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Old Monday 3rd April 2017, 05:44   #1
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Nikon's 100th Anniversary binoculars officially announced

8x30 E II 100th Anniversary Edition:
WX 7x50 IF/WX 10x50 IF 100th Anniversary Editions:

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Thanks for the links, fazalmajid. Personally, I'd have chosen the 8x32SE for the 100th anniversary, but I can understand why the 8x30EII was chosen instead... it really is the direct descendant of the old 8x30A. I wonder if Nikon USA will import any? Limited edition of 400 units worldwide.
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Thanks for the links, fazalmajid. Personally, I'd have chosen the 8x32SE for the 100th anniversary, but I can understand why the 8x30EII was chosen instead... it really is the direct descendant of the old 8x30A. I wonder if Nikon USA will import any? Limited edition of 400 units worldwide.
Well, I am more interested in the WX 7x50 super-wide for astronomy purposes, but the rumored price of $5-6K means I won't be able to afford them.
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If accurate, that's pretty expensive! But Nikon has simultaneously announced the WX series as a stand-alone product line, independent of the anniversary. http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/spor..._x50/index.htm
So hopefully, the $5-6k figure that has been rumored is the price of the anniversary edition, with the standard models being somewhat less.
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Only 400 8x30 EII 100 Year Centennial binoculars will be made for world wide sale. That isn't very many.

Nikon could sell all 400 in Japan in less than a week!

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Pictures of the WX came out last year some time. I believe they were posted here on Bird Forum.

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Only 400 8x30 EII 100 Year Centennial binoculars will be made for world wide sale. That isn't very many.

Nikon could sell all 400 in Japan in less than a week!

Bob
Perhaps this will relaunch these splendid binoculars in the market place.
Nikon makes porros that really perform well beyond their price level. All they need is a little marketing support, something Nikon has been deficient in for a while.
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Only 400 8x30 EII 100 Year Centennial binoculars will be made for world wide sale. That isn't very many.

Nikon could sell all 400 in Japan in less than a week!

Bob
Since when does Nikon want to make a (much needed) profit with Binoculars?
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Since when does Nikon want to make a (much needed) profit with Binoculars?

I don't think Nikon is looking for or has even considered the profits they might make from the sales of a limited run of 400 Collectible 100th Year Anniversary binoculars. They are a small but important part of the Nikon Corporation's Centennial Celebration.

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The way Nikon neglects its binos, I was thinking in a more general way. Probably should have added this:
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7x50 and 10x50 WX: http://www.holgermerlitz.de/nikon_wx/nikon_wx2.html

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Wonderful glass, judging by this review.
Not sure about the profit part though, I don't know of many wealthy astronomers.
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Nikon's 100th Anniversary binoculars officially announced

I like the WX model but at almost 11 inch long thats why too long for me.

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Holger Merlitz has a new review of the new Nikon WX series binoculars.

He was very impressed with them.

They are at another level in this class, for the entire wide FOV.

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I like the WX model but at almost 11 inch long thats why too long for me.
You must be joking if you think the WX model is too long, it is a
heavy specialist astronomy binocular. It is normally tripod mounted.

The length is not important, to those that would consider buying one.

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They should really be thought of as binocular telescopes, in the same vein as the legendary Takahashi 22x60.
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Some of my astronomy friends have spent several times the cost of a Nikon WX binocular on their telescopes and mounts. A mount can be $10,000.

I doubt that any of them would buy the Nikon WX, but they are world class astro photographers and not much into visual astronomy.

A Zeiss 20x60S is more probable despite the very curved field and being rather user unfriendly. But the Nikon WX seems more unfriendly for hand held use. The Takahashi 22x60 even less useful handheld.

I would probably prefer a 12x50 or 15x70 Nikon WX.
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In Holland the price is 6.800 euro for the 10 x 50. For comparison, the Swarovski EL 10x50 W B Swarovision costs 2.400 euro!!

https://store.nikon.nl/sport-optics-...ls#picturestab
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Personally, I would have problems with the Nikon WX.
For astronomy a straight through binocular has to be hand held, especially when looking at elevations above 40 degrees.

In my 40s I often hand held the 20x80 Celestron for 20 minutes, but not longer. Some of my astronomy club buddies couldn't. It weighs about 2.5kg.
It was agreed on a trip to La Palma that Comet Halley was best in my Celestron 20x80 rather than any telescope or other binocular we had.

It may be that if I looked through a Nikon WX I would want one.
It would need a recliner and special mount taking all the weight.

If Canon produced a light weight 22x56 IS binocular I would get it. Maybe a 25x56 IS would be even better.

The Nikon WX should be fine for a strong person.

I asked the milkman's son if he wanted a large pile of large format aircraft books that I had collected from the discount book warehouse.
He leaned over, without kneeling, and picked up the whole pile in one hand and one movement. He is slim and tall, but I had no idea that he was super strong. Quite something to see. I was having problems reading one book because of the size and weight.
He could, I think, hold a Nikon WX for hours.
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Something like this would be required:
http://www.universalastronomics.com/...tOverview.html
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There's a good conversation underway in Cloudy Nights as well about the Nikon WX binoculars. One of the guys has managed to to review both

https://www.cloudynights.com/topic/5...7#entry7945858

These would definitely be mounted on a parallelogram for extended use.

I personally wouldn't buy these but can see the appeal of a wide field (9* TFOV and 76* AFOV) instrument with a flat field edge to edge.

Milky Way gazing would be awesome.

To me these binoculars are more about what a top tier manufacturer can really achieve if set to it.

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Thanks Jeelan.
I read the review.

So what do I choose?

Nikon WX, maybe.
Dacia Sandero, no.
Suzuki Swift, maybe.
Questar.
Zeiss 20x60S.
Sony Alpha 9 and lens. Most attractive to me, although digital cameras depreciate steadily. Nikon WX wouldn't.

Thermal imaging camera of real use, helicopter, and E type Jag way more expensive.

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Dont forget the Docter Aspectum line of binoculars :-)

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Actually, going by other Nikon special edition collectables such as their rangefinder cameras with multicoated lenses, I expect the value of the Nikon WX to go down to 2/3 of present pricing.
This depends on how many are made.
I doubt that they will keep up with inflation and I don't think that they are an investment.
They are to be used.

Some rare Nikons do fetch high prices, such as 100,000 for the 220 deg 6mm? fisheye lens and some very rare cameras. These are not special editions.

What I want is the Minolta Standard EWA Porroprism binoculars with the same glass but fully multicoated with the addition of a 6x30 EWA, 6x24 EWA and 12x50 EWA.
Kronos, to the Russians credit, did try to make from 6x30 to 10x50, which I have, but they are poorly made mechanically.

A 6x24 Trinovid copy fully multicoated would also be appreciated. Even an Amplivid, but they seem to be more fragile.

It is all very well making a showpiece binocular. What is wanted is somewhat lesser binoculars at fair prices that actually do something that present day binoculars don't.
A Nikon Super Aculon fully multicoated range would suit me fine. Not expensive, but really wide field and usable for those who don't need glasses. If they can be made with extra eye relief that is fine but I don't need it and in fact many binoculars have far too much eye relief for me creating blackouts and problems.

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I can see this on the balcony of a beach front condo on a tripod overlooking the water,
or attached to a CouchPotato like chair for astronomy.
My issue is that it is only 7 or10x50, too heavy to handhold, too small for tripod astronomy.

My hope is larger models for astronomy, and cheaper clones down the line.

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