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Nikon Action 7x35 EX Extreme ATB Binocular
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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on October 18, 2006
Style Name: Nikon Action 7x35 EX Extreme ATB Binocular
This binocular was rated No 1 in the Cornell winter 2005 review of birding binocular in the economy class and it certainly desreves its No 1 spot. In this price range it is simple the best binocular for the begining birder, the budding sports fan. Being fully rubber armored and fully water proof they make very good hunting binoculars as well. The field of view is simply the widest i have ever seen. They are slightly on the heavier side at 28 oz, but the weight distribution is such that they feel much lighter than many 23-25 oz roof prisim binoculars. Eye glass wearers will also not have nay problem with these and the feature 17 mm + of eye relief and twist up eye cup with detents and feature not normally found in binoculars of this price range.

The only negative about these binoculars is that the eye piece cover is a bit to tight fitting and take a bit of effort to take off, but thats not much of negative considering all the other positives.

Highly recommended.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2007
Style Name: Nikon Action 7x35 EX Extreme ATB BinocularVerified Purchase
I needed some all purpose 7 x 35 binoculars for my Hawaii vacation. I took them everywhere from hikes to boat tours to watching whales, sea turtles, wild goats, ducks and sea birds in flight, etc. Previously, I only had a mediocre set of Bushnell binoculars that I thought were pretty good. I was going to buy the lightweight compact Olympus 8 x 21 binoculars recommended by Consumer Reports for about $60. Fortunately, they were out of stock everywhere. After a little research I found no positive experience from expert birder sites on the web to back it up, unlike this Nikon.

These seemed too good to be true in terms of quality and features. For $110 they had high quality construction and lenses and were designed to be truly waterproof and fogproof, so they won't go bad on you. Everything I read said the clarity was very good to excellent as well. That's an understatement. I can't imagine what more clarity or improved low light viewing you can get out of the more expensive $300 Nikons or the $500, $1000, $1500 Japanese or German expensive optics binoculars. I didn't even notice that I was using these Action EX binoculars when it was nearly dark. This is a mark of quality and these have it. The clarity is just outstanding. Why should I pay more ?

They feel good in the hands and are a pleasure to use. They look great, too. It's not a super lightweight compact, but these are real binoculars. They have the usual quick central focus and left/right eye difference focus adjustment. They are fully rubber coated to handle real world use with bangs, scrapes, and drops. The binoculars have the strap and the case doesn't, so you'll have to store the case or attach it to something else. If you can use and appreciate a pair of excellent quality binoculars, this is money very well spent.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon December 30, 2010
Style Name: Nikon Action 7x35 EX Extreme ATB Binocular
I'm something of an optics nut. Having been a photographer for a long time, I appreciate what good glass is capable of doing for you. I also know how much poor optics can ruin your day. Binoculars are different from camera lenses but binoculars are easier to judge. You just have to pick them up, adjust the diopter correction to your eyes and focus them. Judging other aspects such as durability, weight, speed of focus, comfort, fit to specific use and all the other non-optical issues takes a little longer.

As to the binoculars in question, these 7x35 Action Extreme EX Nikons impressed me a lot when I looked through them for the first time. Costing under a hundred bucks, I was astonished at the optical quality for the price. They may be the best bargain going in a basic binocular. I can compare this binocular to several other binoculars in the household and they will come up rivaling those that cost up to five times more in the sharpness, brightness and overall clarity of the image. No, the image is not razor sharp across the entire field. But, then again, most binoculars aren't sharp around the edges either. If you want sharp edges, consider spending over one thousand dollars as opposed to one hundred dollars. You will not get perfection for one hundred dollars but you will get outstanding quality for that money.

In Amazon's introductory description of these Action Extremes, there is some confusing information. The chart being used (as of this writing) shows comparisons of another series of Nikon binoculars. Since Nikon makes a lot of different binoculars, I'm not sure which specs are used in this chart--probably Monarchs since they are mentioned in the description. Needless to say, this information has nothing to do with the Action/Action Extreme binoculars and will only get first-time binocular buyers confused. It's best to go to Nikon's website for current information on size, weight, eye relief, etc.

Back to the Action Extremes, I can't recommend this binocular enough to first-time buyers on a budget. Nikon also has an even lower priced series in the Action (no "Extreme"). This series is also known for value and optical quality. In comparing the Action Extreme binoculars to the standard Action series, you get a little more for your money. I haven't compared them recently but the last figures I saw showed the Extremes to have better eye relief--something not just good but a necessity for those who wear eyeglasses. The Extremes are also rated as "waterproof" by Nikon whereas the standard series are not. These days "waterproof" does not always mean they are truly and totally waterproof. Usually it means a binocular can withstand being used in the rain without suffering failure. Drop them in a lake for a few minutes before fishing them out and you probably will need to buy another "waterproof" binocular. I don't know how waterproof the Extremes truly are but it's good to know they are sealed better than average. That's worth the extra cost to me. If you don't wear eyeglasses and will never need moisture resistance in your binoculars, the standard Action series may save you a few bucks.

Compared to more expensive binoculars, with these Nkon Action Extremes you may be giving up longterm durability. Don't expect to bang these around daily on your expedition to the summit of K2 and still have working optics. They are ruggedly built but unlikely to withstand prolonged abuse. The roof prism design that is used in the top-of-the-line, high-end binoculars can usually be made stronger and more durable than porro prism design binoculars like these Nikons. Porro prism binoculars, on the other hand, are simpler designs that are easier to build with good optical quality. Porro prism binoculars, like these Nikons, are larger and generally heavier than roof prism binoculars of the same power. With prolonged use, the weight of a binocular can cause fatigue. The more powerful the binocular, the larger and heavier they become. The 7x35 is the smallest of the Action Extreme series. Going to a higher power magnification can help in some instances but 7-power is usually good enough for most situations. You get a wider field of view with less chance of image shake. I have binoculars in 7, 8, 8.5, 9 and 10-power in the household and I really don't find I'm giving up anything with the 7-power.

Based solely on optical quality for price involved, the Nikon Action Extreme EX 7x35 are highly recommended.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on October 25, 2008
Style Name: Nikon Action 7x35 EX Extreme ATB Binocular
I've had my pair for about 3 years now and use them a lot for birding, the opera, and hiking. We keep them on the kitchen table to look at birds at our feeders, so they get almost daily use. The optics amaze me, and the binoculars have been perfectly dependable and easy to use. The very large eye relief makes them perfect for us, as we both wear glasses. I also like the adjustable eye cups. Rubber eye cups that curl back for use with glasses only last a year or two before cracking. These threaded eye cups should last indefinitely.

They're a bit heavy, so we bought a well padded camera strap to replace the thinner strap that came with the binocular. The case that comes with the binoculars works well, and has cutouts for straps.

We like this binocular so much that we are soon going to order another one so we both have one when hiking. I'm not tempted to get the 8x40 because the optics are so clear and bright that we can see birds much better with these than our previous, cheaper 8x binoculars. Also, a wide field of view is critical at the opera. The 8x40 is a little heavier, with a little narrower field of view than the 7x35.

Regarding the objective lens cover, I cut three slits into the sides of each cup so they slip on easily. Also, I've attached all the lens covers to the binocular with woven fishing line so they're never lost. They hang down about 8 inches when the binoculars are in use.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2007
Style Name: Nikon Action 7x35 EX Extreme ATB Binocular
I've owned several pairs of binoculars over the years, and these are by far the best at anywhere near the price. The image is sharp, colors are accurate and the relief for eyeglass wearers is the best I've seen. I recommend them without reservation.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2010
Style Name: Nikon Action 7x35 EX Extreme ATB BinocularVerified Purchase
I bought these binoculars because they were the top rated ones on the moderate priced list by a very influential ornithology organization. You could spend a lot more to get the same quality binoculars in a smaller size, but you probably wouldn't get better quality binoculars. I just returned from a trip to Costa Rica where I used them constantly. I was amazed at how easy it was to see birds with these binoculars even in dark rain forest conditions.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 30, 2012
Style Name: Nikon Action 7x35 EX Extreme ATB BinocularVerified Purchase
These binoculars are all about quality in the largest field of view. If you want to see a wide expanse of nature or the heavens downrange from your position, these are the way to go. I got them specifically to frame smaller constellations and asterisms, the detail of which can be further examined with a scope. They help tremendously to put the object in the scope into context. Ordinarily, observing half a degree of field tends to abstract objects almost entirely from their surrounding. Since it's not practical to really "zoom" in using a single optical instrument, using these in combination with something of higher power is ideal. Don't get me wrong, I do have a zoom on the scope... it zooms from 25x to 50x -- amazing but you have to understand that this is a field of view of 2.4 to 1.5 degrees -- essentially like looking through a pipe to a drinkstraw. These Nikons however, show over 9 degrees field of view -- something which is unsurpassed in the highest-end binocular out there.

There are compromises necessitated by the optical principles used to make these function. They do not have a very flat field of view, meaning objects in the center of the field (circle) can be focused, but objects nearer the edge of the field are out of focus. This is because the focused field is curved not flat. This problem is also evident in most 10x50's for example. It's less of a problem in good quality 8x42's like Nikon's Monarch for example, and obviously the high end Swarovski, Leica, Zeiss etc. This problem matters more when you have a narrow field and highly magnified image where the subject tends to fill the field of view. It matters less when the subject is focused in the center of the field and the background surrounding it is slightly out of focus.

Still, even if you pay the biggest bucks for bright, flat, and sharp images from the top of the line binoculars, you'll still only see about 8 degrees true field of view, whereas these give you over 9 degrees. Furthermore, they give an apparent field of view of over 59 degrees, rivaling the top-of-the-line binoculars.

If you're looking for a handy, all-purpose binocular, the roof-prism 8x42's are proven to be far more popular for a number of good reasons (more compact, more magnification while not yet needing a tripod or IS like 10x does, more competition and choices etc.) But if you're looking for the best field of view with high quality optics, this is it, and fortunately it comes at a very reasonable cost. I don't know what other 7x35's are out there, but I can tell you this is far better than Celestron or Bushnell.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2011
Style Name: Nikon Action 7x35 EX Extreme ATB Binocular
These are good, with a fantastic field of vision but I have a distortion in the lower outside corners of both lenses that I find very distracting. I also have the Nikon 7 X 50 Action Extreme and can't imagine how I'd be happier with them other than the front lens cap issue mentioned by others, so I know it's not all Nikons. My wife notices the distortion also and she prefers the 7 X 50's. I suggest trying before buying if possible. Another pair may not have the distortion or it may not bother you.

Other than that, the filed of vision makes them very good for birding or other action-packed viewing.

You should check the main page above to make sure you get the right size for your needs. It applies to both the Action and Action Extreme models.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 3, 2008
Style Name: Nikon Action 7x35 EX Extreme ATB Binocular
I bought these binoculars for my trip to South Africa and they were wonderful for seeing wildlife. They were durable and held up being tossed around for 5 weeks in the field. They were a little heavy, but they worked so well that the little extra weight didn't matter. I highly recommend these binoculars to anyone who wants a good pair of binoculars without having to pay hundreds of dollars.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Style Name: Nikon Action 7x35 EX Extreme ATB BinocularVerified Purchase
I've had many pairs of binoculars over many years, some pretty good, some pretty bad, but these Nikons were a surprise the first time I put them up for a view. They are, I think, the best you are going to do in the price range, and maybe better than you will do in the next range up.
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