Nikon has developed several small, light, and relatively inexpensive prime lenses for their mirrorless Z cameras. I’ve been shooting with several of them.
The one I’m focusing on here is the 40mm ƒ/2. It’s probably the closest in the current Nikon Z range to a nifty fifty. It’s small, light, relatively fast, and relatively inexpensive.
There are three other 50mm primes, but they’re significantly larger (the ƒ/1.2 (which is also much more expensive) and the ƒ/1.8 (which isn’t really that much bigger)) or more of a macro lens than a “standard” lens (the 50mm ƒ/2.8 MC).
I’ve previously posted reviews and sample images with several of these lenses:
I also have the 50mm ƒ/2.8 MC, but I haven’t posted anything from that just yet.
But here I’m focusing on the 40mm ƒ/2. I’ve posted a detailed hands-on review of it already. It’s a solid choice as a general walking-around lens, especially for street photography or travel photography. It’s not a surprise that it is one of the kit lens options for the Nikon Zf, a camera that seems purpose-built for that kind of photography.
The sample images below were shot on a Nikon Zf and a Nikon Z8. Those cameras both have basic corrections for issues like lens distortion and vignetting in-camera, and I’ve left those settings on their default ON positions.
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Nikon Z 40mm Sample Photos
The purpose here is to include a variety of scenes under different conditions that might visually show some strengths and weaknesses of the lens and to give a general sense of the field of view it gives.
Many of these were shot wide open, in part because that’s how I often shoot, and in part because if I’m using a fast lens, I want to take maximum advantage of that.
And, as you can see, I’ve been shooting a combination of color and black and white with it (the Nikon Zf is especially well suited to shooting black and white). I’ve also found it great for candid family shots, but I haven’t included those here.
You can click on each image for a full-size version for a closer look.
Price & Availability
This lens comes in two versions: the regular version, which is what I have, and a special edition that has more retro exterior styling but is otherwise optically the same.
Nikon has set the MSRP at $299. Which is something of a bargain for what you get. And you can often find them used for closer to $200.
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