To be completely honest, I haven't been taking many pictures but I'm trying to make myself do it even if I'm busy. Moving on, I bought the Nikkor 40mm about a week ago and it's been so interesting to see everything from a different perspective. I haven't done any portraits yet but I'm hoping to do a shoot with this sometime between now and Christmas.
- Maximum aperture of f/2.8
- Minimum aperture of f/22
- Macro ability
- Manual and manual/autofocus focusing
- Has Af-S (Silent Wave Motor)
Putting aside the f2.8 aspect of the lens, the main feature is obviously the macro capability. This is the main reason I bought this lens because I personally have always been more partial to close-ups as opposed to landscapes and general wide-angled images. Focusing is quite fast but sometimes it does miss the mark every now and again. There is a manual/autofocus switch on the side of the lens which allows you to easily switch between the two but there is also a fully manual option.
I took ring as a test shot to see how close I could go up to it and to test the sharpness. One thing I did encounter was that if you moved even a little bit, sometimes the focus would go off. I think that's true for most macro lenses.
I used natural light by putting this on a window sill to light it properly and you can look at the EXIF info for the rest of the shooting information. One thing that should be noted is that if you have to focus a certain amount out then it will automatically go up to f/3.3 and above so you have to keep an eye on it
Apart from that I really like this lens. It allows me to have a new perspective without spending extortionate amounts (for a student anyway).