The Nikon 8x42 MONARCH 5 All Terrain APG Binocular couples bright, high-resolution optics with legendary ruggedness in a package that is light enough to carry all day. Incorporating Nikon's exclusive Eco-Glass (made without the use of arsenic or lead) for all lens and prism elements.
The MONARCH 5 features phase-corrected, dielectric high-refl ective multilayer prism coatings for extreme brightness, superior sharpness and incredible low light performance. The tough, full rubber armored body is O-ring sealed and nitrogen purged for a lifetime of waterproof, fogproof reliability
I use the binoculars mainly for viewing wildlife including birds and butterflies. The best features are: - very lightweight compared to other binoculars and also waterproof - this important when taking them hiking - Very sharp image - Close focus great for identifying butterflies and dragonflies - I like the capability to adjust the eyepieces to allow me to wear my glasses Somewhat narrow field of view and some more expensive binoculars may perform better in low light. But I knew this when I purchsed them and the binoculars are better than I had expected
I've been using a small pair of Nikon for years (and a huge set of Celestron when I'm close to home)-- these are every bit as bright as the much larger & heavier Celestrons. Excellent size & weight. I wouldn't backpack with them but very easy to carry and I am small-ish. I was also concerned that pupil distance would be small enough and it's fine too. If you are using a pair of 10 year-old binoculars -- buy these and see how beautiful the world is!
I'm a serious birder and have used many different binocs over my 60 years of wildlife viewing. My Monarch 5 8x42's are equal to most if not all the brands I've tried. Their attractive pricing and good quality have made them popular with many of the birders I know.
I bought the Nikon Monarch 5 Binocular because I do a lot of nature photography and needed to take a clear close look at long landscapes, birds, wildlife or potential action like calving glaciers or breaching whales. I have used other brands for years and have been satisfied but felt I needed something lighter and more weatherproof. These fit the bill perfectly. Scenes are clear and bright and the wide neck strap makes them easy to wear while hiking. The light weight and compact design also make them easy to fit in a camera bag or backpack without sacrificing other equipment.
The Nikon Monarch 5 10x42 binoculars are a great product. I bought a pair last year and my wife and I liked them so much we got ourselves another pair recently. We also convinced three of our friends to get a pair. Which was easy after using ours. We use the binoculars primarily for birding. Why are they great? They are extremely bright. They have ED glass to correct chromatic aberration which allows us to see details better. They are not heavy to carry. The only drawback for me is that i have to remove my glasses. I already do that with my camera so I just use a glasses neck strap.
I work as a wildlife researcher so good binoculars are an essential tool for my job. That being said I still can't justify spending thousands on binoculars. I've been waiting to pick up a pair of Monarch 5's for a while and when Adorama had these on sale with an included binocular harness and Maglite Mini I went for it. So far I am very impressed. Great clairity, good low light usability, all in a lite, compact design. I agrea with other reviewers that the cover for the eyepieces is horrible. It certainly doesn't effect the actual binoculars but the fact that Nikon could include such terrible eyepiece covers warrents the 1 star reduction. Otherwise great binoculars at an affordable price.
I'm an avid bird watcher. My yard overlooks woodland, a long pond and golf course beyond. The Nikon Monarch 5 provides superb detail and fast focus at every distance. The overall feel and balance is great. Results are amazing at twilight watching the pond to the northwest. I'm not crazy about the protective cap for the eye pieces and will probably detach it from the strap. I should have bought the optional binocular harness and will if I can figure out how to buy it on the Adorama site.
I use this product for birdwatching. I haven't use it for long now but I can guaranty the optical cuality is good, just minimal distortion only aparent when moving following a flying bird, and minimal chromatic aberrations only aparent when looking an object iluminated from behind
These binoculars are as advertised. Sharp, rugged adaptable. Works well with eyeglasses. Optics are superior as you would expect from Nikon.
These binoculars are an excellent buy, especially from Adorama, I was told they were backordered and would expect to wait, 2 days later they were at my doorstep. I could not be happier with Nikon's clarity and quality, you can't go wrong t this price level!