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Old Monday 16th April 2012, 04:14   #26
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What makes it a laughable product for you ? Did Nikon discontinued the ED82 when they released the EDG ?
Besides the fact that it's the ugliest scope known to mankind, it's way overpriced (at least here in the US), and it's really heavy, all at a price higher than I paid for a Prominar 884? That's laughable to me. Nikon needs to stick to something it's good at, like cameras.

Don't even get me started on this spotter/digiscope contraption Nikon wants megabucks for.......that's beyond laughable.
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Old Monday 16th April 2012, 10:16   #27
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Besides the fact that it's the ugliest scope known to mankind, it's way overpriced (at least here in the US), and it's really heavy, all at a price higher than I paid for a Prominar 884? That's laughable to me. Nikon needs to stick to something it's good at, like cameras.

Don't even get me started on this spotter/digiscope contraption Nikon wants megabucks for.......that's beyond laughable.
Go and read about Nikon EDG at their website http://www.nikon.com/products/sporto.../top/index.htm

Clearly you haven't try the product and making fun of it. So pity hahaha

Nikon is giving options for buyers either to get their flagship EDG or ED series scopes. You complained about the narrow Field Of View of the 25-75x zoom MC II eyepiece, so Nikon answered it with the new EDG 20-60x zoom eyepiece. Choices is yours.

I have tried the Kowa Prominar 883/884 and I like the view from it except the dual focusing, but I never tell my birding friends that, from my eyes, my EDG scope is better then theirs
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Old Monday 16th April 2012, 15:06   #28
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I have tried the Kowa Prominar 883/884 and I like the view from it except the dual focusing, but I never tell my birding friends that, from my eyes, my EDG scope is better then theirs
You're dremin' my friend. So is Nikon if they think they're a serious competitor.
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Old Monday 16th April 2012, 15:18   #29
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You're dremin' my friend. So is Nikon if they think they're a serious competitor.
I don't own Nikon corporation. So tell them yourself

And I'm not dreaming because I have tried it myself on the field with my own eyes :king

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Today I took delivery of the Nikon FSB-8 Digital Camera Bracket designed to be used with the ED82 in conjunction with the Nikon Coolpix P300.
You can see the progress I have made in just a week. :-)
From a simple cardboard tube (V1) then (V2) and much improved looking product,both worked but suffered camera shake when pressing the shutter button.
The Nikon Digital Camera Bracket FSB-8 works perfectly, the cable release is excellent with zero camera movement when used.
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How does an Optolyth TBS 80hd with zoom compare with the Nikon 82ed? And if one would put a Baader zoom on it?
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Old Tuesday 1st October 2019, 20:01   #32
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Just bought me an angled one on fleabay. A bit more expensive than I'd planned and hoped (€800, with mcii zoom and case, as new) but it seems they are getting rarer as everybody is holding on to theirs so guess it's worth it. Really excited about this buy, looking forward to it! Will let you know what I think of it when I get it and tested it :)

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Old Monday 14th October 2019, 09:12   #33
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Haven't had the time/chance to get out in the field with this, only tried it in my garden. First impressions: what a lens but what a compact size! Lens caps are somewhat loose, gotta replace that sometimes, but having second thoughts as the soc is so great! Scope is snug in it, and still extremely usable, even twisting it inside the ring can be done, fantastic. Hardly an excuse to ever get it out of the case again.

The field of view really is quite narrow. Compared to my Celestron 65mm with comparable mags, it is obvious but is it that much? I doubt how much it is gonna hinder when using it for what I use it for most; waders and seabird watching.
The view is crazy; sharp from edge to edge and even at 75x there's just marginal decrease in clarity and definition/sharpness. Colours are true to life and contrast looks real too, not exaggerating shades.

Yes, this is visually and build-wise an amazing scope. But indeed, that field of view is a downside. That's the only thing that might get me to change to something else in a few years. First to get into the field to experience it there. Hard with fulltime work and the fall weather hardly cooperating...
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Old Monday 14th October 2019, 20:35   #34
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Yes, this is visually and build-wise an amazing scope. But indeed, that field of view is a downside. That's the only thing that might get me to change to something else in a few years.
If you ever find one of the wideangles at a decent price, get it. Even the old 20x for the 60mm Fieldscopes is pretty good. My most used wideangle on the ED82 is the 16/24/30x. Actually, it's my most used Nikon WW eyepiece on all three of the Fieldscopes.


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First to get into the field to experience it there. Hard with fulltime work and the fall weather hardly cooperating...
Yep, you can say that again. 18 more months ... 18 more months ...

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Old Monday 14th October 2019, 20:43   #35
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I can find the 25x quite affordable, the 50x as well but the 30x and 38x are more expensive at those rare few places they're still to be found. I'm quite the zoomer but maybe fixed ep's on this scope will change that? First to create the budget for it, goes off of travel plans so...might take a while.
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Old Monday 14th October 2019, 22:19   #36
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I recommend both the 30x and the 50x fixed mag eyepieces, if you wear glasses try the DS series. Both are fantastic with the ED82, you will soon get rid of the zoom!
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I recommend both the 30x and the 50x fixed mag eyepieces, if you wear glasses try the DS series. Both are fantastic with the ED82, you will soon get rid of the zoom!
IMO getting rid of the zoom would be a bad mistake. There are plenty of situations where you need all the magnification you can get.

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Old Thursday 17th October 2019, 16:27   #38
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Well, I certainly don't have a lemon. The reach of this thing is incredible! Even at 75x the view is crisp, sharp and bright. I felt like there was a sweet spot around 55-60x where brightness, sharpness and fov were optimal. Focusing is a bit tight but snaps into focus nicely. Yes, the fov is somewhat narrow but it hardly felt as a minus, while scanning loads of geese and ducks on incredible distances and still being able to see all plumage detail. Great stuff. The only thing to upgrade for would be that bit of fov, but would that be worth the amount of money needed? Right now I'd say no but who knows when that tickle for something new returns...For now I'm very happy!
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Old Saturday 19th October 2019, 13:27   #39
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Hi
as regards the fixed eyepieces, should you find the excellent MC 38X, don't miss it!
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Old Monday 25th November 2019, 09:19   #40
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I had a bit of a doubt about this scocpe while getting used to the small eye relief and fov, same for the barrel focus which is quite sensitive on the higher mags. But yesterday I took it out to a classic spotting spot of mine, Ezumakeeg at Lauwersmeer, and got to terms with this scope. I could sharply see every little duck even at the very back end, against the reed beds, even while it was a bit dark misty weather. Yes, focussing in the 55+ mags is sensitive but not hard to get right. Yes, the fov is narrow but on this distances (which are the situations where I find myself using the scope most and higher mags most frequent) it hardly matters nor bothers.

So I've grown adapted to and satisfied with this fantastic (I love the design, even of the soc) apparatus. Now I've put my mind on fixed eyepieces to get the wider fov. There was a slightly battered (but clear lenses) 30x mc wide on fleabay I managed to snatch for a quite decent price (€125 ex p&p), have my eyes on a 75x mc and searching for a 50x wide mc (of which the ds and the non-wide are easily found but the magic mc still not affordably found...) to get a full stock. Not only for the 82...I've been thinking about a travelscope to bird abroad in the notsofar future (2021). Thought a 60mm...Opticron mm3/4ed but quite an investment...Nikon EDIII I find a bit on the large side to travel with...So I've grown towards a Nikon ed50 thanks to the rave reviews and nice mags I can get on it with all the eyepieces I by then will already own :) A thing I will buy somewhere in the coming year, not much hurry for that.

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Old Saturday 30th November 2019, 20:51   #41
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That 30x ep is amazing! Sooo bright, and nice wide fov. What a joy with this scope!

Missed a 75x mc but will come by later or just will go for a ds, same for 50x wide. Both I have mainly planned for use with ed50 as 27x and 40x for the future. With the ed82 I think for now the zoom and 30x is a great combo!
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Old Wednesday 4th December 2019, 23:56   #42
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I've had the ED82 A for about 10 years and I also have Swaorvski ATS 80 with zoom on permanent loan .... I prefer the Nikon every time. The zoom at 75x is a little 'dark' and 'tunnel' but the image is pin sharp. If Nikon had manufactured a WA zoom this scope would be near untouchable in the 80mm class.
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Old Saturday 4th January 2020, 18:21   #43
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Absolutely classic scope, built like fine scientific equipment, wonderful views. If you bide your time in the US you can find them $500-700. Ridiculous value. Buy an ED50 to go with it, share the eyepieces, and you can have a terrific well rounded scope set up for around $1500.
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Absolutely classic scope, built like fine scientific equipment, wonderful views. If you bide your time in the US you can find them $500-700. Ridiculous value. Buy an ED50 to go with it, share the eyepieces, and you can have a terrific well rounded scope set up for around $1500.

I wholly agree. After buying an used Fieldscope ED 82A in 2014, I started to equip it with MC and DS eyepieces of different magnification- all excellent -, and pairing it with an ED50 straight, I now have an almost complete set. Furthermore, I had a turner build an 1"25 adaptor so can conveniently use them on my Celestron C5 as astro eyepieces.
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If I were the head of Nikon reading this, I'd have my marketing guys on the carpet the same afternoon.
Fact is, Nikon failed to translate excellent optical performance into sustained market leadership, whereas Swaro, a much smaller firm, did so brilliantly.
I suspect the Chinese will learn from this, they are more diligent.
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Old Tuesday 7th January 2020, 06:22   #46
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If I were the head of Nikon reading this, I'd have my marketing guys on the carpet the same afternoon.
Fact is, Nikon failed to translate excellent optical performance into sustained market leadership, whereas Swaro, a much smaller firm, did so brilliantly.
I suspect the Chinese will learn from this, they are more diligent.
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I suspect that with Nikon the sports optics division has always been the strange little brother of the huge photo division and while they tend to produce great products, their marketing leaves something to be desired - often crammed in alongside their photo lineups in camera and electronics stores as opposed to stores specialized on sports optics.

Swarovski optics is part of a larger group too, but they're quite independent (the other products of Swarovski group are quite a bit different) and this leads to much better marketing and a strong presence in specialist stores for sports optics.

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...I suspect that with Nikon the sports optics division has always been strange little brother of the huge photo division and while they tend to produce great products, their marketing leaves something to be desired - often crammed in alongside their photo lineups in camera and electronics stores as opposed to stores specialized on sports optics...
Nikon is famously bad at marketing, even when it comes to their photo division. They have relied on the attitude that superior and more reliable technology will win out. In fact, they usually don't even use their technological and design advantages in their marketing and instead expect camera geeks to learn these things on their own from other media. Canon's comprehensive embrace of autofocus helped it eclipse Nikon in the 2000s, but also its marketing.

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Absolutely classic scope, built like fine scientific equipment, wonderful views. If you bide your time in the US you can find them $500-700. Ridiculous value. Buy an ED50 to go with it, share the eyepieces, and you can have a terrific well rounded scope set up for around $1500.
I agree, that is my combo, and when you can interchange the eyepieces between both of these fine scopes, makes for a great combo.

When I travel afar, the little ED50 is so small and light, and just a joy to look through. I do like the 25-75 zoom, it meets most all of my needs. Packs on a carryon along with the binocular I choose for that trip.

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I agree, that is my combo, and when you can interchange the eyepieces between both of these fine scopes, makes for a great combo.

When I travel afar, the little ED50 is so small and light, and just a joy to look through. I do like the 25-75 zoom, it meets most all of my needs. Packs on a carryon along with the binocular I choose for that trip.

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I agree with you Jerry. I have both the Nikon 82ED and the 50ED with quite a few eyepieces. I am keeping these for sure!
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