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Lens review

Nikon Nikkor Z 40 mm f/2.0

26 November 2021
Maciej Latałło

11. Summary

Pros:

  • very good resolution in the frame centre,
  • negligible longitudinal chromatic aberration,
  • slight lateral chromatic aberration,
  • practically zero distortion,
  • low astigmatism,
  • slight vignetting on the APS-C/DX sensor,
  • sensible performance against bright light,
  • silent and accurate autofocus.

Cons:

  • blurry edges of the frame near the maximum relative aperture,
  • significant vignetting on full frame,
  • a bit too high coma,
  • both mount and barrel made of plastics.
It seems the Nikon's approach to a 'prime for a beginner' problem is rather minimalistic. They cut corners so to speak and, as a result, we get a lens with a construction and performance similar to the older Nikkors 1.8/50. Mind you, the new lens's build quality is inferior, its standard accessory kit - very modest, and still it is 2-3 times more expensive than the older devices. Cheap optics of good quality? It seems those days are definitely over...

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Of course it doesn't change the fact that, nevertheless, the Nikkor Z 40 mm f/2 might be a joy to use as it is able to take sharp, crisp photos. Compared to its system 1.8/35 and 1.8/50 brothers it will also allow you to save a lot of money.