Nikon has just launched a new lens designed for your needs. Called the AF-S DX Micro-NIKKOR, a $279.95 40mm f2.8 macro lens, the AF-S DX Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G.
Taking into account the APS-C magnification factor, the lens has the same effective angle of view as a 60mm lens on a full-frame camera. Other key specs include the ability to focus as close as 6.4 inches and a 7-blade iris. It uses Nikon’s version of a quiet focusing motor so it should be good for shooting video as well.
It lines up next to the cheaper 35mm f1.8 (about 52.5mm equivalent) in Nikon’s lens lineup, which is cheaper, but which can’t focus as closely. It sounds like a nice addition, especially for small product photography, such as jewelry.
The AF-S DX Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G Lens is compatible with any DX-format DSLR and is available now. It will set you back $279.95. Find out more on the Nikon website.