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usually costing 10 times as much. After 2 weeks daily use birdwatching, I'm satisfied this item is as good or better than I hoped/expected them to be.
Optics: PROs: Excellent Clarity
Very Bright - only superior ED type glass and coatings could make a significant improvement.
Sharpness - Very Good to Excellent. Slight loss at upper & outside edges.
Glass Quality - Very Good. Up sun flare is tolerable and diminished. No chromatic aberrations noticed yet.
CONs: Depth of Field - Narrow. To be expected at this price point and magnification.
Slow Focusing - Stiff focus ring. Can probably be remedied simply.
OVERALL: Very Good. At price paid, excellent!
Note: At near Minimum Focal Distance I conclusively ID'd a Warbling Vireo in deep shadowed Cottonwood leaf cover.
At 800+ yds 30 specks on a lake were easily ID'd as 4 mated pairs of Ruddy Ducks and their nearly grown broods. Even made out their blue bills. That, folks, is excellent resolution!
Durability/ Utility: Fit and finish very good. Construction appears rugged and strong. A bit heavy (at 6'3" & 200 lbs, that's good!). If item performs in one year of regular field use (500 hours use) like near new I will rave praise and recommend these binoculars to anyone with champagne tastes and a beer budget
Overall Recommendation: Anyone on tight budget will be hard pressed to find better binoculars at $150 to $200.
This is the best binocular in its class for Astronomy handheld use. My Resolux 15 X 70 is also quite fine, but much heavier (not to mention much more expensive). If you are not into kilo-buck binoculars, this is the one to get.
He wanted something that would get good distance, zoom, and be something he could take hiking, so it had to be both light and durable. I chose these over compact ones so they would work with the iphone adapter (take photos through the binoculars!) They aren't too heavy, look really impressive, and deliver crisp detailed views from great distances away. We saw our family sitting on the beach from the top of the Assateague lighthouse! He likes the lens protectors that clip right onto the shoulder strap or come off and stay in the case. (It would be nice if the case had clips to attach a shoulder strap as well - it only has a belt loop) The collapsible eye-cups are great for if you are wearing glasses or not, and they are waterproof! I use Nikon camera gear so it was a good fit as well. Highly recommended!
At least one person had questioned what the difference between the two listings was. Well. . .I bought mine "Like New" under this listing and when it arrived all the paperwork was included but I noticed it carried a 10-yr warranty for the Europe/Africa market that most likely is useless in the USA. Those binoculars are gray market. I wonder if all the inventory under this listing is similar. . .you might think twice about it.
My only piddling peeve with the binoculars themselves is the provided case has no shoulder strap, nor even D-rings for adding my own strap.
By the way, I called Nikon to investigate the warranty status of the binoculars I bought. In our chat the CSR said Nikon's 25-year USA warranty on new binocular purchases was bumped up recently (Jan. 2014) to limited-lifetime and the No-Fault program was ended. If true, perhaps there will be a period of transistion between the old and new warranties as existing inventory is depleted ? Currently (2/2014) Amazon's Nikon binocular listings I've seen that address warranty mention a 25-year warranty.