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

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

Lens Summary

Brand: Nikon

Also Known As: Nikon 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G VR

Lens Type: Zoom Lens

Format: APS-C / DX

Focus: Autofocus

Lens Mount: Nikon F

Release Date: 2013-08-06

MSRP Price: $596.95

Made in: Thailand

Production Status: In Production

Lens Description: If you're looking for an outstanding grab-and-go lens - the kind you'll keep on your camera for nearly every situation - check out the new AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR. Optimized to draw full potential from Nikon’s high-resolution DX-format image sensors, it delivers beautiful ultra-sharp photos and videos with softly blurred backgrounds. Its versatile 7.8x zoom range (18mm to 140mm) lets you shoot everything from wide-angle family portraits to telephoto close-ups on the sports field. 4 stops of VR image stabliization means sharper handheld photos and video, especially when shooting in low light or at maximum focal length. You can even get as close as 1.48-feet from your subject for macro-style close-ups!

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

Lens Specifications
* Supplied accessories may differ depending on country or area 
Lens TypeZoom Lens
Focal Length18-140mm
Mount TypeNikon F
FormatAPS-C / DX
Compatible Format(s)DX, FX in DX Crop Mode
Compatible with TeleconvertersNo
Zoom Ratio7.8x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio0.23x
Vibration Reduction (Image Stabilization)Yes
Aperture Information
Aperture RingNo
Maximim Aperturef/3.5-5.6
Minimum Aperturef/22-38
Maximum Angle of View (APS-C or smaller format)76°
Minimum Angle of View (APS-C or smaller format)11°30'
Optical Information
Lens Elements17
Lens Groups12
Diaphragm Blades7
Extra-Low Dispersion Glass Elements1
Aspherical Elements1
Super Integrated Coat (SIC)Yes
Focus Information
Built-in Focus MotorYes
Silent Wave Motor (SWM)Yes
Internal FocusingYes
Minimum Focus Distance0.45 m/1.48 ft
Focus Mode SwitchAuto.Manual
Distance InformationYes
Filter Information
Filter Size67mm
Accepts Filter TypeScrew-on
Physical Characteristics
Weather / Dust SealingNo
Mount MaterialMetal
Dimensions78 x 97mm
Other Information
Available in ColorsBlack
Supplied AccessoriesLC-67 Snap-on Front Lens Cap 67mm, LF-4 Rear Lens Cap

Lens Construction

Nikon 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Lens Construction

MTF Charts

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Reader Interactions

User Reviews

  1. laurence rosenblatt
    June 6, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    just got the 18-140mm and a 70-200mm Nikon lens to be used with a D7500.

    the 18-140mm is perfectly balanced and a great on the D7500

    Pics are very good esp considering the coast.

    Is it as sharp as the Zeiss or Leica lenses I have used? YES! If you consider that Zeiss and Nikon have different
    color emphasis these Nikon lenses are fantastic!

    Also I am hard pressed to believe that any manufacturer has a separate lens manufacturing protocol for its native lenses- it would be too expensive- some are faster some are slower but Ill bet the formula for the glass is the same>

  2. Philip Heyes
    March 1, 2020 at 10:53 am

    The Nikkor 18-140mm is fine when it works well images are in focus – but when it does not work well the AF will have missed by a little to a mile and this I suspect is the reason why it is considered by many to be soft.

    At the closest focus distance on my D7100 AF Fine-Tune is not required, but by 5 feet or further out AF Fine-Tune of +7 is required to get a sharp images from the 18-140mm.

    If I’d had encountered these issues on a D3xxx or a D5xxx body that lacks AF Fine-Tune, I’d have returned the lens as defective in week one.

    On paper it does have such a convenient range of focal lengths, but the 18-140mm remains as the most unreliable & optically least capable lens in my collection. (vs 35mm DX, 18-55mm AF-P, 50mm f/1.8 AF-D ).

  3. Matthew Currie
    October 26, 2018 at 8:35 am

    My wife got this lens some years ago as the kit lens on a D7100, and now uses it on a D7200. It’s very sharp andwell behaved. I’m guessing that the issue with some examples may be variation in focus accuracy on cameras that do not allow fine tuning. I suggest that people having difficulty here try shooting in Live View and see if the sharpness improves, using a tripod and making sure the focus point is where it should be. The example I’ve tried needed no fine tuning and worked nicely on my D3200, but it is a bit lower quality construction than the pro lenses so it may vary more from one sample to another.

    I’ve tried various zoom lenses and so far the 18-140 beats my surprisingly good sample of the 18-55 noticeably, and my less than great sample of the 16-85 handily. I just got a new 16-80, which is supposed to be about the best thing there is, and my initial impression is that it about matches the 18-140 in sharpness but does not surpass it. If I did not crave the wide end in my walk-around zoom so much, I’d have gone for the relatively bargain-priced 18-140 long ago.

    I should mention that, apart from the good sample of this lens, the D7100 it came on (which is now mine) appears to be dead-nuts accurate in focus, and a camera that is not may cause woes that I have not experienced.

  4. Bob Curtiss
    October 1, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    I have two 18 – 140mm Nikon AF-S lenses…they produce phenomenal images on a D3300, D300, D1000, D5200 and two D7200s. The focus is fabulous across the zoom range and colors, depending on your vibrant setting in the menu are superb. I have never had a focus problem with these lenses and consider them awesome!

  5. Raveendran M
    July 21, 2018 at 4:50 am

    I have Nikon D5300 with Nikon AF-S 18-140mm lens. I am looking for a zoom lens which is around INR15K. Is it worth to buy a Nikon AF-P DX 70-300mm VR lens. Kindly advise.
    Raveendran M

    • Hemant Kumar Singh
      May 7, 2020 at 10:38 am

      Nikon AF-P Lensed are not compatible with D5000series bodies.

      • Nick
        June 4, 2020 at 8:14 am

        Not true. Works on d5300 and above.

  6. Fred Boccia
    November 8, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    This my first digital camera. The Nikon d7200 and the 18-140 lens are amazing. I covered my girl friends 70th birthday party, I took great pictures in various modes just like the pros. I love my camera and this great 18-140 lens.

  7. Neil le Nobel
    April 30, 2017 at 9:00 am


    I have read just about every article on this lens….what I have noticed is that when you use liveview and AF-S wide or normal autofocus the sharpness of the scene improves dramatically. I used a tripod, ISO 100, f/5.6 to f/8 and compared the results to AFS-S through the rangefinder. 99% of the shots take with liveview were sharper. It baffles me and I’m wondering if the normal phase detect autofocus in the camera needs tweaking. Contrast detection autofocus results are much better. Has anyone out there noticed this


  8. Ronald Hanesworth
    January 29, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Have you tried shooting RAW then processing it with View NX 2 that came with your camera (also free online it has all the correction you need including sharping and clarity

  9. suvle J Seeker
    January 25, 2017 at 1:06 pm


    I just received (Jan 24, 2017) My lens came in a white generic box with no papers and “made in China: imprint.
    Have I been duped ?

  10. vishal
    December 23, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Hi Nasim, I’ve always loved the way you’ve described other lenses in quit a good detail for even the lay man could understand the effect of the tech specs of a lense on it’s output. e.g the review about ‘Nikon 70-300mm VR Review’. I came to your website in search of a similar level review for this lense as well but was left dissapointed to find no such reviews. I would request you to give your reviews about this lense as well on similar lines. Thankyou in advance!!

  11. Atn
    November 3, 2016 at 1:01 am

    I have a Nikon D5300 camera
    Please advise is this lens compatible with the camera?

    • Amit
      November 21, 2016 at 10:27 am

      Yes its suited for Nikon D3xxx, D5xxx and D7xxx series.

  12. Rob Harding
    August 19, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    After the third attempt by Nikon to put mine right. I lost confidence in it and the camera. Sold it for a Pentax ks,2 and a sigma 17 to 50 f2.8 and the 50 to 200 Pentax. Both cracking lenses. Happy now.

    • JDR
      August 20, 2016 at 12:26 am

      I like that KS-2 the problem is availability in my country, i can’t find even a shadow of it. That’s why i have Nikon.
      Grood for you Rob!

      Happy Shooting!

  13. JDR
    August 19, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    i use this lens with D5500 at close up more often.. it is very good at it… landscape? i can’t even get sharp at 18mm. My solution is just ride its blurring, shoot close and blur the background. For landscape, get another lens. THIS IS ONLY MY OPINION.

  14. Johnny T
    December 8, 2013 at 7:45 am

    I have the d7100 and was using it almost exclusively with the 35 f1.8 with very satisfying results, not to mention the convenience of a relatively light weight system. I picked up the 18-140 recently after reading several reviews that emphasized the superior sharpness of the lens and how it is well suited to the new 24mp sensors. I was able to pick up a new “white box” lens (discounted because it was part of a kit that was sold separately) for only $450 Cdn. I am very happy with the lens. It truly is sharp throughout all its zoom range and as a non professional photographer it meets my needs for an all purpose walk around/vacation lens (I have the Sony RX100, which I love and is an amazing camera but I still prefer and enjoy lugging around the d7100 because vacations are my time to shoot–work keeps me too busy). The 18-140 impressed me most with its VR. If shooting inanimate objects, there is no need to throw on a flash or switch to my 35 f1.8. I am able to consistently get sharp results with the VR even beyond 4 stops. I can shoot an indoor scene hand held at night zoomed in to 140 mm at f5.6 with ISO 800 at 1/6 second with sharp results and acceptable bokeh. The only drawback remains the well documented distortion for which I have not yet seen a firmware release to correct it. Despite that, I am very happy with this lens at that price for my needs. At $600 I may not have been able to stomach the distortion and remain so satisfied.

    • J. Priest
      April 22, 2014 at 8:34 am

      Hi, are you saying they released firmware for the D7100 or firmware for the d7100 plus the 18-140 lens?
      I have this lens and when it works, it is great but often I feel like the images are not sharp. For landscapes it is great but for definition, I’m not so happy. Colors are beautiful though.I just can not pinpoint why I am having trouble. I’ve complained about this and searched for solutions. Still searching.
      I did one upgrade. I will search for answers

      • AutofocusRoss
        April 12, 2015 at 2:12 am

        Hi J Priest, I hope you get to read this, I only just found the article and your question.
        Nikon have still not (April 2015) released a firmware upgrade for the D5200 auto distortion, but I think you may mis-understand what the firmware is. It is simply an auto-correction of the pincushion and barrel distortion all lenses have, to some extent, with I think, Macro lenses being the exception, with most of them having zero or negligable curve.
        This firmware will not change definition or colour, it is simply to flatten a distorted image which has pincushion or barrel distortion, so that straight lines (in architecture or objects in the image like posts, train tracks etc) become straight again.
        There is an ‘auto distortion’ setting in most nikon cameras these days which uses the firmware to do the corrections. What went wrong though is that Nikon released the 18-140mm lens some time after they released the D7100 and D5200. I have written to Nikon twice, asking for a firmware for my D5200 which allows the auto-distortion to work with the lens – they have not bothered to reply, or release any firmware update, so on my camera, with this lens fitted, the Auto Distortion build into the camera, is greyed out on the menu, and is ‘not available with the current camera settings’ (in other words, with this lens fitted).
        Shame on Nikon!
        That said, this is a really great walk-around holiday lens, and if you take a tripod, it’s great for landscapes too, in low light, or, in bright light, the VR works perfectly. If you have an APS-C camera and don’t want to spend the cost of the camera body x 2 on a new lens, this is a great choice. The distortion can be easily fixed in Adobe Camera Raw, Lightroom, or DXo Optics Pro, the latter one detects what camera and lens was used and does this for you automatically (that is, DXo Optics Pro)
        If you want to get a pro level lens you could look at the Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 VC which has excellent press reviews and on the DXo Mark test site, it beat the Nikkor equivalent lens on Chromatic Abberaton and sharpness, when used on a D800. Not cheap, but 2/3rds the price of the $1800 Nikon!

      • duong
        August 31, 2015 at 9:35 am

        J. Priest
        I find the images from my D5300 len 18-140 are not sharp either, especialy under 70 mm
        If you find the solution, pls help! thank you

        • Rob Harding
          March 17, 2016 at 3:11 am

          Mine’s gone back to Nikon Twice. It’s soft at 18mm at infinity . I cannot get Nikon or the shop I bought it from to accept responsibility. I have also an old 24 120 non vr zoom which is miles better . I can’t afford to waste the money I spent on this dog

      • Ronald Hanesworth
        January 29, 2017 at 4:15 pm

        Have you tried shooting RAW then processing it with View NX 2 that came with your camera (also free online it has all the correction you need including sharping and clarity

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