Nikon 7430 Monarch 8x42mm All-Terrain Binoculars
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(129 customer reviews)
Nikon is a precision optical company with worldwide manufacturing, research and marketing capabilities. The Nikon name is equated with extraordinary photographic performance, innovation, precision and optical quality. PRODUCT FEATURES: 100% Waterproof/Fogproof/Shockproof; Ultra-rugged, rubber-armored, roof-prism design; Extended eye relief and central focus for viewing convenience; Fully Multicoated lenses for bright, clear images; Precision aligned optics for extended viewing.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #21982 in Camera & Photo
- Size: 8x42
- Color: black
- Brand: Nikon
- Model: 7430
- Dimensions: 3.10" h x 6.00" w x 7.80" l, 1.89 pounds
- Ultra rugged, rubber-armored, roof prism design
- Multicoated lenses for bright, clear images
- Precision aligned optics for extended viewing
- 100% Waterproof/Fogproof
- Extended eye relief and central focus for viewing convenience
Most helpful customer reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful.
Fantastic value! Excellent Binoculars!
By Eric B.
I purchased the Monarch's to replace an aging pair (30 years old). The first thing that came to mind when I first used them was...WOW! The clarity is outstanding...especially for the price.
Many prior reviewers complained about the lens caps. I personally find them very functional and not at all what was portrayed. Perhaps I have an upgraded model, but the objective lens caps are attached to the barrel and one needs to simply unsnap the covers and twist them towards the middle of the binoculars where they sit nicely until you wish to put the covers back on. The the one-piece eyepiece cover (that everyone seems to complain about) has a serpentine plastic piece between each lens cover that applies a small amount of pressure to keep the lens covered when the binoculars are at rest on your chest and easily removes for viewing. If the user wishes, he can unhook the right-hand side of the cover and let the piece hang on the left-hand strap (otherwise it will be hanging in front of your nose!).
As other reviewers have noted, I now see things that I would have missed before. These binoculars are fantastic. Jupiter has been visible all summer (the brightest "star" in the night sky excepting the Moon) and I can actually see a few of Jupiter's moons. I needed to steady the binoculars on a door frame, but what a sight!
For birding and other casual use the 8x42 are perfect. I personally don't think I would have been happy with the 10x42's as they would have produced a little too much jitter while viewing (I'm not as steady as I used to be).
And for those of you who criticize that the glasses are made in China, just peel the label off. There, now they're made in Japan.
I highly recommend these binoculars. I am EXTREMELY pleased with these Nikon's. If you have the chance to purchase these, DO IT -- You won't be sorry.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
Great choice for me
By J D Mullen
I can't use technical binocular terms here but I do know what I like. I had a pair of Nikon lightweights that my wife had bought me about 20 or so years ago and the optics were super so I must admit prejudice for Nikon. I wanted something more powerful for all round use and the reviews by "birders" were what I keyed on when I became interested in the Nikon Monarch 7340's. I did note that in the older reviews many were unhappy with the lens covers but everyone was impressed with the optic quality and build quality of the Monarchs. I ordered a pair and after a half day at the local beaches and scanning the hills surrounding, I must admit that I am impressed. I can even read the phone number on the trash can at a neighbors driveway at least 300 yds away. I spent some time with an old pair of Sears 7x50 glasses that I bought in the 70's.. made in Japan and they are good but so heavy they are not fun or practical to use. I just wanted a benchmark and the Monarchs blow them away in all categories.
The covers that came with my glasses seem good..very good to me. I have not snagged them on anything to test how rugged they are but a close exam and a little use today..hey I like them. The objective covers are the "inside the lens housing" type and they are attached to the binoculars with a little snap and flapper which keeps the covers always on the binoculars and all that is needed is a little tug at each cover to use your binocs. Returning them is literally a snap. They fit flush and this allows you to stand the binocs on the objective lens covers on a table or anything else flat. The rain guard is also trick. It is permanently attached to the neck strap on the left with the right side having a loop for attachment if you want but it is notched and easilly removed from the strap so as to get it out of your way. I just left it attached to the left side and unattached on the right for conveniance. When I am not using the glasses I cover them up for obvious reasons.
The Monarchs are just weighty enough to suggest quality but not heavy enough to discourage me from taking them along. The case provided is just fine. The glasses fit snugly inside..no room to stuff the neck strap in there. The case has a Nikon nammie tag on it so I am ok with it. These are great.I don't go anywhere outside without them.
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
EXCELLENT BIRDING BINOCULARS
By L. Pellegrini
I've been using these binoculars for at least 4 years. All birding. I've used these binoculars on scores of birding day trips in Western North Carolina and low country of South Carolina. Three birding trips to Costa Rica and one trip to Panama. My wife and I have a range of binoculars from the low end to Swarovski Swarovision, but it's the Nikon Monarch 8x42 I keep strapped to my chest.
Pros: Very clear, bright, and sharp image - obviously high quality glass. Light weight (I carry around a birding camera, 500mm lens, tripod, etc. that weigh a ton and everything else needs to be as light as possible). Good feel and quick on image. Very rugged, good construction. Very resistant to rain, probably waterproof (?). Good price.
Cons: front rain guard cover is worthless. I'm finally looking for a replacement cover. But this is minor.
If you're getting serious about birding, there may be other good binoculars, but you honestly can't lose with the Nikon Monarch.