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4.0 out of 5 stars Optically good lens that's a solid upgrade or day trip lens, 23 April 2014
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This review is from: Nikon AF-S DX 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens - Black (Electronics)
I was quite interested to try this lens out as I've used the equivalent ones from Canon and Sony (18-135mm)
I also owned the "super kit" 18-105mm Nikkor which was quite good (my copy anyway) but struggled a bit with newer high resolution sensors.

Overall the lens is better than I expected, but has a few compromises as all "bigger zoom" lenses tend to. But importantly I feel these don't detract from a very decent offering from Nikon here (and the price is much more sensible right now)

Summary of good and bad

Pros:
+ Very useful 27- 210mm equivalent (7.8x zoom) very handy for a general purpose lens
+ Price is much more appealing over initial release (it's pretty fair for what you get)
+ Lens sharpness is good esp central region across the focal range even at 140mm f5.6 (it's surprisingly sharp here)
+ Build is fine for a lens in this price range, plastics are of reasonable quality and about what I expect.
+ Has a metal mount
+ Front element does not rotate during focus or zoom
+ AF is fast and quiet, it's a good bit speedier than the older 18-105mm I had (which was about average)
+ Fairly decent close focus ability at 1:4.2 magnification (140mm end) 0.23x or (0.45m) which isn't bad at all. It's not a genuine macro by any means but good enough for closer focus work
+ CA isn't a serious issue mostly well controlled
+ VR performance is strong as expeced around 3.5 - 4 stops
+ Full time manual focus with Nikon's AF-S AF motor

Cons:
- Fairly hefty distortion at the 18mm mark (not unexpected for a lens like this)
- Pincushion is notable moving up the zoom range from about 40mm and is still fairly visible at the 140mm mark. I do feel it's not as strong as the 18-105mm was at the tele end though. This can be corrected in camera or later in post
- Vignetting an issue at the wider end and at F3.5, stop it down to around F5.6 it mostly clears up, also at the tele end too (you can correct this in camera for jpeg or via software)
- Extreme corners don't quite reach the same level of central sharpness (which is really excellent), stopping down does help a bit here. This is a common compromise on lenses of this range (same on the Canon and Sony lenses I've used). I don't think it's a serious issue (they are not super soft or blurred)
- Focus ring could be a bit tighter (small bit of play)
- 67mm filter size isn't a common one
- No lens hood included, should be really for the price (HB-32 hood is the one you are after same as the 18-70/18-105mm etc)

Other notes:
VR mode is simply on/off no setting for "active" for panning etc, not a huge problem but worth a mention
No zoom lock is provided, if zoom creep is an issue later on hard to say the zoom feels quite stiff

The 18-140mm isn't a light lens (490g) making it a bit heavier than the Canon/Sony equivalents. Still it's a "lot" lighter than the 18-300mm and 18-200mm lenses, of course less range but there are some important advantages.

Optics wise, the lens is significantly sharper then the 18-55mm kit lens (esp for 16/24mp sensors), it's also a solid step up over the older 18-105mm (which started to struggle with 16mp and higher sensors) All things being equal I think that the range covered is big enough for many users and for a one fits all general purpose (some say walk about) lens.

It's also a better lens in my view than the 18-200mm and 18-300mm lenses (and much more appealing price), and better overall in terms of optics. You get less range, but importantly less compromises. It's able to maintain good image quality and sharpness across the range which is something neither of the other lenses can really manage (both have some notable weaker focal lengths)

At the newer more sensible price, this is a good lens that many users will find very useful to have. Obviously it's not a fast lens, and won't replace your faster primes for lower light work, I'd just put that 35/50mm f1.8 in the bag if you need it. But for out and about shooting, general purpose or as a super kit upgrade it's well worth a look.
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Initial post: 19 Jun 2015, 06:17:14 BST
5 cantonas says:
Great review mate, thanks for taking the time

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Posted on 24 Sep 2015, 18:04:18 BST
A says:
Hi, read your review and went out and got the lens. I'm new to photograph so I don't know if I'm being stupid. When I zoom in the picture is totally out of focus. Am I doing something wrong?

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Sep 2015, 00:01:57 BST
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In reply to an earlier post on 26 Sep 2015, 12:15:38 BST
A says:
Hi. I'm using the D3200 which is compatible. When I zoom I can't even take a picture as the image is too distorted and out of focus. If you could assist I'd really appreciate it.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Sep 2015, 22:10:42 BST
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Posted on 7 Aug 2016, 20:42:40 BST
ArtUR says:
Thank you for sharing your review of main features and weaknesses of the lens. It helped me a lot to make my mind up. Now I'm a happy owner of the Nikon AF-S DX 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR! As I enjoy my new lens for some time now I can see how your observations and conclusions are accurate. Thank you!

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Posted on 17 Aug 2016, 13:28:14 BST
Atomspheres says:
It will be my first lens and body but should I go for this or the 18-105 for my first camera?

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