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Nikkor 18-140mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR hints at mid-range DSLR

By dpreview staff on Aug 6, 2013 at 04:01 GMT
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Nikon has announced the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR, a mid-level standard zoom that looks a lot like a kit lens waiting for a camera. The 7.8x lens, designed for APS-C DSLRs, covers a 27-210mm equivalent range and includes the latest VR image stabilization system, rated as offering four stops of stabilization, according to CIPA standard tests. It will sell for around $600 / £580 / €620 and will not be bundled with any current Nikon DSLRs. We're not convinced many users will spend so much money to gain a little reach over their existing kit lens, leading us to suspect there may be a body on its way that will match its enthusiast-friendly ambitions.

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Press Release:

NIKON’S NEW AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140MM F/3.5-5.6G ED VR LENS AND SB-300 SPEEDLIGHT HELP PHOTOGRAPHERS CAPTURE THE BEAUTY IN EVERY SHOT

Versatile New DX-format Zoom Lens and Compact Speedlight Help Photographers to Creatively Capture with Clarity and Precision

MELVILLE, N.Y. (August 6, 2013) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the new AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VRlens and the compact SB-300 Speedlight, both versatile and exciting tools to help capture amazing images and HD video. Ideal for shooting everything from portraits to landscapes, the 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR presents a great zoom lens option for DX-format D-SLR users. Sporting Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization, users will be able to capture sharp handheld photos and videos in a variety of shooting scenarios. The SB-300 provides a compact and easy-to-use adjustable Speedlight option for photographers who want to explore creative lighting at an affordable price point.

“Nikon’s system accessories are designed to let the user capture their memories in vibrant detail and tell compelling stories through imagery and HD video,” said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc. “While the new 18-140mm lens presents a versatile and powerful lens option for DX-format shooters, the SB-300 Speedlight introduces the benefits of flash photography to a wide range of users, specifically those who use either Advanced Performance COOLPIX or D-SLR cameras.”

The 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR: A Versatile Zoom Lens for DX-Format Shooters
A valuable and practical asset for everyday photographers and enthusiasts, Nikon’s newest lens features a 7.8x zoom range that helps capture beautiful images and HD video from a variety of focal lengths. Whether shooting portraits, landscapes, travel or architecture, the 18-140mm offering delivers astounding image quality when shooting wide-angle or far-away telephoto. Equipped with VR image stabilization, the lens also features four stops* of VR image stabilization, helping to ensure sharp photos and video even in low-light situations or while handheld.

The AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens is built upon core NIKKOR technologies designed to render photos and HD video with the utmost clarity and color reproduction. Constructed with one ED glass element and one aspheric lens element, the 18-140mm lens sports a seven-blade diaphragm for natural image blur and a Silent Wave Motor (SVM) that provides quiet and precise AF operation. Additionally, photographers can operate the lens using one of two focus modes, M/A (AF with manual override) and M (manual) for complete control.

The SB-300: Illuminate Creative Possibilities
The SB-300 Speedlight is small enough to fit comfortably into a shirt pocket yet it is built for the user looking to take flash photography to the next level. Providing more power and coverage than a built-in flash, the versatile and portable SB-300is a simple and valuable lighting accessory compatible with both Nikon D-SLR and Advanced Performance COOLPIX cameras. This new Speedlight covers a wide-angle 18mm in DX-format and operates via simple on-camera controls, making it easy for beginner photographers to use light to their advantage.

The SB-300 tilts up 120 degrees, allowing for the use of creative bounce flash to soften shadows and diffuse the flash, resulting in more flattering portraits and even exposures.  For additional convenience, the firmware is upgradable through supporting D-SLRs, and this Speedlight is powered by two AAA batteries. Additionally, the SB-300features thermal cut-out protection to prevent overheating when capturing rapid flash images in succession.

Price and Availability
The AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VRlens will be available in late August 2013 for suggested retail price (SRP) of $599.95**. The SB-300 will also be available in late August 2013 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $149.95**. For more information on NIKKOR lenses and accessories as well as other Nikon products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

*Based on CIPA Standard. This value is achieved when DX-format compatible lenses are attached to a DX-format digital SLR camera and zoom lenses are set at the maximum telephoto position.
**SRP (Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time

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

Principal specifications
Lens typeZoom lens
Max Format sizeAPS-C / DX
Focal length18–140 mm
Image stabilisationYes (VR)
Lens mountNikon F (DX)
Aperture
Maximum apertureF3.5 - F5.6
Minimum apertureF22.0 - F38.0
Aperture ringNo
Number of diaphragm blades7
Optics
Elements17
Groups12
Special elements / coatings1 ED (extra-low dispersion) glass element, 1 aspherical lens element
Focus
Minimum focus0.45 m (17.72)
Maximum magnification0.23×
AutofocusYes
Motor typeUltrasonic
Full time manualYes
Focus methodInternal
Distance scaleNo
DoF scaleNo
Physical
Weight490 g (1.08 lb)
Diameter78 mm (3.07)
Length97 mm (3.82)
Zoom methodRotary (extending)
Power zoomNo
Zoom lockUnknown
Filter thread67 mm
Tripod collarNo
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Comments

Total comments: 191
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bryand7k
By bryand7k (7 months ago)

Well .. i tested one in a store with some outside shots against some others. Wasn't impressed but then I am a pixel peeper. I thought the Sig 17-70 might work but ended up with a Tamron 17-50 VC

0 upvotes
bryand7k
By bryand7k (7 months ago)

KR has a review of it. http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/18-140mm.htm

0 upvotes
Bearkite
By Bearkite (7 months ago)

Am repeating bryand7k's request... Anyone actually own this lens yet?

Am still using the 18-135 kit lens I got with my D80 and am looking to upgrade. Upgraded my body to D7000 last year.

Have been looking hard at the various f2.8 zoom offerings from Nikon/Sigma/Tamron... But am suffering from budgetary nerves every time I look (especially at the Nikkors) considering I'm going to have to buy 2 lenses to try and cover the same range as my current lens.

This looks to be a nice stop-gap with the addition of VR. Am wondering if this lens is still using the plastic mount that my 18-135 was noted for.

0 upvotes
Anno514
By Anno514 (7 months ago)

I hope I could find a test review of this lens before the end of the month as I am trying to take advantage of the special price of the package of Nikon D7100 + 18-140mm (kit lense). My original plan was to go D7100 + 16-85mm.

0 upvotes
ZRXBILL
By ZRXBILL (7 months ago)

I'm in exactly the same boat. I'm wanting the D7100 with the 16-85 but if this is as good I would go with it for the added reach.

0 upvotes
bryand7k
By bryand7k (7 months ago)

ok ... anyone bought this lens? No reviews yet to be found. If its as sharp as the 18-135 without most of the issues then I'll be buying it.

0 upvotes
marha
By marha (8 months ago)

This lens is what I was looking for to complete the d7100 bunch. Acompanied with 10-20 and 70-300 it's all I need. And sorry. I'm only an amateur.

0 upvotes
Devendra
By Devendra (8 months ago)

"hints at mid-range DSLR" "We're not convinced many users will spend so much money to gain a little reach over their existing kit lens, leading us to suspect there may be a body on its way that will match its enthusiast-friendly ambitions."

Nikon is more suspenseful than M Night.

Bring it on-NIKON! ;)

0 upvotes
the Mtn Man
By the Mtn Man (8 months ago)

So... are there really people out there saying, "That Nikkor 18-200 is a decent lens, I guess, but I wish the focal length was shorter at the long end."

What niche is this lens supposed to fill, exactly?

2 upvotes
Josh152
By Josh152 (8 months ago)

The "I use the lens that came with my camera" niche.

0 upvotes
omga14
By omga14 (7 months ago)

The 18-140mm is a few dollars shy of being half the price of the 18-200mm. For a budget hobbyist like myself this little matter of money greatly sways my liking of a new product. I will reserve judgement on this lens until I see pictures taken with it and a few reviews.

Comment edited 21 seconds after posting
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Mike99999
By Mike99999 (8 months ago)

This is roughly the same range as the RX-100 lens and at a similar equivalent speed. Why all those dumb people keep dragging their D90/D7x00 around with these slow zooms is beyond me. An RX-100 slips into the smallest of pockets and takes the same pictures, if not better.

The DX system needs f/1.4 primes and f/2.8 zooms, if not it's a pointless system.

3 upvotes
Sean65
By Sean65 (8 months ago)

A camera in a pocket has no use.
The mindless DSLR bashing you indulge yourself in suggests you are confused.
"...dragging..." You're either severely undernourished or just weak.

1 upvote
KAR-I
By KAR-I (8 months ago)

$599.95 and 629€ in Europe !!
Is it really so different from 18-105?!

0 upvotes
snegron2
By snegron2 (8 months ago)

Unfortunately not a sign of a D400.If so, it would have been a faster lens.

0 upvotes
Mrrowe8
By Mrrowe8 (8 months ago)

Smart business move and nice lens over all .. Like or not its done deal and I 'm pretty sure Nikon doesn't care what most of the haters have to say .. It a fine lens to add and most people want a zoom lens ..

1 upvote
opiecat
By opiecat (8 months ago)

ring type ultrasonic motor? for a kit lens?

0 upvotes
Xentinus
By Xentinus (8 months ago)

for a €620 lens*
maybe the question should have been "(probably) plastic mount for a €620 lens??"

0 upvotes
Caleido
By Caleido (8 months ago)

@ Xentinus It's obviously metal.

0 upvotes
ruicarv79
By ruicarv79 (8 months ago)

WTH?
The first question that pop out my mind was: why?
What about an update for the big, heavy and old Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8G?
Or a new f/4 lens?
Or a f/2.8-4?
Helloooo?
Clearly seems to me that this was made to compete with Canon's 18-135... It's 5mm longer! What a selling point!

0 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

image quality may be slightly better than Canon.
I don't need this lens but may think about a Sigma version,
like 18-115/1.8-3.5

0 upvotes
G Davidson
By G Davidson (8 months ago)

Well the 18-105mm 'standard mid-level kit lens' was designed back in the days of 12mp sensors. Even on my D5100 it's noticeably soft.

0 upvotes
ruicarv79
By ruicarv79 (8 months ago)

18-105 soft? At what focal distance and where in the frame?
I find it remarkably sharp for a lens of its class, especially between 18-50mm.
Can you indicate a better zoom lens for your D5100?
The 18-105 is a wonderful zoom lens but obviously it doesn't have the IQ of a prime lens. Any prime lens will pop up better detail, regardless the pixel count of the image sensor.

1 upvote
snegron2
By snegron2 (8 months ago)

Those extra 5mm will be what many salespeople will be using in their sales pitch at Best Buy for the new D5300.

0 upvotes
G Davidson
By G Davidson (8 months ago)

Maybe soft is the wrong word if we are just talking about, say edge definition. I find there is a lack of micro-contrast and 'pop', or detail like you say. The images just seem flat and lifeless compared not only to my primes, but also to my Tamron 17-50mm. I find the 18-55mm VR kit lens also has more dynamic, vibrant images. I never owned one, but judging by samples the original 18-70mm was a much better performer, too.

Of course, the 18-105mm has a much greater zoom range than any of these and might be doing well for it but I wonder how much better a consumer zoom can get? Nikon's lens technologies have moved on and so has the competition. Also, I've heard the 18-135mm was a very nice lens, lacking only VR capabilities. So I can see this, potentially, offering a significant IQ advantage to the 18-xxx VR lenses before it. On the other hand it might just be the slight iteration most here seem to be expecting.

0 upvotes
G Davidson
By G Davidson (8 months ago)

Maybe soft is the wrong word if we are just talking about, say edge definition. I find there is a lack of micro-contrast and 'pop', or detail like you say. The images just seem flat and lifeless compared not only to my primes, but also to my Tamron 17-50mm. I find the 18-55mm VR kit lens also has more dynamic, vibrant images. I never owned one, but judging by samples the original 18-70mm was a much better performer, too.

Of course, the 18-105mm has a much greater zoom range than any of these and might be doing well for it but I wonder how much better a consumer zoom can get? Nikon's lens technologies have moved on and so has the competition. Also, I've heard the 18-135mm was a very nice lens, lacking only VR capabilities. So I can see this, potentially, offering a significant IQ advantage to the 18-xxx VR lenses before it. On the other hand it might just be the slight iteration most here seem to be expecting.

0 upvotes
G Davidson
By G Davidson (8 months ago)

(Sorry for repost, the site said it didn't go up.)

Comment edited 4 minutes after posting
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madeinlisboa
By madeinlisboa (8 months ago)

We need innovation like Sigma 18-35 1.8 and not this redundant lens.

5 upvotes
exifnotfound
By exifnotfound (8 months ago)

Another cheap zoom...
This is needed about as much as the new P&S that got announced along with it.

For DX users, they'd be far better off with some more dedicated DX primes like the 35 1.8G.

If it must be another zoom, how about replacing the 17-55 f/2.8.
I haven't used one before but I can say with absolute confidence that optical improvements wouldn't go astray.
Like all Nikon zooms, distortion and soft edges at the wide end are standard.

Comment edited 5 minutes after posting
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PatMann
By PatMann (8 months ago)

Or the 24 f/1.4 G DX - oops.

0 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

no DX24/1.4, should be a 35/2G on D800/D600.

0 upvotes
MichaelAperture
By MichaelAperture (8 months ago)

Another 3.5 to 5.6 lens? I'm afraid if this is the level of ingenuity that Nikon now has, it might be time to sell off what I have and head to Canon or Sony before it's too late.

1 upvote
white shadow
By white shadow (8 months ago)

Good idea.

Go for the new Canon 70D with the EF 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 STM kit lens. Surprisingly, this lens is optically quite good.

All you need later is the 70-200mm f/4.0L IS if you do not want to spend too much. Obviously, the f/2.8 version is better if you are prepared to spend more or carry the extra weight.

0 upvotes
Mike99999
By Mike99999 (8 months ago)

Canon is even worse at this game than Nikon. Not a single EF-S prime, and just a bunch of terrible 3.5-5.6 zooms.

2 upvotes
Chips Pringle
By Chips Pringle (8 months ago)

If ya sell your Nikon gear to go with Canon, will ya give me a deal on your Nikon lenses that you'll be parting with?
:~}

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Chips Pringle
By Chips Pringle (8 months ago)

If ya sell your Nikon gear to go with Canon, will ya give me a deal on your Nikon lenses that you'll be parting with?
:~}

0 upvotes
Rick DeBari
By Rick DeBari (8 months ago)

Yawn...

0 upvotes
Der Steppenwolf
By Der Steppenwolf (8 months ago)

This lens is is just another crap along with 16-85, 18-70, 18-55 (2 of those!!!) 18-135 and 18-200 and 18-300. All slow, plasticky with so so optical quality, what the hell happened to Nikon ?
Who there thinks that we need slow zoom number 8 on a DX system ?
Are you on drugs Nikon ?

6 upvotes
Spectro
By Spectro (8 months ago)

com'on this is a consumer lens. People who take daily snapshots in jpeg. The 18-200mm is a great lens on the d40.

4 upvotes
stageshadow
By stageshadow (8 months ago)

16-85 is the best dx consumer Lens...

3 upvotes
white shadow
By white shadow (8 months ago)

Its about time to buy some Zeiss prime lenses to go with your Nikon.

0 upvotes
PatMann
By PatMann (8 months ago)

To white shadow: when Zeiss makes DX lenses, I probably will, since Nikon diligently avoids making wide DX primes. I presume they do this to encourage people to go mirrorless rather than staying with DX DSLRs for anything other than birds, cars and sports. They could actually have a complete photographic system built around this capable size sensor, with just a three or four additional lenses.

1 upvote
the Mtn Man
By the Mtn Man (8 months ago)

Actually, the 18-200 is a very good lens with sturdy, metal components, excellent sharpness, and well-controlled distortion.

0 upvotes
AngryCorgi
By AngryCorgi (8 months ago)

Hopefully it's as sharp as the old 18-135mm lens. If it is, along with the VR, it's gonna be a sweeeeeet lens.

2 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

though complicated curves, it may perform somewhere between 18-105 and 18-135 judging from Nikon MTF.

0 upvotes
camguyed
By camguyed (8 months ago)

What I am waiting for is the new body they are planning to stick this on.....come on D400!!!

I bought the 18-200mm Nikkor this spring and I have no need for this kit lens. I'm sure it is sharp and it will be worthy if it has a metal mount. I had an 18-135mm and it was sharp but I had to replace the plastic mount twice.

Now where is my D400??????

0 upvotes
Josh152
By Josh152 (8 months ago)

Personally given all the other options in this focal range I think this would have been better as a 16-105mm or so with maybe a wider max aperture. Kind of a replacement for the 16-85mm. That way it would either be wider or longer than the other choices. People on the 18-105 could get excited about the 24mm equivalent focal length and people on the 16-85mm could get excited about the extra reach. As it is it is basically just a ridiculously expensive update to the 18-105mm VR. Plus no focus distance scale on the lens at this price point is absurd. I can see leaving it off the really cheap kit lenses to keep the price down but at an MSRP just 5 cents away from $600 it makes a lot less sense to leave the focus scale window off. Especially since there are so many other less expensive choices from Nikon and third party manufactures that this lens will have to compete with.

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
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fmian
By fmian (8 months ago)

Why wouldn't someone who wants this kind of versatility just buy a Tamron 18-270 instead. If you were picky about optical quality you wouldn't buy this anyway.
Also, anyone know if this has a plastic or metal mount? Have seen several 18-105 lenses break their plastic mounts and it really is a poor quality choice for such a big lens.

1 upvote
Marty4650
By Marty4650 (8 months ago)

At least you now have proof that Nikon has not abandoned DX lenses.

It sure seems like Nikon just wanted to add VR to their existing 18-35mm lens, and while they were at it, they threw in another 5mm just to be "better" than the Canon 18-135mm lens.

I know it is a completely new lens design, but this is really a replacement for the 18-135mm lens, and not anything revolutionary.

1 upvote
noirdesir
By noirdesir (8 months ago)

Did people also complain when the 70-200 mm f/2.8 AF-S VR II was released? Oh no, yet another 70-200 mm f/2.8, we already have one that is perfectly fine.
Or about the 80-400 mm AF-S? And those two lenses didn't even get an extra 5 mm.

It is absolutely ok to be disappointed. But to equate Nikon's sales potential with one's own desires is little bit too self-centered a view.

9 upvotes
Der Steppenwolf
By Der Steppenwolf (8 months ago)

70-200 version 1 has soft borders on fullframe so Nikon decided to fix that and add newer version of VR, after all 70-200 is their bread and butter lens so that upgrade was more then justified. Same goes for 80-400 version1 , it's focus is PAINFULLY slow and it's time for VR update, also justified.

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
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EKB
By EKB (8 months ago)

Likewise the 18-135 and 18-105 have shortcomings: Plastic mounts, the 18-135 lacks VR, and both lenses are seen as being not up to par on the new 24MP DX cameras. To the extent that the 18-140 fixes these shortcomings, it's justified.

And it turns out that 18-140 does have a metal mount and a VR system that's claimed to be better than that of the18-105 (4 stops vs 3). The only question remaining is whether it's optically better (and in particular, sharper) than the earlier lenses.

3 upvotes
Mrrowe8
By Mrrowe8 (8 months ago)

This is solid lens and what A-hat is opening a zoom that wide .. To the idiot that claims " its a dark lense " Stop bashing cause I know you aren't buying anything ... Even though you should have the $$ living in your moms basement ..

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Mrrowe8
By Mrrowe8 (8 months ago)

This is solid lens and what Ass hat is opening a zoom that wide .. To the idiot that claims " its a dark lense " Stop bashing cause I know you aren't buying anything ... Even though you should have the $$ living in your moms basement ..

0 upvotes
xiod_crlx
By xiod_crlx (8 months ago)

hm... excellent (for a budget lens) 18-105mm for £200 or extra 35mm for £600...

...roughly £17 for each additional mm =)

but seriously... yet another dark superzoom? booooring

0 upvotes
hea
By hea (8 months ago)

Incredible, I have never seen this lens on the miriad lists "what lens would you buy from Nikon if they make it" Buyers of this lens are the same buyers of AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR, nobody.

0 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (8 months ago)

Everybody buys kit lenses. In kits. Many more than all other lenses combined.

2 upvotes
KGP
By KGP (8 months ago)

Well lets see what DX lenses has Nikon introduce the last 3 years:

1) 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6
2) Micro 40mm f/2.8
3) 18-300mm f/4.5-5.6
4) 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6

Is that a serious support for DX system?
Where is the wide pancake fast primes?
A serious ultra wide zoom?
A dedicated portrait lens @ ~60mm f/1.4?
An upgrade to the old 17-55mm f/2.8?
A tele zoom @ 50-150mm f/2.8?

Nikon has left DX unsupported, just aiming to the entry level target group. The game is on the FX right now, and maybe in the mirrorless segment if something better than the 1 series finally breaks through.

4 upvotes
xmeda
By xmeda (8 months ago)

Come to Pentax :)

2 upvotes
jhinkey
By jhinkey (8 months ago)

My opinion is that Nikon knows that DX will go mirrorless soon and hence has not put a significant effort into DSLR-DX-specific lenses.
A mirrorless DX Nikon will need a whole new set of lenses (plus an adapter to work with the old).

We'll see what happens in the next couple of years.

As a D800 user I've started putting together a m43 system because Nikon did not have a serious contender in the Nikon 1 system compared to m43 or even the APS-C mirrorless cameras.

5 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

there is no "wide pancake fast prime" for m4/3".
m4/3" has a flange-back of 20mm or near 40mm equiv.
so it's almost as difficult as SLRs to make fast wide lenses.

though not fast, the EF-M22/2 is really a good lens,
that is waiting for a fast-AF body.

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xiod_crlx
By xiod_crlx (8 months ago)

maybe you want bright 58mm (as 85mm FX eq.) ?
anything brighter than 2.8 and wider than 35mm (~50 eqiv.)
very fast (\1.0-1.2) 30-35mm standard?

oh... you know the answer, it will slice FX sales perhaps?

<ha-ha.jpg>

ah... just found you have wrote about 60mm! YES - where is it? =]

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

I understand fast as f/2.8 zooms and f/2.0 primes for FX,
or f/1.8 zooms and f/1.3 primes for DX,
or f/1.0 zooms and f/0.7 primes for CX.
for lenses in the 24-105mm equiv. range.

if we call f/5.6 zoom for FX dark, then
f/3.7 for DX, and
f/2.0 for CX will be called dark, too.

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 7 minutes after posting
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Nepentanova
By Nepentanova (8 months ago)

more flatulence on equivalence!

1 upvote
Jake64
By Jake64 (8 months ago)

Make it 18-140 2.8-4 then it wil be worth something.

5 upvotes
toomanycanons
By toomanycanons (8 months ago)

The difference between 105 and 140 is miniscule. Hope they don't discontinue the 18-105 VR, my current favorite walk around lens.

Now, if this new lens started at 16mm...

3 upvotes
alegleploug
By alegleploug (8 months ago)

I guess we won't be the only one to opt for it. I easily trade 35mm of telezoom for 2mm of widezoom ;-)

2 upvotes
wootpile
By wootpile (8 months ago)

Mirror-less Nikon DX on its way :)

1 upvote
Der Steppenwolf
By Der Steppenwolf (8 months ago)

It would need adapter to work with this. Go back to sleep now.

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Photomonkey
By Photomonkey (8 months ago)

The internet has proven that there are wizards among us that can divine the quality and utility of a lens from a press release and further infer the future of the industry and the priorities the manufacturers should be embracing.

I am sure the industry gives thanks every day for these voices raised in omniscient guidance lest they be led astray by economics, physics and market forces.

Comment edited 32 seconds after posting
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Der Steppenwolf
By Der Steppenwolf (8 months ago)

"The industry" want's to make money, enthusiasts drive industry into innovation.
Learn the difference.

1 upvote
ScottRH
By ScottRH (8 months ago)

D300s and D700 replacements, please.

6 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (8 months ago)

The new 18-140 is 105g heavier than the old 18-135. Is VR so heavy?

0 upvotes
Shunda77
By Shunda77 (8 months ago)

No, but better optics are.

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Robert Morris
By Robert Morris (8 months ago)

Metal mount also? Maybe, Hopefully, Pretty Please, With some Sugar on Top even.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (8 months ago)

"and a Silent Wave Motor (SVM)"

:) :) :)

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peevee1
By peevee1 (8 months ago)

One-upping Canon 18-135... by just a tiny little bit. Next Canon EF-S lens? 18-145 of course. :)

1 upvote
NetMage
By NetMage (8 months ago)

Nah, 15-135 :)

0 upvotes
jvkelley
By jvkelley (8 months ago)

It's kind of interesting that DPRreview is including speculation in one of their posts. They haven't done too much of that in the past. I wonder if they know more than they are letting on.

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (8 months ago)

If we knew something, we wouldn't be able to say.

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attomole
By attomole (8 months ago)

Or speculate ?

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (8 months ago)

Are you speculating if you know whether it's true?

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attomole
By attomole (8 months ago)

You could do in the article, whether you know it to the case or not, Speculation is grammatical construct used often to imply something you know to be true but may not be at liberty to disclose. Although if you were subject to an NDA on the issue, it would be against the spirit if not the agreement itself depending how its written , I would speculate ;-)

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (8 months ago)

It's great for the ego, I must say. Having been on the manufacturing side and seeing the mental effort people put into (usually) incredibly off-base speculation.

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attomole
By attomole (8 months ago)

@ attomole now your just being a pompous twit

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Mal69
By Mal69 (8 months ago)

It would be useful if a site like DxO Mark could include test results for the lenses using the D5200 and D7100, at the moment it's just D7000, i'd like to see test data for sharpness on a D5200 and D7100, hopefully they will do that by the time this new lens gets tested.

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vapentaxuser
By vapentaxuser (8 months ago)

I wonder if this will replace the 18-105 in Nikon's lineup and they will stop making that lens as a result.

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Neodp
By Neodp (8 months ago)

A. Beside overly costly(now), it's too slow. You don't just make/buy slow lenses; because you might be able to do higher ISO. We need both, fast, wide aperture, and cleaner, higher ISO. Clean up ISO 3200, and give us f/1.8, and now you're talking. How much money is wasted on "kit" lenses? How is that a value?

B. It not fast lenses, or the color depth of sensors, that can be beat back(in design balances), it's having ultra-wide, and ultra-tele, in the same lens. Until, tiny sensor somehow improve. The (current) necessity, and showing up under all photography types, is the good light (color & B&W) tonality! Also, including the better DR, and lower noise. Camera's are light gatherers. Make them so.

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Neodp
By Neodp (8 months ago)

C. Total balance is also required (after the COMBINED lens, and sensor/processor benefits); without missing benefits, such as many speeds, wise control-ability, and carry size. However, with today’s sensitivity, per area, the only way to move toward true pocket-ability, is a built in, pancake-like, prime. But this is already proved. What's next? Where's the innovation? Where's the value? Even the top end (way over priced; disproportionately, and for what small increment better, they do), is not providing a comprehensive balance. They are still missing foundational benefits, that are completely negating the many good ones. These camera advancements, we have already proved. That's before, we get into, new technologies.

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Neodp
By Neodp (8 months ago)

...If your camera's to darn big for daily carry, or conversely, has bad DR, and bad color depth (less than even negative film), and when you really need it, then it's a paper weight. How much is it really worth? Any cool, new, bragging-rights-benefit, doesn't fix it. It's destined; only to be an historical albatross.

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Neodp
By Neodp (8 months ago)

Careful consideration leads us to the most important summary. Smaller, or cropped, sensor sizes are not the way, and to achieve ultra telephoto. It's mostly a myth. Ask any birder. Ultra telephoto is not always better, than a reasonable telephoto, and on better sensors. In fact, who wants poor color sensitivity, dynamic range, and noise, in their telephoto shots? Even in the perfect conditions (almost never), even the best ultra-zoomers are showing an ugly lack of color depth, little range, noise, and even at their base ISO. If that doesn't speak to why (X-Factor number) zooming (ultra tele) is over-rated, then nothing will. Those sensor qualities always apply.

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Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (8 months ago)

An APS f/1.8 superzoom? Are you mad?

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attomole
By attomole (8 months ago)

I agree, these Kit lenses probably turn many off DSLR coverts, in common shooting circumstances plenty of light and viewed on-line there is no advantage over a good P&S,

Would be better to ship with either a 35 or 50 1.8, and 55-200 mm which you can do DOF tricks not possible on P&S and a budget super wide,
That is, a small kit of lenses modest optical formula but that will blow away a P&S in terms of the creative possibilities and ultimate performance once you start editing and printing RAW

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jhinkey
By jhinkey (8 months ago)

On the contrary - most people I know that have an APS-C DSLR love the all in one super zoom lenses because they never have to take it off.

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noirdesir
By noirdesir (8 months ago)

@attomole
Any Nikon DX DSLR will ship with a 35 mm f/1.8 and a 55-200 mm if you order it. But most people don't order that combination. Maybe Nikon is developing what most people actually want?

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attomole
By attomole (8 months ago)

@noirdeslr
Agreed Nikon is selling them what they want, But If you aspire to move on from P$S photography sell them what they need, not what they think they do, Still cary your P&S as there are some great ones out there now, But sell a set of lenses that take you beyond that envelope, they have some great inexpensive options apart from an ultra wide. maybe its an option they could bundle at the retail level rather than mini super zoom

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djwuk
By djwuk (8 months ago)

Surely a revised 17-55mm f2.8 VR would be a more likely portent of a D400(which surely by even Nikon knows it needs to produce) not this. They serious stuff they need to be offering (revised 135mm f2 for one) not rubbish like this.

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Dennis Linden
By Dennis Linden (8 months ago)

I would only point out that the photo shows the A M markings, not the M/A & M markings I would have expected based on the text. Pre-production photo?

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madeinlisboa
By madeinlisboa (8 months ago)

Why??? Who needs that?

ok. we have a 18-200 and a 18-105. what marvelous innovation can we produce? yes! a in between 18-140!

give me a break! learn with sigma.

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Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (8 months ago)

Truth to be told, neither of these is exactly amazing. So lets give Nikon chance to make something at least tiny bit "amazing"?

Range is useful, and considering they made D7100 and D5200 which both have rather high mpix count, well its not unreasonable to expect something matching it. This might be it.

Or not and then we can pray for Sigma. :D

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Northgrove
By Northgrove (8 months ago)

This is what I've been thinking. Truly uninspiring announcement. :( I'm unsure how a new DSLR body would be better suited with this one than e.g. the 18-105.

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forpetessake
By forpetessake (8 months ago)

@madeinlisboa "ok. we have a 18-200 and a 18-105"

Both of which are cr@ppy, especially the 18-200. If 18-140 turns out to be in the same category then it will be a flop, but if they did improve image quality then the existence of all other 18-xxx is irrelevant.

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D1N0
By D1N0 (8 months ago)

You can of course make a new kit lens for existing dslrs such as D7100 and D5200.

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zanypoet
By zanypoet (8 months ago)

I hope Nikon didn't cheap out and put that wretched plastic lens mount like they did with 18-105mm, which was too heavy for it. Plastic mount was OK on 18-55mm lens, not 18-105mm. I suspect this is replacement for 18-105mm , which had OK IQ, crap mount. Typical Nikon's way of correcting problem w/o admitting anything.

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rb59020
By rb59020 (8 months ago)

The picture above sure looks like a metal mount to me.

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (8 months ago)

For $600 it will obviously have a metal mount.

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Josh152
By Josh152 (8 months ago)

You would think that for $600 it would obviously have a focus distance scale too but it doesn't.

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JakeB
By JakeB (8 months ago)

f3.5 to f5.6.

These lenses are designed for people taking pics on vacation in bright sunlight and very limiting in most other photographic situations.

If constant f2.8 is overkill in terms of weight and price, at least go for constant f4.

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Xhinzo
By Xhinzo (8 months ago)

I have to agree. To me what Nikon would get great sales from would be a cheaper 17-55 with VR at either constant f 2.8 or f 4.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

17-55/2.8 is 26-84/4.3 equiv. should be a standard zoom only Nikon sold it at too high a price (f-number cheating).

f/2.8 is dark enough for APS-C. if anyone want fast zoom, they should go either 18-35/1.8 or simply 24-70/2.8 on D800/D600.

I think f/1.8-2.6 sounds good. not too expansive (less than a grand), not too low performance (f/2.8-4 equiv. on 35mm format). constant f-number isn't a good idea because it's less efficient and we don't need it anyway on digital cameras.

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rb59020
By rb59020 (8 months ago)

Here is some of that new math for you. The Sigma is full frame so it only covers a 27-52mm FOV and cost $200.00 more. It's only 88mm short on the long end, no big deal?

There are at least 3 24-70mm f2.8's out there for Nikon. The cheapest @ Sigma cost $899.00, a Tamron @ $1299.00 and the Nikon @ $1900.00. Still with me?

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Patco
By Patco (8 months ago)

RB59020 wrote: "The Sigma is full frame so it only covers a 27-52mm FOV"
No, the Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 is a "DC" lens, and as such, is "Designed specifically for APS-C sized sensors", such as DX.
Whether a lens is FX or DX, the same crop factor applies on DX sensors.
http://www.sigmaphoto.com/product/18-35mm-f18-dc-hsm-art

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

think RB59020 warned readers by openning the post with
"some of that new math for you"
which means all after that is rubbish.

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noirdesir
By noirdesir (8 months ago)

No, they are designed for people who want range with one lens. They don't want to carry extra lenses, they don't want to change lenses, they don't want to carry a heavy lens (like a 18-105 mm f/2.8-4 would be in comparison).

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Danel
By Danel (8 months ago)

Will this be a better lens than the 18-200vr? It could be since the zoom range isn't as ambitious. Certainly it covers a useful range of focal lengths. We will have to wait for the reviews. If it is no better than the 18-200vr in the focal lengths they share than it is hard to see what use this lens would have. The price is too high for it to be a kit lens on a lower end DSLR, and the speed seems too slow for it to be the kit on a D300s replacement.

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mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (8 months ago)

I will say what Dpreview probably can't say. This is meant for the D5300 and the biggest upgrade will be its video capabilities.

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Josh152
By Josh152 (8 months ago)

Or a D9000.

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