Nikon would probably count as the most recognised name among all the brands of Binoculars in Australia. We’ve decided to do a review on these binoculars seeing as they are the Top Selling binoculars in Amazon and for Nikon. Year after year, the Amazon’s Best Sellers List features the Nikon Aculon 8×42 as the #1 selling Binoculars. Considering Amazon are the top retailers for most categories, it is fairly safe to say that these are popular.
The Nikon Aculon 8×42 Binoculars sits in the smaller and cheaper end of the range. Available for $139.95 in Australia, it is one of the more affordable branded binoculars and fits right into the $100-$150 budget that most shoppers have. While it does not get the benefit of Waterproofing or Fogproofing (Available in the EX). I still feel that these binoculars are fairly solid and will be highly suitable for outdoor use.
I feel very comfortable with the 8x Magnification, it is strong enough for most uses and not “shaky” when I’m moving or out of breath. I can’t find any sources to back me up but I believe the optics in the Nikon Aculon are identical to the Action EX. I won’t be expecting Zeiss like quality from these binoculars but I have to say, they are not bad for a binoculars between $100-$150.
Field of view is not too bad and image seems sharp once you get used to the Focus Wheel.
I am a huge fan of Roof Prism binoculars. Brands like Bushnell have made them very affordable over the past 5 years and a Bushnell Trophy XLT can be purchased for $179.95 these days. Not a whole lot more than the Nikon’s and you get a compact waterproof binoculars. If you can afford a Roof Prism, why not consider it. They are lighter, smaller and more aesthetically appealing. I’ve written an in depth comparison which can be found here.
For those who want a Porro Prism. I have no complaints apart from the Stiff Nikon Focus Wheels. (These seem to be the same across all the Nikon Actions / EX I’ve tried). Do note that all the binoculars I review are brand new so they may loosen up over time.
What’s In The Box
The kit that comes in the box is fairly standard. Case, Strap, Binoculars and a multi-language instruction manual. Everything seems to be well built and the strap seems to be quite comfortable. As usual, after many years, the Nikon cases are still not dust proof.
- Magnification: 8x
- Objective Lens Diameter: 40mm
- Exit Pupil: 5.0
- Twilight Factor: 22.40
- Eye Relief: 11.9mm
- Weight: 760g
- Prism Type: Porro Prism
- Field of View: 143m @ 1000m
- Close Focus Distance 5m
- Waterproof: No
- Fogproof: No
- Low Dispersion Glass: No
- Size: Mid-Full Size – Porro Prism