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Nikon Sportstar III 8x25

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      04.01.2011 19:24
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      5 star compacts, that are well worth it if you're into birdwatching and you want something light.

      I've had my Nikon Sportstar III binoculars for a good few years now, and even though one eyecup is missing and there's a dent at the lens end on one side (no reflection on the binoculars - I'm just extremely clumsy), I just can't bear to part with them, such is their quality.

      When I bought these I specifically wanted compact binoculars (due to a health condition I have trouble holding binoculars up, especially heavy ones), and after trying many sorts, I plumped for these at around £90. At 10.4oz they're nice and light, and I was impressed with the picture quality. They have 8x magnification (I didn't want any higher than 10x due to exagerated "wobble") and an objective lens diameter of 25mm. Although this is small when compared to non compact binoculars, I've found them to let in plenty of light.

      Once out in the field birdwatching I became even more impressed, and attached to them. As already mentioned, the quality of the image is really good - very sharp and bright - with hardly any bluring around the edges. The lenses are multicoated (thus improving clarity I believe) and they have a really good field of vision on them. Furthermore, you can focus on relatively close by objects without this quality being compromised (I often use them to take a closer look at butterflies perched on flowers). They are extremely comfortable to hold, and sit exactly right in your hands. The focus wheel is soft rubber (as are the eyecups making them nice and comfortable) and has a very smooth turning motion, making focusing quick and easy. The eyecups are retractable if you wear glasses and the binoculars are water resistant, which I can vouch for after getting stuck in the rain many times! I find the binoculars themselves also rather fetching, with their black and silver colouration. They fold up nicely and can easily be fitted in your pocket, even when they're in the case. As is standard, they come with lens caps for all lenses and a polishing cloth.

      Since having them I have tried many other types of compact binoculars belonging to other people, and so far have found none of them to be a patch on mine. Despite having me as an owner they're remarkably resiliant, and have lasted well. Furthermore, they're at the affordable end of the binocular spectrum. These really are a great pair of little birdwatching binoculars.


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