Scopes and Binoculars
Mon, 19 Dec 2011 19:02:23 +1100
I've had two pairs of Nikon Monarchs now and they fall apart.
My previous bins were cheaper Nikons and were still fine when I replaced them
after 15 years. The Monarchs were 10 x 42s and were the model before the
current one. Optically and in the hands they are great but they fall apart.
I can't comment on the durability of the new model but the older model is often
displayed on online shops - so make sure which one you are buying.
My current pair is held together with dental floss
(http://bukobasteve.blogspot.com/2011/06/recent-birding.html) because one of
the eyepieces has disintegrated to the point where it won't stay screwed on.
I've only recently noticed one of the objective lenses is about to fall out.
This was also the problem I had with the first pair - replaced under warranty.
I could get these fixed but I have no faith in them lasting long.
I'm hoping Bintel has something reasonably priced that appeals to me when I'm
in Melbourne over Christmas. The Pentax DCF SP 10x43 looks a likely prospect -
anyone have any comments on it?
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