As I mentioned in previous article, Nikon Premier is the most premium lineup of Nikon and Nikon Premier LX-L 8×42 and 10×42 Binoculars are 2 most premium products in the most premium lineup. And their price is up to $2500 for each.
Usually, not many people, even pro ones, do not spend thousands $ for one binoculars. With under $1000, you can totally own a pro Nikon binoculars such as Monarch 7, Monarch X or other products in Premier lineup.
However with optics connoisseurs, that’s not enough to satisfy their passions, they need something different and outstanding. And Nikon Premier LX-L 8×42 and 10×42 Binoculars, designed to provide the highest level of optical and mechanical precision, are the most ideal products in the world.
Both Nikon 8×42 and 10×42 LX-L models feature a State-Of-The-Art optical system, incorporating an all-new eyepiece lens design for superior sharpness, clarity, and complete flatness of viewing field. Especially, large objective lens, 42mm, with multi coating provides images with maximum brightness equivalent to naked eyes in any light condition.
Large objective lens also delivers a very wide Field of View (FOV). Premier 8×42 model has a 7-degree angle of view (or 366-foot at 1000 yards) and 10×42 model has an angle of view of 6 degrees (or 315-foot at 1000 yards). A wide FOV allows you to easily follow fast and small object but not lose them.
I’m using a Monarch 5 8×42 Binoculars (one of best Nikon Binoculars for quality / price) and they have perfect optics but FOV is really problem. Narrow FOV makes me hard to follow fast and small birds and I often lose the track when moving the binoculars a bit. So, a wide FOV is very important, it can give you whole sky instead of images as seen through a tunnel.
Nikon phase corrected BaK4 high-index prisms and high reflection coatings provide ultimate color contrast and clear, round images without vignetting, the quality of resolution is outstanding, in spite of the diminished light but the colors were vibrant. Beside, Close Focus Distance is 10 feet (3m), although not too close and not really ideal to watch insects but close enough to do it.
Thanks to high-grade roof prism binoculars combine the latest optical design (State-Of-The-Art system) features and modern engineering technology, the pictures you see like a high quality LCD screen, very clear, bright ,sharp and uniform on the entire FOV but images remain undistorted unlike most binoculars.
When you panning the binoculars, image look like a rolling globe and becomes flat as soon as stopping.
I borrowed the Nikon Premier LX-L 8×42 Binoculars from a (rich) friend for a birding trip. That day is sunday, the weather was very bad, cloudy and overcast, too bad light condition for birding and I intended to cancel my trip. But because of regretting the pro binoculars that I would have to return next day, so I continued.
I was startled when spotting a small bird among the branches of tree at hundreds of feet by the Premirer 8×42, while with my Monarch 5 8×42 – my best binoculars at that time – the bird just looked like a yellow leaf, I even didn’t spot it’s a bird.
Really, that’s too big difference in optics from Nikon Premier LX-L Binoculars. Until now, they’re still the best binoculars in optics that I’ve ever used.
Not only optic, the body of Premier LX-L’s are also very excellent.
They have a very beautiful design, constructed on an O-ring-sealed, nitrogen-purged and lightweight alloy chassis.
- The beautiful body is built from metal with rubber armor, enhances durability and provides a sure grip. The shape and non-slip exterior coating make it easy and comfortable to hold in any condition.
- O-ring-sealed and nitrogen-purged for a lifetime of waterproof and fogproof performance under the most adverse weather conditions. I used the Premier LX-L 8×42 (that I borrowed for birding trip) under rain and for now, after returning half year, my friend has not complained about their quality.
- The chassis is made from light alloy, makes it much lighter than previous version. If you’re a big fan of Nikon Binoculars, you will know Nikon Venturer LX introduced over 10 years ago, which’s called Nikon Premier LX now, previous of Premier LX-L. At that time, they was (and still are) superb binoculars and outstanding compared to others, the only negative is their weight. And Nikon Premier LX-L solved that problem while optics and ergonomics were unchanged. With new design and materials, they weigh 34.6 ounces, 6 ounces (15%) lighter than their “brother”, makes them feel remarkably lighter and easier to handle.
The Premier LX-L series also features a precise, conveniently located central focusing control positioned for fast, easy focusing. A newly designed locking diopter maintains left/right vision balance. Their focusing is very quick yet precise and very smooth, with just three strokes of the finger, one can move from closest focus to infinity.
I wear glasses so the eye relief is very important to me. They offer very fantastic eye relief, 20mm in the 8x model, 19mm in the 10x, that’s enough to accommodate most eyewear. While user-friendly slide-and-lock rubber eye cups makes them suited for anyone, users with and without glasses can easily use the same binoculars.
The only thing I think should be better is the Close Focus Distance. Actually it’s not a negative, 10 feet is not bad but it’s totally possible to better, 6 feet is an ideal distance for watching butterflies, dragonflies and other insects. Besides, everything is excellent!
The following is summary pros and cons of Nikon Premier LX-L Binoculars:
State-Of-The-Art optical system
Large Objective lens, 42mm
Wide Field of View
Nikon phase corrected BaK4 high-index prisms
High reflection coatings
100% waterproof and fogproof body
Light alloy chassis for lightweight
Quick and easy focusing
Very long eye relief with slide-and-lock rubber eye cups
25 Years No Fault warranty
Cons: Close Focus Distance should be better
Nikon Premier LX-L 8×42 and 10×42 Binoculars are a lot of money, but they’re very worth the price. Best optics in the world that no binoculars can compare, gives you perfect experiences in any condition.
Nikon Premier LX-L’s are strongly recommended, especially for those who demand the best at a non-stratospheric price.