Product Comparison: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR vs Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED

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General Specifications
AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED
About the Product
A versatile DX-format zoom lens with broad 18-140mm focal range. With a compact and lightweight build this is a great walkabout lens. Offering wide-angle to telephoto coverage, it's ideal for entry-level users who want the flexibility to shoot a wide variety of subjects without changing lenses.
The AF-S VR 70-300 f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED is a high-performance super telephoto zoom lens that has been designed to meet the demands of both digital and 35mm format SLR users. It offers a 4.3x zoom with a range of 70-300mm (105-450mm on a DX Nikon D-SLR) and features ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements that ensure superior optical performance.
Key Specs
Mount Type
Nikon F-Bayonet
Nikon F-Bayonet
Maximum Aperture
5.6 /f
5.6 /f
Minimum Focal Length
18 millimeters
70 millimeters
Maximum Focal Length
140 millimeters
300 millimeters
Lens Type
Telephoto zoom
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Camera Lens
  • Really nice lens. Gives you just right amount of focal length for walking around.
  • This lens very versatile, the 18-140 range covers virtually everything I need, so this is usually the lens on my camera.
  • Lens sharpness is good esp central region across the focal range even at 140mm f5.6 (it's surprisingly sharp here).
  • I am very impressed with this lens. It does everything I want, going from wide angle to telephoto and good aperture, leading to good exposure.
  • Sharpness, zoom range, max aperture, build quality, size and weight, price, and projected image size are amazing.
Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED
  • Wide enough aperture for most purposes, while maintaining a relatively light and compact lens.
  • This lens is able to achieve excellent image quality throughout its range, while maintaining a size and weight which are a joy to use.
  • It is compact and covers the most commonly used range of focal lengths.
  • I like to use this kind of focal length for cityscapes, such as London, where the lens is relatively understated, but still having some decent pulling power.
  • It was a great lens but I was looking for the longer focal length and an improvement in quality.
Size & Weight
3 in.
3.1 in.
3 in.
3.1 in.
3.8 in.
5.6 in.
17.3 oz.
26.3 oz.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Camera Lens
  • Sharp,light and nice range but still a compact size. I love it! Reommended!
  • It's quite a hefty beast and fitted on the D7100 it's not a light weight package but I've walked up lots of mountains in the month I've had it and not had a problem.
  • It is still half the weight of a full frame camera with the equivalent lens. It has been a total game changer for me.
  • From the short time that I have had to use this lens I am glad that I have chosen this size over the shorter standard zoom.
  • The balance is very good on this combination and not too heavy to carry around all day.
Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED
  • It is very well built, compact and (comparatively) lightweight.
  • It's light enough not to require support every time you get it out of your bag.
  • I was concerned about the overall length, as my favourite camera bag is quite dinky, but the 70-300 is really quite compact and pretty lightweight too.
  • For a 300 mm lens at this price, it's got genuinely useful features, it's compact, not too heavy and impressively sharp - Fantastic value!
  • If you are looking for a lightweight telephoto this probably is not for you, it is pretty heavy to carry but does balance well on camera.
Minimum Focus Distance
17.7 in.
58.8 in.
Field Of View
76° - 11°30'
34°20'-8°10' / 22°50'-5°20'
Zoom Type
Auto Focus, Manual Focus
Manual/Auto Focus
Optical Stabilization
What customers say about "Imaging"
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Camera Lens
  • It's able to maintain good image quality and sharpness across the range which is something neither of the other lenses can really manage.
  • The optical results are very good with the image stabilisation most welcome, especially at the long end of the zoom.
  • The focus is very smooth and easy to use it just feels like quality I love this lens.
  • I was surprised at the great quality of this lens considering the fantastic price. Good bokeh, sharp focus and fast. I highly recommend this.
  • Work well, solid build, no issues so far. Nice pictures even at high zoom, good focus, all is well.
Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED
  • As a club photographer I find the image quality is everything I need.
  • Using on D750 clear sharp images, great range, fast focus and great image stabilisation.
  • Fantastic lens, bit heavy but images really nice, I am a beginner to photography but i pleased.
  • Great lens. Gives sharp image, even in extreme telephoto mode. Not too heavy either.
  • Auto focus is rapid and spot-on.would definitely recommend to all Nikon D7100 users.
Brand Compatibility
Sensor Type Compatibility
FX Format / DX Format
Lens Groups and Elements
17 elements in 12 groups
17 elements in 12 groups
Number of Aperture Blades
Filter Diameter
67 millimeters
67 millimeters
IF Lens, Vibration Reduction, AF-S (Silent Wave Motor), Super Integrated Coating, AS stands for Aspherical lens elements, ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass
Vibration Reduction, AF-S (Silent Wave Motor), ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass, IF Lens
What customers say about "Features"
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Camera Lens
  • This lens is sharp throughout its range and the VR helps a lot in low light conditions.
  • The VR is actually a lot more useful than I thought it would be. It definitely sharpens things up when running and gunning handheld in the city.
  • The VR is a huge help for lower light conditions, and the focus is spot on. Great lens overall.
  • The notable features are an actual AF/MF switch, the ability to accept filters, and VR.
  • VR mode is simply on/off no setting for "active" for panning etc, not a huge problem but worth a mention.
Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED
  • The autofocus is fast and exceedingly quiet, and the VR is very effective, if a little spooky.
  • The Vibration Reduction is extremely effective enabling the use of much slower speeds than other telephotos with this focal range.
  • This is an immense lens, my pictures are so sharp thanks to the incredible Nikon VR image stabilisation system.
  • The vibration reduction is excellent as I used it on safari produced great photos even when in motion.
  • VR Stability works very well and I leave it on all the time. I have not tried the VR panning setting yet as I tend not to do this and so it stays in full control.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
Other Information
499.95 $
499.95 $

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