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Re: NIkon Bino comparison

Post by Jne_K on Mon Oct 25, 2010 5:29 am

Correct. Waterproof, by virtue of the extra sealing involved also makes a binocular dustproof, to some extent, at least. However, dust can still be a problem under severe conditions, even in a waterproof binocular, if dust accumulates in the focusing mechanism, especially on binoculars with external focusing and dust can also cause some problems when it builds up around the eye cups. On a binocular that is not waterproof, though, there is a very real danger that the dust can also get into your optical system, so even if you live in an area where it is very dry, waterproof is still an excellent feature to have in a binocular.

Re: NIkon Bino comparison

Post by bandguy on Sun Oct 24, 2010 6:04 am

If you need dustproof then you should buy a waterproof binocular. The seals that keep the gas in and the water out will keep the dust out too.

In the same binocular review I previously mentioned the 8x32 Vortex Viper was ranked #6 and considered a best buy. At their current discounted price they are a bargain. I have been thinking about buying a pair for my son.

Ted

Re: NIkon Bino comparison

Post by Jeelan on Sun Oct 24, 2010 5:42 am

thanks for the feedback guys

just one question - does not being waterproof also mean there is some compromise when it comes to dust proofing?

the reason i ask is that i'm not so hung up about waterproofness but i do need a bino that is dustproof. With my EL's, i just run them under a tap to wash them at the end of each trip as they can dusty on the road, so would need to be able to do this with my 2nd pair as well...

Doing some research, i also started looking at Vortex but hving read the comments about the EDG, i suppose at the discounted price, they represent incredible value dont they?

cheers
Jeelan

Re: NIkon Bino comparison

Post by James Jr. on Sat Oct 23, 2010 8:00 pm

I'm note sure about the 8x32 binocular. I've used my 10x50 Nikon for long while that I purchased 2 years ago. Nikon products are very well built and aren't heavy as others. I also used it in the military, this thing will last forever. I also seen the Bushnell on opticsplanet.com they have great selection that I'll consider on my next purchase to hunt whitetail deer near in Wisconsin.
Jeelan wrote:hi

i've got a budget of $1000 and i was looking at the Nikon EDG binos that are discounted. Can you pls advise how they compare with the Nikon Premier bins?

i'm after 8x32 and i currently own Swaro EL 8x32. I really like the open bridge design on the Swaro's and therefore find myself drawn to the EDG more than the Premier but i also owned a pair of Bushnell Elite's and i found their open bridge to be an ergonomically poor design - not quite as good as the Swaros..

Also, i noticed that you've got the Nikon SE 8x32 which is a roof design. I understand that drawbacks of this type of design but was wondering how the optics compare?

So essentially, i'd like some feedback in comparing the Nikon Premier v Nikon EDG v Nikon SE in the 8x32 size.

I intend to use the bins for game viewing as i lead quite a few safaris to Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

thanks

cheers
Jeelan

Re: NIkon Bino comparison

Post by bandguy on Sat Oct 23, 2010 12:44 pm

I just received the new issue of a popular birding magazine which has a test report of 35 mid-sized binoculars including the 8x32 Nikon Premier and EDG. The Nikon EDG scored significantly higher in the ratings (4th) over the Premier (12th). Positives for the EDG included: excellent optical quality and ergonomics; unsurpassed focus knob; most glasses-friendly. Cons: diopter adjustment mechanism, expensive. The resolution score for the EDG was a 4.6 vs a 3.9 for the Premier.

I have read quite a bit about the Nikon SE porros and they apparently are superb optically and popular with birders. Some people have experienced problems with image blackout plus they aren't waterproof. There are several reviews of this binocular available on the internet that might be helpful.

Good luck on your safari's

Ted

NIkon Bino comparison

Post by Jeelan on Sat Oct 23, 2010 5:26 am

hi

i've got a budget of $1000 and i was looking at the Nikon EDG binos that are discounted. Can you pls advise how they compare with the Nikon Premier bins?

i'm after 8x32 and i currently own Swaro EL 8x32. I really like the open bridge design on the Swaro's and therefore find myself drawn to the EDG more than the Premier but i also owned a pair of Bushnell Elite's and i found their open bridge to be an ergonomically poor design - not quite as good as the Swaros..

Also, i noticed that you've got the Nikon SE 8x32 which is a roof design. I understand that drawbacks of this type of design but was wondering how the optics compare?

So essentially, i'd like some feedback in comparing the Nikon Premier v Nikon EDG v Nikon SE in the 8x32 size.

I intend to use the bins for game viewing as i lead quite a few safaris to Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

thanks

cheers
Jeelan

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