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Nikon10x42 Monarch 5 Binocular (Black)
 
4.7

(based on 11 reviews)

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Pros

  • Lightweight (10)
  • Quality lenses (10)
  • Compact (8)
  • Strong construction (7)
  • Waterproof (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Bird watching (10)
    • Wildlife viewing (9)
    • Hunting (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (5), Avid adventurer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (9)

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    5.0

    Lightweight and so good.

    By Chamakanda Steve

    from Santa Cruz, CA

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Bird Watching
      • Wildlife Viewing

      Comments about Nikon 10x42 Monarch 5 Binocular (Black):

      I use it for watching birds. Sharp focus, crisp view, easy to use and lightweight.

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      • Yes

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      4.0

      Nice Glass

      By Snapper

      from South Florida

      About Me Avid Adventurer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Lightweight
      • Quality Lenses
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Bird Watching
        • Wildlife Viewing

        Comments about Nikon 10x42 Monarch 5 Binocular (Black):

        The optics are just what you would expect from Nikon, very sharp and bright. The 10x is just right for both birding and taking in distant landscape. There is problem with the caps though. The front fall easily from there closed position and the eyepiece caps are totally useless. While these are not Nikons highest end binoculars,I would think they would put more thought into properly securing both front and rear caps.

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        5.0

        Exceeded expectations

        By Loves to camp

        from Fitchburg, MA

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Bird Watching
          • Wildlife Viewing

          Comments about Nikon 10x42 Monarch 5 Binocular (Black):

          I have always had problems using binoculars until I found this pair. They are nothing short of spectacular! A+ would recommend.

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          5.0

          Very good birding binoculars!

          By Bob

          from Oklahoma

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Bird Watching
            • Wildlife Viewing

            Comments about Nikon 10x42 Monarch 5 Binocular (Black):

            I recently purchased Monarch 5 (10 x 42) binoculars. I chose these because my wife had purchased an older model (8 x 42) a coupla' years ago and raved about them. Although I haven't taken these in the field yet, I use them almost daily for bird and animal watching around where I live. I'm very happy with the resolution and clarity, particularly near sunrise and sunset when the light is limited. The optical quality is quite good. These are the first binoculars I've used that were comfortable and work well while wearing glasses. They are actually lighter than my wife's and fit my hands well. FYI: I contacted a B&H expert about the text describing the model I purchased (5) and the Monarch 3 and Monarch 7, all 10 x 42. It said that models 3 & 5 were good for closeup & medium distances while the 7 was good for medium & long distances. This didn't make sense to me. He said that different staff had written the reviews and 10 x 42 obviously gave the same magnification for all models. Based on his interpretation, I couldn't justify the additional cost for a model 7 although I am sure they are higher "quality." I'm a moderately serious birder.

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            5.0

            as always nikon comes thru.

            By mikie

            from lynchburg, va

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Close Focus
            • Compact
            • Lightweight
            • Quality Lenses
            • Waterproof

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Bird Watching
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Comments about Nikon 10x42 Monarch 5 Binocular (Black):

              my wife and I are avid bird watchers. the monarch 5 is good as or better than her older monarch. crystal clear viewing and no eye strain at all. the best feature is the accuracy of the focus wheel. I bought the 10 power and my wife has the 8 power. the 10 power is just as bright as the 8 power. for the price you can not beat the performance. 5 star all the way. thank you b@h for a great price too!

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              4.0

              Great product

              By wfmc

              from minnesota

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Quality Lenses
              • Strong Construction
              • Waterproof

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Bird Watching
                • Hunting
                • Wildlife Viewing

                Comments about Nikon 10x42 Monarch 5 Binocular (Black):

                We really like our new bincoculars. We've had Nikons before...and we just wish Nikon would work a bit harder at producing lens covers that stay in place better... Otherwise, nice set of magnified 'eyes'...

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                5.0

                great eye relief

                By furfeathersfins

                from ogema, mn

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                Pros

                • Compact
                • Lightweight
                • Works Well With Glasses

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Hunting

                  Comments about Nikon 10x42 Monarch 5 Binocular (Black):

                  bought these as a replacement to the bushnell legend ultra HDs I purchased in September; i wear eye glasses, and when i look through my monarch 5s I get more generous eye relief and a crisper field of view than with the bushnells, definitely worth the extra money!

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                  4.0

                  Bright Clear and Light

                  By MN Photog

                  from MN

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Lightweight
                  • Quality Lenses
                  • Waterproof

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Nikon 10x42 Monarch 5 Binocular (Black):

                    Bird Watching. I've got an older pair of Nikon roof-prism 10x42s which I got on sale for about 1/4 the price of the Monarch. The Monarch is a bit brighter and a lot lighter and more compact. Honestly, the roof-prisms are pretty good. I'm hoping that the Monarch is more durable over the long run. Time will tell.

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                    5.0

                    Typical Nikon high quality build

                    By Osprey

                    from Tampa, Florida

                    About Me Avid Adventurer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Eye Piece Cover Poor Fit
                    • Eyepiece Covers Could Fit

                    Best Uses

                    • Bird Watching
                    • Wildlife Viewing

                    Comments about Nikon 10x42 Monarch 5 Binocular (Black):

                    birding and general nature viewing
                    high fidelity view with no blue fringing
                    focus dial has just the right amount of tension to allow for accurate focusing and locking on subject.
                    Light weight yet very sold feel and easy to hold steady. Great cushioned neck strap.

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                    5.0

                    Solid binoculars

                    By Zack

                    from Santa Cruz Mountains, CA

                    About Me Professional Guide

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Close Focus
                    • Lightweight
                    • Quality Lenses

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Bird Watching

                      Comments about Nikon 10x42 Monarch 5 Binocular (Black):

                      I have been using my Monarch 5 10X42s for birding the last couple weeks and love them. They feel good in the hands; the grip is comfortable. The focuser moves really easily allowing you to change focus from distant to close birds without much effort. Compared to my old binoculars of a different brand they are lightweight, easier to focus, and my eyes don't get tired after a couple hours. I compared them to the others in their price-range at @ and these preformed better with less color aberration.

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                      5.0

                      Light and bright

                      By The camping photographer

                      from Santa Monica, CA

                      About Me Avid Adventurer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Close Focus
                      • Lightweight
                      • Quality Lenses
                      • Strong Construction
                      • Waterproof

                      Cons

                      • Loose Eyepiece Cap

                      Best Uses

                      • Bird Watching
                      • Sporting Events/Concerts
                      • Wildlife Viewing

                      Comments about Nikon 10x42 Monarch 5 Binocular (Black):

                      I tried the monarch 3 and the monarch 5, optically close but the 5 was much lighter. I didn't get a chance to try the 7 but I didn't want to spend that much so I didn't care. I tried other brands in an equal price range and other cheaper nikon models, none came close to the monarchs.
                      This new version has ED glass and also being a photographer using nikon lenses, ED glass makes a big difference.
                      The low light capabilities are fantastic. Build quality is amazing, as it should be because they come with a 25 year warrantee.

                      My only complaint is that the eyepiece cap is not a snug fit, it just loosely sits on there and the strap and gravity hold it in place.

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