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IF you thought that the DX format was dying, then you’d be gravely mistaken. Nikon has announced a new DX format lens in the form of a 40mm macro with 1:1 reproduction. This is very good news for macro photographers and will compliment the current line up which includes the 85mm f3.5 DX Micro.
I can’t wait to get my hands on this lens.
Nikon have released a new 40mm DX-format macro lens for close-up photography that features a 1:1 reproduction and can focus as close as 0.163m (from focal plain). Its fast maximum aperture of f/2.8 will help you get sharper handheld shots in low light and the Silent Wave Motor (SWM) allows you to focus and shoot without disturbing your subject. If you want to over ride the autofocus simply use the M/A focus mode so you can manually tune the focus just the way you want, without the need to physically switch between auto and manual focus.
Measuring approx. 68.5×64.5mm and weighing approx. 235g, this lens features a metal mount with rubber sealing and is supplied with a lens hood HB-61 and soft lens case CL-0915.
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Zurab Kiknadze, Product Manager Lenses, Accessories & Software, Nikon Europe said: “This specialised macro lens lets you capture intricate details that are impossible to capture with a regular kit lens. It’s an affordable way to discover the world of macro photography and is even versatile enough not to limit photographers to that particular subject.”
The AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G lens will cost approx. AUD$399 and it’s available from 25 August 2011.
Following is the full press release.
Images Packed with Stunning Detail and Amazing Sharpness Have Never Been So Near
MELVILLE, N.Y. (July 12, 2011) – Nikon Inc. today introduced the new lightweight and versatile AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G lens to provide Nikon DX-format shooters macro capabilities at an affordable price point. Ideal for intimate details or general portraiture, the new AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G lens has a minimum focusing distance of just 0.53 feet (6.4 inches) to allow users to capture extreme close-up photographs and High Definition (HD) video with a life-size 1:1 reproduction ratio.
“This new NIKKOR lens is an ideal accessory lens for those who are ready to explore a totally new perspective, whether it’s extreme close-up detail or general still images and movies with flattering out of focus elements,” said Lisa Osorio, general manager of marketing at Nikon Inc. The new Micro NIKKOR lens delivers new and added versatility to the Nikon DX-format digital SLR system and provides DX-format shooters with compact optics that deliver excellent color reproduction and stunning sharpness.”
Weighing in at approximately nine ounces, the extremely compact and lightweight lens is an ideal “next” lens to complement any DX-format shooter’s growing D-SLR kit. The natural focal length (60mm, FX equivalent) and large f/2.8 aperture are ideal for a wide variety of applications, whether capturing close-up details in flowers and insects or shooting flattering portraiture with a pleasing bokeh.
For fast and whisper quiet autofocus operation, the new Nikon 40mm Micro lens also features Nikon’s exclusive Silent Wave Motor technology, which allows photographers to get even closer without disturbing a subject. For complete control, the AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm offers users both manual-priority autofocus (M/A) and manual focus (M) modes to quickly and easily switch focus modes on the fly. To help ensure amazing lens performance at close distances, this new lens employs Nikon’s Close-Range Correction System. With this system, the lens elements are configured in a “floating” design wherein each lens group moves independently to help achieve critical focus. Additionally, Nikon’s Super Integrated Coatings are applied to help reduce instances of lens flare and ghosting. The seven blade diaphragm also helps to create a more natural out of focus component.
The versatile and compact nature of the AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G lens combined with its affordability make it a great travel companion for any DX-format D-SLR, including the new Nikon D5100 and popular D3100.
Price and Availability
The versatile AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G will be available in August for an estimated selling price* of AUD$399.
*Estimated selling price listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time
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