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nikon fieldscope III ED vs. Nikon tactical tf3 ed

Postby grizbacker on Mon Sep 12, 2011 7:44 pm

I am looking at buying the nikon fieldscope III ED. It is the old version with 20-45X eyepiece. However, when shopping around I came across the Nikon Tactical Fieldscope TF3 ED. It appears to be the same scope but in black. It is also quite a bit cheaper. My question is are they essentialy the same scope? If not, what are the differences? Any help would be much appreciated!
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Re: nikon fieldscope III ED vs. Nikon tactical tf3 ed

Postby Jne_K on Tue Sep 13, 2011 7:33 am

Hi

You're correct. Only difference is color on the TF3. Either way, both great scopes, especially if you are getting a good price. Only negative is the limited eye relief on the zooms. It was non-existent on the old 20-45x, a bit improved on the optically better 20-60x, but still a bit short of what you need to be comfy with eyeglasses. Also, be sure the scopes include the eyepiece in the price. Nikon currently only offers the scopes with the eyepieces, but there was a time they offered the scopes and eyepieces, separately. If you see the scope being advertised as "body only", you don't get an eyepiece. If you do need eye relief, the fixed power, wide-angle Filedscope eyepieces are a great option.
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Re: nikon fieldscope III ED vs. Nikon tactical tf3 ed

Postby grizbacker on Tue Sep 13, 2011 9:24 am

Jne K,

Thanks for the reply. I do not wear glasses, do you think I would have issues with the eye relief? If that is going to be a problem I may look into another scope. Also, the one I am looking at does only have the 20-45x eyepiece. I also noticed some of the specs between the two are different such as the FOV and real and apparent fields of view. Is this just a mistake or is there a slight optical difference between the two scopes?
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Re: nikon fieldscope III ED vs. Nikon tactical tf3 ed

Postby Jne_K on Wed Sep 14, 2011 8:06 am

Hi

No, the difference in specs probably derives from the differences in the two different eyepieces. The scopes are the same, optically.

You won't have any issues with either eyepiece if you don't wear glasses, but the optics are better on the 20-60x zoom, no doubt about it. If you have a choice, go with that one.
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Re: nikon fieldscope III ED vs. Nikon tactical tf3 ed

Postby grizbacker on Wed Sep 14, 2011 8:20 pm

So if i buy the 20-60 eyepeice to replace the other one will the scope then be optically the same as the new 20-60x60? Or is there a difference in the scope body as well? Thanks!
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Re: nikon fieldscope III ED vs. Nikon tactical tf3 ed

Postby Jne_K on Thu Sep 15, 2011 7:42 am

Hi

Other than the color, same scope, yes, both on the body and the optics.
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Re: nikon fieldscope III ED vs. Nikon tactical tf3 ed

Postby grizbacker on Fri Sep 16, 2011 2:34 pm

When looking at these eypieces, is there a difference between the 7466 and the MC or MCII? I though it might be wether it was ED or not but on the opticsplanet page for the Nikon ED 50, it says that it comes with the 7466 eyepiece. Is this correct? Thanks!
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Re: nikon fieldscope III ED vs. Nikon tactical tf3 ed

Postby Jne_K on Sat Sep 17, 2011 9:11 am

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No, the ED is an option for the scope, not the eyepiece. Anything you get now, is the latest version from Nikon, but not enough difference between the MC or MCII to worry about.
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