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

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laurence rosenblatt

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>

Philip Heyes

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 ).

Matthew Currie

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.

Bob Curtiss

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!

Raveendran M

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

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


Not true. Works on d5300 and above.

Fred Boccia

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.

Neil le Nobel


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


Ronald Hanesworth

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

suvle J Seeker


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 ?


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!!