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The Nikon EDG

(pronounced "edge")

Nikon EDG Binocular

A great binocular

In 2008, Nikon brought out a new flagship product, the top of their line, and the culmination of years of design effort. It was the EDG.

In late 2010, Nikon stopped making the 42mm EDG binoculars and introduced the EDG II, which has a different appearance, without the hollow bridge.

Birdwatching Dot Com still has a small number of the original EDG 8x42 binoculars in stock, at a remarkably reduced price. The rest of this review describes that model.


EDG stands for ED Glass or "Extra-low Dispersion Glass," which reduces chromatic aberration and results in sharper, brighter images. This is the same ED glass that Nikon uses in their Nikkor camera lenses.

When we surveyed high-end binoculars for Bird Watcher's Digest (August, 2008, issue), we found that the optical quality of the EDG put it easily in the category of the top binoculars in the survey. This is a stunningly sharp binocular.

Eye also relief is outstanding. Another great improvement over the Nikon's previous top binocular, the LXL, is in field of view. The Nikon EDG maintains exceptional eye relief and it has a phenomenal field of view. In the 8x42 the field of view is a generous 403 feet at 1000 yards.

Nikon EDGThe EDG binocular utilizes the hollow bridge design, which makes it easy to hold with one hand. This binocular is a sensual delight to hold in your hand.

The focus knob is just as nice as the old LXL's. Nikon really knows how to make focus knobs. On the EDG, when you pull out housing over the focus knob you can turn the diopter setting adjustment that is hidden inside. Then snap the knob's sheath back in place, and the knob works as the focus wheel again.

We like the shape of the binocular and the texture of the armoring. We appreciate the way the barrel curves out to meet the strap lug, avoiding uncomfortable contact of the web of the hand against the strap lug. A nice touch. Nikon has attended to the details.

Nikon has upgraded their warranty promise with this binocular. Now the EDG (and all new Nikon binoculars) carry not only a limited lifetime warranty on manufacturers' defects, but also an additional No-Fault warranty. Nikon promises that any accident that damages the binocular is covered for the life of the product, (not limited to the original owner) even if the damage is the fault of the owner.

See Nikon EDG price info

Text copyright 2008 by Michael and Diane Porter. Top photo of Nikon EDG copyright Nikon. Other photos on this page copyright 2008 by Michael and Diane Porter