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High end Nikon vs Zeiss

Postby Sheila on Fri Sep 09, 2005 5:35 pm

I was going to buy these binoculars here http://www.opticsplanet.com/nikon-8x32m ... lars.html# Right now i use these here for my birding http://www.opticsplanet.com/pentax-12x50-pcf-wp.html What i want to know is are these Nikon's REALLY going to be that much clearer and sharper. I mean is the clarity going to be really worth spending $600. What are your personal opinion's on these binoculars? How would the Nikon's stack up against these http://www.opticsplanet.com/zeiss-10x30 ... ulars.html Any help would be much apperciated
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Postby opticsplanet.com on Sat Sep 10, 2005 10:54 am

Hi

The Nikon 8x32 Premier SE, http://www.opticsplanet.com/nikon-8x32m ... ulars.html is the sharpest and finest 8x32 I have ever used or tested optically on a chart. It has the least edge distortion, brightest image and best color rendition of any 8x32 Ihave ever tested and its resolution is equal to the finest roof prism from Leica, Swarovski or Zeiss. In short, you may find a high end roof that can challenge it optically, but you will not find another 8x32 that can beat it. About the only negative is that it is not technically waterproof, but I have used one myself for years in all kinds of weather with no problem.

The Zeiss Conquest is a good roof, but optically not in the same class as the SE. If you want to get optics in the Premier class, you'll need to move up to the Victory FL, http://www.opticsplanet.com/zeiss-victo ... ulars.html The key to understanding the price difference between the SE and a high end roof is primarily the difference between a porro and a roff prism. It is much more expensive to make a roof to the same optical standards as a good porro, and the SE is the best porro in production.
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Postby Sheila on Tue Sep 13, 2005 3:06 pm

Hi. Thank you for the info. I guess what i really wanted to know was are these really going to be that much clearer than what I own. I mean when I look through my Pentax's they are so clear and sharp. But am I really going to see THAT big of a difference in image quality and brightness. And since they are not nitrogen purged and fully waterproof that is what is scaring me. I would like to do some birding in the rain, but i don't want to harm the binoculars. I'm not a navy seal so these arn't going to be put under extreme condition's :D but do you think that they would hold up under light rain and water? Also could you reccomend some other great birding optics in this price range? Thank you
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Postby opticsplanet.com on Tue Sep 13, 2005 3:51 pm

Hi Sheila

That's a good question because it really boils down to how good do I want versus how good do I really need. Will you identify more birds with the Nikon Premier SE? I'd like to promise that, but I can't guarantee it. In fact, I would tend to doubt, especially if you are an expereinced birder. Will the images I see through the Nikon provide the best image of a bird that a binocular can? Definitely. That's why we birders go ga ga over high end optics. It makes what we love to do even more enjoyable. Be warned, however, that premium optics are addictive. Once you've used a great birding glass, it's hard to go back to a lesser instrument.

Can I get some great birding binos without spending $600 on an 8x32 Nikon Premier SE? Absolutely. I'm almost afraid to list some for fear I will leave someone's favorite out and offend them, but here are some of my favorites at varying price points. Most of these are roof prisms - main advantage over your current 12x50 will be handling, but with optics at least as good. I like 8x, but feel free to go with a 10x if it makes you feel better.

Kowa 8x42 C3 (very bright and excellent color), http://www.opticsplanet.com/kowa-8x42-r ... proof.html

Swift HHS (super handling porro with good optics), http://www.opticsplanet.com/swift-8-5x4 ... ulars.html

Nikon Premier 8x30 EII (a lower grade version of the Premeir SE, but one of the best buys in a birding bino , though not WP), http://www.opticsplanet.com/nikon-8x30m ... ulars.html

Swift Audubon 820 (a birding classic), http://www.opticsplanet.com/swift-8-5x4 ... ulars.html

Pentax DCF SP 8x32, http://www.opticsplanet.com/pentax-8x32-dcf-sp.html

Celestron 8x42 Regal LX (great optics), http://www.opticsplanet.com/celestron-r ... ulars.html

I could go on and on, but I think I'll leave room for some of our other forum contributors to add to the list.
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10 x 42 binos

Postby jranderson on Tue Nov 22, 2005 12:34 pm

I would like a professional comparison/opinion between the Leupold Wind River Cascade 10 x 42, and the Nikon Monarch 10 x 42. Same price, simular specs, which one is the better buy for hunting.
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Postby Guest on Tue Nov 22, 2005 1:03 pm

Why don't you try starting a new topic instead of barging in on another post which has absolutley nothing to do with your question. :mrgreen:
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