Nikon DX VR AF-S Nikkor 18-140mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM IF Aspherical review

According provided by lens Nikon DX VR AF-S Nikkor 18-140mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM IF Aspherical many thanks to Andrey Ivanov.

Nikon 18-140mm VR

Review Nikon 18-140mm VR

Nikon 18-140mm VR was introduced in the summer of 2013 as a replacement for the obsolete Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-135mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM IF Asphericalreleased back in 2006. I suspect the 140mm focal length was dictated by the need to accurately distinguish the new '18 -140 VR 'from the old '18 -135', which turned out to be not the most popular lens.

Main technical characteristics of Nikon DX VR AF-S Nikkor 18-140mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM IF Aspherical:

Review Instance Name Nikon DX VR AF-S Nikkor 18-140mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM IF Aspherical
Basic properties
Front Filter Diameter 67 mm, plastic thread for filters
Focal length 18-140 mm, EGF for Nikon DX cameras is 27-210 mm
Zoom ratio 7.8 X (usually rounded to 8)
Designed by for digital cameras Nikon DX
Number of aperture blades 7 rounded petals
Labels focal lengths for 18, 24, 35, 50, 70, 140 mm, bayonet mount mark and hood mounts
Diaphragm 18 mm from F / 3.5 to F / 22. 140 mm from F / 5.6 to F / 38. The lens is deprived of the aperture control ring, control is via the camera menu (G - lens type)
MDF (Minimum Focus Distance) 0.45 m over the entire range of focal lengths, maximum magnification ratio 1: 5
Stabilizer features 4 stops by CIPA standards. The stabilizer monitors the movement of the camera while shooting panoramas.
The weight 490 g
Optical design 17 elements in 12 groups, including

  • 1 aspherical element (aspherical elements are shown in blue on the optical diagram). The presence of aspherics is indicated on the case with the inscription 'Aspherical'.
  • 1 low dispersion element (shown in yellow on the optical diagram). The presence of such elements is indicated on the body by the abbreviation 'ED'.

optical circuit nikon 18-140

Image of optical circuit clickable

Lens hood Nikon HB-32, bayonet type, plastic, the following lenses use the same lens hood:

Transportation With a soft cover CL-1018
Manufacturer country Thailand, inscription on the lens: “MADE IN THAILAND”. Important: since 2016 the lens has been produced in China.
Period From 2013 to the present day (at least until 2017)
Instructions View–>
Price

It is interesting to note that the Nikon 18-140mm VR only has one aspherical element in its optical design, while the old Nikon 18-135 has two. You can view and compare optical schemes in the section about 'Optical design for all Nikon DX lenses'.

Since the Nikon 18-140mm VR has a built-in focus motor, it is perfect for any Nikon DX class camera. The lens itself can act as “lens for all occasions“. True, for versatility you will have to pay low aperture.

Nikon 18-140mm VR Side View

Nikon 18-140mm VR Side View

Autofocus speed is average, almost exactly the same as that of Nikon 18-200mm GII VR, Nikon 18-200 VR, Nikon 18-300 / 3.5-5.6 VR, Nikon 18-300 / 3.5-6.3 VR, Nikon 18-135 и Nikon 18-105 VR, if we compare the focusing time from infinity to MDF and vice versa (analysis can be carried out on video from the network). Of all the Nikon DX zoom lenses, it only focuses noticeably faster Nikon 16-85 VR, Nikon 17-55 и Nikon 18-70. Funny but even the simplest lenses Nikon 18-55G, 18-55GII, 18-55 VR, 18-55VRII still focus a little faster than Nikon 18-140mm VR.

The autofocus speed at 18 mm focal length is slightly faster than 140 mm. A decrease in the auto focus speed with an increase in the focal length is common to almost all super-zooms Nikon DX.

View Nikon 18-140mm VR at 140mm

View Nikon 18-140mm VR at 140mm

The lens has internal focusing, which makes it possible to use light filters without any problems. The front lens also does not rotate when zooming. But the rear lens moves when zooming and creates the effect of a “vacuum cleaner”. The zoom ring is rubberized, wide and easy to operate.

The minimum focusing distance is only 45 см. This is a very good indicator for super-zoom, and allows you to shoot objects close-up, with a magnification of approximately 1: 4.3.

The lens has a 'A-M' focus mode switch, exactly the same as previous lenses: Nikon 18-135 и Nikon 18-105 VR. Sorry but the lens does not support continuous manual focus control Nikon M / A.

The 'A-M' switch in this lens is non-standard. Normally, in all lenses equipped with such switches, manual focus cannot be performed in 'A' mode. But here is what the manual says for Nikon 18-140mm f / 3.5-5.6G:

Manual focus can be performed even if the AM lens mode is set to A. Set the camera to focus on AF-S and press the shutter-release button halfway to autofocus. Then, while holding the shutter-release button halfway, manually rotate the lens focus ring to fine-tune the focus. Note. Do not try to rotate the focus ring while the autofocus function is operating. When the autofocus function completes, release and press the shutter-release button halfway again.

Thus, in AF-S mode, after successful focusing, you can still rotate the focus ring to adjust the focus or refocus it. Unfortunately, such a property is only a miserable semblance of a full-fledged regime M / AM with the possibility of constant manual focus control.

You can find more information about lenses with a similar feature in the section Focus Features 'A', for some Nikkor lenses with the 'A-M' switch.

Nikon 18-140mm VR rear view

Nikon 18-140mm VR rear view

It's a pity, but, unlike more advanced lenses, Nikon 18-140mm VR, apart from focal length markers, does not have any useful designations, such as focusing distance or depth of field.

Enlightenment of the rear lens of the Nikon 18-140mm VR lens

Enlightenment of the rear lens of the Nikon 18-140mm VR lens

Made lens in Thailand. There are no complaints about the assembly. Very good, which, unlike Nikon 18-105 VR и Nikon 18-135The new lens has a metal mount. The lens from this review is new, and therefore I have not yet observed a spontaneous loss of a trunk under its own weight, perhaps such an ailment will never occur in the lens. But still, a small drawback is the lack of a hood in the package, which will have to be purchased separately. Nikon 18-140mm VR uses the HB-32 lens hood exactly the same Nikon 18-105 VR, Nikon 18-70 и Nikon 18-135.

Enlightenment of the front lens of the Nikon 18-140mm VR lens

Enlightenment of the front lens of the Nikon 18-140mm VR lens

The lens has a built-in image stabilizer and a dedicated 'VR ON OFF' switch to turn it on and off. The stabilizer works fine, I have no problem took off without grease at shutter speeds of 1/60 second and 140 mm of focal length. When turning on and off, the stabilizer emits quiet clicks.

View of the Nikon 18-140mm VR lens on the ZK

View of the Nikon 18-140mm VR lens on the slam-shut device

Nikon 18-140mm VR tried to do well, it has good sharpness, but chromatic aberration is not so good. The lens noticeably suffers from distortion (especially at 18mm, the gallery has examples of photos with curved walls) and vignetting on open apertures. In backlight, it can easily catch glare. I did not find anything outstanding or serious flaws in the lens.

The parameters shown in the photo gallery:
Everything is filmed on Nikon D80 using protective filter fox Digital SC UV 67mm. On camera JPEG L fine without treatment, reduced size to 3 MP. Everything was shot in N (Neutral) Picture Control. Noise reduction function is disabled at slow shutter speeds, noise reduction function at high values ISO - 'Norm' or 'Off'.

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

Optical design AF-S DX18-140mm f 3.5-5.6G ED VR Nikon

In my opinion, the Nikon 18-140mm VR can be a worthy replacement for staff members from the category 18-55 / 3,5-5,6, but change to it Nikon 18-105mm VR I don’t see the point. Yes, and the newcomer is still a little expensive. The advent of Nikon 18-140mm VR can satisfy those who need focal length Nikon 18-105mm VR 'few', and Nikon 18-200mm VR - roads. I almost never met Nikon 18-140mm VR as a complete lens for modern cameras and I think that it is much more profitable to buy a kit with Nikon 18-105mm VR... My rating of stock Nikon DX zoom can be found in the 'Choosing a Nikon Camera and Lens'.

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An accurate list of all Nikon DX Nikkor lenses

  1. 10.5 mm/ 2.8G AF Fisheye [gold ring]
  2. 35 mm/1.8G AF-S
  3. 40 mm/2.8G AF-S Microphone
  4. 85 mm/3.5G AF-S VR Microphone
  5. 10-20 mm/4.5-5.6G AF-P VR
  6. 10-24 mm/3.5-4.5G AF-S
  7. 12-24 mm/4G AF-S [gold ring]
  8. 16-80 mm/ 2.8-4IN AF-S VR [gold ring]
  9. 16-85 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR
  10. 17-55 mm/2.8G AF-S [gold ring]
  11. 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S [black / silver]
  12. 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6GII AF-S [black / silver]
  13. 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR
  14. 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6GII AF-S VR
  15. 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-P
  16. 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-P VR
  17. 18-70 mm/3.5-4.5G AF-S
  18. 18-105 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR [Thailand / China]
  19. 18-135 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S
  20. 18-140 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR [Thailand / China]
  21. 18-200 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR [Japan / China]
  22. 18-200 mm/3.5-5.6GII AF-S VR
  23. 18-300 mm/3.5-5.6G VR
  24. 18-300 mm/3.5-6.3G VR
  25. 55-200 mm/4-5.6G AF-S [black / silver, Japan / China]
  26. 55-200 mm/4-5.6G AF-S VR
  27. 55-200 mm/4-5.6GII ED VR
  28. 55-300 mm/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR
  29. 70-300 mm/4.5-6.3G AF-P
  30. 70-300 mm/4.5-6.3G AF-P VR

Results

Nikon DX VR AF-S Nikkor 18-140mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM IF Aspherical turned out to be a worthy super-zoom. Such a lens is suitable for most photo tasks and will be damn useful on vacation or outdoors.

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Comments: 411, on the topic: Review of Nikon DX VR AF-S Nikkor 18-140mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM IF Aspherical

  • Vlad

    Friends, tell me, is there any point in taking 18-140 with 18-55 vr and 70-300? Will he give a gain in sharpness in any range? Carcass d5600

    • Vitaly N

      Will give convenience. And lighter compared to 18-55. More convenient to travel than 2 lenses. With him, probably 70-300 will often lie unclaimed.

      • Vladislav

        With him, probably 70-300 will often lie unclaimed. I wouldn’t say that. 18-140, although a universal zoom lens, from a wide angle to a zoom, it is very far from a telephoto lens. 70-300 is binoculars, and they can see and photograph much more at long distances than with an 18-140 lens. These two lenses have different purposes, and to say that 70-300 will be unclaimed, in my opinion it is stupid.

        • Vitaly N

          Do you have similar lenses yourself? And I have. Large focal lengths are rarely needed in real life. air 210 is still a teleband and quite a lot, and higher is needed in rare cases. Having 18-140 you think - do you need to carry 70-300 with you if it will still be in your bag?

      • Ssirman

        I didn’t notice that it was lighter. On the contrary, 18-55 seemed to me lighter on the stop and macro it takes better pictures.

  • novel

    Does it make sense to change 18-135 to us 18-140 to improve the parameters of ISO? D7000 carcass is not enough in the premises

    • Vitaly N

      The exact same dark lens, only better and with a stabilizer. The stabilizer will certainly help to increase the shutter speed and lower the ISO, provided that you are not photographing people. And so - a flash to help or a fast fix.

  • Alexander

    Interestingly, did anyone compare with the more expensive 16-80? Strongly he loses to him, or comparable?

    • Nikita

      It seems like 16 80 is significantly better

      • Denis

        but according to tests on the Internet with examples of photos, at a wide angle it is much inferior to the old 16-85
        well yes the long end is superior

  • Alexander

    Is it suitable for Nikon D3100?

    • Vitaly N

      Yes

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Suitable for

  • Vitaly B

    I work with Tamron 18-200. From the pics, I noticed a more interesting drawing from the presented Nikon. True, it’s difficult to judge, because carcasses are different. I'm using the D5300. Objectively, there is an opinion that focal lengths work only up to 130 mm. Yes it is. Verified personally. But, there is a need for 200 mm.

    • Valery A.

      The question is - what is, focal lengths work fine (abnormal)?

  • Vitaly N

    Does anyone use a 39-16 HB-85 lens hood on this lens? For some reason, the ordered duplicate snaps crookedly. Differences in blends or a feature of Chinese manufacture?

  • Nicholas

    Hello! I am looking for zoom for Nikon crop. Options Nikon 16-85 and Nikon 18-140. My desire is the sharpness of the frame!

  • splin11

    Hello! I ask for your help, I bought a Nikon DX VR AF-S Nikkor 18-140mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM IF Aspherical lens from Avito. Obviously, I do it with hands, it seems that the glass is so scratched that the pictures are cloudy (I wiped the lens, wiped it), of course, I pull it out in the FS, but can I do something so that the pictures are not so dark? Or is it a property of this lens?
    I have 55-200, and then it is not so dark (so I think, maybe it is scratched, it is not visible to the eye ... Just do not swear, but if you can tell me.
    Thank you

    • Michael

      So cloudy or dark? An example would be nice

      • splin11

        I can't attach a photo, it throws it out of the site, what should I do?

      • splin11

        It turns out it was necessary to reduce the size of the photo)))

    • B. R. P.

      How can you suggest something without seeing either the lens or the photos taken by it ?! Give us something already.

      • splin11

        Barely added a photo)

    • splin11

      Thank you)

      • Specialist

        The darkness of the lens is unclear. Did you shoot with the 55-200 lens under the same conditions? By turbidity, you mean the blur of objects that are not in the depth of field? For the open aperture in the last two shots, the quality for this lens is normal. If you want more objects in depth to be sharp (fall into the depth of field), close the aperture to 10 or more, but at the same time the shutter speed will become very long, there will be smudges from the movement of hands and from the movement of objects, the way out is an inexpensive flash that can puff into the ceiling for TTL, i.e. on the machine.

        • Michael

          There and in the grip everything was soapy and there was a flash - there was no shake. The right side of the frame is sharper than the left and center

        • splin11

          Thank you so much! You answered in such detail, let me ask you one more question, already about the video on this camera (I have a Nikon-1) ... due to the lack of a video camera, I shoot the holidays in kindergarten on a camera, tell me if there is any trick so that focus does not run out during shooting? Still, it is not clear on the display, I only see how the squares are running ((((... Sometimes I take it off, but on my computer I am completely out of focus ... Please tell me how best to shoot video with Nikon-5100 with this lens?

          • Michael

            Focus, then press the AE-L (AF-L) button at the back. You can change the function of the button to AF-ON in the Custom Settings item f2, then autofocus will turn on only when you press this button.

            • splin11

              Guys, thank you all the more for your help! You helped me a lot!

            • splin11

              You know, it's still not entirely clear to me how to correctly change the focus in video mode, is it possible to zoom in or out of an object during shooting and focus on it? It's hard to judge by the screen. In order not to get into a mess at all, you have to shoot from the same distance, but you really want to zoom in to better see the emotions of children ...

              • Michael

                You can try zooming in with autofocus enabled in AF-C mode. If not, then by hand. Or close the aperture a little, so that at different focal points the object does not fall out of focus

        • splin11

          Thank you very much for the tips, they helped me a lot! I have an inexpensive flash, but somehow I did not feel its help in poor lighting ... if you puff at the ceiling, which is very high in kindergarten, then there is no sense, and if you tune directly to the children, then they all wash away with tears (there was bitter experience ...)

    • Michael

      He fell on the march. Pictures are NOT normal. Something cannot be done - you need to carry it for repair

      • Michael

        Yes, it is also possible that the rear lens is very dirty (this is the one on the side of the camera). If it has not been wiped, then it is worth doing it

        • Novel

          In an amicable way with a special lens. If not, use an ear stick. Front and rear lens. To better remove the fat - on any candle, collect the soot on a tablespoon and wipe it with this soot. This is atomic carbon, the same carbon used on all LensPens - it removes these impurities well and does not scratch the glass. Just be careful. But I agree, the lens shoots like a tilt-shift, tilted to the left, DOF is not flat. The lenses are clearly displaced after falling.

        • Novel

          Ugh. "For a good special lens" - for a good special pencil. I read the message and realized that it was not clear. Ear stick - plastic, cotton wool on both ends. There is soot on the spoon. We collect black soot from a spoon with this stick and blow it over the dirty lens, then brush away the collected dirt with the clean end of the stick, blow it off. Everything is very neat. Fingers and injuries on the rear lens contribute most to the sharpness of the picture.

          • splin11

            Thanks everyone for the help! I'm afraid of wiping the lenses from the side of the camera, what if I'll make it even worse? Maybe you should buy what special means? We have nothing, well, order on the internet, right? I'm afraid to breathe on mirrors, not like vazyukat with a cotton swab)))

            • splin11

              Maybe wipe it from this side? Tell me please

              • Michael

                Here, wipe with a cotton swab. Do not touch the camera itself

              • Novel

                Front and rear objective lens, yes. If you do it carefully, only with a cotton part, everything will be fine. You can do it without soot, but grease from fingerprints sticks to it well, cleaning is faster. There are special pencils called LensPen. They can consist of two parts, on the one hand a brush, on the other - something like a porlon with carbon on it.

              • Novel

                https://www.takefoto.ru/articles/svoimi_rukami/991_chistka_obyektiva_kopotyu - here is a detailed instruction.

            • Michael

              There is nothing to do here

          • splin11

            Thank you very much! So many people tried to help me - it's very nice, I learned a lot from the explanations!

  • Vladimir

    I wonder why Avito is full of ads for the sale of 18-140 in almost new condition. Maybe someone in the know?

    • Ivan

      It is quite possible that many lenses were standard lenses included with cameras and the owners did not really need them. And since the price of a bundled lens is lower than separately, there is a hope to sell it at a higher price.

    • Victor

      For the same reason why it is full of almost new condition and 18-105, and 18-55.

  • Dima

    Arkady welcome! Tell me if it makes sense to buy it with 35k mileage. for 7250 rubles? Doesn't fold under its own weight. The whole. A set, except for a bag + a hood from China. There is a whale of the third version and fifty dollars. Thank you!

    • Ivan

      Explain how mileage in the number of frames taken affects lens wear?

      • Aleksey68

        the degree of wear of the AF drive motor and the diaphragm drive can be estimated. a number of new canon ef lenses have counters for the number of times the AF motor is turned on and the number of aperture actuations.

        • Ivan

          It's clear. You can also turn the focusing ring for days until the rubbing elements are completely worn out. The question is that the questioner indicated a mileage of 35 frames. If you follow the logic, then after 000 frames the lens can be safely thrown away?

          • Aleksey68

            I do not know. I asked kenon and nikon about the optics resource, but they did not answer anything intelligible. except for the self-evident - its resource is 10 years, which is directly written on it.
            By the way, manual focusing can also be purely electronic. so just turning the focus ring (with the optics off) will not lead to anything))

            • Ivan

              Well, how does it not lead, if you connect it to the electric motor through the pressure roller, then you can scroll all the moving elements into the trash.
              And 10 years, indicated on the label, is to the problem of "tin mustache":
              https://alex-avr2.livejournal.com/211190.html

              • Aleksey68

                I think everything is much simpler. a regular change of technique is needed to increase the blachable state of the production))
                from there, the legs of a poor-quality shutter canon 6d, an erasable optical ruler canon 85 1.8 and so on grow.
                “Planned obsolescence” is a reality in our life.

              • Ivan

                Well, “limited product life” is an old song. Capitalism has not been canceled. And the problem of tin crystallization is a real thing. NASA conducted research after short circuiting in instruments due to this phenomenon.

              • Aleksey68

                about tin whiskers, of course, I know everything. we take this into account when developing.

          • Victor

            To be honest, I didn't see the logic of why exactly 350000, and not 150 or not 500, let's say, however, the frames are different, and in different conditions. In any case, the mileage of the lens does not say practically anything by itself, but the appearance and the picture that the lens gives out can already say a lot.

            • Aleksey68

              the manufacturer did not give me a clear answer for what the operating time counters were introduced. and what their values ​​are. maybe they are collecting statistics.
              although in many lenses it is not the motors that are subject to greater wear, but the helicoid position sensors - the optical ruler for the kenon and the magnetic sensor for the nikon.

            • Ivan

              I just multiplied by a factor of 10. I'm talking about this and say that the mileage does not matter, as Dima pointed out in his question. You can take a million shots in the studio and the lens will be in perfect condition. And you can drown, drop, stain, and so on in the first trip.

              • Victor

                Of course, it does not have it directly, especially since you cannot check the mileage on this lens.

            • Novel

              I get the impression that some citizens have done whatever they can think of with lenses. We counted the frame counters, measured the distortion, learned to clean and repair, measured, and tweaked the support. Only they didn't shoot anything.

              • Aleksey68

                I didn’t shoot, because this is not interesting to me at all. I had a purely engineering interest. received authorization and satisfied him.

              • Ivan

                Some more speedboosters played.

              • Novel

                Ivan, oga. A very strange curiosity, I saw many Western fans of technology, but it did not turn into an end in itself. I can still write off my interest in professional deformation, but when these inquiries, these pangs of choice, the analysis of hundreds of variables, so that “here's my worn-out cabinet, on it books, an icon, a dim lamp - tell me why I have such noise in the shadows on my still life ”. And then the lens on the shelf. Well, why?

              • Aleksey68

                2Roman
                reply to the last message.
                I have never had the agony of choice or desire to ask such strange questions.
                there was a list of questions, the answers to which were interesting to me. I did not ask anyone, for it was obvious that the answers to them would not be freely available. and therefore took a number of actions, and gained access to classified information, service documentation and hardware and software. having received answers, he stopped further research.
                now, from time to time, I repair their photo junk for friends. It's easy for me, but they are pleased and economical))

              • Victor

                2Roman, yes, in general, everything is just like everywhere else, in F-1, too, someone got to drive the cars, and someone turned the wheel nuts in the pit stop zone, there is nothing reprehensible in this.

              • Victor

                Of course, this does not apply to medium-format lovers of cats with railway tracks.

              • Novel

                Cats with a pewter mustache.

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