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Best value for the price,
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This review is from: Nikon Sport Optics 7542 MONARCH 5 8x42 Binocular - Black (Electronics)
I did quite a bit of research before buying a Monarch 5 10x42 for a trip last fall. They are great especially for more open spaces, i.e. whale watching migratory birds etc. but I did find them more challenging for bird watching in the woods. Cornell University did a thorough review of binoculars I found helpful. [...]
The article is very helpful if you are not sure what you need and they rated the 8x42 Monarch 5 as best mid price binocular with performance that challenges $1,000 models. So I purchased them for a Christmas gift for my wife and I.
Have to say I love the 10x42 but believe the optics are even better on the 8x42. They are very bright, no distortion and incredibly fast and smooth focus. These Nikons don't use the folding eyecup on my old binoculars ane while some reviewers did not like them as an eyeglass wearer I find them superior especially if you will share the binocs with someone who does not wear glasses.
There are a lot of less expensive options out there, but this really is a case of you get what you pay for. I recommend them.