Do Nikon lenses produce more saturated colors?

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Do Nikon lenses produce more saturated colors?
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I love Sigma Art lenses for their build quality and IQ. Nevertheless I bought a Nikon 18-140 recently, because I like convenience as well -- and the price was convincing -- yes, the world appears upside down for DX shooters with cheap Nikkors and high quality third party offerings.

However, the 18-140 appears to produce more saturated colors with otherwise identical camera settings. I had gotten the same impression from the 16-85mm and the 50mm AF-S before (not from the 50mm AF-D).

Here are two exemplary out-of-camera JPEGs from today:

Nikon 18-140mm

Sigma 30mm

I tend to say that neither shot got it right. The sky was not as dark blue as produced with the 18-140mm. It was neither as cyan as produced with the 30mm. But if I had to pick one shot just for color, I'd pick the one taken with the Nikon 18-140mm.

Why are colors more saturated with the Nikon lens?

 Ruekon's gear list:Ruekon's gear list
Nikon D500 Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 10-24mm f/3-5-4.5G ED Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC HSM Art Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art +2 more
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