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

With a very good overall DxOMark lens score of 16 points, the new model doesn’t disappoint. In fact, the overall image quality is similar to the previous iteration, but with an 11P-Mpix score for sharpness on the Nikon D7100 the new model has improved sharpness levels. As a result, this is the sharpest ‘super-zoom’ for Nikon DX format cameras in our database, and one of the best optical performers of its type.

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR6001611
Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 G IF-ED4801610
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR2700159
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR999159
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR365148
Sigma 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Nikon16591410
Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED300138
Nikon  AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED 849138
Tamron AF 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Aspherical [IF] Macro Nikon1334137
Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS Nikon370138
Nikon AF VR Zoom-Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED1665137
Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM Nikon529128
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR1050127
Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM Nikon399128
Tamron AF 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical [IF] Macro Nikon 600116
Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC Nikon250116
Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Nikon649117

Distortion can be a problem in a high-ratio zoom like this, but at 0.7% Nikon as done well to keep it under control. Vignetting and chromatic aberration are also well controlled. However, when set to 18mm chromatic aberration is noticeable in the extreme corners at all apertures. Shading is also visible at both ends of the zoom range, again in the furthest corners of the frame.