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Monarch M7+ 8x30 (1 Viewer)

According to nikon.de they're available in Germany, too, but not in Austria (nikon.at). Interestingly, on the German site that Brazilian river site is listed as an online reseller, but there are no M7+ 8x30s to be found there. The plot thickens.
 
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I've seen comparisons of the Monarch line which suggest that the Monarch HG does the best out of the group at handling glare. Along with the field flattener handed down from the HG to the M7+, I'm wondering if any of the other in-the-barrel improvements have migrated. Has anyone checked out glare handling on the M7+ 8x30, hopefully with a comparison to the HG, but maybe with the barely older M7? Here's a barrel view in the HG and 7 side-by-side.
 
The M7+ 8x30 with field flatteners only seems to be announced for Europe for now. Seems like Nikon may be starting to get serious about increasing bino share in Europe as well as new upgrades. Wonder how far behind a new alpha type may be in the future?
 
BY DAVID CHANDLER |
POSTED ON22 08 2022
The Monarch M7+ was launched in March and is only available from London Camera Exchange, RSPB shops and Nikon e-commerce. It’s a step up from the Monarch M7 but shaves £400 off the Monarch HG price tag. If you’re looking for a mid-range 8x30/32 should this be on your shortlist?
How different is it from the M7? It has a little bit more eye-relief, weighs 10g more, and costs £90 more. The big difference is that it has the field flattener lens system used in the HG. Field flatteners correct field curvature to improve edge sharpness. The key differences between the M7+ and the HG are that the latter is Japanese-made (the M7+ is made in China), 25g lighter (it has a magnesium alloy chassis as opposed to fibreglass-reinforced polycarbonate resin on the M7+), and has scratch-resistant coating on the lenses – on the M7+ it’s oil- and water-repellent.
 
BY DAVID CHANDLER |
POSTED ON22 08 2022
The Monarch M7+ was launched in March and is only available from London Camera Exchange, RSPB shops and Nikon e-commerce. It’s a step up from the Monarch M7 but shaves £400 off the Monarch HG price tag. If you’re looking for a mid-range 8x30/32 should this be on your shortlist?
How different is it from the M7? It has a little bit more eye-relief, weighs 10g more, and costs £90 more. The big difference is that it has the field flattener lens system used in the HG. Field flatteners correct field curvature to improve edge sharpness. The key differences between the M7+ and the HG are that the latter is Japanese-made (the M7+ is made in China), 25g lighter (it has a magnesium alloy chassis as opposed to fibreglass-reinforced polycarbonate resin on the M7+), and has scratch-resistant coating on the lenses – on the M7+ it’s oil- and water-repellent.
Thank you. Hopefully Nikon sees the market here being compelling enough to introduce that model. The original Monarch 7s were a pleasant surprise performance wise.
 
No, they are NOT the same optical quality.
We compared the 7+ with the 7 side by side and it was an easy decision for my friend (a non Bino Nerd) to pay the extra for the better optical quality of the 7+
Nicer case too.
 
As a reminder, the old model is named “Monarch 7” and the new generation is named “Monarch M7”. It is available in 8x30 for around $600 CAD and the Monach HGs seem to be twice the price from what I see in stores. Considering the comments appearing on the forum, it seems that it is more interesting to favor the M7 before the HG. It is possible that the HG model will also be improved in the coming months. We will probably see price drops as well.
 
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