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Nikon SE 8x32 CF

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Nikon
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Nikon Polska
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Specifications
Manufacturer Nikon
Model SE 8x32 CF
Lens diameter [mm] 32
Magnification [x] 8
Angular field of view [deg] 7.5
Linear field of view [m/m] 131/1000
Exit pupil [mm] 4
Eye relief [mm] 17.4
Min. focusing dist. [m] 3
Twilight factor 16
Brightness 16
Prisms BaK-4/porro
Dimensions [mm] 116 x 183
Weight [g] 630
Waterproof No
Nitogen filling No
Argon filling No
Image stabilization No
Tripod exit No
Focusing central
Warranty [years] 10
Accesories
Price 2999
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Average rating (11 owners reviews)
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4.80 Good
Owners reviews (11)
  1. Colin
    Colin 7 February 2015, 11:38
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    IP 78.143.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
    Price: £250
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Only 'showerproof', not waterproof. Objective caps not supplied, rainguard could be easily lost unless attached to strap. Special bracket required for attaching to tripod.

    Pros: Solidly built, but not too heavy. Neglible CA, perfect 3-D view. Accurate focusing, very good FOV. Accurate colour rendition. Very easy on the eye, and in the hand. Very bright, even at twilight. Excellent suppression of glare.

    Summary: The best porro out there. Dare I say it: one of the best pair of binoculars ever produced (along with the SE 10x42). Probably better than a similar product by any of the 'Big 3'. My favourite birding glass.

  2. Torview
    Torview 31 December 2014, 08:23
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    IP 95.151.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: £379
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: No "status" if that`s a concern for you.

    Pros: 3d view no roof can equal, at any price.

    Summary: Clearly developed and built by a team for whom the optical and mechanical quality had to be as good as it could possibly be. Arguably still the optical benchmark all must equal to be considered "Alpha" . I`v been Birding with mine alongside friends with various "Alpha`s" and in any light or weather the equal or better all of them, a truly amazing optic, one for those who value the view above fashion or status.

  3. BH
    BH 10 November 2013, 07:45
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    IP 72.208.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: $550
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Slightly touchy on eye placement compared to the Nikon EDG and rubber eye cups.

    Pros: Superb view out to the edge and realistic presentation due to the 3D ability of a porro.

    Summary: This is a relatively light weight and comfortable to hold binocular that provides a view at least equal to best out there. Sharpness, contrast, and the ever so slightly warm color balance, along with the precise focusing, are all excellent. The deeper 3D effect of the porro gives a different presentation than an equivalent roof.

  4. Blaine Holzer
    Blaine Holzer 24 October 2013, 01:29
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    IP 99.156.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: $350.00 (s
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Theoretically not water "proof"

    Pros: Incredible view. Almost "magic" 3D image with colors and details as clear as it's possible to get. Very comfortable. Obviously high quality build.

    Summary: Brilliant! I really "lucked out" with this purchase (half price sale on world class binoculars.

  5. KA
    KA 1 June 2013, 08:15
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    IP 85.237.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: 400€
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Not waterproof

    Pros: Excellent sharpness, even on the edge, lightweight, ergonomic, good CA correction, neutral colors - no color bias, pinpoint resolution, Magnesium chassis, large corrected field of view - sweetspot

    Summary: Usefull tool for observation nature, long trips where the weight has important role, and in its category also very good for astronomy. One of best price performance ratio in binoculars. The flaw is that it is not waterproof, but I think that it could resist smaller rain.

  6. woodfluter
    woodfluter 27 December 2012, 10:46
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    IP 209.179.x.x
    Owner since: 9 years
    Price: $640
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Not "waterproof" but very well sealed. Never had any issues and don't have worries. Only significant usage negative is slightly slow focusing, due to the good, tight sealing - but this is really minor.

    Pros: Alpha level optics at beta level price. So unfortunate that Nikon discontinued this superb optical instrument. Handling, feel and operation are excellent, unless you have problems with porros in general (I don't). Contrast, brightness, flat field, sharpness to the edge are outstanding.

    Summary: While not "waterproof", I've been using both porros and fully WP roof prisms for ~45-50 years in all sorts of conditions, and only had a cheap pair of Bushnells from the 1970s ever fog. Would have been nice but unlike others, don't think it's a real issue. I don't hose down binoculars or fall into streams with optics hanging from my neck; too experienced or not stupid enough maybe! Shock resistance is for me a bigger plus of roofs, but that too has only been an issue with the ancient Bushnells. These are top notch.

  7. Simon Spiers
    Simon Spiers 11 December 2012, 20:00
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    IP 94.192.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: £500
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Crap bag Not Waterproof

    Pros: Superb resolution Amazingly bright image Feels great in the hands. Good eye relief

    Summary: Simply the best Porro out there. Super sharp images matching roofs costing over twice as much. Such a shame they are not waterproof. http://www.flickr.com/photos/binoculars/

  8. jsm
    jsm 26 September 2011, 02:37
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    IP 96.40.x.x
    Owner since: 5 years
    Price:
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Not waterproof

    Pros: The view

    Summary: Best glass i have used, ever.I could never afford this optical quality in a roof, assuming it is available in a roof somewhere north of $2000 USD

  9. CSG
    CSG 18 May 2011, 17:32
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    IP 75.220.x.x
    Owner since: 4 years
    Price: $550
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Not weatherproof. Rainguard is a bit of a nuisance and doesn't fit well. No status points with the Big 3 roofer crowd (although the SE's preform as well or better than most of their competition).

    Pros: Spectacular optics, as good as anything I've seen for almost four times the price.

    Summary: Still one of the finest small binoculars made.

  10. RS
    RS 12 April 2011, 09:49
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    IP 24.130.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: $400 used
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: They don't have the newest pull-out eye cups, and with my eyeglasses they have to be centered properly or black out. I'm being very picky.

    Pros: Incredible clarity, beautiful 3-D view, flat field, extremely bright for an 8x32, feel very familiar holding them, nice weight.

    Summary: I've not looked through many other binos, although had a new Swaro 8x42 SLC-HD for a month. Optically I could see little difference, although the Swarovskis were more eyeglass friendly and sl. wider field. The Swaros were only slightly brighter at dusk and did not have the 3-D view of the Nikon porro. I've also used an Leica 8x32 Trinovid which frankly didn't come close to the Nikon SE 8x32. The Nikon SE's (I've also had a 10x42) are optically superb and feel great. The price is right also.

  11. Birder
    Birder 15 January 2011, 23:07
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    IP 24.115.x.x
    Owner since: 7 years
    Price: 550
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Not waterproof

    Pros: Perfect resolution and color fidelity. "WOW" factor off the charts.

    Summary: Best of the Best

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