Established in 1917, a Japanese multinational corporation, Nikon has been the second major leader in the world of sports optics for past 100 years. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, the brand has now managed to claw its stand in the field of sports optics, cameras, camera lenses etc. Known majorly for its contributions to the world of cameras, the company has also made a significant influence on sports optics.
A big contender in the sports optics category, the company strives to produce better and more efficient products posing a tough competition to other manufacturers in the market. Being a 100-year-old pawn, the company has now excelled in the art of producing efficient and favorable optics and is, therefore, most sought among the buyers. The success of the company depends on their guiding principle which revolves around making high quality, most reliable and affordable sports optics products which gives all other makers a run for their money. Their commitment to outstanding customer service and strong retailer partnerships is what makes them unmatched in their field.
The USP of Nikon is that they certainly have something for everyone. Money never turns out be a constraint for buyers for the brand. The exceptionally well-designed binoculars that provide clear, crisp and well-focused imageries are not enslaved to the money thrown upon, rather sufficiently well performing optical instruments are also available for low prices.
Having a top-notch customer interaction and dealings, the company has now become a conqueror in the field of sports optics. Being the king of optics, there certainly isn’t anything to be doubted upon, yet there are certain detailings one must look for while buying a Nikon binocular.
What to look for in Nikon Binoculars?
Binoculars are a set of devices designed for the purpose of giving a long sight to the viewers, i.e. to enable them to view a distant object without going near to that.
For such powerful devices to function well, there are certain parameters that need to be well crafted and looked upon for these parameters make and break a device. The better these parameters are, the stronger is the device functioning and hence better is its performance and acceptability.
The major purpose of a binocular is to magnify distant objects so much so that a vivid image is visible to the viewers. This means that a pair of binoculars should have a sufficiently high magnifying power. Technically, the magnifying power of a binocular means at what distance the image appears in contrast to the original object. For example, if a bird at a distance of 1000 meters is viewed using a lens of 10x magnifying power, the bird would appear to be at a distance of 100 meters to the viewer’s eyes.
However, the amount of magnification provided by a binocular directly affects the brightness of the image. The more magnified an image, the less bright it is. Therefore, it is important to strike an optimal balance between the two to attain a crisp image of the object.
Objective Lens Size
The objective lens is the lens that is present at the end of the binoculars. These lenses are responsible for controlling the amount of light entering the binocular and hence control the range of use. For an objective lens of larger size, more amount of light enters from the surrounding areas into the binoculars, making image processed brighter. The binoculars with large objective lenses are typically used for low light areas as they allow better vision. The objective lens size directly affects the overall size of the binoculars in a proportionate manner, for an objective lens of larger size, the size of the binocular is also large.
The name of the binocular specifies the name of the objective lens used in that particular binocular and is measured in millimeters. Most of the efficient binoculars, generally have objective lenses of size in between 30mm and 50 mm as most of the purpose is served within this range.
Field of View
The area of a scene that is in view when seen through the lens of a binocular is known as the field of view. A wide field of view ensures a wider perspective into play and makes locating objects through the lenses an easier task as a larger area can be viewed at a time.
The negative point of the wider field of view is that there is a potential loss of details in the objects. Magnification power and field of view of a binocular are inversely proportional to each other. Generally, a wide field of view results in low magnification power. Therefore it is important that a balance is maintained between the two.
Size and Weight
The size and weight factor plays a significant role and is therefore of much importance for in-land binoculars. Since the binoculars are used majorly on the field during adventures, the weight of the binoculars ensures if the binoculars could be carried for long distances or not. Secondly, balance plays a key role. Unfortunately, the balance of a binocular cannot be compared without using the binocular. Generally, all well-built binoculars are also well balanced. A well-balanced binocular is a binocular that causes minimum stress on arms, wrists, and elbows when put near the face for viewing and hence requires minimum efforts.
Eye relief on a set of binoculars comes into play when glasses are being used by the user. Eye relief, basically, is the distance behind the lenses of the binoculars where the image of the object is in focus. Glasses come in the way of eyes getting closer to the ocular lenses as compared to normal eyes. Therefore, a longer eye relief is required so that the image of the object is focused on the ocular lenses and no hindrance is felt in viewing. Normally, binoculars with eye relief of either 15mm or 16mm are recommended for unobstructed vision.
A large value of eye relief negatively affects the field of view, therefore, a balance is to be maintained.
Since binoculars are essentially an outdoor device, it is important that they are waterproofed to a certain degree. Waterproofing ensures that the internal delicate optical parts do not get damaged by water retention and hence the performance of the binocular remains unhindered.
Top 10 Best Nikon Binoculars 2018
Though there are innumerable products in the category of sports optics under the Nikon banner, yet here is a list of binoculars best featured by the company, in all ranges for varied uses.
Built with Nikon’s premium ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass, these Nikon MONARCH 5 binoculars provide sharper and clearer images with a more brilliant field of view. The fully Multicoated Eco-Glass Lenses provide a high light transmittance and hence a glare-free view. The device has various user-friendly features such as Turn-and-Slide Rubber Eyecups for better comfort to eyes, a Smooth Central Focus Knob for quick focusing of the lens and Flip Down Lens Caps to cover and protect the lens.
Built for use even in harsh conditions, the MONARCH 5 is waterproof, fog proof powered with a rubber armored body for strengthened durability.
- Multicoated glass lens for higher transmission
- Waterproof and fog proof built
- The lens caps that come along fit loosely.
- The strap material is flimsy
The Nikon 7548 Monarch 7 8×42 Binoculars are waterproof, fog-proof and can be used at all places irrespective of the terrain. They have extra-low dispersion (ED) glass elements that enhance brightness and color of the image and hence deliver images of excellent quality. The All-Terrain Binocular (ATB) series of Nikon promises to deliver images of impressive quality and ergonomics at an affordable cost, making it a favorite among all. The Monarch 7 8×42 provides an exceptionally wide field of view that makes it easy to find the subject and in real-time. The device contains dielectric high-reflective multilayer prism coatings that are applied to all the lenses to avoid glare and to produce sharp images with excellent contrast and color retention. The binoculars have a rubber armor that provides a strong grip and makes the device more durable. Being purged with dry Nitrogen gas makes the binoculars waterproof and fog proof.
- Waterproof and fog-proof
- Impressive image quality in terms of contrast and color and ergonomics
- Exceptionally wide field of view
- Durable rubber armored coating for better grip and safety
- Multicoated lens system for anti-reflection
- Weather-proof housing
The Nikon Prostaff 7s 10×42 is binocular with a sleek and compact design that is built for any and all sorts of outdoor activities, making it a great accessory and a companion for nearly any adventurous outing. The device is designed with fully multicoated Eco-glass lenses and Phase-Correction Coated Roof Prisms. These technologies help PROSTAFF 7S deliver sharper images in terms of brightness and clarity.
- Multicoated lenses for glare-free vision
- High image quality
- Comes with a hard case to keep the binoculars
The ACULON A211 10-22×50 zoom binoculars feature adjustable multicoated lenses to prevent glare in images large objective lens to gather maximum light from the surroundings. These lenses are fabricated with Nikon’s exclusive lead and arsenic free Eco-Glass that add on to the quality of images. The BaK4 Porro prism systems within the binoculars deliver a high-quality image under all lighting conditions, making these binoculars effective during all hours of the day.
- The smooth central focus knob
- Multiclick rubber eyecups
- Durable rubber armor
- Multicoated glass lenses
The Nikon 7279 Travelite binoculars are designed to provide the best experience of the binoculars within a constraint of cost. Designed with multicoated optics, these devices produce glare-free images. Equipped with a large central focusing knob, focusing of lenses on the objects is easier making images sharper. The outer coating of the binoculars is of tough rubber that acts as an armor to the inner optics and provides a strong and easy grip to the users.
- Multicoated optics
- Larger central focusing knob for smooth operation
- Compact rubber coated design for easy grip
- Bak4 high index Prisms
- Click-type diopter adjustment ring for precise settings
The USP of the MONARCH 7 series under the Nikon banner is its exemplary optical system, that provides seamless images. Like other MONARCH devices, this device is also built with Nikon’s premium ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass and proprietary lens and prism coatings to enhance the viewing experience of the users. The device offers a wide field of view to cover maximum area of view, close-focus capability, and comfortable eye relief.
- Wide field of view to find the subject of view with ease.
- Dielectric High-Reflective Multilayer Prism Coatings that provide high-contrast images and accurate color reproduction.
- Durable rubber-armored coating to provide comfortable grip and durability.
The Nikon 8-24×25 ACULON zoom binocular is a portable, pocket-sized binocular. Made with all exemplary optical features, the compact zoom binoculars is certainly the best choice for binoculars for all purposes. Made with high index BaK4 prisms and bright, multicoated optics with multiple layers of anti-reflective compounds, the device strives to provide the best anti-reflection images. The image quality is at par both in terms of brightness and contrast. It features a 25mm objective diameter with a 3-time zoom capability allowing users to zoom to 24-power for a close-in view and to direct maximum light from the surroundings to the lenses for brighter images
A centrally located zoom control lever enables the user to change magnification power and the focusing with an easy to use button at their finger-tips.
- Multiple layers of anti-reflective compounds is placed on all lenses that provide a superior quality of images.
- BaK4 high index prisms that provide extra high resolution to the images.
- Central focus knob to alter the magnifying power and focusing of the lenses at one click.
- Waterproof and fog proof
The Nikon Action Extreme binocular with a Porro prism has all attributes of a waterproof and fog proof binocular. The Porro prism technology makes the binocular adaptable to all conditions and hence can be used without fear under all conditions. Made with Nikon’s Eco-Glass lenses and prism systems, the binocular delivers images of high-quality. The glass used is lighter in weight, therefore, make the overall body feather weighted.
- Rugged waterproof, fog proof construction
- Multicoated optics for brighter and glare-free images
- Long Eye relief for eyeglass wearers
- Large objective lens and better focusing and magnifying power.
The PROSTAFF 3S 8×42 binocular-like others in its categories provide best viewing experience because of its exceptional features. With bright, multicoated optics, wide field of view, long eye relief, and waterproof/fogproof performance, the device covers all possible needs of a perfect binocular. The light-weight and compact design of the binocular despite of its rugged exterior make it even more desirable for all seekers.
- Compact Roof Prism optical path
- Multi-coated optics that improve light transmission across the entire visible spectrum producing reflection free images
- High-reflectivity silver-alloy Prism coatings that reduce internal diffraction for improved light transmission and hence improved quality of images
- Highly durable
The Nikon Trailblazer Binocular 10×25, are waterproof and fog proof. Compact in design, the Trailblazer binocular has a sleek, lightweight body in unison with lead-and arsenic-free Eco-Glass optics. These optics provide crisp and sharp images with maximum brightness and color reproduction. The outer rubber coating provides a comfortable grip and strength to the binocular. A crisp and sharp viewing is offered by the multiple layers of anti-reflective compounds. The device uses a large objective lens to gather light from the surrounding areas and direct them to the converging lens ensuring that the image produced is sufficiently bright.
The device has a sufficiently wide field of view enabling the viewers to view a large frame at a time. This feature in addition to the magnifying power of the lenses makes the Trailblazer a perfect pair for spotting subject clearly and hence the name, ‘Hunting Binoculars.’
- Compact, Rugged, Waterproof and Fog proof design enabling it to be used under all weather conditions
- Eco-glass Lenses and Prisms
- Multicoated lenses to provide glare-free images
- Durable and light weighted body design
For past 100 years now, Nikon Corporation has been taking a lead in the world of optics with its flamboyantly well-crafted designs to suit the needs of all suitors. The experience of working in this direction has added much to the knowledge of the company making its flag fly high in the sky.