Nikon D40 Lens Compatibility.

Those are just lenses that I have and own at the moment, a lot more lenses can be used with this camera but I’m just going to make a recommendation from those lenses that I have.

The Nikon D40 does not have a build-in Autofocus motor for AF lenses to Autofocus.

AF-S Lenses are required for Autofocus.

Compatible Lenses AF-S, AF-I: All Functions Supported.

IX NIKKOR Lenses Cannot be Used.

Non-CPU: Can be used in mode M, but Exposure Meter does not Function; Electronic Rangefinder can be used if Maximum Aperture is f/5.6 or Faster.

Other AF NIKKOR/AI-P NIKKOR (Excluding lenses for F3AF): All Functions Supported Except Autofocus and 3D Color Matrix Metering II.

Other Type G or D AF Nikkor: All Functions Supported Except Autofocus.

Lenses for D40 Required for Autofocus.

An image sample taking with the Nikon D40 using all of my lenses 
is coming soon.

AF-S Lens Required for Autofocus

Compatible Lenses AF-S, AF-I: All Functions Supported.

Lenses for D40 Required for Autofocus.

Nikon 50mm 1.8G. I Recommend for D40.

Nikon D40 with Nikon 50mm 1.8G lens.

Nikon 50mm 1.4G.

Nikon D40 with Nikon 50mm 1.4G.
Nikon D40 with 50mm 1.4G @ f/2.2 Shutter speed 1/500s with amazon flash on the left side of the camera and Godox trigger, this is my son and his eyes are in focus and very sharp, the picture is JPG and straight out of the camera, I shoot in B&W, I love this photo the B&W straight out of the camera can be very B&W film-like especially when shoot like this.

Nikon 20mm 1.8G.

Nikon D40 with Nikon 20mm f/1.8G. = 30mm on Nikon D40.

Nikon 60mm f/2.8G. I Recommend for D40.

Nikon D40 with Nikon 60mm f/2.8G lens. = 90mm on the Nikon D40.

Nikon 85mm 1.8G.


Nikon D40 with Nikon 85mm f/1.8 lens. = 127mm on the Nikon D40

Sigma AF 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM.

Nikon D40 with Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM.

Nikon 18-105mm G AF-S DX.

Nikon AF-S 18-135mm G IF-ED.

AF-S Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR. I Recommend for D40.

Nikon D40 with a 24-85mm lens. = 36-127mm on the Nikon D40.

In my opinion, this lens is probably the best all-round zoom lens for the money, what I mean is this lens is better than how much money it cost, this is one of the most used lenses that I have.

Nikon D40 with 24-85mm @ 24mm – f/8 – 1/250s ISO 200
Nikon D40 with 24-85mm @ 35mm – f/8 – 1/200s ISO 200
Nikon D40 with 24-85mm @ 24mm – f/8 – 1/50s ISO 200

Sigma 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM. I Recommend for D40.

Nikon D40 with Sigma 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM.

This lens is good for wide-angle shots, cityscape photography, and interior shots, what I have learned over the years is the good value of a wide-angle lens.

Nikon D40 with Sigma 10-20 DC HSM, Shutter speed 1/500s - f/4 - ISO 200 - 10mm - the photo is straight out of the camera.
Nikon D40 with Sigma 10-20 DC HSM, Shutter speed 1/500s – f/4 – ISO 200 – 10mm – the photo is straight out of the camera.
Nikon D40 with Sigma 10-20 DC HSM, Shutter speed 1/125s – f/8 – ISO 200 – 14mm – the photo is straight out of the camera.
Nikon D40 with Sigma 10-20 DC HSM, Shutter speed 1/80s – f/11 – ISO 200 – 10mm – the photo is straight out of the camera.
Nikon D40 with Sigma 10-20 DC HSM, Shutter speed 1/125s – f/11 – ISO 200 – 12mm – the photo is straight out of the camera.

The Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD SP.

Nikon D40 with Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 G1.
Nikon D40 with Tamron 70-200mm Di VC USD SP, Shutter speed 1/1250s – f/9 – ISO 200 – 112mm – the photo is straight out of the camera.
Nikon D40 with Tamron 70-200mm Di VC USD SP, Shutter speed 1/800s – f/3.5 – ISO 400 – 200mm – the photo is straight out of the camera.
Nikon D40 with Tamron 70-200mm Di VC USD SP, Shutter speed 1/1000s – f/3.5 – ISO 400 – 200mm – the photo is straight out of the camera.
Nikon D40 with Tamron 70-200mm Di VC USD SP, Shutter speed 1/800s – f/7.1 – ISO 200 – 70mm – the photo is straight out of the camera.
Nikon D40 with Tamron 70-200mm Di VC USD SP, Shutter speed 1/500s – f/5.6 – ISO 200 – 165mm – the photo is straight out of the camera.

You have Autofocus and full support with those lenses above with the Nikon D40 camera.

The reason I recommend these lenses, the image quality from them is good and works well with the Nikon D40 camera.

AF-D lenses.

Autofocus is NOT available with AF-D lenses on Nikon D40 (Manual focus only) but you will have an exposure meter, I can use the flash in TTL and use Auto ISO.

AF-D lenses.

Nikon 50mm 1.4D.

Nikon D40 with Nikon D50mm 1.4 D.

Nikon 50mm 1.8D.

Nikon D40 with Nikon 50mm f/1.8D lens.

Nikon 60mm 2.8D Macro.

Nikon D40 with Nikon 60mm f/2.8D Macro lens.

Nikon 35-70mm 1:3.3-4.5D

Nikon D40 with 35-70mm f/1:3.3-4.5D lens

Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DI LD Macro.

Nikon D40 with Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DI LD Macro Lens.

Sigma 70-300mm F/4-5.6 APO Macro D 5-Pin.

Non-CPU lenses can be used in M mode, but the camera exposure meter will not function.

Non-CPU lenses can be used in M mode, but the camera exposure meter will not function.

AI-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8S pancake lens. I Recommend for D40.

Nikon D40 with 50mm pancake lens
Nikon D40 with Nikon 50mm pancake lens. = 75mm on the Nikon D40.

Nikon Nikkor – S Auto 1:1.4 f=50mm Nippon Kogaku.

Nikon D40 with Nikon NIKKOR – S Auto f/1.4 Kogaku.

Nikon 50mm 1.2 AI-S lens.

Nikon D40 with 50mm f/1.2 AIS lens.

HELIOS-44-2 with Nikon / M42 lens mount.

Nikon D40 with HELIOS-44-2 58mm lens.

If you like to use older lenses then you need to control the camera completely manual, shutter – ISO – aperture all manual, and if you are going to use the flash it needs to be manual also, It’s not so hard to do and can be fun sometimes.

The aperture number is not showing, but that’s okay as long as you can see the shutter speed number than you can shoot.

And even if you have the camera on Auto ISO the camera will only use manual ISO.

Aperture is always controlled by the lens on older lenses anyway.

This is what shows on the camera screen when I try to use the flash in TTL mode when I’m using NON-CPU lenses.

I need to use the flash also manual.