4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great for scenery, birding and sports!,
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This review is from: Nikon 8221 Trailblazer 10 X 50mm All Terrain Binoculars (Electronics)
I agonized over 8x42s or 10x50s and decided on the 10x50s and I am not looking back! I wanted a stronger lense for looking at the shoreline across the bay, ships and boaters. I also wanted these for traveling and birding. I compared the Nikon Monarch 10x42s with the Trailblazer 10x50s at a local store. They had both on display so I tried both. I did not see any significant difference in the light or clarity between the two. I concluded the Monarchs are not worth $100+ more. I opted to buy from Amazon the Trailblazers 10x50s and the Pentax 62217 UCF II 8-16x21 Zoom Binoculars[$76] for my wife.[Get these!] These are an excellent pair and compliment my Nikon Trailblazers both for the price of the Monarchs! I love the feel of the Trailblazers in my hands. The Pentax ones for my wife are 8s and my Nikons are 10s. I tried both and my shake or movement is no greater with the 10s. The smaller Pentaxs are lighter and more compact than the Nikons and I can hold my Trailblazers more steady. I like more to hang on to. It all depends on your needs. I believe you should have different pairs to fit the ocassion. I sit alot while using my 10x50s. If I was going to be into birding and hiking more than I am I would opt for the 8x42 Trailblazers. They are smaller and lighter. Many of the prior reviews have covered the positives and negatives. I will highlight a few. I like the twist up eye cups, multi-coated lenses, waterproof, fogproof, great warranty, nice strap and great feel. I do not care for the lens covers and I hope Nikon addresses this. The eye covers are fine. I feel the Trailblazers are under rated and the Monarchs are over rated. The Trailblazers will last a life time just like the Monarchs.