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Nikon SB-300 flash, Nikkor 18–140mm f/3.5-5.6G lens now shipping

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The Nikon SB-300 Speedlight and Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX VR lens are now shipping in the US and Europe. New sample images from the lens can be found here.

The lens is currently in stock at Amazon US, the flash is in stock at B&H.

Amazon UK has the SB-300 flash in stock. The 18-140mm lens will be available in 3-4 days.

Amazon Germany has both the SB-300 and the 18-140mm lens in stock.

 

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  • DaveyJ

    I’d like to see a review on this lens by some authority as I may buy one. I already have the 18-55 Nikkor, 18-105VR Nikkor, the 18-135 Nikkor, and the 18-200VR Nikkor to name a few. But I’d like to see the performance on this lens. Is it an average kit lens, or is it a new benchmark. Several of these lens in the past had ED glass and I am not sure about aspherical lens elements. All of the above lens seem pretty decent by our standards but I would buy only if it proves superior in some way. One lens I do not own is the 16-85VR as I have the 12-24Nikkor and did not believe the 16-85 added enough to my existing lens to warrant buying that one. My question does this add something to say a D7100 we have not had in the past?

    • RMJ

      Why do you need all of those lenses ? They are clearly overlapping each other. For the sake of collecting the whole bunch or what ? Just curious…

      • Glen

        I am pretty sure this post is a joke. When this lens was first released there were a lot of joke posts along the lines of I already have the 18-105 and 18-200 but always felt there was something missing in my lineup.

        • RMJ

          Could be. Never thought of that….

          Sometimes it’s difficult to spot sarcasm on online posts. :)

      • wesco

        I have an 18-70 3.5-4.5 to offer to make your set complete, I am considering exchanging it for a 16-85…

        • wesco

          Sorry RMJ, this was a reply to DaveyJ….

    • bj

      You do NOT need another lens that starts at 18mm. Also, why are you wasting your time with all these variable aperture lenses as well? Buy a few good 2.8 zooms and be done with it or hang onto one of your many zooms as your “walk around” lens or just get a prime.

      * I hate the term walkaround lens but I sensed it was going to come up

      • Bob

        Daveyj’s post was clearly a joke

        • jb

          not clearly. some people are that dumb.

          • DaveyJ

            If you think I am dumb you are sadly mistaken. Criticizing in this medium is easy. I have learned on this website there are a number of great contributors. I do not think Thom Hogan is wrong as he owns a whole fleet of lens. In fact ownership and use of a wide variety of lens is better than a shallow review. The fact that I have tried a lens and dismissed it does not mean I have as much experience with it as if I owned and used it.

            • http://nanchatte.wordpress.com Graxxor Anandro Vidhelssen

              @40365921ef5c5b902ee954095b920a4c:disqus – good point re. owning and experience. I wish people would be more tolerant online. It’s easy to forget that there are often different purposes for pursuing the same hobby. Some hobbyists like to take photos with a minimal kit regardless of financial situation. Others with plenty of spare cash like to take photos with various kit on different days and do comparisons between the gear, just for the fun of it… I don’t see why people like JB have to call others dumb. How one spends one’s money is one’s own business. Let us know how it performs if you do get around to buying one.

    • AM

      I noticed that you’re also missing the 18-300mm. Buy the 18-140mm and the 18-300mm and you’ll be all set.

    • nobody

      You don’t have the 18-70 and the 18-300? Looks like you have some serious holes in your lens line-up!

      • DaveyJ

        The 18-70 got lost for 33 days in an Alaskan river. When retrieved it was unusable, but the memory card in the camera was OK. The 18-300 did not impress me. Having owned more than a few lens I can say that some very good lens are out there. But Nikon’s 18-140 Nikkor MAY be just another “kit” lens. Design and build quality (QC) can lead to a lens being either very useful or just moderately so.

        • http://nanchatte.wordpress.com Graxxor Anandro Vidhelssen

          the 18-300 is a bit of a stinker. I tried it in the shop and gave up on it… Even the 18-200 VR I bought for $100 is pushing it with some nasty trippy distortion at the extreme ends. Super zooms are fine if you’re using your DSLR as a P&S. but they generally make too many compromises. Thus the shorter 18mm start lenses are generally superior.

  • loppa

    Is the 18–140 in the same level of 300mm 2.8 ? sorry for the english

    • AM

      Yes, you actually can’t tell them apart.

    • robert

      absolutely! pro level in every way. make sure to pre order asap as this lens will sell out quick!

    • DaveyJ

      Very unlikely. The 300 2.8 is a serious lens for pro use. No reviews on the 18-140mm yet but every indication is that it is yet another kit lens.

  • skaarj

    WTF? Nikon was serious about this crap 18-140? They have toooooooooo many overlapping lenses. Give me a D610 with the oil splattering problem fixed on the D600.

  • Jon Ingram

    Hurray! (sarcasm)

    • DaveyJ

      The 18-140 was put together as a kit lens. Now it is bundled to sell for $296 with a Nikon DSLR body. Still no definitive tests. Nikon is even unofficially saying it is a “kit” lens. It is too bad that it was not a 16-whatever. My guess is this is Nikon strategy to compete with Canon, etc. Sadly those who are expressing less than complete enthusiasm with Nikon’s emerging moves are right. Why Nikon just doesn’t launch a D400 is anybody’s guess. The D610 introduction MAY turn out to be popular if it addresses the D600 issues, yet it sure looks like the D600 owners with problems may be vexed. Seems to leave you with D800 and (800E) down to the D3200 for choices. For DX the D7100 didn’t pump enough features for the newspaper and wildlife prosumers but at least it is something in hand and hints at what a D400 might be. (No sarcasm intended)

      • Jon Ingram

        I couldn’t agree more. I have been a Nikon fan for a long time for many reasons. However, lately I am becoming disillusioned with the brand. I’m losing confidence that they will continue to make the professional products that I want. One thing that Nikon still has going for them is the legacy lenses. I also appreciate that Nikon makes it a point to put sensors in their cameras that have low noise (in general) and wide dynamic range. The CLS is also a good thing for me and I use it for weddings, but it has it’s shortcomings. Other than that, there is not a lot that is keeping me on the Nikon side. I’m not one that is waiting for the D400, but I see why people want it. I think the D800 is a great product, and I’m hoping they will continue to make great cameras like this as well as good lenses to match. However, I’m losing confidence. I certainly don’t care about a d5300, and I’m not sure if it will make a big difference in the market either. Who knows? But I’m a professional user, so I need a company dedicated to professional products, and Nikon’s latest press release has me thinking that they may not put much emphasis on the professional market in the future. If Nikon releases another pro camera in the next couple years that is a solid winner, along with some very solid lenses, I will be satisfied that Nikon hasn’t forgotten about us dedicated users. I’m in no hurry to change gear, so I guess I will just wait and see. Thanks for your intelligent post

  • Rob

    Rather they kept it at 105mm and gave us more on the wide personally.

  • Mark

    Complete and utter waste of resources.

  • Givargis

    no one need that crap -.-

  • I AM REPLETE

    More inventory build up……..

  • I am the way forward

    D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400

    NOW!
    (and not this ####)

    • Mr Nockoff

      Here’s what you are missing!
      D400

      • I am still the future

        Gee, thanks!

        D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400 D400
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  • nick

    The next kit lens for 5300 or maybe…

  • moshy

    I’m wondering if the SB-300 works with TTL pocketwizards as the SB-400 was…

  • robert

    Wow that flash should have a fisher price badge on it.

    For that price id buy the Yongnup 568 flagship flash which has hss and cls as well. I own it and can say its an excellent flash. Not buying nikons overpriced flashes asnymore.

  • robert

    And whats the deal nikon? You put ur energy to put out tons of 18-whatever lenses but qc basics like the d600/800 issues and lens problems (24-70) are not important. Hence youre 14% stock dive.

    • Deep_Lurker

      If the 18-140 fixes the problems people see with the 18-105 (no metal mount, resolution not up to par on 24MP bodies), then it was worth doing. If it turns out to be just another convenience zoom that compromises image quality for the sake of an extended range, then it’s pointless and deserves to be a dud.

  • nobody

    Can’t wait for the 18-167.5… Are you listening, Nikon? This is a serious gap in your offerings!

  • nicolaie

    Why is Nikon pressing with sh**ty releases of gear no one asked for ?
    Why do we get tons of 18-140 whatever lenses, and not a new 135 f/2, a new 105, why don’t we have a 20 f/2, a new 17-35 f/2.8, with good borders ?
    How come Sigma releases a 85 1.4 which is half the price of the nikon, and almost as good ? How come Sigma releases a 35 1.4 which is half the price and the nikon and is better ?
    Why does nikon keep pushing D3x00 and D5x00, but they’ve killed the D700 and the D600 is the talk of the town, with the oil spots. Am I supposed to wait for a follow-up to a camera I want to buy, just to be sure it will work, as paid ?
    The camera business is as much about having a present, as it is about having a demographics for the future, and at this point Nikon doesn’t look that appealing to me, as a small-time pro.

    • KnightPhoto

      I understand your other points but the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 is not as good a lens as the Nikon 85mm f/1.4 AF-S. Some may consider the Sigma a better VALUE but it isn’t a better LENS. Of course this situation is reversed on the 35mm f/1.4′s, but you are stretching if you think you can apply that same logic to the 85mm’s.

      • nicolaie

        If you read closely, I wrote almost as good. I own the Sigma 85 1.4 and I have tried the Nikon. Granted, the IQ is better, not by a whole bunch, but it is better, however, the AF is better on my Sigma.
        They are not matched and the Sigma is not better, just as I wrote in the original post.

        • KnightPhoto

          So the AF is faster or what do you mean by better?

          • nicolaie

            Faster and more consistent, this is what I think of it.

    • http://nanchatte.wordpress.com Graxxor Anandro Vidhelssen

      I talk about this in an above post. The number of purchasers are now so few. Remember that in many cases purchasing a new lens leads to an older lens being put on the second hand market, potentially losing a sale downstream. The profits the new lenses make thus have to be offset against the “loss” due to a potential customer choosing second hand instead of new. For example, I have been an avid photographer for about 20 years but have purchased exactly one Nikon lens from Nikon. (I know this because I counted it twice ;-) And when I say purchased, I actually mean i bought a camera/lens kit.
      Thus if people like me were used to test Nikon sales, they would say that the ONLY popular lenses are kit lenses… And this is what Nikon is experiencing at the moment. The collapse of the pro DSLR market leads to a glut of second hand stuff on sale, causing a vicious circle of reduced demand as people “on the fence” choose to purchase the second hand goods which are “good enough” at half the price.

  • http://nanchatte.wordpress.com Graxxor Anandro Vidhelssen

    In a world where the vast majority of people think the iPhone with a set of toy camera software filters is “a pretty decent camera” there comes a lowering of general expectations when it comes to photo quality. In much the same way as the quality of newspaper photography has declined -due to online “free” sites eating into profits- to the point where many now use crowdsourced photos for minor articles instead of hiring real PJs.

    In this brave new world of first-to-the-bottom, there is less money for the esoteric. In fact, less money, full stop. Nikon is following the declining interest in pro level DSLR, which one can measure, at least here in Japan, due to a ready supply of moderately used, high quality Pro kit on the leading auction sites. Nikon will make more and more cheaper lenses with higher refresh rates and shorter lifespans/higher maintenance costs. It is the hardware equivalent of Photoshop’s subscription pricing, forcing consumers to pay repeatedly for the continued use of “legacy” (read: Quality) equipment. There will still be one or two willy waving flagship products, like the 800E with too many pixels requiring serious workflow component upgrade or Samsung’s new 100″ TV, requiring wall reinforcement, which while looking good on paper/check lists/spec charts are not the most practical offerings.
    To use a current buzzword, I fear that we have already experienced Peak Nikon and perhaps even Peak Photo in general, certainly in terms of choice and proliferation.

  • http://nanchatte.wordpress.com Graxxor Anandro Vidhelssen

    That SB-300 looks really complicated. They could have at least made the On-Off switch a little bit bigger and less fiddly.

  • http://nanchatte.wordpress.com Graxxor Anandro Vidhelssen

    Sorry to serial post, but many people are asking why all the kit lenses? Well, I believe it’s due to the following problem: The number of purchasers for exotic lenses are by definition low. Add to this the current economy and a general disinterest in DSLRs. However, one of the key things leading to too many kit lenses on the market is, I believe, this one point: In many cases purchasing a new lens leads to an older lens being put on the second hand market, potentially losing a sale downstream.
    The profits the new lenses make thus have to be offset against the “loss” due to a potential customer choosing second hand instead of new. For example, I have been an avid photographer for about 20 years but have purchased exactly ONE (1) new Nikon lens from Nikon. (I know this because I counted it twice to make sure ;-) And when I say purchased, I actually mean it came way back when with my D70.
    Thus if many people like me added to the survey used to test Nikon sales, they would say that the most popular lenses are kit lenses… And this is what Nikon is experiencing at the moment.
    The reduction of the pro DSLR market leads to a glut of second hand stuff on sale, causing a vicious circle of reduced demand as people “on the fence” choose to purchase the second hand goods which are “good enough” at half the price.

    It’s going to take some draconian action and policies, for example, no transferable guarantees, no repairs for discontinued products, etc to revamp the market for wicked expensive kit in todays throwaway society.

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