Over Christmas I was lucky enough to get mint 7x35 9,3º Gold Sentinel (in its lovely leather case) and I'm simply in awe. I've been birding with them every day for the last week and I'm left without words, really. I have not compared them to any other binoculars except for my "kitchen window" 7x50 Vixen Ultima porro, which I'm very fond of... and they Nikon simply crushed them in terms of sharpness, contrast and "sparkling view".Have many folks here tried the 9.3 degree version of the 7x35... and does anyone know if there were multi-coated versions of that model (I think some of the Gold Sentinel models might have been)?
These Nikon offer such a detailed view, they're full of "7x magic", and the view is deep and rich in detail, sweet, almost intoxicating. CA is simply nowhere to be seen (amazing for a "humble" device that's long in the teeth and has no flashy "ED, HD or flamboyant coatings).
I'm looking forward to testing them against some top-notch performers like my EL, but I think these are instant favourites and bond to become my go-to for expansive and relaxing views. I'll do a deeper review/comparison once I've used them more, but so far I'm simply and utterly impressed.