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Nikon 8x30 Monarch 7 Binocular (Black)

B&H # NI8X30M7 Mfr # 7579
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Product Highlights
  • Extra-Low Dispersion Glass Elements
  • Eco-Glass Optics: Lead / Arsenic-Free
  • Roof Prisms with Phase-Correction
  • Dielectric Multi-Layer Prism Coating
  • Fully Multicoated Optics
  • Fiberglass-Infused Composite Housing
  • Wide Angle Viewing
  • Nitrogen-Filled Fogproof / Waterproof
  • 15mm Eye Relief, Twist-Up Eyecups
  • Rubber Armored Body

The 8x30 Monarch 7 Binocular from Nikon combines high-transmission optics with an ergonomic and weather-resistant housing to produce the image quality and easy handling typical of Monarch series binoculars. The 8x30 Monarch 7 has a 60° apparent viewing angle and is capable of focusing as close as 6.6'. Additionally, Its 15mm and twist-up eyecups with multiple click-stop positions help to create a comfortable viewing distance for almost any observer, making this set of glasses well-suited for most close to mid-range glassing activities.

This compact iteration of the Monarch features a fully multicoated extra-low dispersion (ED) lens system that transmits bright images with enhanced brightness and contrast. To preserve the image quality transmitted by these glass elements, Nikon also outfitted the Monarch 7 binocular with phase-correct roof prisms that are finished with a highly reflective dielectric multicoating. Resulting views rendered by the Monarch 7 optical path have lifelike color and are rich with detail.

Their 30mm objectives, open-bridge configuration, and fiberglass-polycarbonate housing with rubber armoring help to reduce the overall weight of the Monarch 7 without sacrificing ergonomics or functionality. A contoured body complements the non-slip rubber armoring, allowing the observer to maintain their grip even while wearing gloves or when conditions turn wet. The nitrogen-filled housing equips the Monarch 7 with the fogproofing and submersion tightness needed to endure years of service in a variety of conditions.

Optical Performance
  • Magnification: 8x 
  • Objective lenses: 30mm diameter
  • Apparent viewing angle: 60° wide angle
  • Eco-Glass optics: non-toxic glass contains no lead or arsenic
  • ED glass lens system: enhance color fidelity and brightness
  • Roof prisms with phase correction and highly reflective dielectric coating
  • Fully multicoated optics, anti-reflective lens coating
  • 6.6 ft minimum focus distance
  • 15mm eye relief
Use and Handling
  • Twist-up rubber eyecups with click-stop settings
  • Contoured grips with slip-resistant texture add ergonomic feel
  • 1/4"-20 threaded mount for tripod adapter
Construction Details
  • Nitrogen-filled housing for fogproof and waterproof performance
  • Fiberglass-infused polycarbonate chassis with rubber armoring
  • Watertight to 3.3' for 10 minutes
  • Weight: 15.3oz
Prism Type Roof
Magnification 8.0x
Objective Lens Diameter 30 mm
Angle of View 8.3° (actual)
Field-of-View 436.75' @ 1000 yd / 145 m @ 1000 m
Minimum Focus Distance 6.56' / 2 m
Exit Pupil Diameter 3.8  mm
Eye Relief 15.1  mm
Interpupillary Adjustment 56 - 72 mm / 2.20 - 2.83"
Dioptric Correction Not Specified By Manufacturer
Focus Type Center
Tripod Mount Yes (Adapter Optional)
Dimensions 4.84 x 4.69 x 1.89" / 123 x 119 x 48  mm
Weight 15.34 oz / 435 g
Nikon 8x30 Monarch 7 Binocular (Black)
  • Carrying Case
  • Neck Strap
  • Lens Covers
  • Limited 25-Year Warranty
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    Nikon8x30 Monarch 7 Binocular (Black)
     
    5.0

    (based on 7 reviews)

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (6)
    • Lightweight (6)
    • Quality lenses (6)
    • Close focus (5)
    • Strong construction (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Bird watching (4)
      • Wildlife viewing (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Avid adventurer (3), Casual/ recreational (3)
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      5.0

      Typical Nikon Quality and Performance

      By Bruce K.

      from Los Angeles, CA

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Lightweight
      • Quality Lenses
      • Strong Construction
      • Waterproof

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Bird Watching
        • Wildlife Viewing

        Comments about Nikon 8x30 Monarch 7 Binocular (Black):

        Needed a lightweight binocular for a field trip we have scheduled. I had already purchased an Alpen 599 but the limited field of view and my hand movement was too pronounced. Because of the size and weight I decided to keep the Alpen plus my wife can use them (she prefers the compact size). I have 2 older (over 30 years) Nikon compact binoculars and am very pleased with them. To me, Nikon binoculars (the better ones) were always too expensive to justify the cost. With the current discount the price still seemed high for the Monarch 7, but a bit more reasonable. Since I already had the compact 10x from Alpen, I decided to get the 8x Nikon. Well, I couldn't be more pleased. You can check out the specs for field of vision and so forth on the spec page.From personal experience, I can tell you the wider field of view makes a world of difference both in locating objects and reducing the amount of noticeable hand shake. The added weight of the Nikon (about 7 oz.) as opposed to the Alpen probably helps. The optics are crystal clear and at night I can still see fine. The weight isn't bad considering these are not compact/pocket binoculars. It is comfortable to wear around the neck with the wider strap. The attached front and real lens covers are nice, no more worrying about dropping them or finding a place to store them. The case has a belt loop, no strap which is fine by me. I prefer the weight on the hips rather than around my neck. The case also has plenty of room for the neck strap. The older Nikon compacts also had plenty of room for neck straps. It really bothers me when they don't allow enough room to close the case when the newer wide neck straps are attached. The Alpen has this issue with its tight fitting case.The Nikon Monarch feels very solid and the mechanisms are smooth. It is comfortable to hold and not large or as obtrusive as full sized binoculars. The ED glass and water proof features are nice. I can just rinse them off after a dusty day of trekking. The weight is under a pound and that can be significant when you have 3-5 pounds of camera and glass around your neck already (another reason to keep the Alpen). My full sized binoculars are all in the 40+ oz. range.Hopefully these will last me another 30+ years, probably longer than I will need them. I am very pleased with this purchase.

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        5.0

        Very Bright and Light Weight!

        By Franky

        from Delafield, Wisconsin

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Close Focus
        • Compact
        • Lightweight
        • Quality Lenses

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Bird Watching
          • Wildlife Viewing

          Comments about Nikon 8x30 Monarch 7 Binocular (Black):

          We tried the Monarch 7, 8 x 42, which were great and provided excellent light. But for $100 less, these are considerably lighter and the light is still great! Just took them out birding and they were wonderful. Have never had a great binocular before these, so not much good to compare to, but as newbies, we're feeling very pro. About to order a second pair...now.

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          5.0

          excellent small binoculars

          By chris the birder

          from San Antonio, Texas

          About Me Avid Adventurer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Bird Watching
            • Sporting Events/Concerts
            • Wildlife Viewing

            Comments about Nikon 8x30 Monarch 7 Binocular (Black):

            I bought these to replace an older pair on Monarch 7 (8x42) that I have used for birding for years. I am constant amazed at what a great pair of binos this series is at the price. A recent review of birding binoculars in various price range (available online) done by the Cornell Laboratory for Ornithology rated the Monarch 7 8x42 binos a best buy in their price range. These 8x30s aren't quite as bright maybe (and weren't available at the time of the review in 2013), but they weigh 2/3 as much and are great for travel.

            My older 8x42 monarchs compared well to binos costing 3-5 times as much (I've actually compared them side by side in the field).

            This pair of 8x30s isn't quite as bright as the 8x42s I am replacing, but I wouldn't expect them to be. They are still amazingly bright though! And they are as sharp as the Monarch line is famous for. If you are shopping for a pair of binos in this price ranges and you DON'T look at monarchs, you are doing yourself a disservice.

            These things are much smaller than I expected, but still useable by my average adult male hands. If you have really big hands, you might find these a bit small, but for the average person they are fine.
            The lens caps are better than the old series of Monarchs.

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            5.0

            Great Glass

            By Anthony

            from Pflugerville, Tx

            About Me Avid Adventurer

            Verified Buyer

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              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Nikon 8x30 Monarch 7 Binocular (Black):

                  Needed a compact pair of binoculars for bow hunting. Perfect size, lightweight and awesome performance for its size. Bright sharp images, excellent depth and field of view. Very good in low light conditions. These binoculars easily rival my Monarch 5 10x42's. I'm very pleased with the performance and price.

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                  5.0

                  Lightweight High Quality Optics

                  By Terraplane29

                  from Ohio

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Close Focus
                  • Compact
                  • Lightweight
                  • Quality Lenses
                  • Waterproof
                  • Works Well With Glasses

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Nikon 8x30 Monarch 7 Binocular (Black):

                      I am an avid birder, and my primary binoculars are a pair of Zeiss 8 x 42 FL's. I purchased the Nikon Monarch 7 8 x 30's for my wife to use on an upcoming Tanzania trip. I haven't had Nikon binoculars before, but while working part-time in a sporting goods store I had the chance to examine many Monarch riflescopes, and was very impressed the optical quality, particularly at their price point. My impression was that they were as sharp as, and brighter than many scopes costing two to three times as much.

                      Other than the known brand quality, the biggest selling point for me on the Nikons was the weight, at 15 oz. about 8 - 10 oz,. lighter than many 8 x 32's. Weigh is certainly an issue for international travel (and for smaller users, say a 5'1" 100 lb. wife). As I had a short birding trip planned to Phoenix AZ, I decided to take the Nikons instead of my Zeiss.

                      Overall, I was very pleased with the handling and optical quality. I have fairly large hands, and holding the binos and operating the controls was not an issue. The focus was fast, but not touchy, and the eye relief for me (I am a glasses wearer) was excellent. Optically, the image was sharp and no color issues were noted. The sharpness appeared good near the edges of of the field, but I am not fanatical about that - after all, what I look at is usually centered. Contrast and low flare on backlight objects was good. And the field of view is phenomenal. A quick comparison shows them to be about equal to my Zeiss in that regard. I estimate close focus to be about 6 feet. The light weigh made them a pleasure to carry, particularly for an old guy at 6,000 ft. Ounces do count.

                      The only issue that cropped up was that the plastic cover piece for the front of the hinge assembly worked loose. Fortunately, I noticed it before it came off entirely and re-tightened it.

                      To sum up, I am very pleased with them, especially at the price. I'll probably use them locally when I don't expect to encounter low light issues, and the size and weight will allow me to pack them as a back-up set on trips.

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                      5.0

                      Nikon Monarch 7 8 x 30

                      By Terraplane29

                      from Ohio

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Nikon 8x30 Monarch 7 Binocular (Black):

                          I picked up a pair of the Nikon Monarch 7 8 x 30" for my wife to use on an upcoming Tanzania trip. My primary binoculars are a set of Zeiss 8 x 42 FL's. I haven't had Nikon binoculars before, but while working part-time in a sporting goods store I had the chance to examine many Monarch riflescopes, and was very impressed the optical quality, particularly at their price point. My impression was that they were as sharp as, and brighter than many scopes costing three times as much.

                          Other than the known brand quality, the biggest selling point for me on the Nikons was the 15 oz. weight . Weigh is certainly an issue for international travel (and for smaller users, say a 5'1" 100 lb. wife). I'm an avid birder, and as I had a very short trip planned to Phoenix AZ , I decided to take the Nikons instead of my Zeiss.

                          Overall, I was very pleased with the handling and optical quality. I have fairly large hands, and holding the binos and operating the controls was not an issue. The focus was fast, but not touchy, and the eye relief for me (I am a glasses wearer) was excellent. Optically, the image was sharp and no color issues were noted. The sharpness appeared good near the edges of of the field, but I am not fanatical about that - after all, what I look at is usually centered. Contrast and low flare on backlight objects was good. And the field of view is phenomenal. A quick comparison shows them to be about equal to my Zeiss in that regard. I estimate close focus to be about 6 feet. The light weigh made them a pleasure to carry, particularly for an old guy at 6,000 ft. Ounces do count.

                          The only issue that cropped up was that the plastic cover piece for the front on the hinge assembly worked loose. I noticed it before it came off entirely. I'll wrap the tip of the threaded shank with a bit of teflon tape and see if that does the trick.

                          To sum up, I am very pleased with them, especially at the price. I'll probably use them locally when I don't expect to encounter low light issues, and the size and weight will allow me to pack them as a back-up set on trips.

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                          5.0

                          New Nikon Monarch 7 8x30 is very nice!

                          By Dennis

                          from Denver,CO.

                          About Me Avid Adventurer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Bird Watching
                            • Sporting Events/Concerts
                            • Wildlife Viewing

                            Comments about Nikon 8x30 Monarch 7 Binocular (Black):

                            The new Nikon Monarch 7 8x30 is very nice! I have been using mine and I am very satisfied with it. The thing is really cute kind of like the Swarovski CL and about the same size but lighter YET! It is REALLY light. It is weird how much smaller a 30mm can be. The mechanics on it all work fine including diopter, IPD tension and eyecups and typical silky smooth Nikon focus. The accessories are all great with a nice rainguard, great strap, nice little case with belt loop and good tethered objective covers. Very typical Nikon high quality with a nice comfortable cushy rubber armour. I like it better than the Swaro CL for 1/2 the price. It has a much bigger FOV than the Swaro and in contrast to it's bigger brother the 8x42 Monarch 7 HD it is dead sharp on-axis. As sharp as my Swarovision and Conquest HD on-axis although these two do have a bigger sweet spot and of course the Swarovision has those sharp edges. IMO it is a better binoicular than it's bigger brother which too me is not that sharp on-axis. Very nice binocular if you are looking for something portable in the sub $500 range that is easy to carry around and you don't want to put up with the idiosyncrasies of a compact. I haven't looked through the new Swaro 8x25 but I will bet this little jewel will smoke it and it isn't much bigger. B&H has them in stock now and they have a no-hassle return policy.

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