The PROSTAFF 7 is the newest addition to Nikon’s range of popular ATB binocular series adds the ProStaff® 7to its lineup.
The binocular features 8×42 and 10×42 models. They are fully multicoated, bright with high-resolution optics. The new Nikon The ProStaff 7 is waterproof binocular and is designed as a tough go anywhere piece of equipment.
The first time I saw Nikon Prostaff 7 Binoculars, I paid attention to them because they look like the Monarch 5 (which I was using). So I tried and compared them to Monarch Binoculars. Both look good, similar weight and size, same magnification (8x and 10x), the brightness level also seems comparable.
As I said in the Monarch 5 binoculars review that optically, Monarch 5 is best in price-range under 500$. But in overview, the Prostaff 7 is a bit sleeker, the features are not less than too much while much better price (only $160 for 10x model and $230 for 8x while Monarch 5’s are over $320). That’s also why Prostaff 7 is in my list of 4 best Nikon Binoculars.
The Nikon Prostaff 7 binos represent excellent value for money.
The view is very clear even in far 200+ feet (60+ meter) distance. Images are crisp and bright in low light condition. The quality and sharpness of vision are good and very comparable to Monarch 5 and almost equal to Monarch 3.
My friend, a hunter, usually use a Prostaff 7 8×42 camo Binoculars to hunt wild boar, and he said everything is very crisp and clear even using at dusk.
These thanks to fully multicoated, bright, high-resolution optics and Aluminum high-reflective multilayer prism coating, deliver excellent brightness and resolution. In addition, the optical system is engineered to provide close focus distances of just over 13 ft (4 m) for both models, and the field of view ranges from 330 feet (100m) in the 8×42 model to 314 feet (95m) in the 10×42 model.
In construction, ultra-rugged, rubber-armored ATB body is waterproof and fogproof, a great feature for using under harsh conditions. Lead-arsenic free and Eco-Glass help ensure safety users. The body even has a non-slip coating on which is very easy and comfortable to hold. Eye relief is quite long, 15+ mm, allows most users see the full field of vision. Beside, the Prostaff 7 binoculars are designed to adjust very easily with each side adjusting separately then the middle adjustment for fine tuning.
And the Nikon’s unmatched warranty, up to 25 years for most Nikon binoculars (including Prostaff 7) even it was user’s fault, help me completely assured when using Nikon Binoculars.
Generally, Nikon Prostaff 7’s are very good but I can give them just 4/5 star, because of the lens covers and eye relief.
The lens covers are not attached and come off too easily. So you have clip them to the neck trap or stick in a pocket.
The eye relief should be a bit more “perfect”, it seems more suitable for those who wear glasses, that’s great for me but a bit inconvenient for who do not. So, if you don’t wear glasses, make sure the cups are adjusted all the way out and click into place.
One more thing you may care, the Prostaff 7’s are a bit heavier (2.1 pound) and bigger than others. however I think these’re not cons because they make solid feel. Beside, the non-slip coating make easy and comfortable to hold and carry all day round. So the weight and size are not big problem.
The summary of pros and cons of Nikon Prostaff 7 Binoculars:
Fully multicoated, bright, high-resolution optics
Aluminum high-reflective multilayer prism coating
Close focus distances of just over 13 ft (4 m), field vision up to over 300 ft (100 m)
Sleek and ultra-rugged design
Rubber-armored, waterproof, fogproof body and non-slip coating
Comfortable to use and easy to adjust
Long eye relief (15+mm)
25 year limited no fault warranty
Lens caps come off easily
Eye relief is not really good for those who do not wear glasses
Too many pros while just two small cons. And that minor gripes are not worth changing your decision about these binoculars because they are still very great value for money deal in the midsize category. Nikon Prostaff 7 Binoculars are not less than perfect ones of Monarch 5 too much but much better price.
I knew many beginners picked Prostaff 7 as first binoculars, some of them even don’t think about buying another one more advanced. I would do so if I knew these before buying Monarch 5.