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Nikon announces WX series - the "prototypes" go into production!

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#1 Mark9473

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Posted 03 April 2017 - 02:21 AM

http://imaging.nikon...sportoptics/wx/

http://imaging.nikon...x_x50/index.htm

 

 


Edited by Mark9473, 03 April 2017 - 02:22 AM.

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Posted 03 April 2017 - 02:36 AM

laugh.gif ...Now we wait for word on pricing...confused1.gif



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Posted 03 April 2017 - 02:50 AM

Wow! Here comes a 10x50, an excellent format for astronomy, which looks as though it will outclass the Swaro 10x50 and the Fuji 10x50 FMT-SX. Well done Nikon!

 

These glasses will be legends - but probably with a legendary price tag.

 

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Posted 03 April 2017 - 03:12 AM

The eye relief may make these bino's a no go for many eyeglass wearers, particularly the 15.3mm eye relief of the 10x50's. Too bad.


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Posted 03 April 2017 - 03:58 AM

That's great news. Look forward to a first hands-on in the field report jump.gif



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Posted 03 April 2017 - 04:04 AM

They are also available in a very limited 100th Anniversary edition too.



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Posted 03 April 2017 - 04:14 AM

I will need sleeping pills for the next 5 years.


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Posted 03 April 2017 - 05:07 AM

Hefty! Hefty!

 

A 10x50 at 5.53 pounds

 

I don't remember if weight was mentioned in that other thread some months ago.



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Posted 03 April 2017 - 05:09 AM

The eye relief may make these bino's a no go for many eyeglass wearers, particularly the 15.3mm eye relief of the 10x50's. Too bad.

At 2.5X the price and weight of the SV's...these will be collector editions!

 

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Posted 03 April 2017 - 05:53 AM

The eye relief may make these bino's a no go for many eyeglass wearers, particularly the 15.3mm eye relief of the 10x50's. Too bad.

Eye relief "specs" are not reliable, in my experience. I ran into one pair that had a number that sounded fine (a little over 16mm, I think), but the reality was I could not see the entire field. My Canon 12x36 II IS claim 14.5mm, yet they are perfect for me with glasses on.

 

Facial structure and how far glasses sit from your face factor in too.

 

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Posted 03 April 2017 - 06:16 AM

Yes, definitely true. I was able to take in the entire field of view with a pair of Nikon 10x35 EII's with a stated eye relief of 13.8mm yet not able to see the whole field in a pair of 16x70 Fuji's with a stated eye relief of 15.5mm.



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Posted 03 April 2017 - 06:39 AM

Only 100 to be made of both specs combined.



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Posted 03 April 2017 - 06:48 AM

Only 100 to be made of both specs combined.

 

Ouch! That will drive the price up.

 

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Posted 03 April 2017 - 07:26 AM

100 is just the total number of the Limited Edition 100 years Nikon of the new WX.

 

There will also be a regular production of the WX, just without the 100th Anniversary logo smile.gif


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Posted 03 April 2017 - 07:28 AM

Aah, I didn't catch that. Thanks Erik, I hope you are right.



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Posted 03 April 2017 - 08:08 AM

You can see more info the regular Nikon WX series here.

 

Here is the page that has pictures of the regular WX 



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Posted 03 April 2017 - 08:13 AM

100 is just the total number of the Limited Edition 100 years Nikon of the new WX.

 

There will also be a regular production of the WX, just without the 100th Anniversary logo smile.gif

 

Good!

 

Erik, will you be able to get hold of one of these for review?

 

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Posted 03 April 2017 - 08:26 AM

I hope so Graham.



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Posted 03 April 2017 - 09:43 AM

Field of view 10.7° on the 7x and 9.0° on the 10x sounds amazing. I see they're waterproof...hope they're drool proof too.


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Posted 03 April 2017 - 10:14 AM

http://shop.nikon-im...ductBAA856WA.do 7x50 622,080 yen

http://shop.nikon-im...ductBAA857WA.do 10x50 651, 240 yen



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Posted 03 April 2017 - 10:29 AM

$5800+ for the 10x50s will leave a lot of us out.



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Posted 03 April 2017 - 10:43 AM

I can't remember the last time I felt so excited about a new product release.  All other binoculars so far have compromised on some aspect when it comes to suitability for astronomy.  This new Nikon is the one we would have designed if we were playing a game of 'design your dream binocular'.  The aspect that departs from my dream binocular is the price.  I have to say though, it is incredible that this binocular is going into production at all. 

 

Am I going to buy one?   I am working on it!  The aspect that concerns me is the Japanese price may have to be inflated by another 20% due to U.K. purchase tax.  I am trying to establish availability and price here at the moment.


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Posted 03 April 2017 - 11:02 AM

I'd love to add the 7x50 to my arsenal, but the weight - my god! What are they made of???

 

@ Ian: Not only VAT but also optics tax of 4.3% to bring them into the EU. While you guys are going to leave the EU, for the next couple of years nothing much will change tax wise I think.

 

I must say that except for the weight, these bins tick every box. I love my Nikons 7x35 and 7x50 AEs - very good bins for the price and I would be happy to add these but I am hoping that the weight listed is wrong!!!



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Posted 03 April 2017 - 11:08 AM

I find it funny that they advertise the bins as "Magnesium alloy is utilised, realising a sturdy, lightweight body that facilitates handheld viewing."

 

On another note, the bins are threaded for 55mm filters. With step down rings and narrowband filters, these should be VERY enjoyable...



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Posted 03 April 2017 - 11:17 AM

I'd love to add the 7x50 to my arsenal, but the weight - my god! What are they made of???

 

@ Ian: Not only VAT but also optics tax of 4.3% to bring them into the EU. While you guys are going to leave the EU, for the next couple of years nothing much will change tax wise I think.

 

I must say that except for the weight, these bins tick every box. I love my Nikons 7x35 and 7x50 AEs - very good bins for the price and I would be happy to add these but I am hoping that the weight listed is wrong!!!

Thanks Nick - I think! I had forgotten about the EU optics tax.  I have fired off enquiries to Nikon U.K. and my local optical shop to see if I can get a better handle on the price.  I fear they are going to be at the top end of what I would be prepared to pay.  May have to sacrifice something else from the arsenal.




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