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NikonAF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens
 
4.5

(based on 84 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (54)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (44)
  • Easily interchangeable (35)
  • Consistent output (29)
  • Lightweight (25)
  • Durable (24)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (6)
  • Heavy (4)
  • Blurry focus (3)
  • Weak casing (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (41)
  • Weddings (24)
  • Sports/action (20)
  • Wildlife photos (20)
  • Low light (19)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (34), Semi-pro photographer (10), Casual photographer (7), Pro photographer (6), Photography student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (57), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Super Zoom all in 1

A decent lens that covers a lot of ground. I got this for travel and backpacking.

PROS: good image quality across the zoom range, small, light, compact, no lens...Read complete review

A decent lens that covers a lot of ground. I got this for travel and backpacking.

PROS: good image quality across the zoom range, small, light, compact, no lens creep, metal mount, 5yr warranty, manual focus override, easy 1 finger focus, low CA, and good VR system. This lens works well for just about any situation and makes a great travel lens. Not superior in any aspect, but very good in all areas.

CONS: Zoom ring is tight, perhaps to avoid lens creep. Not ideal for video, like all all-in-one lens' it has a lot of distortion on both ends. But it's easily corrected in camera and LR5. Harder to correct in video software. Also, no lens hood.

Only regret is, I didn't get it as a kit with the D7100. Below is a panning shot using the VR at 70mm 1/20 sec, ISO 100, f/27. ND filter was used. Also, a Panorama of the Strip shot from the edge town about 15 mils away at 140mm, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/2 sec on a tripod.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

OK lens - convenient tele range

This isn't a bad lens, but it's not the best lens in my kit. It's nice and light compared to most of my other lenses, and the telephoto range is hard to beat...Read complete review

This isn't a bad lens, but it's not the best lens in my kit. It's nice and light compared to most of my other lenses, and the telephoto range is hard to beat especially if you want to travel relatively light. Sharp enough, especially in the middle, fast enough and nice and bright. A little soft in the corners, some noticeable CA in certain conditions (purple fringes on bare trees against a burned-out winter sky), and loads of distortion. Some flare shooting right into the sun, but not necessarily unattractive, although it loses contrast. As of right now my D7100 doesn't correct the distortion in-camera (I'm sure there will be a firmware upgrade) but DxO Optics Pro software corrects it. The distortion doesn't bother me since it is easily correctable. Hasn't yet been calibrated by PT Lens, but the author will calibrate it if somebody sends him the images. I haven't gotten around to it yet. As part of a package deal, this lens was inexpensive, and I knew what I was looking for - a good enough lens as a casual walking-around lens. In my opinion, that's what this is. If you are looking for the best lens for your 24mp DX format camera, this isn't it, but to replicate the range with the best image quality you need a collection lenses, and much higher cost. I would not recommend this lens as your primary option for the best image quality from a 24mp camera, but I would recommend it as a convenient lens option in a kit that includes some higher quality lenses for your most important pictures. As long as you know what you are getting and you are OK with it (I am), then it's fine, especially if it is heavily discounted like mine was.

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4.0

Good portrait lens and all around lens

By Troy

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

Great portrait lens when you are set up in a single location (for background) and can zoom to fit different sized subjects.
Only 4 stars due to wide angle not that sharp for large groups even @ 5.6 which seems to be the sweet spot for this lens

 
4.0

I continue to use Nikon for almost half a century! PH

By Peter

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

Exactly what expected from Nikon. An easy to use lens for fast street photography.

 
5.0

Fantastic Versatile Lense!

By Sophie

from Undisclosed

Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

This is a geat lense for those who do a variety of different kinds of photography. A great purchase.

 
5.0

Great lens - love the zoom range...

By David

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

Great lens - really like the range this gives. Haven't found a soft lens hood that doesn't vignette at the 18mm side, but still looking.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I really like this lens. I should have bought it long ago.

By johnp

from Haddonfield, NJ

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

This is a great walk around lens for Nikon 7100. It is a little fuzzy at the edges sometimes, but it can handle 95% of my needs. Size and weight are convenient.

 
5.0

Very versatile.

By picstoryguy on Instagram

from Vero Beach, FL

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

Very versatile. With higher ISO now available on my D7200 I can get by nicely without f/2.8 although I can't separate subject from bg. So, I'm very satisfied with the lens and especially the lower price.

(11 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Do not expect sharpness

By Leo

from São Paulo, Brazil

Verified Reviewer

Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

It's a good value lens, no doubt.
Very convenient because of its zoom range and light weight. It's useful in situations when I can't bring a whole bunch of lenses or when I'd rather not take my expensive gear.
On the optical side, though, it's very poor. Not very sharp at all, some very noticeable chromatic aberration, bokeh is not the smoothest I've ever seen... I bought it together with a new camera, and I actually had to double check if the sensor or focus motor was defective in any way. I have lenses from the 1980s that make sharper photos. Maybe I got a bad copy... but maybe not.
ACR does help a lot with the CA and the sharpness, but it's still nothing compared to a more expensive lens. What did I expect, paying so little on such a seemingly versatile lens?

 
5.0

I would buy this lens again!

By Bob

from Morganton, NC

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

Great lens! I wanted a lens that would give me a larger range and flexibility. This lens does that.

 
5.0

awesome lens

By PD NYC

from NYC

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

Bought this with a D7100 body. I've used it with VR off and on. In low light, VR has helped a lot with photos. VR always helpful with video. In normal daylight, I've usually switched VR off. The lens is heavier than a typical 18-55 but lighter than some non Nikon lens I tried before buying this one.

 
5.0

Love these lens!

By B

from Westchester Ny

Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

I have ny forst camera with my d5300 and I love it! Excellent lens

 
5.0

Great lens!

By Hydro

from Ohio

Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

This is my first lens I purchased and love it for a all around lens.

(20 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Adequate with good points

By Rip

from Southwest Colorado

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Blurry Focus

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery

Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

I was looking for a good, all-in-one, walk-around lens for my D7100. I have a D700 with lots of big, heavy, fast, sharp, expensive lenses, but needed a lens for the lighter D7100 when distance and conditions dictate only a single body and lens. After perhaps a hundred exposures over a range of conditions and subjects I think this is an adequate but much less than wonderful lens.

GOOD: Reasonably compact and light for its range of focal length and aperture. 18 to 140mm is very good for almost all general walk-around scenes. The vibration reduction is quite good and the on/off switch is conveniently located. Vignetting is acceptable at all focal lengths and apertures with only a single filter attached. Foreground focus(in front of the focus spot) is quite good and surprisingly deep. Construction seem substantial.

LACKING: The optics. Practically speaking, this is a 24 to 140, f/8 to f/16 lens. Most of the time you will be disappointed outside this range. The focus near the edges of all frames is very soft. This is true at all focal lengths and apertures and is awful at 18mm. There is a noticeable improvement to "almost acceptable" at 22mm and to "adequate" at 24mm. Stopping the lens down to f/8 makes a huge improvement in overall sharpness at all focal lengths. On the flip side diffraction is quite pronounced at apertures smaller than f/22 and is really only eliminated at f/16. Given the good foreground focus, I have discovered that overall focus is improved by focusing slightly beyond a centered subject. Edge softness is visibly improved by such fudging.

I recommend this lens with reservations. It's a good lens if you can live with the consumer-level optics.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Go to lens!

By nan

from KY

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

      Great lens for a variety of needs. My go to lens when I want to travel light but have options for whatever photo opportunity arises. Beautiful focus for reasonably priced lens.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      All-in-one SO easy to use

      By Bknl

      from Gilbert, AZ

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography
        • Sports/Action

        Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

        Just got this lens & am so excited to break it in!!! Love how easy B&H are to work with.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Good lens

        By Ashley

        from Chicago, IL

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

        One of the best affordable zoom lenses out there.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Worthy lens!

        By kam

        from spokane wa

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

            This is a great lens to have on your camera when you just want to deal with one lens all day. I used it on a recent walk and loved shooting wide and close ups.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Better than expected

            By Wineoceros

            from Healdsburg, CA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Weak Casing

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

            Nice image quality, not too bulky (for the very useful range). Sure, there are even longer ranges available, but then you really have to start thinking about how big a lens /camera combo you really want to be carrying around. Thought about the 18-105, but that really wasn't a noticeable weight or size savings over this lens. Only real downside is this is a "plasticy" lens- not the silky smooth zoom and focus of a classic Nikor. OTOH, if it gets damaged by moisture/dust in the field, it is less expensive than some rain jackets! Distortion is corrected with one click in Lightroom.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens by Nikon

            By Zvikush

            from Brooklyn, NY

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                I love it, just the right zoom range

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                Great 'all around' lens

                By Jim

                from Texas

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                  This is a great all around or general use lens to have especially when traveling.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Awesome lens

                  By Cherie

                  from Jonesboro, AR

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Sports/Action
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                    Beautiful work thru this lens. It is a great range for weddings, some sports and my family pictures. I'm happy with this purchase.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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