To be announce soon: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18–140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens


Nikon will soon announce a new NIKKOR AF-S DX 18–140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens. Expect the official news in the next 2-3 weeks (could be as early as tomorrow). Obviously this new 18–140mm is intended to be sold as a kit lens. The big question is: kit lens to what? The D3200 and D5200 are pretty new for a replacement and I doubt this will be the kit lens for the D400. Stay tuned for more info. It has begun.

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  • Andrew


    • Fred Flintstone

      Haha but you’re the only one 😉

  • Fred Flintsone

    You’d think that Nikon by now would….argh, why bother? They don’t listen

    • Bruno Vieira


  • Dominic

    So for our DX lens line-up, we now have the 18-55, 18-105, 18-140, 18-200, and 18-300.

    Apparently, Nikon wants to baby us in a way Canon does their EF-S customers with a plethora of bodies, but this time in the form of lenses.


    Where’s my D400?!

    • nostradamus

      closer than my 16mm/f1.8 AF-S

      • Fred Flintstone

        Or 50-150 2.8 VR, etc. etc.

    • Grayman

      I’m so with you on the D400

    • malez

      what are you waiting for in the d400, that the d7200 doesn’t have?

      a better grip? you’d think that nikon would release such a body just for the grip alone?

      • patto01

        Higher FPS? Larger buffer? Weatherproof body? No. I think you’re right…it’s all about the grip 😉

      • Deep_Lurker

        All the good stuff that the D800 has, even when shooting in DX mode, plus some extras and optimizations for shooting in DX, plus $1000 less than the D800 because it isn’t FX.

        That’s what I’d be looking for in a D400.

        • That is the first coherent reason for wanting a D400 I’ve heard yet.

          Most people seem to just say “I want DX for the added reach” forgetting that all Nikon FX cameras have a DX mode to give you that “reach”.

          • umeshrw

            One can use that DX mode effectively only if on tripod and have time to shoot carefully. You cannot use it when you are shooting fast or fast things. Atleast not for long without making a mistake.

            • outkasted

              Are you Kidding me!!! I use DX mode on my D700 all the time. I use the function button for two purposes. 1. Push the button for spot metering only.
              2. Push button + turn rear dial I go from full frame to DX mode!!!! All Without taking my eye away from the camera!!! Dude you need to read your instruction manual. Nuff said!

            • umeshrw

              I never said it is difficult to get to. I just said it is difficult to use. Try shooting events ,BF or sports with it handheld for longer time. It is easier and better to crop later shooting in fx than making a mistake while shooting DX and forgetting the crop square in viewfinder.

            • outkasted

              I am an Event! I’ve shot a all the events stated above. Frig cropping later. I get it right in camera. The only challenge I sometimes have is in in low light situations and even then because of repeated using it I now know it. I’ve adapted. Nonetheless I’ve sent off my D300 for shutter repair and a refurb. Thus I won’t need to use it as much when I use two bodies. But DX Crop rocks!

            • umeshrw

              Then you are exceptional. Also an exception not a rule.I would rather be carefree than worry about possible mistake.

          • umeshrw

            One can use that DX mode effectively only if on tripod and have time to shoot carefully. You cannot use it when you are shooting fast or fast things. Atleast not for long without making a mistake.

      • umeshrw

        You meant to say wouldn’t and not doesn’t. Unless you know something about D7200 that we don’t. Btw When people ask for D400 they are actually asking for good FPS, very good buffer, good built quality and fast button layout of D300. All these are missing in D7100. I got tired of waiting for D400 and got D800. Happy but still miss the reach and less DOF of DX.

  • This is it (for tomorrow). It will be released officially in 4 hours. 🙂

  • DeepBlueRo

    This is it (for tomorrow). It will be released officially in 4 hours. 🙂

  • Joseph Li

    ERRR… enough with the stupid zooms. We already have too much slow, convenient, walk around kit lenses. 18-70 18-55vr 18-105vr 18-135 16-85vr 18-200vr 18-300….please give us something to feel excited about , please look around and check out sigma next door with 18-35 f/1.8

    • yrsued

      Too early in the year for the Good Glass and Bodies to come out!!

      The PDN Photo Show is in October. The Winter Olympics are in February, yes, you will see new and exiting stuff then!!

      • I agree, the serious products will most likely be released at the end of the year.

        • yrsued

          Back in the 80’s we would only get new stuff at either Photokina, The PHOTO East Show (Now PDN) and PMA. With the Winter Olympics in February, I’m betting in October for November Delivery.

          One or two lenses and a D4 Upgrade, like a D4s.

          And I’m even willing to predict NO XQD on the next Pro Body.

          I started a Thread on Sportsshooter on the XQD and it was around 25% Using vs. 75% NOT using and NOT liking XQD. This is mostly a Pro Body with a Feature that almost nobody is using.

          • Joseph Li


            But why a D4s after merely a year of D4 release? I would believe in D4x or something to battle Canon’s 75mp sensor. D4s after a year sounds like admitting D4 as a big failure. And if D4 is 6k I wonder how much should a D4s be priced at, 8k? that’s certainly a bit too much even for super clean ISO at 12800

            If the XQD is dying, wonder why is lexar joining Sony with all the xqd releases. I am sure the memory guys done their research, hopefully.

            • yrsued

              The D4 was announced in Jan 2012, but it was late!! It was supposed to be out in Nov 2011

              IMHO, after looking at Nikon for the last few years, a D4X will NOT happen

              I do this for a living and I don’t even use the D800’s 36MP!! My Images are reduced for Magazine Covers and even in Double Trucks, they are too big.

              Lexar joined last year, and they are paying for it!!

              My Source in a “Large Pro Store in NYC” has told me that XQD is NOT SELLING!! And she knows!!

              Most Sports Shooters I know, like me, don’t use it!! It’s a pain to go to the field with two Readers and two sets of cards!!

              I have a Gut feeling about CFAST!!

              Then, after 30 years in the business, what do I know, right??

  • Bruno Vieira

    I don’t doubt this will be kit lens for the D400… In a matter of fact I could almost bet on it!!!… Nikon has been constantly disappointing me for a while now!….

  • LarryC

    Nikon is defining the DX for what it is becoming – a lower cost consumer format. Nikon knows the future is FX with sufficient pixel density, processor speed and ISO capability as to make DX irrelevant for prosumer and pro users. Are we there yet, maybe not to everyone’s satisfaction, but it’s close enough that Nikon has to assess the value in developing more prosumer/pro oriented DX cameras.

    • spicynujac

      I think the future is in DX, micro 4/3 and smaller systems. FX is not the future; it is the best consumer level photography system available today. But advances in technology mean that you don’t need a sensor several inches across to achieve the same quality that you used to.
      Just look around–there were a lot more medium format film cameras 10 years ago than there are MF digital today, because you just don’t need that large a sensor with digital. Look at the amazing advances with the iphone and nokia’s lumia phone that take incredible pictures with very tiny sensors. No, the future, if anything, is for DX or smaller. The future may not even include DSLRs which are large and bulky. The only area where DX is personally inferior for me is in low light performance, but it is improving all the time.

  • David B

    Well because 18-200VR one can get pretty cheap these days – used ones are in $300 range. But they are rather large and heavy even on D7000 body. They are ok on D300 body. 18-300 is even larger and heavier. 18-55 is useless. 18-135 was a very sharp and useful lens for D80 as it was a kit. so 18-140 with VR and the fact that it is probably going to be a light lens in weight with plastic mount, would be a perfect kit vacation lens for a D7000/7100 body. Add Sigma 16-35/1.8 for low light use and you got yourself a vacation kit for most occasions.

    • Maertyn


    • Spy Black

      The 18-200 is a piece of crap. It’s too wide of a zoom range and suffers optically through the entire range. It’s merely a convenience lens. The 18-300? Well…

      • David B

        actually 18-200 is ok between 18 to about 105. in comparison to other super zooms. but then it is soft anywhere at tele end. 18-135 was sharp throughout but had a lot of distortion as Nikon went all out for sharpness with 18-135. 18-105 was not as sharp as 18-135 but had VR. now perhaps 18-140 will be both sharp as 18-135 and have VR?

        • Spy Black

          You’re correct, it’s OK. Just OK…

  • capa

    So we’ve got an 18-105, 18-200, 18-300 and now an 18-140. Yet no 18mm f/2.8 DX prime. Nikon’s DX lens lineup has been bonkers for 14 years straight now.

    • Glen

      I have the 18-55 (both VR and non-VR), 18-70, 18-105, 18-200, and 18-300 but I always felt like my line-up had a whole in it between 105 and 200. This will really feel that gap nicely (although I would have preferred 18-150).

      • you’re joking, right?

      • Sports

        Hey, where’s the 18-250 ?!?!

        • Glen

          Luckily I have the Tamron to cover that range. This is what happens when Nikon neglects a certain focal range – third party manufacturer’s fill the gap.

      • Dpablo unfiltered

        I don’t know if you’re joking or not, but the lens is nice and small and the longer zooms aren’t. If the optics are good and the price is low then it’s good for your company.

      • Aaron Carn


    • Mark

      Why would anyone ever need an 18/2.8? There are a multitude of zooms that cover that. How about let’s be serious photographers and ask for an 18mm F/1.4.


      • El Aura

        The zooms start at f/3.5, two-thirds of stop slower. And the general hope is probably that a 18 mm f/2.8 would be noticeably more compact than even the 18-55 mm lens.

  • Pat Mann


  • Glen

    Man, I wish I had known about this sooner. I already spent my camera budget for the year on the 80-400.

  • RondoX

    Nikon D400 WE ARE: Still Waiting.


    So this replaces the former 18-135 f3.5-5.6. THAT was (is) phenomenal little “pocket rocket” lens which I still regularly use. It’s razor sharp and renders colors very well. Sure it’s got some weird lens distortion, but so does my $1700 24-70 f2.8… If they at least maintained, or bettered, the optics from the 18-135, then this mid-zoom should back a good punch for a “daily shooter” lens on the DX platform.

  • Glen

    Count me in for the pre-order! This will be perfect for when I need more reach than my 18-105 but don’t want to carry the weight of my 18-200!

    • outkasted

      lmfao you are complaining about weight of your 18-200? Are you friggin’ serious?

      • Conguero

        Well I can understand him. The 18-200 is too heavy in the front and this makes for a very unbalanced system even when paired with a D7000. Even if this combination is by far not so heavy as a D800+70-200/2.8 for example, the missing balance with the 18-200 makes you tired carrying it around very soon!

      • Glen

        Just to be clear, the post was a joke.

        • umeshrw

          I remember Nathan Poe’s law.

  • Steve

    Nikon just seem to follow Canon so I guess we can expect a tiny D2000 soon as an alternative to the 100D, maybe with pdaf on sensor…. and a D400 with this as kit lens…to follow the 70D…. again with pdaf on sensor…. I was hoping for a 16-80 f/4 but it seems we’ll get another shitty dx zoom instead.

    • This is actually a very possible scenario.

      • PhilG.

        But a D400 following the 70D, that wouldn’t make it more like a D7100s ?

        • No, I think more like a new D2000

          • peterw

            what’s in a name…
            A rose would… etc.

            I mean: what kind of a camera would that be, this D2000? Something below D3100? or something beyond D300(s)?
            It sounds like the former.

            • Below D3200. Actually the correct name will probably be D1000 and not D2000.

            • peterw

              thanks. I’ll put my actual savings for the D800 on your D1000. 🙂
              (if its going to be smaller than D3200 it’ll be almost like a Nikon v/j… will it be cross-over, hybrid or mutant…)

              (How much cheaper would a D800 be when they leave out the mirror, pentaprism, AF-unit and -motor…)
              when do you guess the announcement will take place? september?

        • I think Nikon is holding off on the D400 until Canon announces a 7Dmk2.

          • Aaron Carn

            Nikon holds off for 7Dmk2 … Canon holds off for D400…..
            One of them just needs to get on with it.

    • Glen

      Why wouldn’t it be a D1000 to maintain the odd numbering scheme for the consumer DX bodies? Then we would have 1xxx, 3xxx, 5xxx, 7xxx

      • Yes, I think it will be a D1000 – it makes sense with the odd numbering scheme for entry level DSLR cameras.

  • EnPassant

    Rejoice! The 10th(!) 18-xx(x) consumer kit-lens is coming soon!
    I’d rather expected we would get a DX 16-xx/4 VR lens instead.
    But I guess Nikon saw a hole in theír 18- kit-lens line-up between 105 and 200mm that needed be filled first before coming with a couple of decent DX WA primes and a 58-70 mm fast portrait prime.
    But maybe some day in my next life … So let’s be patient!

  • nikomment

    I understand everyone’s frustration, but for me its a Guilty Pleasure:

    I like this FL range. It’s great for a one-lens very-light travel solution. It’s slow, but quality will probably be above average. I used a Sigma 18-125
    for travel. It was okay until it broke. This will be better in every way and
    smaller than the 18-200, I assume.

    • MyrddinWilt

      It is 490g as opposed to 565g.

      Thats not a great deal of difference. I suspect the main attraction for Nikon is likely that they can probably make this one lens for more or less the same as it costs to make an 18-55 and 55-200 and most people will be happier with it.

  • NAq

    I am quite a fan of my 18-105 Nikkor, but if I have sufficient money, I’ll step up for the 18-140. One stop improved VR, more reach with the same near focus distance are only small improvements, but if Nikon managed to improve the sharpness further, I would be a happy buyer. We must admit, that we have seen reviews of 24 mpix DX bodies paired with 18-105, where corner/edge sharpness suffers. I hope, there will be an improvement there – and there will be an improvement also on the tele end sharp gradient vignetting. 18-105 is a bit old (so this refreshment was about to come), though, still a worthy warrior in the lens palette.

  • David

    Would have been a world-beater if only the bottom end was 16 instead of 18. The existing 16-85 needs to be stretched into a 16-105. I’d trade the reach for a little more wide.

  • delayedflight

    I think this is a good release for Nikon when you look at it from a sales point of view. Hopefully it will perform on par with Canon’s 18-135 STM which means that it’s another reason for people to choose Nikon over Canon, in turn meaning Nikon has more money to put into lenses and body development.

    A lot of enthusiasts here seem to miss that Nikon needs to refresh not just the good stuff but their consumer level lenses to keep parity with Canon. Hopefully this will be the replacement for the 18-105 as it’s sorely in need of a successor especially when you compare it to Canon’s 18-135 STM offering in their competing kits.

    Yes we all want the awesome lenses but something has to fund them and it’s the consumer sales do just that.

  • Milos

    how about 17-55mm f2 VRIII and 24-70mm f2 VRIII

  • frumors

    go fuck yourself

  • outkasted

    I am going to go out on a limb and say that the next D400 will be mirrorless and will be a BEAST of a Camera. Sony has tested their mirrorless DSLR”s and seem to be doing ok. I think Nikon D400 will be first to follow suit. Pro-Mirrorless DX body that will catch the world by storm. You watch I called it here first!

    • I don’t think will happen, but it is exactly what I want!

      I don’t care about mirrors and pentaprisms, I care about lenses, lens compatibility, dynamic range, high ISO abilities, good colour rendition, big sensors, and having all the dials and buttons I need right at my fingertips.

    • MyrddinWilt

      I can’t see any point to DX mirrorless. It would be one more system to support with lenses but the results would be barely distinguishable from the CX range and people would still be yelling for an FX mirrorless.

      It really isn’t the sensor, it is all about the lens. Mirrorless only gives advantage over an SLR at the wide end. Take a look at where the rear element is on a telephoto and you will see that the mirror box is not in the way at all.

  • Shaul Boilov

    The lens is up on the Nikon site, priced at 600$

  • Sonikon

    There are a few retailers that have this lens listed as the kit lens for the D7100, Has me wondering about the retail price of this lens since the D7100 bodies are selling for less than $1100 and the kit with this lens is retailing for $1549

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