differences

Reasons to consider the Nikon AF-S DX 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

More zoom 7.8x vs 5.3x
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Around 50% more zoom, giving you more flexibility for photos
Better telephoto 140 mm vs 85 mm
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More than 60% more reach, less perspective distortion
Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Learn more about
the Nikon AF-S DX 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

Reasons to consider the Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX

Slightly smaller diameter 71 mm vs 78 mm
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Around 10% smaller lens at the end
Slightly shorter 86 mm vs 97 mm
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More than 10% shorter
Nikon Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX Learn more about
the Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX

similarities

Compared to digital camera lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Image stabilization Very good image stabilization Help
Nikon VR
Zoom range Great zoom Help
AF-S DX 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR7.8x
16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX 5.3x
Auto focus Auto focus Help
Easier to use
Prime lens Both are zoom lenses Help
Typically not as sharp as prime lenses
Fixed aperture Both are variable aperture lenses Help
Narrower aperture at longer focal lengths

Compared to digital camera lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Wide minimum Wide aperture Help
f/22
Zoom range Poor zoom Help
AF-S DX 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR7.8x
16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX 5.3x

competitors

Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Competitors

Nikon Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX

Nikon Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX

Travel lens

Zoom range Less zoom
Nikon Nikkor  70-300mm f/4-5.6G

Nikon Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G

Wildlife lens

$134

Wide minimum Significantly narrower aperture
Max focal length Better telephoto
Focus motor Doesn't have a silent focus motor
Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR

Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR

Travel lens

$589 - $697

Zoom range Much more zoom
Max focal length Better telephoto
Wide minimum Much wider aperture

Nikon Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX Competitors

Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM

Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM

Portrait lens

$369

Fixed aperture Has a constant aperture
Aperture Wider aperture
Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II

Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II

Travel lens

$647

Zoom range Much more zoom
Image stabilization Better image stabilization
Wide minimum Much wider aperture
Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Nikon F

Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Nikon F

Wide angle lens

$350 - $449

Aperture Wider aperture
Wide minimum Much wider aperture

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