Nikon AF-S DX 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR review

The Nikon AF-S DX 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR kit zoom lens for DSLRs works well for travel photography

Nikon AF-S DX 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
(Image: © Nikon)

Digital Camera World Verdict

When you’re on walkabout or travelling, it pays to take a single lens that suits most shooting scenarios. With a generous zoom range of 27-210mm in full-frame terms, this DX lens for Nikon’s APS-C format DSLRs covers most eventualities. Supplied as a kit option with some of the company’s mid-range DSLRs, this lens also makes a wise buy in its own right, thanks to good overall performance and image quality, and effective 4-stop optical stabilization.


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    Generous zoom range

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    4-stop Vibration Reduction

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    Compatible with older DSLRs


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    Lackluster edge-sharpness

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    Noticeable color fringing if uncorrected

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    HB-32 hood sold separately

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The Nikon AF-S DX 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR is by far the largest of Nikon’s kit zoom lenses for DX format DSLRs and is also 2.5x to 3.5x the weight, at 490g. The main contributing factor is its upsized zoom range, which stretches from 27-210mm in full-frame terms. Two concentric inner barrels physically stretch the length of the lens to achieve this, although focusing is fully internal.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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