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Monarch M7+ 8x30 (1 Viewer)

dipped

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I had a chance to try these out briefly indoors at my local RSPB reserve and I have to say I was impressed. I'm not easily impressed.

I liked the bright wide field with a large "sweet spot". CA was well corrected and I tested for flare against a low sun and found it very well suppressed. I compared it against the 8x32 Trinovid for flare, a step up in price and the Trinovid performed worse.

The close focus was impressive too, at least as good as my old Nikon 8x32 HG/LX's and maybe less than the specified 2m. and I didn't notice any problems merging the image at close range.

Of course being a Nikon it focusses clockwise to infinity and whilst not as fast as my HG's they were fast enough for birding purposes. The focus wheel itself was smooth with no slop and did not draw attention to itself.

My only gripes were the central hinge which was a little too loose for my tastes and the strap lug position which is a little too low but actually as the barrels are so slim don't really interfere with the hold. I seem to have a thing about strap lugs digging in to my hands where they shouldn't but these would be passable.

It seems we do live in something of a golden age for binoculars. At £499 these aren't cheap but to my eyes they compare well to binoculars above their price range.

Overall a very solid effort by Nikon, great for birding and due to their compact shape as a travel binocular too.
 
I saw a thread about that glass yesterday and wondered why the didnt improove the initial M7 8x30 like that. I just ordered the M7 8x30 for about 380$ yesterday to have a lighter glass when i dont want to carry my HG 8x42. Interesting step for nikon.
 
Thanks Dipped, however no mention of the M7+ on Nikons USA website as of yet.
I'm confused. Didn't Nikon very recently replace the Monarch 7 (which I bought in 2015, the 8x30) with the M7? Now there's already an "M7+"? Can anyone elaborate on this? I'd be interested if there is an improvement on the improvement.
 
I'm confused. Didn't Nikon very recently replace the Monarch 7 (which I bought in 2015, the 8x30) with the M7? Now there's already an "M7+"? Can anyone elaborate on this? I'd be interested if there is an improvement on the improvement.
You are right. The M7+ isn't out already, just announced on their website. Nikon writes that it will get the field flattener of the HG models. I'm confused too if i should wait and buy the 3rd version (M7+) now instead of the 2nd version (M7).
 
Oh, I like field flatteners. Might have to wait for the M7+ then. However, just bought a Canon 8x32WP which has field flatteners and works pretty flawlessly for a 20 year old design.
 
I'm confused. Didn't Nikon very recently replace the Monarch 7 (which I bought in 2015, the 8x30) with the M7? Now there's already an "M7+"? Can anyone elaborate on this? I'd be interested if there is an improvement on the improvement.
It can be confusing at times with Nikon, take the Pro staff series for example.
 
I did ask some shops if they know, when the glass will be online. They had no clue and didn't get any information about a new M7+ by nikon.
 
It's on the German Nikon homepage but you can't order it yet, just be notified by email when signing up for it.
 
It's on the German Nikon homepage but you can't order it yet, just be notified by email when signing up for it.

I know, I thought shops did get an information or the possibility to order the glas already but they were confused about another new M7 :D
 
It’s China , you really have to ask. Communist, Uighurs, Hong Kong, covid, intellectual property theft, etc, etc, should I ad more words for you. But they do make good cheap binoculars, washing machines and televisions. Yeah, I guess it’s all worth it , right.
I hope you don't own a TV, car, smartphone and so on.. otherwise i would tend to accuse you of double standards.
 
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