Nikon MONARCH 5 12x42 Binoculars, Black
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- ED glass, dielectric high-reflective multilayer prism coating and advanced multilayer coating
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Product detailsSize:12x42 | Style:MONARCH 5
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 14.5 x 12.9 x 5.5 cm; 600 Grams
- Date First Available : 1 September 2017
- Manufacturer : Nikon Australia
- ASIN : B00CGY6PJI
- Item Model Number : Monarch 5
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Extra-low dispersion (ED) glass, All lenses and prisms multilayer-coated, phase-correction-coated roof prisms, 2.5m Close focusing distance, Waterproof (up to 1m/ for 10 minutes) and fog-free with nitrogen gas, soft-to-the-touch neck strap, flip-down obje Premium line-up of the finest instruments in the field of sport optics ED glass, dielectric high-reflective multilayer prism coating and advanced multilayer coating D2
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MONARCH 5 12x42
Made for intense use even under difficult light conditions, MONARCH 5 12x42 binoculars deliver what serious hunters and nature watchers look for: sharp bright images, a rugged design and high-comfort handling. Nikon's ED glass and multilayer-coated lenses make sure what you see is true to nature. Turn-and-slide rubber eyecups and a generous eye relief ensure easy positioning and quick finding of your object. MONARCH 5 binoculars are made for demanding conditions:
- The rubber armor provides a secure, comfortable grip.
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In the end I came across the Nikon Monarch 7 and couldn't be happier. I use these exclusively for birding and find them to be perfect for my needs. The quality is amazing and I have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone. Great product and a fraction of the price of what I was originally looking at.
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I was in a real quandary over 10x v 8x
All I read steered me to 8x - particularly for birding. I thought to buy the 8x first and supplement with 10x later, and use whichever set depending on my need.
This made sense - especially as I have a scope for higher magnification with which to supplement the 8x
But some instinct jumped in and I went 10x.
Turns out instinct paid off.
The FOV on these suit me fine (but I am used to using Aculon T11 zoom (also great for a budget set) but now I feel spoiled.
I was worried about shake on 10x and even bought a tripod/monopod mount to go with them but...turns out - I don’t need it.
I saved myself £250 by getting the 10x first as I now feel I don’t need the 8x...I’d done the other way round I feel I’d have bought 10x too.
Shake is minimal in my hands and FOV just fine for me on all circumstances - and I’ve given these a good go in the last couple of days
I won’t be needing the 8x now, I think.
As these Monarch 5’s compare...well: I looked through some Swarovski at the weekend at the local Shorewatch meet and, honestly...not so much difference.
These are bright, clear, sharp...some CA but nothing to worry about. And steady!
I’d recommend these very highly - whichever spec you go for.
I almost wish I’d not spent on the scope - these bins are SO good.
Obviously, i haven’t tried Monarch 5 8x42 but I’m certain they would be outstanding too.
Practically all my camera equipment is Nikon and I just love it for its quality and reliability, so I confined my choice to Nikon and although I couldn’t justify the massive cost of their top-of-the-range EDG binoculars, I set my heart on the next in line, the Monarch 7. The hardest decision was between 8x42 or 10x42. Most of the birding articles suggested 8x42 was the way to go but being an obstinate b***** I decided in the end to go with 10x42 for that extra bit of reach and I’m happy with that choice. I have strong arms and steady hands and I have no problem holding the image sufficiently steady, but this will be down to the individual.
The Monarch 7 simply oozes Nikon quality at its best. The lovely tactile rubber coating feels comfortable and secure in my hands and the relatively light weight means I can carry these around all day without fatigue.
The compactness versus performance is remarkable. Lens technology really has come a long way and the bright image that these ED lenses produce is truly impressive. In a dark wooded area they were picking out things that my naked eyes couldn’t even detect in the gloom. Colour rendering and contrast, something that often suffers in cheaper inferior binoculars, is also excellent and every bit as good as the top of the range Nikkor camera lenses I use. Once you achieve the correct focus the scene just leaps out at you.
Since I already own several tripods and monopods for my photography, I also purchased the Nikon TRA-3 Tripod/Monopod Adapter. To this I’ve permanently attached one of my Quick Release plates so that I can quickly mount or dismount the binoculars. The TRA-3 is quick and easy to attach and remove from the binoculars and is proving very useful for such things as setting up the tripod to observe a fixed position on one of our oak trees where a spotted woodpecker was busy searching for grubs yesterday.
I like the design of the rubber eyecups which can be smoothly rotated in and out in three click-stop increments to satisfy the eye relief of both glass wearers and non-glass wearers. The field of view is superb in both cases. The adjustable dioptre ring built into the right eyepiece is also very useful for correcting for your eyesight when you don’t want to be wearing your glasses.
The large central focusing knob is very smooth in action and just stiff enough to avoid over-shooting and unwanted drift. I found it easy to operate with just my forefinger and /or my thumb.
The rubber protective covers which simply snap into the rear objective lens recesses are an excellent fit and so easy to just flip down when you want to use the binoculars. The rubber straps which hold them to the body are not obtrusive, nor do they spoil the feel of the body in your hands so it’s sensible to leave them installed permanently.
I can’t say the same for the front plastic dual eyepiece cover however which is a bit of a design gaff in my opinion. They are a loose fit, there’s really nothing to keep them in place and they fall off easily. Nikon’s user guide describes attaching them to the neck strap but I hate things like this dangling around so I’ve opted to keep them off the neck strap preferring to stuff them in a pocket and only put them back on when returning the binoculars to their soft neoprene case, which is perfectly adequate by the way.
At the £420 which I paid for the Monarch 7 10x42 they are certainly not cheap but then true quality rarely is. I give this 5 stars and an enthusiastic recommendation and I’m sure they are going to give me years of reliable service and great pleasure.
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 use them for general bird watching and star gazing, they are very light to carry and very easy to set up and use - the image is very clear and sharp. I did a lot of research before purchasing a set of binoculars and was recommended to purchase the 8X42 Nikon Monarch 5's but for an extra few pounds I decided to go for the 10X42's instead - I have no regrets!