After viewing through Swarovski, Leica and Zeiss I knew my next binoculars had to be topclass: it was such an great feeling to watch through such excellent optics! After searching the internet this Nikon came out as at least equal or a little better than Swarovski SLC/EL, Zeiss and Leica. Not very strange in view of my happiness with my Nikon Fieldscope ED 82 A (see my review there). So, without looking through it (they are not common in The Netherlands) I ordered one ..... and I was stunned with the picture!!! Excellent optics and sharp untill the edges, absurdly bright and so sharp. Everytime I look through them a huge :king: appears on my face. And it's much cheaper than it's European competitors. Although it's not a lightweigt it's very easy to handle and the focus know is very smooth, just as in one of the official reviews: "the picture snaps into sharpness". Although it claims to be waterproof, I do miss a carrying case with a carrying strap etc: I want to protect my optics when I am in rain or snow or whatsoever. All in all: a premium binocular, possibly only beaten slightly by the ED-version in rare light conditions, but twice as cheap. I will be very happy for many, many years. This Nikon is the omproved version of the Venturer LX or HG DCF. The L stands for "Light", it has lost a few ounces in weight.