Nikon Monarch 7 binos

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Subject: Nikon Monarch 7 binos
From: Richard Nowotny <>
Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:24:43 +0000
Birding Aussers

I recently purchased a pair of Nikon 8x30 Monarch 7 binos - as recommended
by Don (in a generous private email exchange a few months ago).

They were bought as a back-up to my Swarovski 10x42s, as a pair I can loan
to friends/visitors, and as a smaller, lighter option to take on trips which
are not dedicated birding trips but where some incidental birding may be
possible (eg a golfing trip).

I have found them to be everything Don claims for them. Light (almost
exactly half the weight of my Swaros), easy to pack, excellent optics (with
a surprisingly bright image), good field of view, robust, comfortable to
use. I am extremely happy with them for all the purposes I had hoped for.

No reservations (so far at least).

Richard Nowotny

Port Melbourne

-----Original Message-----
From: Birding-Aus  On Behalf Of
Donald G. Kimball
Sent: Wednesday, 13 December 2017 5:37 PM
To: calyptorhynchus .
Cc: Canberra Birds; 
Subject: Minox binoculars, declining quality

Hi Folks:

I actually sell binoculars (and other birding related products) for a living
at a shop called Wild Birds Unlimited in Novato, California.  As I have
mentioned on here before we LITERALLY sell over 100 pairs of binoculars each
year.  One of the big winners is actually from Nikon.

Their Monarch 7 line is outstanding.  Priced at around $400 U.S. They offer
Japanese made glass and great bodies.  They also come with a lifetime
warranty.  What I have noted is that for the 7.5 years we have been selling
them its very very rare for any of them to come back to us needing repair.

That plus the optics for the money are absolutely excellent.  Bearing in
mind also that if they are stolen one is not out a huge sum of money.  I
really enjoy working with customers each day trying to marry their budget
and eyesight to whats best for them.  Hope this helps a bit.


Don Kimball

On Mon, Dec 11, 2017 at 11:34 PM, calyptorhynchus . <
<> > wrote:

> I am a great believer in budget optics because I think it's possible

> to get a good quality image from binoculars without paying too much,

> and it would be heart-breaking to have binoculars worth $1000s


> I had a pair of Minox 10 x 44 binoculars I was very happy with, they

> got a problem and Minox replaced them. They got another problem and

> this time they were out of warranty, but Minox said to me I could have

> a pair of the successor model (BV 10 x 44) at a wholesale price, so I

> took them up on this.


> However, when they arrived I found the optics were markedly inferior

> to my old Minox binoculars. I couldn't get a sharp image, and I guess

> that Minox has been cutting corners with lens quality &c. So I am

> having to return them.


> I'll have to cross Minox off my list of quality budget optics.

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