Nikon Aculon 8×42 Review

Nikon Action 8x40Nikon 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.

Optics

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.

Handling

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.

Specifications

  • 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

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