I had these as a birthday present from my husband a few years after saying for many years that I would like a pair but just never getting round to buying them myself. My husband bought them from Jessops and paid £75 however they were on offer as the original price was £100, although they have now come right down in price and you can get them online from as little as £42. I had first mentioned that I wanted a pair when I was away on holiday to look closer at the beautiful scenery and also for when we go walking in the countryside so I can see the birds and wildlife without squinting.
These Nikon Sport Lite 10 x 25 binoculars came in a box complete with the binoculars, a soft case, end caps for the lenses, and a neck strap. There is also the instruction leaflet, product guide and details of the Nikon ten year warranty. The binoculars weigh 270g which I find light enough to hold for quite a long period. The specification of these is 10 x 25 and 5 degrees, which means that they magnify ten times and the lenses are 25mm across. The 5 degrees is the field of view which is the angle of the visible field and is measured from the central point of the lens. The larger this degree is, the wider view you will have. As these are the only pair of binoculars I have owned I cannot compare them to any others, but all I can say is that these are perfectly adequate for my use. I think that maybe a wider view would be more beneficial to serious bird watchers if they are trying to follow a bird who is flying very quickly and in different directions or plane spotters who are trying to keep the plane in their view.
These binoculars are rubber coated so are soft and comfortable to hold. They measure 122cm long and 11cm wide and are plain black and have the word Nikon in gold letters and 10 x 25 Sport Lite in white. They are hinged and fold up so that the lenses are touching together and you need to do this to fit them into the case which is black with the word Nikon and has a Velcro fastener. They are easy to adjust to the correct distance for your eyes by moving the tubes closer or further apart. There are two black eyepieces which I will always replace when not using the binoculars as this prevents dust getting into the lenses and prevents them from being scratched.
The focus wheel is easy to turn and the binoculars are small enough to do this easily whilst you are using them. If you change the distance you are looking at if you turn the focus wheel slowly the images stay sharp and get back into focus very quickly. I have never used the carry strap as I had actually forgotten it was there as it was underneath the instructions, but I have now attached it for the next time I use them. I think this is a good idea as they are too big to put in your pocket and often when I am out walking I need to grab them quickly before whatever I am looking at flies or runs away. There is a belt loop at the back of the case but as I don't very often wear a belt I have not used this. The distance from the edge of where you look through to the lens is quite long so if you have long eyelashes like I do they don't rub or stick on the lens. The glass is eco friendly and has no lead or arsenic which is good to know especially if you use them a lot.
I do find as probably do most people that it is hard to keep a steady hand when you are using the binoculars. The slightest move can make whatever you are looking at jiggle up and down which gives me a sort of sea sickness feeling. I find I get the best results if I can rest my elbows onto something however this isn't always possible. I do also use them at the cricket if the wicket is a distance away from where I am sitting (especially if I am lucky enough to be watching England and Stuart Broad is playing!)
I would recommend these binoculars for general use for anyone who just likes to get a better view of things and to see into the distance more clearly. They are compact and lightweight, easy to use and are very sharp and clear. If you can get them for just over £40 I think they are very good value and are a useful thing to own.
This was the first pair of binoculars I have owned-I bought them for around £60 about 3 years ago from Jessops in Bristol. I bought these as I work in construction & needed to be able to see into the corners of buildings to check on quality. I did not want to spend too much but needed something that would do the job and these fitted the bill perfectly.
Out of the box you get the binoculars, a padded carry pouch, a soft cleaning cloth, a neck cord, instructions & protective caps for the ends of the lenses. This is all you need.
The first thing you notice is that although they are quite a large size, these binoculars are very lightweight, which is always good.
I was a complete novice with these, but they are extremely easy to use, participant when it comes to focussing on things. You can probably see things about 400m away quite easily.
The casing is very well designed too, as it is made from rubber which as well ad proving excellent protection, means you are less likely to drop them in the first place.
Overall, an excellent set of binoculars at a good price.