I just got a pair of Nikon 8x30 EII binoculars from Japan (via ebay).
My reaction: WOW!!
I searched and found this thread:
This comment struck a chord. Someone said that he had a chance to try several binoculars at a “binocular buffet”. Everything was as expected “.....that was until I got around to a lone pair of lowly left-over 8x30 E2s. This was one of those rare times in looking at binoculars that I put a glass to my face and EVERYTHING literally seemed to "click" as far as view and optical quality, ergonomics that "felt right", general feel of quality in the build and mechanics, and just an overall "wow" effect in comparison to what I was expecting after looking through so many others.”
I felt exactly the same way. It’s only been a couple of hours looking around the house, and outside, in daylight, and I felt compelled to come here and say something.
Here is the kicker: I also have a Swarovski NL Pure 8x32 that I got a couple of days ago. I am switching between the two and I am not sure which one I like more. This speaks volumes for the Nikon, which costs 1/5 of the price of the Swarovski.