Nikon 18-140mm vs Nikon 55-200mm


Let’s go for detailed comparisons between two Nikon lenses: one is AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G and other is AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II. The first one is an outstanding grab-and-go lens that delivers beautiful ultra-sharp photos and videos with softly blurred backgrounds and the next one is  small and lightweight zoom lens—ideal for travel and everyday use.

Also, the 18-140mm offers versatile 7.8x zoom range (18mm to 140mm) lets you shoot everything from wide-angle family portraits to telephoto close-ups on the sports field.

Specification Comparison


Nikon 18-140mm

Nikon 55-200mm

Focal Length 18 – 140mm
Comparable 35mm Equivalent on DX Format Focal Length: 27 – 210 mm
55 – 200mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 82 – 300 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 – 5.6
Minimum: f/22 – 38
Maximum: f/4 – 5.6
Minimum: f/22 – 32
Format Compatibility Nikon DX
FX in DX Crop Mode
Nikon DX
Minimum Focus Distance 1.48′ (45 cm) 3.70′ (1.13 m)
Elements/Groups 17/12 13/9
Diaphragm Blades 7, Rounded 7, Rounded
Image stabilization Yes Yes
Autofocus Yes Yes
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.07 x 3.82″ (78 x 97 mm) Approx. 2.70 x 3.20″ (6.86 x 8.13 cm)
Weight 490 g 301 g

From the above specifications table it is cleared that the Nikon 18-140mm is great lens for group shots, landscapes etc. etc. plus  Zoom in for 140mm of telephoto reach—enough zoom to capture close-ups of the player running on the field, effortlessly. On the other side, Nikon 55-200mm is also good for group shots but its zoom range starts from 55mm, which is not wider than its competitor Nikon 18-140mm.

For dazzling macro-style close-ups, Nikon 18-140mm allows you to get as close as 1.48-feet from your subjects. Interestingly, both Lenses implements image stabilization technology for sharper handheld photos and videos in low-light situations and at telephoto distances.

Nikon 18-140 mm utilizes 17 elements and 12 groups to render beautiful and super sharp images including Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass for better contrast and Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for ultra-fast, ultra-quiet autofocusing.

Look at the DXOMARK results of both the lenses

Nikon 18-140mm vs Nikon 55-200mm (overall score)

Nikon 18-140 mm(21) Nikon 55-200mm (19)
55-200mm dxomark-test


Verdict- Based on the specification comparison as well as DXOMark SCORE of both the lenses we recommend you to get Nikkor 18-140mm lens.

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