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Nikon Premier new for 2010

Postby Just a Guest on Thu Aug 19, 2010 1:46 pm

I'm interested in purchasing a Nikon Premier 10x42. I know these used to be Nikon's top of the line until the Edge binos came out. Nikon still lists the Premiers on their website. They don't seem to use the "LX-L" anymore...seems they've dropped it and now just simply call them "Premier."

So my question is, if I buy a new Nikon Premier, am I getting , for lack of a better term, old technology binocular? Meaning, it has not been updated at all in the last five years or so? Is there any better options at around $1100? I guess the closest thing in that price range to compare it to would be the Pentax DCF ED. Nikon Premier does not have ED glass...would it still give as good as or better view than the Pentax ED? Trying to decide between these two binos. Thanks for the clarification.
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Re: Nikon Premier new for 2010

Postby Jne_K on Fri Aug 20, 2010 9:42 am


Nikon has not updated the LX since shaving some weight and calling it the LX-L. They are still the same bino they were, five years, ago, in other words. However, that is in no way a criticism. The LX can definitely stand on its own as a truly excellent bino. It may seem like old technology since the binocular market has become enamored with ED, HD, open bridge designs and, now, flat field optics, as of late, but, myself, I would have no problem spending the money on an LX if I was in the market for a high end roof at a reasonable price. The LX has always impressed me with its superb edge sharpness, distortion free optics and fatigue free viewing. Yes, you can get some comparable binos in that price range, but nothing that I would describe as significantly better. To be honest, it will probably come down to a matter of fit and feel in your hands. You won't have a beef with the optics.
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