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Reviews by Matt_RTH

  • Premium line; excellent performance; sharp
  • Near focus distance; old coatings (debatable due to performance)
I was debating getting this binocular. It was a premier model for Nikon back in the '80s, but by today's standards, multicoatings and near focus have been improved on.

But try telling that to someone who actually has a set. This is a crackin' binocular, with really great performance. I took it to the local beach to observe gulls and waders. It was harsh, mid day conditions that entailed front lit and back lit conditions. I was able to see enough detail at a significant distance to easily identify many gulls as well as the local stilts, sandpipers and the oystercatchers. Oh, you might say that oystercatchers are easy to spot. Well when their bill is down in the rocks, they are extremely well camouflaged. I was able to pick them out easily with these binoculars.

Compared to my Pentax 8x32 SP, the resolution is just about equal, using a photographic test target. But I believe the extra brightness allows more discernment of fine details such as shades of color that are harder to see at distance. I wear glasses and need good eye relief. The stated 16mm is quite enough for me to see the full view, with glasses. I find about 14-16 mm to be the lower limit for usability with glasses.

With heavily back lit conditions, I was able to view subjects with surprisingly good contrast, even close to the rays of the sun.

I'm really enjoying this model and when I don't need weather proofing that today's roofs provide, it will be high on the list.