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Nikon8x30 Monarch 7 Binocular (Black)
 
4.8

(based on 9 reviews)

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Pros

  • Lightweight (8)
  • Quality lenses (8)
  • Compact (7)
  • Close focus (5)
  • Strong construction (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Bird watching (6)
    • Wildlife viewing (5)
    • Sporting events/concerts (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (4), Avid adventurer (3)
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    4.0

    Bright

    By Phil

    from NYC

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Lightweight
    • Quality Lenses

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Bird Watching

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

      Good clear view even at dusk, but what surprised me the most was that at dusk, they are brighter than my Swarovski EL's. Not as sharp as the Swarovskis (duh), but brighter. In sunlight, the Monarch 7 image was clear and crisp. Definitely reocmmend especially if you don't want to spend a lot.

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      4.0

      good product

      By keith

      from Alabama

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Quality Lenses

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Bird Watching
        • Sporting Events/Concerts
        • Wildlife Viewing

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

        Use mostly for viewing sports events and for casual birdwatching and wildlife viewing. Well pleased with viewing in lower light conditions.

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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

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            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

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                    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

                            Verified Reviewer

                            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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