Join for FREE
It only takes a minute!
Magnifying the passion for nature. Zeiss Victory Harpia 95. New!

Welcome to BirdForum.
BirdForum is the net's largest birding community, dedicated to wild birds and birding, and is absolutely FREE! You are most welcome to register for an account, which allows you to take part in lively discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread
Old Saturday 1st July 2017, 18:22   #26
Binastro
Registered User

 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: S.England
Posts: 3,286
The Amateur Photographer for next Tuesday in the bookshops, is devoted to Nikon's 100th birthday.

The point is made that Nikon started out as a rangefinder and binocular maker for the Navy.
Binastro is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Sunday 2nd July 2017, 20:04   #27
Sollas
Registered User

 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Scotland
Posts: 102
Does anyone know how these compare with the Swarovski habicht 8x30. Seems comparable in style and price.
I currently have 8x32 SE and curious how they compare in clarity and brightness?

Any advice would be appreciated.
__________________
Common sense is not so common.
Sollas is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Sunday 2nd July 2017, 21:33   #28
MFoortjes
Registered User

 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Netherlands
Posts: 12
The Swarovski Habicht 8x30 is significantly brighter and also a bit sharper than the Nikon 8x30 EII. The focussing wheel on the Habicht is a little bit too stiff for my taste, but that's the price one have to pay cause of the waterproofness. BUT the Nikon only costs 2/3 or sometimes even 1/2 of the Swarovski and that's a real bargain IMHO.
MFoortjes is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Sunday 2nd July 2017, 22:43   #29
Paskman
Registered User
 
Paskman's Avatar

 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Sussex By The Sea
Posts: 282
Much prefer the Nikon to the Habicht. Not only is it cheaper, but the eye relief is better and the eye cups much less stiff. The Nikon has a wider field of view. I could not discern a difference in the sharpness, although it tapers at the edges, . The main advantage of the Habicht, is that it is waterproof and the name! I suspect that like all binoculars, you need to try them to see which suits.
__________________
Listen, strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.
Paskman is online now  
Reply With Quote
Old Thursday 6th July 2017, 13:08   #30
jring
Registered User

 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Germany
Posts: 1,264
Hi,

I also preferred my E2 8x30 to the two Habicht 8x30 examples I tried - my main gripe with the Habicht was the glare and reflection problems which were quite apparent on both occasions. If you want the bins with the highest transmission, Habicht it is, but the E2 or SE are better all around.

I can't directly compare E2 and SE in 8x30 since my SE is 10x42 and I haven't encountered s.b. with an SE 8x32 yet... but let's say the SE is a tad sharper and of course has a flat field (and more ER which I don't need) while the E2 impresses with its super wide field.

Joachim

Last edited by jring : Thursday 6th July 2017 at 19:27.
jring is online now  
Reply With Quote
Old Thursday 6th July 2017, 15:05   #31
Pileatus
Registered User

 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: USA
Posts: 2,346
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sollas View Post
Does anyone know how these compare with the Swarovski habicht 8x30. Seems comparable in style and price.
I currently have 8x32 SE and curious how they compare in clarity and brightness?

Any advice would be appreciated.
It's about overall observable quality. I tested the Habicht and would never surrender my 8X32 SE in its favor. Glare, low eye relief and a stiff focus do not suit me in a birding binocular.

The bad thing about the SE is it's not fully waterproof.
The good thing about the SE not being waterproof is you can justify the purchase of a second alpha class binocular!
Pileatus is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Sunday 9th July 2017, 21:42   #32
Sollas
Registered User

 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Scotland
Posts: 102
I do think these special edition EII's are quite a beautiful thing. Tradition and quality all parcelled up in a nice package which puts much of the modern day roofs to shame. What's not to like.
When it comes to Porros Nikon do reign supreme.
Overpriced......you get what you pay for.
__________________
Common sense is not so common.
Sollas is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Sunday 9th July 2017, 22:54   #33
Pileatus
Registered User

 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: USA
Posts: 2,346
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sollas View Post
I do think these special edition EII's are quite a beautiful thing. Tradition and quality all parcelled up in a nice package which puts much of the modern day roofs to shame. What's not to like.
When it comes to Porros Nikon do reign supreme.
Overpriced......you get what you pay for.
List is $799.
You can get one without the logo for $519 on AMZN. They should have done this with 8X32 SE but what do I know.
Pileatus is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Sunday 9th July 2017, 23:57   #34
ceasar
Registered User

 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: NE Pennsylvania
Posts: 10,738
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pileatus View Post
List is $799.
You can get one without the logo for $519 on AMZN. They should have done this with 8X32 SE but what do I know.

They would have had to set up the re-tooling for the retired SEs for only 400 of them. Easier to just put a logo on the E IIs.
ceasar is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2010 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Monday 10th July 2017, 19:34   #35
Binastro
Registered User

 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: S.England
Posts: 3,286
I suppose some bright spark will make and add fake logos to some EIIs.

Reminds me of 'Catch me if you Can' and soaking model aircraft in the bath to get the logos.
Binastro is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Monday 10th July 2017, 20:49   #36
Sollas
Registered User

 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Scotland
Posts: 102
Where's the romance
__________________
Common sense is not so common.
Sollas is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Tuesday 11th July 2017, 00:14   #37
ceasar
Registered User

 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: NE Pennsylvania
Posts: 10,738
Nikon Begins Accepting Orders For Nikon 100th Anniversary Products

June 15, 2017

Information from the 100th Year Anniversary Site says that: Orders will be accepted through August 31, 2017. (Except for the binoculars.)

"*100th Anniversary binoculars will be sold until June 2018. However, should the number of orders exceed the planned quantity before that time, they will no longer be available."

http://www.nikon.com/news/2017/0615_anniversary_01.htm

Scroll down to the binoculars.

Last edited by ceasar : Tuesday 11th July 2017 at 00:23.
ceasar is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2010 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Advertisement
Reply


Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
NIKON'S new 100th Anniversary Website ceasar Nikon 5 Saturday 14th January 2017 00:56
Winner Announced; Next Drawing Aug 10th: Win a Pair of PRIME HD binoculars ZEN-RAY Binoculars 1913 Monday 11th August 2014 05:33
New Nikon D5200 DSLR Announced by Nikon Epsomsalt Nikon 6 Wednesday 7th November 2012 23:04
EOS 50D, it's officially announced nigelblake Canon 64 Monday 8th September 2008 11:42

{googleads}

Fatbirder's Top 1000 Birding Websites

Help support BirdForum

Page generated in 0.17065907 seconds with 21 queries
All times are GMT. The time now is 23:08.