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Nikon 7430 Monarch 8x42mm All-Terrain Binoculars

3.9 out of 5 stars 129 customer reviews

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  • 100% Waterproof/Fogproof
  • Extended eye relief and central focus for viewing convenience
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Size: 8x42

Nikon is a precision optical company with worldwide manufacturing, research and marketing capabilities. The Nikon name is equated with extraordinary photographic performance, innovation, precision and optical quality. PRODUCT FEATURES: 100% Waterproof/Fogproof/Shockproof; Ultra-rugged, rubber-armored, roof-prism design; Extended eye relief and central focus for viewing convenience; Fully Multicoated lenses for bright, clear images; Precision aligned optics for extended viewing.

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Size:8x42
Product Dimensions 7.8 x 6 x 3.1 inches
Item Weight 1.9 pounds
Shipping Weight 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B00006AG6C
Item model number 7430
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3.9 out of 5 stars 129 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #18,427 in Camera & Photo
#1,267 in Camera & Photo > Binoculars & Scopes > Binoculars
Date first available at Amazon.com October 2, 2001

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By Stephen Adams on June 18, 2004
Size: 8x42
I really like these binoculars. They are light, bright, work well with eyeglasses and I give five stars because they are excellent value. I bought these binoculars for a nature trip in the Amazon and I use them in the back yard, on hikes and occasionally at the symphony or opera. My sister, an ornithologist, told me to get the most expensive binoculars I could afford. To her binoculars are a professional tool but I really didn't want to afford a thousand bucks like she was suggesting. She also told me to try out binoculars in dim conditions and to get 8x42 rather than 10x42 because it is easier to find what you are looking for and easier to hold so that the view is not shaking.
In the store I compared these with the same power Leica. The Leica was nice but a lot heavier. I could tell the Leica was better, but not three times the price better. It was dusk, overcast and drizzling (ideal conditions for trying out binoculars). For example, I was looking at the brick work under the awning on a building about a block away from the store. I could see more detail in the brickwork and felt more `there' with the Leica. In brighter conditions the difference is less noticeable and I like the lighter weight of the Monarchs.
On the Amazon trip I has the opportunity to compare binoculars with other people. Most people had brought cheaper binoculars and I think as a result their wildlife watching experience was compromised. The only people who had brought comparable binoculars were avid bird watchers. They had Opticrons which are in the same price ballpark as the Leica. Again, they are excellent binoculars but not three times better.
I like the hard rubber-armor construction. It does not become slippery when wet. They feel solid but light.
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I did alot of research before deciding on this pair. As an experienced photographer, optical quality was my top priority.

I originally purchased them for hiking and long range mountain scanning in southern Oregon, and while initially perplexed between the 10X or 8X version; I found the extra sharpness of the 8X resolution negated the need for a 10X magnification, because they rendered so much detail.

With the 8X, I spotted a fire lookout station that I'd never seen before, on a mountain 15 miles out of town. Quite remarkable. Added to that, was the research at Cornell University's Ornithology Center on the web. Birdwatchers extraordinaire; who called them a steal. I concur. I never thought I'd be so happy paying this price for binoculars, but it was a no brainer. Tack sharp, lightweight and well worth owning.
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Bought these bins recently, they really are excellent, very easy to use, good feel, amazing light gathering and reproduction, and only 1 and 1/2 pounds. If you read Cornell Lab of Ornithology review, there is only 1 set of binoculars under 1000 dollars that beat these,(and they are 6x lenses not really suitable for general birding.)Everything about them feels and works like 1000 dollar lenses with two exceptions, the lens cap and raingaurd, the former in particular would be a disgrace on 50 dollar lenses, i am going to see if i can buy generic replacements. Lots of other web reviews also rave about them, and 98% of people would not tell the difference between these and top range Zeiss, Leica etc. And for 300 dollars you can take them anywhere and enjoy them.
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I bought these to replace a pair of Pentax 8x42 WP's which I had scratched. For the money, I don't think you can do any better for optical clarity and resolution, in my amateur opinion. Not 'wow' better, but did seem a tad brighter than the Pentaxes. They are amazingly light and the overall ergonomics were good so I enjoyed using them. That 'quality feel' was lacking when compared to the Pentaxes, for whatever that's worth, and I don't think it was the lack of 'heft'. The twist out eye cups worked well when full out or in. The diopter ring was stiff and not so user friendly, it doesn't lock but won't likely budge anyway.
So why only 3 stars? For it's price class it deserves 5 stars, but my example began fogging internally on an Elk hunt in otherwise benign conditions. A fluke? Others on the net have noted significant variability within the model line suggesting quality control issues with these Chinese made binoculars.
I returned them to my local Cabela's and was refunded without question so did not deal with Nikon directly (25y warranty, FYI). If I can't find a better bin for similar money (considering Eagle Optics Ranger's, Vortex Vipers, Bushnell Elite e2, etc...), I may get another pair, after looking through several at the counter and doing my own 'testing' once I get them home. Hope that helps.
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First- the negative point. My first pair fogged up on the inside after a couple of weeks. I took them back to the store where I got them, but could have sent them back to Nikon just as easily, thanks to the excellent warranty. Point is- save the box and receipt. It is worth noting that I haven't heard of anyone else who had theirs fog up, I suspect that I had the bad luck of getting the one bad pair. Nikon has a no-fault 25 year warranty anyways. Covers are pretty bad too, but they had to cut costs somewhere to make binoculars this good for this cheap and better to cut corners in the covers than in the optics.

The good... pretty much everything else about them is perfect. For the price, you probably won't find anything better. I used some similarly priced Eagle Optics for a while (2 summers as a field biologist) and I like these a bit more. I have used a few pairs of Leica and Swarovski that are way outside of my price range: they are pretty similar optically (but great eyepiece covers...) $2,000 binoculars are better than these, but not all that much better, and certainly not $1,750 better. If you are in the under $500 budget- these are probably the best you can get. My mom has the 10x42 monarchs, they are just as good. 8x42 will inherently have better low light ability, better field of view, better depth of field, and less problem with shake; 10x42 will inherently have better magnification/detail. If you aren't sure what you are looking for or are a beginner birder, get 8x as they are a bit more versatile and easier to use (wider field of view). 8x will excel in the forest, with fast birds, at dawn or dusk, and anytime you may have shaky hands (while hiking up hill, for instance). The 10x are probably better for shore birds, hawks, and small birds that are still.
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