Reviews and Problems with Nikon Monarch 8x42 DCF ATB
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Nikon Monarch 8x42
13 December 2010
Excerpt: I purchased these binoculars as a gift for my daughter. She lives in New England along the Atlantic coast. She seemed pleased with the crispness and clarity of the binoculars. She also liked that they were lightweight.
Excerpt: I've owned these binoculars for more than three years now, and I'm still constantly impressed with how bright and sharp they are. I've tried other people's Leica and Swarovski binoculars, and there's very little to no noticeable difference in image quality.
Conclusion: Despite the cheap accessories, this is probably one of the best purchases I have made. And what do you expect for accessories when you pay about 250 and get 2-3x the performance. I really can't say that about any other piece of archery eq. that I have.
Pros: They are a very nice looking pair of binos. The RealTree camo used on the binos adds to the look (doesn't look cheap or cheezy). I think that they'll do nicely for this upcoming bowhunting season, as they are quite compact for 8x42. I took a chance on these. I bought without being able to find an...
Cons: The accessories leave something to be desired. I would gladly have paid a few dollars more for a better case and for better lense caps that snap locked. The case sags after a while closing with a small strap of velcro, and the caps are shallow with thin plastic. I gave the strap to my preschooler...
Conclusion: It is one thing to be satisified with equipment that you purchase after a long, painful search, and it is quite another when your buddies admire your stuff. These binoculars are admired by all who handle them, and without hesitation or solicitation (fishing for compliments).
Pros: Peoples' tastes mature, generally switching from simple and cheap to more elegant and complex--which tend to be more expensive. Our tastes mature differently for different things. I buy the most expensive coffee, but yet medium priced wines and beer. Most of my tools are also the best, yet I shoo...
Cons: They are a little heavy at 26 oz. I didn't use weight as a critical factor in my search, I don't know if comparable units in terms of features exist at lighter weights, maybe thats why one needs to graduate to the elite $1000 level at some point. Although minor aspect, but one that affects its us...
Summary: Super quality bright images, just the job for birding. Oh but we could improve the silly lens caps, hopeless when out and about. They flop about and get in the way, OK for storage though. Also the eyepiece protective caps keep falling off! Don't let this put you off though, great bins!
Summary: Excellent for the price with clear sharp images even on fairly dim lit days, with very little shake, large view for bird watching etc. focusing is smooth and easy to use and not too heavy for carrying around.
Summary: These Nikon binoculars offer incredible value for money. That was what I drew from reading the reviews posted by others before buying. Using the binoculars has confirmed that they are indeed great value for money. The lens caps are fiddly and irritating that I have chosen to remove them.
Summary: He loves them and we are both amazed by the really good magnification and the quality of the view we are looking at. It is many years since I used binoculars and I was pleasantly shocked at how light they are and how easy they are to use even while wearing varifocals.