In brief

Ever wanted to enter into the world of macro photography but thought the lenses were too expensive? Nikon photographers are in luck with the announcement of the 40mm f/2.8G, a reasonably priced lens with, from what we can see on the spec sheet, great shooting performance.

Being a macro lens it can shoot and focus as close as 16cm from the subject at a 1:1 ratio. This is a DX lens, meaning it's designed for the crop sensor cameras in Nikon's range such as the D3100 and D5100. On a full-frame camera, the focal length is equivalent to 60mm. Being a lens denoted with the "G" label, the 40mm has no aperture ring. It comes with manual/auto focusing modes accessible via a single switch. It differs from the other DX macro lens in the range, the 85mm f/3.5G, as it has a faster maximum aperture, is smaller and comes without image stabilisation.

The 40mm will be available from 25 August at an RRP of AU$449.