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Choice of 10x50 Nikon AE or Prostaff 5

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#1 idahoeng

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Posted 27 November 2021 - 02:10 PM

Hello All,

 

I've seen many mentions of the Nikon AE 10x50, but none of the Prostaff 5.

 

My preferred choice seems to be the Prostaff 5 for lower weight and a bit longer eye relief, but any of your opinions would be welcomed.

 

AE ... Prostaff 5

Weight 36 oz ... 29 oz

Eye relief 17.2mm ... 19.6mm

FOV 343' ... 293' 

Cost @ B&H  $175 ... $197

 

Field of view is a bit smaller on the Prostaff 5.

 

Thank you in advance!

 


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Posted 27 November 2021 - 02:36 PM

The Prostaff prisms may be qualitatively compromised somewhat compared to other roof prism constructions in order to reach the lower price point. They are pretty cheap compared to most other 10x50 roofs. The prisms may be more subject to shock and to losing collimation than the AE's which are probably more rugged.

 

I don't know, but that's how I would approach it, and I have preferred AE's accordingly.


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Posted 27 November 2021 - 03:29 PM

The rule of thumb I have seen here many times its that if you have two binoculars of equal list price, the Porros are going to be the better choice.  A quality roof is more expensive to manufacture than a quality Porro.

 

But this is only what I've read.  I have never compared the two binoculars you mention, but I do have a Nikon AE (Porro), and it is very good, especially for the price.


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Posted 27 November 2021 - 03:46 PM

A couple things I discovered online thanks to the posted question. Prostaff 5 aren't phase coated- the have silver coated prism surfaces and that silver is sometimes degraded (oxidized) over time. Also polymer body, not metal. At the price point, I think I'd lean to a porro instead of a roof in the Nikon line.  Pat



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Posted 27 November 2021 - 06:02 PM

I had a Prostaff 5 10x50 pair, did not like them. I.P.D. & click-up eyecups were wrong. Depth of focus was shallow. Being Nikon bins, I was disappointed.

 

Bought a pair of porros instead, much better though heavier.



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Posted 27 November 2021 - 08:53 PM

I recommend looking at Oberwerk.com for modest priced roof prism binoculars. Their selection is better and you can compare features on their easy to read "comparison chart." Roofs are pricey to make right. They really need to be FMC and phase corrected ED glass to compete optically with comparable porro prism binoculars IMO. Best of luck to you and your decision! borg.gif

 

https://oberwerk.com...mm-sport-hd-ii/. These 10x42 FMC, PC, ED are a better choice. W/A version available but more $$$  moneyeyes.gif


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Posted 28 November 2021 - 02:49 PM

Thank you all for your comments. 

 

I guess I'll pass on the Prostaff 5 option then.  The Oberwerk 10x42 looks nice, but it doesn't seem to have the eye relief I'd like.  I've looked at the Vortex options, but haven't liked their feel for me.

 

Is anyone able to comment on the Nikon Monarch 5 10x42 as an option?

 

Thanks again.


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Posted 28 November 2021 - 03:22 PM

When I rekindled my binocular hobby 2 years ago, I looked at the Nikon roofs.  I thought the Prostaff 5 was a bit low on brightness.  The Nikon AE porros are quite bright and sharp.  I bought the Nikon 12x50 AE and am happy with them.  DrJ1


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Posted 28 November 2021 - 10:50 PM

The Monarch 5 10X42 

 

Has phase coatings and all the advanced coatings of the Monarch 7 models, additionally it has the added eye relief. The downside, is the lower field of view, (take a look at the specs on Nikon). Roger Vine has a review on Scopeviews.UK, take a gander and review the article, worth reading to find out more on the Nikon M5 10X42. 


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Posted 29 November 2021 - 08:30 AM

Monarch 5 8x42 sits next to my Monarch 5 10x42. Either would be a better binocular than the prostaff or nikon AE. Better contrast, more vibrant star colors, sharp focus.

The 8x has been seeing more use lately. I enjoy a slightly larger field of view, and the hand shakes at 8x are not nearly as noticeable.

To the OP... yeah they are a bit more money and a friend found a refurbished set on Ebay. But you won't regret spending a little extra for the step up in performance. Just my experience of buying and selling binoculars for the last 15 years. I'll never sell my Monarchs!
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Posted 29 November 2021 - 07:48 PM

Thank you all for your comments.  The Monarch 5 10x42 is getting serious consideration.


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