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Nikon Binoculars Review

by Brenda Potts 24. August 2011 07:28
Brenda Potts

I didn't think I would find a reasonably priced, light weight bino that I like better than my Nikon-SHE Safari binocular for bowhunting. Don't get me wrong, I still love the SHE Safari binos because they are so small, made for a woman, super light weight and they are available in cool colors with a beautiful carrying bag. My SHE binos took a beating last year as I wore them on all my Midwestern hunts  and they stood up to the abuse very well.


But the new Nikon Pro Staff 7 Binocular has a great feel and fit. If you want me to get all technical and discuss things like angular field of view (whether it's apparent/degrees versus real/degrees) or objective diameter, well, I'm not. You can go online and check out all the techy stuff. I am just impressed with hands on performance and practical use. But here are a few facts - the phase correction coated roof prisms result in higher resolution. They also have a high eye point design which I really like and the rubber armouring provides a comfortable grip and shock resistance. They are also light weight which I appreciate even more.

Left to right Pro Staff 7,   EDG 10x42,    EDG 8x32,    SHE Safari 10x36


Of course the EDG are still the top of the line bino from Nikon. They are great for every type of hunt but I used them mostly on my western hunts where lots of long range glassing was required. 
I have to admit it is so funny to see warnings and cautions in the instructions in several languages that tell the user to "never look at the sun directly while using binoculars," or "do not look through the binoculars while walking, you may walk into something and get hurt" or "do not swing the binoculars by their straps, they may hit someone and cause injury." Well duh!
It is good to read the instructions. If I had done so when I first got my EDG binos I would have realized the reason I could not get them to focus precisely was because the diopter had not yet been adjusted to my eye. The diopter adjustment ring is covered by the focus ring and made apparent by pulling out the focusing ring, so it is not apparent at first glance. It is a simple adjustment once you read the instructions. Once again, well duh!


The EDG binos have very bright, clear fields of view with sharper, clearer images all the way to the lens periphery.  I noticed this was a huge help in long range glassing over lots of wide open terrain.  And their ability to let you see well into the late hours of the day as light quickly fades are another big advantage. Plus they are waterproof.


I also like the design of the protective eyecap with a neck strap eyelet so it will not get separated from the binocular (I am notorious for losing those things if they are not attached in some way).  You may use optional horn-shaped rubber eyecups that come with the binocular. These are easy to slip on and off as needed but cannot be used with eyeglasses. The objective lens caps attach to the body of the binos and are easy to slip on and off quietly.  I noticed they sometimes pop open if you lay the binos down horizontally on a flat hard surface. They can be removed if you prefer not to use them at all. The focusing ring is large, smooth and easy to adjust with either hand.

I recommend the Nikon lens cleaning kit that is compact and easy to carry with you in a pocket or pack.


For the past couple weeks we have been watching big bucks in the bean fields in the evenings and have been able to use the new Nikon EDG and Pro Staff 7. So far, both are impressive. The true test will begin in a couple weeks. We will let you know how both binos make it through the season.

 

 

 

Nikon EDG Fieldscope or Binocular Earns YOU a FREE Camera Kit!

by Bow Staff 8. August 2010 17:39
Bow Staff

Time Still Left On Nikon's Take It to The EDG Promo!

With 60 days left, consumers still have time to purchase any Nikon EDG Fieldscope or binocular and receive a free D3000 camera kit.

"The "Take it to the EDG "promo is without a doubt one of the best values Nikon has ever been able to offer our customers," said Jon Allen, Nikon Sport Optic's General Manager. "You get a great binocular or fieldscope to use and a camera to capture those in-the-field memories."

Nikon's D-3000 kit includes an 18-55mm lens and is a $549.95 value. Purchasers simply visit Nikonpromo.com for the redemption form and mail it to Nikon with their purchase information. Nikon then ships the free D-3000 directly to the customer. Purchases of the EDG product must be made by October 31st and all redemption forms must be postmarked by November 30th to be eligible for the D-3000. For complete details, visit the previously mentioned website.

Nikon's EDG binocular harnesses the optical superiority of Nikon's legendary and costly ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass to push the limits of optical perfection. Coveted by the world's greatest photographers in Nikon's legendary Nikkor® lenses, this exclusive glass was developed to eliminate chromatic aberration that occurs when light rays of varying wavelengths pass through optical glass. Nikon EDG binoculars offer the same results to the world's most serious optics users-high contrast, high resolution images that are razor sharp and free of flare.

Nikon's EDG optical system incorporates phase-correction coated roof prisms to enhance resolution, as well as dielectric coated sub-prisms to maximize light transmission. Interacting with fully multicoated lenses and ED glass, the high-grade prisms deliver extremely bright, clear, vivid images across the periphery of the viewing field. EDG Binoculars are available in 10x, 8x and 7x42 models as well as 10x and 8x32mm.

The EDG Fieldscope line's proven glass means sharp, clean edge-to-edge clarity and resolution while the fully multicoated lenses guarantee premium brightness.

Larger, 85mm and 65mm lenses allow for a wider field of view-and both models come complete with an EDG zoom eyepiece, and are compatible with a new series of interchangeable EDG fixed power eyepieces for custom viewing. The EDG Fieldscope line is available in an angled or straight body to suit any expedition.

 

 

 

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Nikon Binoculars: As tough as They Come

by John Mueller 25. September 2008 14:06
John Mueller

I have had my pair of 10x42 Nikon Monarch Binoculars since 2005. I first bought them to take on my Elk Hunt to New Mexico. Now I use them every time I am in the woods whether hunting or not. They are a great tool for long range scouting. They were definately a couple of steps above my old Tasco model.


One of my favorite features of this model is the rubber coating on the housing. It serves a dual purpose. It protects the unit form severe shocks and dings. And believe me mine has seen their share of dings. No worse for the wear tho.  And it makes them very quiet when they come into contact with metal or plastic objects on your jackets, safety harnesses and tree stands. That was really annoying on my last pair. Those metal buttons and zippers really made a racket when the binos rub against them. Always at the wrong time too.

The view through the lenses of these binos are crystal clear. Makes it easy to tell if that movement you saw was a big old buck or a trophy squirrel. The light gathering ability is great when those last minutes of daylight are slipping away too. Lets you know if it's safe to slip out of your stand or if you are being watched.

The 10 power is great choice for the average hunter. Any more magnafication and you loose to much field of view.

All in all I have been extremely happy with my Nikon Monarchs. If I lost them tomorrow I would have to get another pair just like them. Mine really take a beating during bow season. Between bouncing around in my truck cab and clanking off of everything as they swing from my neck, they have been put through the torture test.

 If you need a new pair of binos or just want to upgrade, you can purchase these from the Bowhunting.com shopping page by clicking here

 




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