Reviews and Problems with Nikon Monarch 10x42 DCF ATB
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Nikon Monarch 10x42 DCF
3 January 2010
Conclusion: The Nikon Monarch had been considered to be one of the better nature observation instruments for many years. Unfortunately, a lot of better rival products have been launched on the market recently and they have endangered the position of the Japanese tycoon very seriously. What’s the most curious Nikon doesn’t seem eager to take the field especially when it comes to the European market, where Nikon products’ prices are much higher than in the USA (you can buy a Monarch...
Pros: light and handy casing made of polycarbonate resin reinforced by glass fibre,, good quality of prisms and antireflection coatings,, well-corrected coma and astigmatism,, slight chromatic aberration,, low brightness loss at the edge of the field,, sharp image already from 1.8 metres.
Cons: too high distortion,, the image at the edge of the field could have been sharper,, distinctly truncated exit pupils.
Conclusion: Overall these Nikon Monarch ATB 8x42 waterproof binoculars are quality optics at a competitive price, this is something I think Nikon set out to achieve and have done it well. The result being that they are some of the best selling binoculars in their class. Ideal Birding binoculars, that would also not be out of place in any other form of nature and wildlife observation and make good all-rounders.