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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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Total comments: 191
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Devendra
By Devendra (8 months ago)

maybe a future kit lens for an upcoming DX body.. @2299-23399?
(apart from being a "VR" upgrade of 18-135 sharp lens)

1 upvote
Mr Fartleberry
By Mr Fartleberry (8 months ago)

Is this another stinker designed to give their Chinese assembly lines experience?

4 upvotes
angrywhtman
By angrywhtman (8 months ago)

No thank you

2 upvotes
JEROME NOLAS
By JEROME NOLAS (8 months ago)

It will be another mediocre zoom, that's for sure...Nikon should hire SIGMA guys....

1 upvote
io_bg
By io_bg (8 months ago)

Don't worry, it'll be fine. Except for the high price.

0 upvotes
AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (8 months ago)

With this range I wouldn't expect it to be great but I think it's a little too early to evaluate the performance of this lens.

0 upvotes
Dimit
By Dimit (8 months ago)

Boooored! 16-85 VR is fair enough.When we're about to build an arsenal we always mean primes.Would someone have more than simply one kit zoom?? Meaning never buys or should buy a non bundled kit zoom.Provided this is the case,I'm sure it will be bundled with a high end DX gear in the near future,so why should we bother now?

0 upvotes
noirdesir
By noirdesir (8 months ago)

Why does it need to be bundled? Are people incapable of ordering a camera and a lens as two separate items?

0 upvotes
fotolopithecus
By fotolopithecus (8 months ago)

This lens sounds like the ideal range for me, but of course one has to wait and see if it's optical qualities are worthy of a first rate photographer like myself. lol ;)

0 upvotes
Hubertus Bigend
By Hubertus Bigend (8 months ago)

Well, could be an alternative to all those mediocre 10x+ zooms out there, including Nikon's own, as long as it doesn't come out mediocre, too, image-quality-wise.

While the APS-C world will still be missing a better-than-mediocre 10x+ zoom, though. In contrast to Full Frame (which has the venerable Canon 28-300L, while Nikon's attempt is, again, only mediocre) and FT (not MFT), where there's the really good Panasonic/Leica 14-150. Which may actually become a real option again, if the rumored mirrorless Olympus high-end camera which is supposed to be announced in September will really fully support FT lenses.

0 upvotes
ZAnton
By ZAnton (8 months ago)

I would better enhance the wide end than the tele end.

1 upvote
yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

Nikon have a very good kit zoom 18-105
which is way better than Canon's new 18-135 STM at a cheaper price.
highly recommended for every Nikon APS-C user.

so I'm interested in this 18-140.
will it be as good as 18-105?
or as bad as 18-135 STM? (well, it's not that bad)

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

Another slow 18-something slow lens. I have been a DX user for the past 4 years. Tempted by the 17-50 F2.8 from Tamron and Sigma, but wanted Nikon....an average sized fast standard lens not the behemoth (size and price) that is the 17-55mm. Even an F4 lens equivalent to the full-frame 24-120. For some reason they refuse to fill the huge gap between the 18-*** slow lenses and the 17-55. I have had good experiences with Nikon lenses and wanted to remain Nikon. However, they have convinced me that Sigma is the way to go. With USB dock we can now be "future proof" and this was my main concern with third party. I think I agree with the opinions of many experts, they are trying to push us towards full-frame, where they have more lens options. Too bad for persons like me who think APS-C is the sweet-spot between size and performance.

0 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

f/2.8 zooms for APS-C cannot be called fast, they are rather slow compared with popular zooms in the film age, like 24-85/2.8-4 (DX 16-55/1.8-2.8) for about 600 US (17-55/2.8 should worth less).

the current 24-85/3.5-4.5G is about DX16-56mm f/2.3-2.9.

Comment edited 3 minutes after posting
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VREN
By VREN (8 months ago)

You are correct when comparing with Full-frame. My only comparison with full-frame is the "standard" field of view. I am comparing the F2.8s to the 3.5 which gets slower very quickly to 5.6. I have shot low-light with my 35 at F 2.8. The difference between using this and my kit 18-105 is huge. So for me (and many others), F2.8 is fast compared to F5.6.

0 upvotes
Xhinzo
By Xhinzo (8 months ago)

People have a constant need to compare Nikkor apsc to a FF. 2.8 on apsc is indeed far better than 3.5-.......

0 upvotes
TacticDesigns
By TacticDesigns (8 months ago)

Nice. A "smaller" super zoom for walkabout or vacation! That has VR! I use my old Nikon 18-135mm all the time, but always had to concede to my Canon buddies that their 18-135mm had IS where as the Nikon didn't. Adding it to my want list . . . <grin>

1 upvote
io_bg
By io_bg (8 months ago)

Nikon had (and still have) a 18-105 with VR. And it now has a successor.

0 upvotes
io_bg
By io_bg (8 months ago)

Meh...
Still waiting for some DX primes and f/2.8 zooms (or faster).

1 upvote
Seb Spiers
By Seb Spiers (8 months ago)

Could this suggest a replacement for the D7100 could be on the way? or is that just mental as it's not even been out a year??

0 upvotes
Revenant
By Revenant (8 months ago)

Enthusiast models aren't even replaced every year, so the D7100 will probably be around until late 2014/early 2015.
The D400, otoh, is long overdue.

1 upvote
yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

this looks too cheap for D400. I wouldn't want a D400 if D7100 had higher frame rate and AA-filter.

1 upvote
CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (8 months ago)

Relax everyone...

There is a new patch being sold separately for those who don't have to buy this redundant lens, but feel the urge to buy it.

For only $9.99 there is a sticker that says: 140 which you can stick beside the number 105 of your regular kit lens 18-105.

.

2 upvotes
TacticDesigns
By TacticDesigns (8 months ago)

Hey . . . is there a VR sticker for my Nikon 18-135mm?

0 upvotes
Hugo808
By Hugo808 (8 months ago)

What, and take a step closer? I like it!

0 upvotes
pc168
By pc168 (8 months ago)

No offense, lens without a distance meter is a bit ugly

2 upvotes
M Jesper
By M Jesper (8 months ago)

I am Nikon and i am offended.

5 upvotes
pc168
By pc168 (8 months ago)

message received :)

0 upvotes
Wye Photography
By Wye Photography (8 months ago)

What! Another DSLR!

1 upvote
Shunda77
By Shunda77 (8 months ago)

You gotta wonder about peoples knee jerk reactions with this sort of thing. Ask yourselves something, if the D400 comes out, what do you think its video capability/targeting will be? How do you think Nikon would make a high end DX body actually pay? Think about it for 5 seconds before you rubbish this lens. It's already better than the 18-105, so what's the damned problem?

8 upvotes
Heie2
By Heie2 (8 months ago)

The Pentax 18-135mm is cheaper and excellently weather sealed. ;)

7 upvotes
Hugo808
By Hugo808 (8 months ago)

Shame it won't fit on my Nikon..

9 upvotes
Shamael
By Shamael (8 months ago)

how nice the world would be if they could all agree on one and same lens mount for all dslr's, and same for all mirrorless with same sensor sizes.

0 upvotes
JEROME NOLAS
By JEROME NOLAS (8 months ago)

Insane!

0 upvotes
Hugo808
By Hugo808 (8 months ago)

Completely! Or are you overreacting?

2 upvotes
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.

2 upvotes
Hugo808
By Hugo808 (8 months ago)

Rubbish?

3 upvotes
Kvenna
By Kvenna (8 months ago)

Really? When has Nikon ever offered a 2.8 zoom as a kit lens?

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

.

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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.

0 upvotes
spbStan
By spbStan (8 months ago)

They need a kit lens with the better VR so this one makes a lot of sense. The 17-55 with VR would be expensive enough to convince people they do not need a mid level lens at all. I have the 17-55 and it is my least used lens, nothing wrong with it but nothing great either. An update would surely not cause throngs of people rushing out to get it.
The 18-140 will make a good kit lens for D7x00 and if there is ever a D400

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Mikhail Tal
By Mikhail Tal (8 months ago)

$600 for this piece of junk? That's like twice as much as the Canon version.

4 upvotes
Hugo808
By Hugo808 (8 months ago)

Junk?

4 upvotes
Shunda77
By Shunda77 (8 months ago)

Wow, perhaps some people need to realize that their personal requirements/bias doesn't actually change the realities of versatility or correct market targeting.

9 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (8 months ago)

Canon 18-135mm STM has a $549 Retail. Of course once the market gets flooded with them as kit lenses, the value on the second market drops quickly.

Comment edited 15 seconds after posting
4 upvotes
Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (8 months ago)

Amazing how you can tell the image quality of this lens without reading any reviews or comparisons!

Comment edited 11 minutes after posting
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Suhas Sudhakar Kulkarni
By Suhas Sudhakar Kulkarni (8 months ago)

"hints at mid-range DSLR"??

Isn't D7100 a mid-range DSLR, already announced?

0 upvotes
M Jesper
By M Jesper (8 months ago)

If there was a D400 to call high-end, then yes.

( i know, hate to bring it up )

2 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (8 months ago)

I don't know why, but it amuses me that Nikon felt the need to make their 18-140, when everyone else (esp. Canon) is doing 18-135. You just know that was a marketing decision.

2 upvotes
Hugo808
By Hugo808 (8 months ago)

Camera companies making marketing decisions? Whatever next!

2 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (8 months ago)

Obviously, they market, I just chuckle imagining the conversation. "How do we stick it to Canon? I know, we make it 140mm instead of 135mm. Genius!"

0 upvotes
Photo_AK
By Photo_AK (8 months ago)

Actually the Canon version, once you take the crop factor into account, still reaches just a bit further; 135 mm X 1.6 ends up at 216 mm while 140 mm X 1.53 gets us the equivalent of 214 mm.

Now that's genius ;)

0 upvotes
AshMills
By AshMills (8 months ago)

and at the wide end?

0 upvotes
TacticDesigns
By TacticDesigns (8 months ago)

Yeah, but if it works, it works. Also . . . when you go looking for the lens on-line, none of the older 18-135 lenses will pop up! <grin>

0 upvotes
Thanatham Piriyakarnjanakul
By Thanatham Piriyakarnjanakul (8 months ago)

Ring-type motor, it's should be fast AF.

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

Is It D400 kit lens?

0 upvotes
thx1138
By thx1138 (8 months ago)

Gosh I'd hope not. The D400 would not be targeting users wanting an all-in-one IMO. D400 would be ultimate crop camera from Nikon and targeting wildlife/sports/action people that can afford good glass. More likely a kit lens for a D2000, Nikon's answer to the Canon 100D.

Who knows, but all I care about is a possible D400 and 7D II coming out.

1 upvote
peevee1
By peevee1 (8 months ago)

"More likely a kit lens for a D2000, Nikon's answer to the Canon 100D."

Yeah right, 490g on a 400g body.

0 upvotes
thx1138
By thx1138 (8 months ago)

Well not the primary kit lens of course, but in a two kit combo, which is common, it would be one of them.

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Christopher0us
By Christopher0us (8 months ago)

The D400 would be great news.

This lens is pretty blah. A variable aperture 18-moderate telephoto with VR is not at all what's missing from the DX lineup.

As an entirely personal point, 18 just isn't wide enough for the wide end of a walk-around/general purpose lens (for me.) 16! 16! 16!

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (8 months ago)

Well they have the 16-85, obviously. But I agree with you. You'd think if they can do 18-300, they could do 16-140 without too much trouble. Tokina did 16.5-135, but it was pretty poor optically.

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mosswings
By mosswings (8 months ago)

Seeing as this is a 4-stop VR lens with a metal mount and internal focusing, this sounds like a kit lens for the expected D400 this fall. Although in the past the old 16-85 f3.5-5.6 was bundled with the D300, this leaves room in the lineup for the rumored f4 update to the 16-85 to become the step-up lens for the DX bodies. A constant f4 16-85 will probably retail for around $1000, which is too pricey for a kit lens. However, a $600 18-140 is a reasonable complement to a $1600-$1800 D400. It would be a step-up for the D7100 price wise, but I'm not sure what would be gained by trading up to it. When the old 18-135 came out with the D80, I never made much use of the FLs beyond about 85-100, but longed for a good 16mm. The 18-105 made a lot more sense and in several respects outperformed the 16-135. As a point of reference, this lens is only about $100 less expensive than the present 16-85. If it's optically better than the 18-105, people might opt for it...but i don't know.

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CFynn
By CFynn (8 months ago)

If it is the "kit lens for a D400" - at least that would mean there will be a D400.

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marshim
By marshim (8 months ago)

16-35 f4 is above $1200, there is no way we will get 16-85 f4 for 1K...

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stuntmonkey
By stuntmonkey (8 months ago)

Probably like a modern version of the 18-135. I doubt it hints at the D400, it's more of a way of spurring kit lens sales with the D7100. Anybody buying the D7100 and D7000 right now are probably very knowledgeable and are passing over the 18-105.

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TacticDesigns
By TacticDesigns (8 months ago)

Good point. Esp. since the Canon's have an 18-135mm option, which I just pointed out to someone asking me about getting a dSLR to learn and for vacations.

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GarfLeonard
By GarfLeonard (7 months ago)

With the September specials, this lens is $300 off with the purchase of a body (I jsut got a D7100). Same price and the 18-105 kit. Surely this is going to be a kit lens for something new in October.

Regarding the IQ, I wouldn't have the slightest clue, as I am currently catching up on 8+ years if Nikon DLSR technology (D7100 from a D70). The first pictures I took with this lens didn't impress me, however I am not so naive that I blame the lens.

If I were to try (and fail miserably) at describing the lens, I would probably call it a decent, try to do everything lens worth every penny at $350. Hoping to find a sweet spot for this lens, as I was not blown away by the images at the 140mm and 35mm. But hey, I still am learning my new camera.

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Nismo350Z
By Nismo350Z (8 months ago)

It would have been a huge improvement to make it 16mm wider but I suppose that would have taken away some sales of the 16-85mm VR.

3 upvotes
io_bg
By io_bg (8 months ago)

The difference between 16 and 18mm is tiny. It's not really noticeable in RL shooting.

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marshim
By marshim (8 months ago)

In 16-85 you have 1 more ED glass and 2 more aspherical lenses.
I do like the IF in the new lens and being the same weight as 16-85, but I am not sure that will be my upgrade.
As for the 16-85 F4 that someone mentioned above - the 16-35 f4 is 1200+, so there is now way we will see 16-85 f4 for just 1K.

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Nismo350Z
By Nismo350Z (8 months ago)

@io_bg. Making it 18-to-whatever isn't helping as we have plenty of those, so a wider angle like 16mm is the next logical step. Sure, we all want even wider but that's not realistic in this class of lens.

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BJN
By BJN (8 months ago)

The difference between 16mm and 18mm on DX is 72.82° angle of view vs. 66.49°. That's a real and considerable difference.

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

Marshim, don't forget that the 16-35 f4 is an FX lens. The new f4 24-120 FX lens is also about $1300. It would make no sense for the f4 16-85 to cost as much, the elements in it aren't as expensive to manufacture. Maybe it'll be a touch more than $1K, but very little more, else no one will buy it.

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Zvonko
By Zvonko (8 months ago)

dying to see test results

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