Its a proper macro going to 1/1 magnification, that combined with its 40mm means you will have to be just a couple of cm away from the subject to get that form of mag. Even with the 105mm macro the closest distance is only something like 32cm but that is not 32cm from the front of the lens.
This makes shooting very close up macro of bugs and insects a little bit more frightening!
Optically it is claiming great performances and I would not doubt that in anyway at all. All macro lenses are phenomenal in terms of optical performance.
This is a DX only Lens,
That means it is smaller and cheaper and lighter.
It is an AF-S so it will work on every camera, from the cheapest to the most expensive,
It will also have a fast and silent focusing.
Price … that is still to be seen but in america it is claiming under 300dolla.
But why go for this and not get a 100+-mm Macro and would I recommend this over getting something like the Nikon 50mm f/1.8 af-s or the 35mm f/1.8 which are both brighter by over a stop (meaning you can have a shutterspeed just over twice as fast, ie the 2.8 gives you a speed of 1/50th the 1.8 gives you a 1/120th)
Its a beginners lens…..
What the hell does that mean? what is beginner about it? its price? its DX only-ness?
The kit lens is a beginner lens but this is optically fantastic and could be use by any professional using a DX crop body. The only thing that makes it a beginner lens is what I suspect professionals just wouldnt buy it no matter how cheap or optically good it is. That makes trying to sell this lens afterwards a touch difficult.
This lens is too close in focal distance to the 50mm, and the 35mm. Its not as bright as either.
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