All you need is one macro lens, which can shoot small objects up close, and the expressive possibilities available to you will increase by leaps and bounds. Here, let’s take a look at the AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G, which is a great pairing with the compact D5600.（Photo and report by Noboru Sonehara）
FL: 40mm (equivalent to 60mm in FX/35mm format) / Aperture-priority Auto (F/3.2, 1/500 sec, EV+0.3)/ ISO 400 / WB: Auto 1
The lens boasts outstanding depictive capabilities during close-up shooting, starting from the maximum aperture. Having such a lovely, creamy background bokeh makes the primary interest of the image stand out well.
FL: 40mm (equivalent to 60mm in FX/35mm format)/ Aperture-priority Auto(f/5.6, 1/160 sec)/ ISO 800/ WB: Auto 1
As macro lenses generally have amazing depictive capabilities, they are great for photographing food as well as casual street photographs. This lens has a 60mm film-equivalent picture angle, which gives just the right width, and results in minimal distortions, making it suitable even for casual use.
The AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G provides an FX/35mm format equivalent focal length of 60mm and is capable of producing life-size images. The other macro lens available for DX format cameras is the AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR, but in terms of size, the compact AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G pairs better with the small, lightweight D5600.
To make the best of the lens’ short, 0.163m minimum focusing distance, be bold and shoot closer up than you usually would with other lenses. You will be rewarded in the form of a sharp image of your subject, standing out in clear relief against a rich, creamy background bokeh, in a style that is possible only through close-up shooting.
Many people have the impression that macro lenses are only for shooting close-uup images, but that is not the case at all. As macro lenses have very high resolving power, they are also ideal for photographing a wide variety of subjects including landscapes, portraiture and street photographs. Both the bokeh quality you get at maximum aperture and the sharpness of the image you get at minimum aperture are so outstanding that you certainly will enjoy the feel of having full control over the aperture setting.
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Born in 1971. After completing postgraduate studies at Shinshu University, he worked at a video production company and then went freelance as a photographer. He mainly shoots for various magazines, and also writes for camera information magazines. His photo exhibitions include "Inside the Walls of Istanbul".