Back in 2006, Ian started this thread: Wanted 40mm Nikon DX macro lens. Today, that is reality. You can find photo.net's preview here, including Nikon USA's official press release: http://www.photo.net/equipment/nikon/lenses/40mm-f2.8-af-s-dx-micro/preview/ This is Nikon's fourth DX lens that has a fixed focal length, following: 10.5mm/f2.8 DX fisheye, obviously a specialized lens and the only DX lens that is not AF-S 35mm/1.8 DX AF-S, a very popular standard lens that is fast and affordable. 85mm/f3.5 DX AF-S VR Micro, another dedicated macro lens for the DX format Essentially, the 40mm/f2.8 DX AF-S Micro re-creates, for DX, the same angle of view as the 60mm/f2.8 AF-S Micro for FX. Based on the specifications and Nikon's press release, it seems clear that the primary design objective for the new lens is affordability. At $279.95, the price is definitely not high, and it can give you 1:1 macro by itself. However, unlike its bigger brother the 60mm/f2.8 AF-S Micro, the new lens has no nano coating, no ED elements and no aspheric elements. Therefore, it'll be important to verify its optical performance. The new lens weights 9.9 oz (280 grams). With a weight so light, it is clear that the barrel is mainly plastic. I find the plastic barrels on similar small lenses such as the 35mm/f1.8 DX AF-S and 50mm/f1.4 AF-S sufficient. Nikon confirms that the lens mount is metal. Here is the link to Nikon USA's official information: http://www.nikonusa.com/Nikon-Produ.../2200/AF-S-DX-Micro-NIKKOR-40mm-f%2F2.8G.html Please keep in mind that I have not seen that lens in person yet. It is scheduled to go on sale in late August with a suggested price of US$279.95.