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We spent some time investigating binoculars; if you're going to spend this kind of money it's not an impulse buy. Extensive internet research narrowed down the magnification we needed to 8x or 10x, but when we tried them out locally we found the higher magnification made it harder to keep a bird in the centre of view. Some of the more expensive binoculars we rejected because they were more tricky to hold, being a quite slippery hard plastic. These have a soft touch rubberised 'armour' casing which means they're easy to hold firmly, and don't slip through your fingers. We bought them for an upcoming trip to Norway for watching wildlife, and have been trying them out bird watching from our 3rd floor flat. The neckstrap is padded like our Nikon DSLR camera, and they have the same quality build and feel. Wearing glasses can be a problem with binoculars because the distance from the eye cup to the viewing angle is often wrong, but the eye cups on this pair swivel in and out so that you don't lose any of the field of view. We've both found that we can easily focus without removing our specs. There are objective lens covers which attach to each one and flip down, so shouldn't get lost like completely removable covers. The cover for the eyepieces is an all-in-one plastic thing, not so good in all honesty. But all of this is nothing if the glass inside is poor quality. It's not - it's fabulous, providing a very bright clear image that's like watching a nature programme on TV. It's really very, very good! We have a 20-60x spotting scope (not Nikon) on a tripod which we use to watch boats in the harbour, but the glass is nothing like as good, with considerable aberration at the edges. The weight is not uncomfortable, we've taken them on walks and they're absolutely fine. A really minor negative is the storage bag which is way too loose, perhaps made for the whole range rather than these specific binoculars. We are absolutely delighted with this pair of binoculars, they really are awesome. Can't wait to take them to Norway!
I have had various binoculars over the years, some as dear as these and some not so dear, the Nikon Monarch 5 8 x 42 optics are very precise, with a clean, clear and bright view which really give the likes of Swarovski and Bushnell a real run for their money.
The binoculars are black and with a rubbery texture which is great when your out and about, they feel good quality and the eyecups have 3 notches to allow people with spectacles to easily use them, the binoculars come with rubber attached lens protectors which are really good, the product also comes with a 10 year Nikon warranty which is very good and helped my decision knowing Nikon cover this product for so long.
My only gripe is that the case is rather a cheap fabric case which lets the product down just a bit for protection.
I paid £249 for these binos and I had to wait for a week or so as they were out of stock.
All in all a great pair of all round binoculars that should last you a long time if you look after them. Hope this helps your decision.
I wondered if I'd done the right thing after ordering these as I already had a decent pair of 8x25 binoculars and had been thinking about gettting a pair of 10x40s. After reading the reviews I decided to go for these though and I have no regrets. Great clear images, especially for viewing birds at a distance which is what I wanted them for. A bonus is that the lens caps and eye caps stay attached (but don't get in the way) so little chance of losing them. The strap is comforatble and well-padded. All in all, I'm very happy with these.
Delivered ahead of expectations (thank you).. surprisingly weighty compared with what you may think of the product photos..which makes me think of good quality..they just “feel” robust....optics are great...from a previous life at sea, anything above 7x or 8x magnification is a waste of time for hand-holding..and even these might benefit from tripod mounting...my only quibble is the neck strap being devoted to the binoculars themselves, rather than the carry case..take them out, and what do you do with the case itself..? maybe an extra neck strap for the case would help..I’ll work on that..
I have these in 8 x 42, I mention this as all the reviews seem to get lumped together. They are rubber clad so are water resistant and generally are a pleasant enough item. Trouble is the actual light gathering, image clarity is not a patch on my old ones. I had these for over 40 years and they came from a company called English who were a small specialist maker in Essex. I bouht them from the factory shop for about 30 quid which is probably the equivalant of hundreds these days. English were big into top range telescopes so the lenses were superb. Sadly after so long they gave up the ghost and I neede new ones. These are ok, but not as good.