- Mar 20, 2017
- Central Ohio
- Real Name
Image © Nikon USA
My Nikon D500 is a great camera and there might be times when I want to use that camera outside its primary purpose. It's primary purpose is the long range sport shooter, paired with the 70-200/2.8
What about the other times? FX lenses in the wide range are going to be too tight, so we look at a dedicated DX lens range. The 18-140/4.5-5.6 VR is a great candidate. See how well it fairs below.
All images in this review taken with the Nikon D500.
1/320, f/5.6, ISO 100 @ 140mm
1/250, f/7.1, ISO 1800 @ 140mm
1/100, f/5.6, ISO 450 @ 66mm
This lens is mostly made of plastic, so the weight is not really there. It balances well on the D500. It is by no means a large lens.
The zoom ring is nice and smooth and your field of view with the DX crop factored in is 27-210mm. That is a pretty good range for a walk around all in one shooter.
It works well in many situations from street photography, wildlife and photojournalism as you will see in the images samples provided.
1/250, f/5.6, ISO 360 @ 140mm
1/200, f/4.8, ISO 100 @ 56mm
1/160, f/5.3, ISO 560 @ 95mm
I've looked at the 18-200VR and 18-300VR. All considered great performers from Nikon. I generally don't need much more than the 200mm-ish field of view on the long end. A majority of third party sources and some small testing I've done on my own have shown that the 18-140 was generally a better performer in all comparable ranges.
1/640, f/6.3, ISO 100 @ 22mm
1/400, f/5.3, ISO 100 @ 95mm
1/250, f/7.1, ISO 100 @ 140mm
1/250, f/7.1, ISO 100 @ 112mm
We are not in pro grade AF territory here, but the performance is great for everyday use. I've not missed shot because the lens could not focus fast enough.
1/640, f/5.6, ISO 100 @ 140mm
D500 HDR mode
1/400, f/5.6, ISO 100 @ 100mm
If you don't need the longer field of view of 210mm, then this is a great value lens when you look at the performance that you get from it. If you do need more reach and an all in one, then the Nikon 18-200 or 18-300 lenses might better fit your bill. You might also want to consider a 2 lens kit, perhaps the 18-55 and the 55-200VR.