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Nikon 8x30E II

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Manufacturer:

Nikon
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Nikon Polska
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Specifications
Manufacturer Nikon
Model 8x30E II
Lens diameter [mm] 30
Magnification [x] 8
Angular field of view [deg] 8.8
Linear field of view [m/m] 154/1000
Exit pupil [mm] 3.75
Eye relief [mm] 13.8
Min. focusing dist. [m] 3
Twilight factor 15.49
Brightness 14.06
Prisms BaK-4/Porro
Dimensions [mm] 101x181
Weight [g] 575
Waterproof No
Nitogen filling No
Argon filling No
Image stabilization No
Tripod exit No
Focusing central
Warranty [years] 10
Accesories
Price 1699
Additional information
Average rating (12 owners reviews)
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Overall

4.92 Good
Owners reviews (12)
  1. john
    john 18 April 2018, 01:48
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    IP 66.241.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: $485
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: It\'s not waterproof

    Pros: Brutally sharp at center, Huge FOV, compact and easy to hold steady, lightweight, amazing 3d effect, a solid build and amazingly inexpensive.

    Summary: I\'ve owned dozens of binoculars but when I first looked through the EII I was certain I had found the love of my binocular life. I easily prefer them to the Swarovski 8x50B that cost $2000 and I recently sold. I immediately bought a second pair of these EII so I would never have to be without. I also bought the 10x35 which is just as amazing optically and only a smaller FOV to complain about, but at 366 ft. for a 10x you really can\'t complain very hard. My next best optic is a Kowa Genesis 8x33 and it is really no longer in use unless it looks like some major rain in the offing. Buy one of these while you can.

  2. Phenix jc
    Phenix jc 15 August 2017, 10:30
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    IP 176.189.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 250
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Not waterproof as you know

    Pros: Porro prism : YES !!! A gem. (birding & photography usage).

    Summary: I\'m not an expert, the optical quality is well known, so I just want to add that this binocular is very, very comfortable for my face and my glasses ! Almost never shadowing, or blackout, or blackspot : Incredible \"panoramic\" comfort with (my) glasses.

  3. Andrew
    Andrew 27 July 2017, 22:19
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    IP 213.205.x.x
    Owner since: 5 years
    Price: £374
    User profile: Professional

    Cons: A 3.88mm exit pupil is not going to be much use in poor light. The thin focusing wheel and the inherent leverage of a wider porro model makes 1 handed use (something that may be useful if you are using a clipboard on a bird-survey) a bit hasslesome. They look a bit ugly being short and wide. They are not reputed to be waterproof although I hope they\'ll do alright in normal amounts of rain.

    Pros: It\'s easier to make wide-field binoculars with smallish exit pupils - these have a mind-blowing 8.8 degrees of field and are damn sharp and well corrected across nearly the full range. In reasonable light they are a viewing spectacle their sharpness and brightness are coupled with a sense of depth that you can only get from porro prisms and which makes you feel closer to your target.

    Summary: These are my fair-weather and photography-day binos, light, wide-field and optically amazing - their short frame also means they don\'t clash with my camera when around my neck!

  4. Piotr Szpakowski
    Piotr Szpakowski 2 July 2017, 18:21
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    IP 77.77.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price:
    User profile: Professional

    Cons: Rubber focusing ring

    Pros: Contrast, resolution, field of view

    Summary: One of the best binoculars for birding. I love it!

  5. Kirk
    Kirk 12 June 2017, 11:51
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    IP 60.241.x.x
    Owner since: 4 years
    Price:
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: No real waterproofing

    Pros: EVERYTHING.

    Summary: This binocular is the bees knees of visual pleasure. I always appeal to this unit over my Zeiss and Swarovski counterparts. I think the realism and relaxed view is so good, that it leaves me always wanting more. Compact, bright, and razor sharp.

  6. Optical giant
    Optical giant 30 November 2016, 03:56
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    IP 1.152.x.x
    Owner since: more than 10 years
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    User profile: Professional

    Cons: nil

    Pros: Brand, quality, size, weight

    Summary: I cannot say enough about the Nikon 8x30 EI. I was using a 8x32 SE for many years and a Swarovski 8x32 EL as my two main binoculars. After acquiring the EII, I found myself using it more and more and more. It has a magnetic property to it. You can't put it down. the image quality is on par and slightly better in some areas (especially fov) Great unit, I have now sold my SE and Swaro. This little gem will have to be pried from my cold dead hands one day.

  7. Astroboy
    Astroboy 25 November 2016, 11:55
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    IP 60.241.x.x
    Owner since: 5 years
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    User profile: Professional

    Cons: Not much

    Pros: Size, weight, balance, image quality

    Summary: Brilliant optics from Nikon here. A delight to use and own

  8. valfran
    valfran 5 October 2015, 20:31
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    IP 91.253.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: 380 eur
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Not waterproof and eyepieces cover

    Pros: Very best field of view and optical performance excellent.

    Summary: The one only binoculars

  9. Peter
    Peter 11 August 2014, 10:31
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    IP 81.232.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: 450 Eur
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Not waterproof, but they are reported to be quite robust.

    Pros: I have bought more than 50 pairs of different binoculars and these are the only ones that I kept.

    Summary: The favorite glass of many professionals and amateurs alike.

  10. Simon Spiers
    Simon Spiers 14 July 2013, 10:38
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    IP 94.194.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: £325
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Not waterproof.

    Pros: First rate optics Very sharp central focus Wide FOV Great light transmission.

    Summary: A wide angle 8x30 with great optics and wider field than the Nikon 8x32SE's but not as sharp to the field stop. This is probably my favorite binocular. http://www.flickr.com/photos/binoculars/8287566511/in/set-72157623273111441

  11. Birdman
    Birdman 7 June 2013, 08:17
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    IP 203.206.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
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    User profile: Professional

    Cons: Not waterproof, not that it matters to me.

    Pros: Everything else.

    Summary: An incredibly bright and sharp porro. Optically right up there with the $2000 big boys, and a much better 3 dimensional feel. Robust and relatively cheap..a no brainer when it comes to quality optics.

  12. Brian
    Brian 23 October 2012, 01:07
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    IP 86.166.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: £360
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Rubbish case.

    Pros: Optically superb.

    Summary: The best all round 8x30 porro ever. Get one before they disappear in the sea of rubbish roofs !