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6.0 out of 10

Nikon 10x42

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Overall 9

Nikon HG 10x42 L DCF

30 May 2010
  • Conclusion: A set of binoculars without one single weak point. In no test category did it reach a result near average or below. Its price, although steep, is still lower than the prices of the “great trinity” products (Leica, Swarovski, Zeiss). If you can afford it, it would be difficult not to recommend the purchase. The most important thing is that the promotional brochure info is, by and large, in 100% accordance with our measurements.
  • Pros: very solid housing,, high transmission,, perfectly sharp image in all the field of view,, low chromatic aberration,, very slight astigmatism,, quite well-corrected distortion,, low brightness loss at the edge of the field,, very slight coma,, very good whiteness rendition,, slight flares,, very wide IPD,, perfectly circular exit pupils,, high quality prisms and antireflection coatings,, excellent blackening inside the barrels.
  • Cons: really nothing comes to mind here...
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Overall 8

Nikon SE 10x42 CF

18 May 2010
  • Conclusion: Cons: Admiring the classic look of a Swarovski Habicht 10x40 W we turned a blind eye to several slip-ups of that device and its average quality/price ratio. In the case of the Nikon SE we don’t lose the classic look either - all those who like old, good Porro constructions will be as much enchanted by these binoculars as by the Swarovski. The price level is the same and the score leaves the Swarovski far behind.
  • Pros: solid construction, handy and very comfortable to hold,, very high transmission,, excellent whiteness reproduction,, low chromatic aberration,, very low coma,, slight astigmatism,, sharp image practically up to the edge of the field of vision,, negligible light fall-off at the edge,, slight flares,, high quality of prisms and coatings., the maximum interpupilary distance a bit too narrow,, too narrow central focusing screw,, minimum focus only from 3.3 meters.
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