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Nikon 40mm macro lens


is the nikon 40mm macro lens worth looking at i have a 60 and 105 for canon but looking for a better than kit lens for nikon d33 or d51

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bornstupix2 2 90 1 France
7 Jun 2019 9:10PM
Its a good lens but the working distance to the front element at closest focus distance is useless for bugs etc....I have an old 105mm F2.8 manual focus nikkor which I love to use...the lack of af at very close distances is not a great problem for me.
thewilliam2 2 1.3k
7 Jun 2019 10:23PM
You can always use an extension tube with that 105mm f2.5 and the tubes are reasonaby priced on Fleabay.
LenShepherd 11 4.0k United Kingdom
23 Jun 2019 8:18PM

Quote:You can always use an extension tube with that 105mm f2.5 and the tubes are reasonaby priced on Fleabay.

Some yes - some no - depending on what features you want to use.

Cheaper "dumb" tubes do not AF and may not meter or stop down the aperture.

The Kenko type with 7 contacts AF with the 2 short tubes but do not AF reliability with the longest tube. Meter works though. A UK price is in the region of 125.
A weakness with the Kenko tubes is the ones for both Nikon and Canon "droop down" when the longer tube is used - not ideal for anything other than central sharpness.

The Nikon solution is a TC-E converter. Provided you do not expect focus to work well with focus starting at infinity to be OK for 1:1 focus distance, AF is quite good with a 1.4 Nikon converter.
thewilliam2 2 1.3k
24 Jun 2019 10:12AM
Len, that 105mm f2.5 is good old-fashioned manual-focus and the AI and AIS versions work well with the PK13 series tubes.

The AF 105mm Nikon lenses come in f2.8 or f1.4
LenShepherd 11 4.0k United Kingdom
24 Jun 2019 11:41AM

Quote:Len, that 105mm f2.5 is good old-fashioned manual-focus and the AI and AIS versions work well with the PK13 series tubes.

The AF 105mm Nikon lenses come in f2.8 or f1.4


Sorry - I missed the thread had deviated from a 105mm f2.8 to the 105 f2.8 MF.
bornstupix2 2 90 1 France
24 Jun 2019 12:07PM
Probably the deviation is down to me....(not the first time I`ve put my hands up for that)...but I use a manual focus micro nikkor 105mm f2.8 on a spare dslr body and also with a nex adapter on my sony a6000....the point being the working distance at max magnification is far more useful than any 40mm or 50mm/60mm macro.....The lens in question actually out perfoms my very expensive 105mm f2.8 ED af Micro Nikkor as auto focus is more of a hindrance with close focus for me.....sorry if I confused any one.


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