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A Review of the Nikon NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2 Lens

40mm lenses have become a bit more popular in recent years, offering an interesting and unusual focal length between the much more standard 35mm and 50mm options. The Nikon NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2 is one such lens, and with a small footprint and light weight combined with an affordable price, it makes for a compelling option. This great video review takes a look at the lens and the sort of image quality and performance you can expect from it. 

Coming to you from Christopher Frost, this great video review takes a look at the Nikon NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2 lens. At just 1.8 inches (4.55 cm) long and 6 oz (170 g), the 40mm f/2 is remarkably compact. Despite its affordable price (currently $266), it still comes with a variety of great features, including:

  • Two aspherical elements for reduced distortion and increased sharpness
  • Super Integrated Coating for reduced flares and ghosting and increased contrast
  • Stepping motor for fast and quiet autofocus suitable for both photo and video applications
  • Full-time manual focus override
  • Customizable Control Ring for manual focus, aperture, or exposure compensation
  • Electromagnetic aperture mechanism for greater exposure stability during fast bursts
  • Rounded nine-blade diaphragm for smoother bokeh

Check out the video above for Frost's full thoughts on the lens.

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Michael Kuszla's picture

I prebooked this tiny lens for a trip in Azores islands.
Light. Robust. Fast.

I do not find the same level of pro-titude you'll find on the S lens. Compared to the 35mm f1.8S and 50 mm f1.8S, the 40mm is bit less sharper, have a bit more of chromatic aberation, and when you get close (really close) to your subject, you get this circular bokeh that you'll find on some old russian lenses.

Even if the lens does not have a rubber joint near the mount, the lens sill weather proof: I went under heavy rain in Azores wihtout any drips inside the body.

However... This is far to be a problem, as the lens works pretty well and the versatility and the quality (both of the lens and image quality) is a dream. For a non-S lens, this is certainly a must-have.
Well Done Nikon!

If I keep my 35mm and 50mm for serious planned jobs, this 40mm is always with me on the go. I'm waiting for a good 28mm.

charles hoffman's picture

lens is 200 bucks
nikon z5 is now 1000 bucks

for 1200 dollars, you're shooting full-frame with ibis on a camera that has 95 percent of anything you'd want unless you're covering the nascar 500 for Redneck Quarlterly