Nikon Nikkor 18-140mm f3.5-5.6 ED VR lens review: Accessible, portable and high performance

By Kevin Carter - Wednesday October 16 2013

Lens Review
Introduction | Nikkor 18-140mm f3.5-5.6 ED VR lens performance | Nikkor 18-140mm f3.5-5.6 ED VR versus competition | Conclusion
Nikon Nikkor 18-140mm f3.5-5.6 ED VR lens review: Accessible, portable and high performance

In our recent round up of lenses for the high-resolution 24PMix Nikon D7100 we revealed that the earlier Nikkor 18-135m f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED ‘super-zoom’ was the best of its type.  We’ve now had the opportunity to analyze the optical performance of its successor, the new stabilized Nikkor 18-140mm f3.5-5.6 ED VR model.  Read on to see how well the combination performs.

When we analyzed the optical performance of the earlier Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED on the new Nikon D7100, we discovered that the modestly priced ($480) ‘super-zoom’ was the best in its class. Since then we’ve had the opportunity to put the latest version of that lens, the stabilized Nikkor 18-140mm f3.5-5.6 ED VR model through our usual tests in our labs.

At $600, the new model caries a price premium over the similar looking 2006 version. But, it does now feature built-in optical image stabilization, in addition to the usual ultrasonic type AF motor. It also has a more durable metal mount over the plastic type found on the older model.

The new version retains internal focusing (IF) and includes a fairly complex optical construction. It consists of 17 elements, arranged in 12 groups with one ED glass element and one element with an aspherical surface for chromatic aberration correction. 

While the new model is larger (78x97mm vs. 73.5x86.5mm) and heavier at 490g (vs. 385g), in other respects 18-140mm and earlier model are similar. Both focus down to 0.45m regardless of focal length, and have seven aperture blades with a rounded opening and share the same 67mm filter diameter. 

Nikkor 18-140mm f3.5-5.6 ED VR lens performance

Nikkor 18-140mm f3.5-5.6 ED VR versus competition

Conclusion