Nikon Z DX 18-140mm F3.5-6.3 VR Review

December 6, 2021 | Mark Goldstein | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star


The Nikon Z DX 18-140mm F3.5-6.3 VR is a small, lightweight all-in-one zoom lens that is well-suited for general everyday shooting, covering everything from wide-angle landscapes to up close and personal telephoto shots.

We reviewed it in conjunction with the Nikon Z50, where its main selling points are its diminutive size and weight, effective built-in stabilisation and its sheer versatility - this really is a lens that you can leave mounted on the camera at all times.

Optically the Z DX 18-140mm is a surprisingly good performer given the zoom range on offer, being sharp in the centre throughout most of the available focal lengths. The edge performance isn't in the same league as the centre, but that's perhaps forgivable given the modest asking price and the versatility that this lens provides.

Chromatic aberrations and distortion are well-controlled in both the JPEG and Raw files, the bokeh from the 7-blade aperture is quite nice, sunstars at f/16 are quite well defined and flare isn't that evident even when shooting directly into the sun. vignetting is a little heavy when shooting wide-open, but that's our only real complaint.

This lens' main concession to its low price-point is build quality - it has an all-plastic construction, right down to the plastic lens mount and filter threads.

Whether this causes any long-term issues remains to be seen, but if you're a stickler for a metal construction, you'll need to look elsewhere - £$599 is admittedly a lot of money to pay for a lens that has a plastic mount.

There are also no accessories included with the Z 18-140mm, other than the front and rear lens caps, so there's no hood or case included in the box.

Overall, the Nikon Z DX 18-140mm F3.5-6.3 VR is a surprisingly good all-in-one zoom that certainly fulfills the brief of one lens that can handle most situations, without too many compromises...

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4.5
Features 4.5
Ease-of-use 4.5
Image quality 4
Value for money 4