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Nikon Monarch 7 8x42

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Manufacturer Nikon
Model Monarch 7 8x42
Lens diameter [mm] 42
Magnification [x] 8
Angular field of view [deg] 8
Linear field of view [m/m] 140/1000
Exit pupil [mm] 5.25
Eye relief [mm] 17.1
Min. focusing dist. [m] 2.5
Twilight factor 18.33
Brightness 27.56
Prisms BaK-4/roof
Dimensions [mm] 142x130
Weight [g] 650
Waterproof Yes
Nitogen filling Yes
Argon filling No
Image stabilization No
Tripod exit Yes
Focusing central
Warranty [years] 10
Price 1799
Additional information ED glass
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3.58 Average
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  1. La Mer
    La Mer 30 June 2017, 23:05
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    IP 80.121.x.x
    Owner since:
    Price: 430 Euros
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: - Serious build quality issues (rubber armour, central hinge, dioptre adjustment). - Accessories very badly designed (rainguard is a stupid plastic thing that doesn´t fit at all, case leaves part of the bino uncovered …). - Some rolling ball effect; not very strong and probably acceptable for most people, but I took one star away from optical quality because it´s so unnecessary.

    Pros: - Excellent optical specifications (field of view, eye relief, near focus). - Low weight, pleasant dimensions. - Very comfortable to hold, soft rubber armour gives a good grip. - Good optics for the price (periphery is rather blurry and CA is a bit high in spite of \"ED glass\", but you can hardly expect more for the money).

    Summary: And again and again and again: the build quality. In the last three years I sent 12 binos back because they were defective after a few month of use or because they already had a serious quality issue when they arrived (price range from 230 to 900 Euros; none of these binos was ever dropped or mishandled in any way; I just use them a lot, but I think that´s what they are made for). Incomprehensibly, the vast majority of these devices had good to very good optics, which demands high production standards, and yet some low-tech parts turned out to be a complete failure. Unfortunately, the Monarch 7 8x42 is no exception here: A number of reviews were positive on the optical quality but noted a loose hinge and loose rubber armour. And, guess what: The first set I ordered three years ago had a hinge that felt strange from the beginning, and after a few hours of use it lost all tension. Only recently I ordered another set, assuming that Nikon must have fixed the problems meanwhile. But that was a vain hope: the hinge was all right this time, but the rubber armour was so loose near the eyecups, that I was sure rainwater would seep in between the rubber and the casing, ruining the device with mould in no time. In addition, I had to turn the dioptre ring far out of its neutral position to get the tubes focus identically (though nowadays that seems to be almost normal with binos below 500 Euros). Conclusion: If you manage to find a good set, this is a bino to be recommended. Where and how you are going to find this flawless set, however, I really don´t know.

  2. AX
    AX 25 November 2012, 19:39
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    IP 85.237.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: 450€
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: CA rise and sharpness fall in outer FOV Made in China not Japan

    Pros: Clear view, very good brightness centre view nearly free of CA and very sharp - HD neutral color, anti scratch coating lightweight, ergonomic huge FOV

    Summary: Very good binocs for nature watching, after sunset until night, easy to spott objects without long searching - nearly panoramatic view. If nikon add field flattener lenses and APO objective it will be worth 1000€ with manufacture in China. It will endanger not only HG class but other manufacturers mid high model. Maybe in Monarch 9?

  3. Predatorbybow
    Predatorbybow 18 July 2012, 17:11
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    IP 71.226.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Didnt feel they were worth the money quality wise.

    Pros: Small and light

    Summary: Wasnt 100% satisfied and returned them