As you might have noticed, I’m getting quite a lot of use out of my brand new macro lens. This post is for all those readers who have been asking me about it.
It’s a Nikon AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 40mm f/2,8 G. It has a 1:1 reproduction ratio, meaning that it will show subjects in their actual size, which is what macro is all about.
I had huge expectations from this lens, but I was still impressed with the results. The extreme close-ups have incredible detail, which is to be expected from a Nikon macro lens, but I was surprised to see its performance in more general situations. For instance, this lens turned out to be great for shooting portraits and outfit photos. Before, I have mostly been using my Nikkor 50mm AF f/1.f D for this purpose, but my new macro lens does the same job just as well, and sometimes even better.
Maybe I’ll get used to it and reassess things later on, but I suspect that my new macro lens will stay put on my D90 camera for quite a while.
Amazing detail! Here, for instance, you can even see the tiniest dust particles! I’m completely blown away. When Hannes saw this photo he thought it was the face of a statue, but it’s actually the mermaid brooch from the first photo of this post.