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Nikon EDG

Postby JGRaider on Fri Jan 22, 2010 8:43 am

Anyone done a comparison of the Nikon EDG to the EL's, FL's, or ultravid HD's?
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Re: Nikon EDG

Postby Jne_K on Fri Jan 22, 2010 9:23 am

Hi

Not a direct comparison, though I have tested all of these at one time or another. The problem we get, though, even when you do direct comparisons, are all the many subjective factors, involved, and don't believe for a second that a completely objective review exists.

I did test a prototype of the EDG for Nikon when the EDG was in development and got to add my two bits of suggestions with Nikon on possible improvements or potential problems. That said, the EDG is a superb binocular, inside and out and you cannot make a mistake buying a Nikon EDG compared to any other premium binocular on the market and, rest assured, the Nikon EDG is a premium binocular. You would be hard pressed to find a negative, either in terms of optics or construction.

I particularly liked the very clean image delivered by the EDG - free of distortion, free of color and tack sharp edge to edge as is typical of Nikon Premium binoculars. Nikon also does a superb job of alignment on all its premium class binoculars. The EDG prototype I tested, as well as the current models I have tested, are remarkable for for offering such easy on the eyes and completely fatigue free viewing.

As for fit in MY hands, I found the EDG to be a bit heavy and chunky, but that was the 42mm model. As a gal, I typically prefer the fit and feel of a 32mm and I would be very happy with a 32mm EDG. You,, of course, may prefer the fit and balance of the larger EDG

What it boils down to with selecting a premium binoculars at the very top level - when you get by all the hype - are personal preferences. Those are typically the deciding factor, not features or bogus rating numbers. To be sure, you would be hard pressed to declare a winner on the optical chart and, even then, personal preference creeps in. For instance, I am fussier than most about edge sharpness and focusing and could care less about field of view or that last percentage point of brightness.

Would I recommend a Nikon EDG as being in the same class as the current top dogs from Swarovski, Lecia and so on? Yes, but if I was spending that kind of money I would get some of these in my hands, first. As a salesperson, selling premium binocular over the counter for nearly 20 years, I could never predict which premium binocular a customer would choose when I placed a selection of the very best on the counter.
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Re: Nikon EDG

Postby JGRaider on Fri Jan 22, 2010 10:18 am

As usual, thanks Joanie for the response. How is Nikon's customer service?
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Re: Nikon EDG

Postby Jne_K on Mon Jan 25, 2010 10:55 am

You are welcome.

Very seldom an issue, according to feedback from a great number of customers. Unlikely to be a problem.
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