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ED50

Nikon ED50 Travel Scope Compact Spotting Scope Waterproof
Manufacturer
Nikon

Reviews summary

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Overall rating
4.70 star(s) 10 ratings
Recommended
Yes
Price
0$
Pros
  • Weight, clairty of image, field of view, depth of field and close focus.
Cons
  • Fiddly focusing (though compensated for by depth of field)
This weighs less than my binoculars and is as easy to hand hold. I use mine on a shoulder pod and take it out every time I go birding. Its made my big scope redundant. I even find myself using it for sea watching. Its so easy to use, I get less judder when scanning my big scope, which I now have pointed at a fixed point and go "casting" with the ED50.

I use the 27x WA lens on it and would strongly recommend this over any zoom.
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Recommended
Yes
Price
500$
Pros
  • Light, small fits inside a regular photobag with room to spare
Cons
  • eyepieces are hard to obtain as of mid-2012
Agreed with the people above me. It's a very nice travel scope which wont leave my camera bag soon. It's an ideal piece to bring along instead of binoculars if you're out taking pictures anyway, however on most trips I bring all 3 (cam, bin and scope) it's THAT light

Since this review wont allow me to choose my currency: I paid 400 for both the scope and the eyepiece. A real bargain, but it was a last one in stock ex-demo.
Recommended
Yes
Price
0$
Pros
  • Light. Small. Simple.
Cons
  • None
Must agree with almost everyone above. Quite simply this scope is brilliant.
I use it with the 27X wide angle eyepiece and cannot fault this combination.
I was considering a second (40X wide angle) eyepiece and would appreciate any comments from anyone using this particular combination.
Recommended
Yes
Price
0$
Pros
  • Light weight & good optics
Cons
  • Given the constraints of a 50mm OG, none that I'm aware of
Everything you've heard about this mini-marvel is true. Excellent optics - far better than any other 50mm scope I've seen. The zoom is less sharp than the x30 on my 62mm Leica scope, but there's little in it. I rarely take out my larger 'scope as this one is so convenient. Only problem has been finding a suitable lightweight tripod so both can be stowed in hand luggage.
Recommended
Yes
Price
0$
Pros
  • Supreme Optics, Lightweight & Simplicity.
Cons
  • Too Light maybe
I have to agree with many, many BF reviewers about this particular scope: Nikon ED50. The clarity and sharpness from a 'simple' scope is frightfully breathtaking!. Nikon pulled out all the stops here - this scope is NOT your ordinary scope..believe me! It's a revelation and i KNOW it's a 'stayer'. This 'mini scope' will stand the test of time. Enough said. Do yourself a favour: BUY ONE!
Recommended
Yes
Price
0$
Pros
  • Lightweight waterproof Ideal for my safari trips
Cons
  • it is not a Swarovski but hey!
I needed a scope that i could pack or carry with limited space. The 50ED is a great comromise between size weight and cost with very good quality. Rather than attach my Cannon EOS SLR to it and to give me flexibility I want to purchase a small digi camera for team shots around the braai etc and for digiscoping. Any suggestions out there ??????
Recommended
Yes
Price
0$
Pros
  • Clarity of image and light weight
Cons
  • Would like higher magnification
I bought the Nikon ED 50 a month ago, with the zoom to 30x and a 40x Wide eyepiece, and a Velbon carbon fiber tripod. I have loved the scope so far and it has gotten a lot of attention - being so small, and portable. I am considering purchasing a 27X Wide eyepiece. Used it to scope the first seen Bare-throated Tiger Heron seen in the US.
Recommended
Yes
Price
0$
Pros
  • quality optics, light weight, waterproof, compact
Cons
  • no good padded view-through case available
Truly a teriffic travel scope. The setup I use is Velbon head (245g) with the Slik Pro 614 CF legs (860g) Nikon ED50 Angled (470g) 27xWD eyepiece (165g). Total weight: 1740g. Also the Cley Spy view-through case.
Possibly the best travel scope available.
Recommended
Yes
Price
0$
Pros
  • light to carrry and easy to use with a monopod
Cons
  • no fine controle knob
I have one and use it to digiscope. It is compact and light. With a light weight monopod it is very transportable. I just bought an Optricon G52 ED and although it is a little heavier and bulkier than the Nikon I prefer it. I also use the Optircon with the CMOS telecam so have not tried digiscoping with it.
Recommended
Yes
Price
480$
Pros
  • Image quality and clarity, performance, weigh, portability.
Cons
  • Nikon don't do a stay on case but good one's can now be purchased elsewhere from Cley Spy and Infocus on line.
Bought this scope about six months ago as I already have the Nikon ED82 which uses most of the same eye pieces. Now I tend to use it more than the larger scope for magnification up to 27x. The twist up eyepiece zoom does go up th 40x but I prefer the wide eyepieces and also the images become less bright at 40x magnification.

The 20x wide eyepiece gives an excellent wide angle view and good brightness and is may favourite. If I had to choose only one eyepiece it would be the 20x wide. The 13-30 zoom with the rubber eye relief is both comfortable and practical to use and very bright at 13x magnification. It performes well up to it's highest magnification of 30x, which is practically the limit of this 50mm scope. Of the two zoom eyepieces available, I much prefer the 13-30x with rubber eye relief to the 13-40x with twist up relief.

When rating this scope I am comparing it to other 50mm scopes in the same league as no 50mm scope will compete on performance at high magnification with a large scope. For a 50mm light weight travel scope, this is the best I have come across and although it works better at lower magnifications, it cannot compete with an ED82mm scope at higher magnifications. The ED50 is quality in a very light weight and small travel sized scope.

Cley Spy and Infocus both make stay on cases for this scope and although not cheap, the Cley Spy cover is of good quality and fits both straight and angled scopes. I have not seen the Infocus cover close up and I believe it only fits the angled scope.
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