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Nikon 8x20 Premier LX L Binocular

B&H # NI8X20PLX MFR # 7506 USA
Nikon 8x20 Premier LX L Binocular

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Product Highlights

  • Eco-Glass: Lead and Arsenic-Free Optics
  • Roof Prisms with Phase-Correction
  • Fully Multicoated Optics
  • Nitrogen-Filled Fogproof / Waterproof
  • Dual-Hinge Bridge Configuration
  • Magnesium-Alloy Housing
  • Turn-and-Slide Rubber Eyecups
  • 15mm Eye Relief
  • Rubber Armored Body
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The 8x20 Premier LX L Binocular from Nikon is a pocket-sized set of glasses and feature a weather-sealed magnesium-alloy housing and an Eco-Glass optical path that contains neither lead nor arsenic. Phase-corrected roof prisms finished with a highly reflective silver coating allow the Premier binocular to preserve sharpness and color fidelity without sacrificing brightness.

The magnesium-alloy housing is nitrogen-filled for fogproof performance and wrapped in a textured rubber armoring that provides a slip-resistant grip. A dual-hinge configuration allows the footprint of the binocular to be further reduced for storage in the side pocket of a day pack or even a cargo pocket.

Complementing its image quality and compact footprint, the 8x20 Premier LX L displays a 50.8° apparent viewing angle and is capable of focusing as close as 8 ft, making this binocular suitable for almost any viewing task. Turn-and-Slide eyecups with multiple click-stop positions and a 15mm eye relief can provide a comfortable viewing distance for almost any viewer—with or without eyeglasses.

Optical Performance
  • Magnification: 8x
  • Objective lenses: 20mm diameter
  • Apparent viewing angle: 50.8°
  • Close focus distance: 7.8 ft
  • Eco-Glass: Lead and arsenic-free optics
  • Phase-correcting prism coating preserves sharpness and clarity
  • Highly-reflective silver coated prisms maximize brightness a
  • Anti-reflective multicoating reduces glare and improves contrast
  • 15mm eye relief provides comfortable viewing distance
Use and Handling
  • Twist-up eyecups with multiple click-stop positions
  • Dual-hinge bridge enables barrels to fold under for reduced footprint
Construction Details
  • Magnesium-alloy housing with slip-resistant rubber armoring
  • Nitrogen-filled for fogproof and waterproof performance
  • Waterproof depth: 3.3 ft
  • Weight: 9.5 oz
Prism Type Roof
Magnification 8.0x
Objective Lens Diameter 20 mm
Angle of View 6.8° (actual)
Field-of-View 356' @ 1000 yd / 118.19 m @ 1000 m
Minimum Focus Distance 7.8' / 2.38 m
Exit Pupil Diameter 2.5  mm
Eye Relief 15  mm
Interpupillary Adjustment 56 - 72 mm / 2.20 - 2.83"
Focus Type Center
Tripod Mount None
Dimensions 4.3 x 3.7" / 10.92 x 9.40  cm
Weight 9.5 oz / 269 g
Nikon 8x20 Premier LX L Binocular
  • Carrying Case
  • Neck Strap
  • 2 x Objective Caps
  • 2 x Eyepiece Caps
  • Limited 25-Year Warranty
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    Nikon8x20 Premier LX L Binocular
     
    4.7

    (based on 6 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (4)
    • Quality lenses (4)
    • Strong construction (4)
    • Lightweight (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Wildlife viewing (5)
      • Bird watching (4)
      • Sporting events/concerts (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual/ recreational (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (3)

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      5.0

      Lightweight, great view, sturdy

      By sh

      from Santa Monica, CA

      About Me Avid Adventurer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Lightweight
      • Quality Lenses
      • Strong Construction
      • Works Well With Glasses

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Bird Watching
        • Sporting Events/Concerts
        • Wildlife Viewing

        Comments about Nikon 8x20 Premier LX L Binocular:

        I use these for nature watching, landscapes, what's over there... Easy to use, easy to focus, great visibility, compact. I really like them. Wish I had something to compare to, but I think these are great.

        • Was this a gift?:
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        4.0

        Great optics,little bulky for a compact.

        By Dvboy

        from Vancouver,BC

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Quality Lenses

        Cons

        • Bulky
        • Poor Construction

        Best Uses

        • Bird Watching
        • Hunting
        • Sporting Events/Concerts
        • Wildlife Viewing

        Comments about Nikon 8x20 Premier LX L Binocular:

        I was comparing these to my older Leica Trinovid 8x20.Optically the Nikon's were a little better(brighter,better contrast),but the Leica's felt like a MUCH higher quality unit in my hands.The difference in ergonomics and quality build were much larger than the gap in optics.The Nikons were bulkier and had a clunky plastic feel to them,where the Leicas were all metal,no plastic,solid and more compact.At the end of the day optics in a binocular are the most important thing,hard to argue that,but overall for me I stuck with the Leica's.All in all still good value for the $$.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Highly recommend

        By Hokie

        from Basking Ridge, NJ

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Lightweight
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Bird Watching
          • Sporting Events/Concerts
          • Wildlife Viewing

          Comments about Nikon 8x20 Premier LX L Binocular:

          We used the Premier LX L at a recent golf tournament and were able to clearly watch the players from 400-600 yards. Compact & lightweight and very clear. Excellent.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Luxurious but not perfect

          By Pavel

          from Moscow, Russia

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Close Focus
          • Compact
          • Quality Lenses
          • Strong Construction
          • Works Well With Glasses

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Sporting Events/Concerts
          • Wildlife Viewing

          Comments about Nikon 8x20 Premier LX L Binocular:

          I'm using binoculars mostly while travelling, not for birdwatching or astronomy.

          Pros:
          1. Build quality is impressive, body is made of metal.
          2. Perceived detail clarity is generally comparable to my Nikon 8x42 ATB (a much larger binocular). My visual acuity is less than perfect though.
          3. Surprisingly, angle of view is also comparable to that of Nikon 8x42 ATB.
          4. Chromatic aberrations are very low but not completely absent, so this Nikon is on par with my cheap Minolta 8x25 in that respect. Nikon 8x42 ATB is much worse.
          5. Eye relief allows for using at least prescription eyeglasses.

          Cons:
          1. Some grease is sticking out in the folding mechanism, looks untidy.
          2. Right telescope exhibits blur in the very top of image while left telescope exhibits blur at the very bottom. What I have thus is a nearly perfect panoramic image and the whole circle is not perfect. Most people should not worry.
          3. Metal body makes it heavy - it is heavier than my Minolta 8x25 by 30 g according to my measurements despite smaller objective diameter.

          Naturally, a contemporary good 8x40 is much brighter than this 8x20.

          My binocular includes: a case, a strap, objective caps but no eyepiece caps, some literature, a nice box.

          The included case looks good - black leather and "gold". It fits the binocular even with extended eyecups. However, the protection against elements is weak.

          I could not notice any problems with collimation.

          NOTE: This 8x20 LX model is obviously the same as 8x20 HG in Europe. The only difference must be the warranty.

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          5.0

          Great Quality Reasonable Price

          By David, Retired

          from Gualala, CA

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Lightweight
          • Quality Lenses
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Bird Watching
            • Wildlife Viewing

            Comments about Nikon 8x20 Premier LX L Binocular:

            I purchased these compact binoculars for hiking, rafting, and birding and they have been brilliant for those purposes. Although they are lightweight and fold into a small pouch, the quality of the optics from Nikon clearly makes this a superior product. Illumination and clarity is no different than that of a full sized binocular and they have the advantage of adding very little weight to your hiking pack. I now take them on all my travels. At first, it took a little practice opening them and adjusting them to my eye width, but you quickly get adept at this and the advantages of the compact binoculars far outweigh this initial challenge.

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            (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            The best compacts I've tried

            By Sea Kayaker

            from Oregon

            Comments about Nikon 8x20 Premier LX L Binocular:

            These are just fabulous. I have Swarovski 7x40, Zeiss 8x20and Nikon superior E binocs so I know quality. I wearglasses so eye relief is important. I tried these side byside against the new Leica Ultravids, and the Swarovskicompacts and I used my Zeiss classics for 3 years (my wifetook them). No contest. The only thing I could say isthat our Zeissclassic compacts (and Leicas) are smaller andlighter... but significantly less eye relief on the Zeiss. These Nikons are still plenty compact and so comfortable touse. The 10x were also fabulous.These are extremely sharp and not just in the center. Theyare very sharp even at the edges and they have very littlechromatic fringing. It is very subtle. I am extremely happy with these binocs and would buy thesame ones again in an instant.

            Problems Encountered: No problems.

            Previous Equivalent Items Owned: Zeiss classic 8x20

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            Field Optics Research - Sierra 2200 BinoPod Pack (Camo)
            • You Pay: $29.95
             

            Tripods, Bipods & Monopods

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            Stabilize your optics with the right platform.

            Nikon - Mini Tripod
            • You Pay: $12.95
             

            Mounting

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            Mount your optics squarely and securely to ensure accuracy and precision.

            Bushnell - Car Window Mount
            • You Pay: $17.11
             

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            Ensure a secure connection between your optics and the platform they are mounted upon.

            Barska - Binocular Tripod Adaptor
            • You Pay: $8.99
             

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            Record the image you're viewing on your smartphone with a smartphone adapter.

            Carson - IB-542 HookUpz Digiscoping Adapter iPhone 4, 4s, 5, 5s
            • You Pay: $11.87
             

            Straps, Lanyards & Harnesses

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            Keep your optics secure and at the ready with a strap, lanyard or harness.

            Bushnell - Deluxe Binocular Harness Strap (Black, Clamshell Packaging)
            • You Pay: $10.99
             
            OP/TECH USA - Bino/Cam Harness (Elastic Version)
            • You Pay: $20.75
             

            Cleaning & Anti-Fog

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            Protect your optics with Cleaning & Anti-Fog products.

            Pearstone - Microfiber Cleaning Cloth, 18% Gray (7 x 7.9")
            • You Pay: $4.99
             
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