camera with an extension cord.
    DSC_4118b by ChristianHass, on Flickr

    The next three were shot last weekend on the first day that felt like spring here.
    DSC_3991b by ChristianHass, on Flickr
    DSC_4054b by ChristianHass, on Flickr
    DSC_3940b by ChristianHass, on Flickr
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  2. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Real Name:
    Bill Shinnick
    A great selection showing just how sharp the lens is Chris. Nice use of dof too.