July 26, 2014
I bought this lens, used, from Henry's on July 11th. I have a 16-85 and an old, but very sharp, 35-105 which I use on a Nikon D7000. I learned a long time ago to let your shooting dictate what lenses you buy. I bought the 16-85, an excellent lens, because the smaller sensor on the 7000 meant that I had no wide angle zoom. I take a lot of pictures when I am walking my dogs in the off leash forest and increasingly found that the 16-85 wasn't as long as I would like for taking many dog pictures, the 35-105 while better for dogs was less useful in the forest and the 70-210 was generally only good for dogs in the open. The 18-140 is ideal. Wide enough for forest shots and very good for dog pictures. It has proven to be very sharp and I think its VR is better than the 16-85 (which may need to be checked). Its safe hand hold speed is a little higher (allowing for suddenly increasing the zoom) than the 16-85 but the VR seems to work very well just slightly below - i.e., 140mm is equivalent to 210 dull frame suggesting a speed of 1/250 but 1/180 works very well. Unlike its predecessor, the 18-135, the 18-140 has a metal mount ring giving a greater sense of security. My only concern is that the lens is somewhat lightly constructed - it feels lighter than the 16-85, is definitely lighter than the 35-105. I think it might take all three to match the weight of my trusty non-AF 35-135 - meaning that there is a trend to lighter construction that we need to learn to live with. I highly recommend this lens for an excellent focal range and sharpness at a good price.
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