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Quote: In the hand held 8x range, and the up market price bracket, I would add the Nikon 8x32 SE. I know most people here seem to dismiss it due to the 'small objectives' but not only is it small and light, it has superb image quality and it performs beyond its size in terms of brightness. It has a wide field of view, wonderful point like star images almost to the field edge, and excellent brightness due to high transmission and high contrast.
Quote: Nikon Action Extreme 12x50 WP 5.5* $190 16x50 WP 4.1* $200 I haven't tried either of these. Yet, IF they live up to the quality level of the Extreme 10x50s, these should give the more famous Pentax PCF higher power models a real run for their money. With their wider FOVs, I would expect some edge of FOV distortion. But one of my complaints about the Pentax PCF series is their overall narrow FOVs. So, perhaps these will offer a good option to those.
Quote:Graybeard wrote:"I purchased a set of extreme 12x50 from London Drugs in Canada.
Returned them in fairly short order:
1) not hand holdable for astronomy, marginal when well braced. No tripod mounting available.
2) iffy quality I thought. Some form of optical aberation in the left barrel which left a permanent flare on stars in that barrel only. "Crunchy" center focus.
3) poor edge of field performance. My Dad's ancient 10X50 Sears look better at the edge than these do. I never tried the 10x50 or 8x50, but if the fish bowl effect/edge distortion gets worse as the FOV goes up, it would be intolerable for me.
All in all, the poorest quality Nikon product I've ever seen or used. Very disappointing.
Quote: However, one correction, the Nikon Extremes do indeed have the standard 1/4x20 mounting hole under the standard plastic cap on the end of the hinge for facilitating tripod mounting via a standard "L" bracket.
Quote:If I've learned anything from this... make sure you buy binos from a place that makes it easy to return them.