Nikon Premier LXL Binoculars
Note: This binocular has been superseded by the Nikon EDG.
This review remains available for historical interest.
Michael and Diane Porter
recommend the Nikon Premier LXL 10x42 for birders who want 10x power in
a top quality binocular but who wear glasses. Even if your glasses rest
a long way from your eyes.
In fact, if you wear glasses, it's the best 10x42 binocular you can buy. It truly gives you the ful picture, with edge to edge sharpness.
enviable 19mm of eye relief (20mm in the 8x42), even the hardest-to-fit
eyeglass wearers have the pleasure of seeing the full field of view. No
need to press your binocular against your glasses in the effort to get
the whole picture with the Premier LXL!
the summer of 2004, we got a chance to test drive Nikon's new top-of-their
line binocular, the Premier LXL. It looks the same as the previous
model, the Venturer LX. Same outstanding resolution and contrast. Same
comfortable contour and pleasantly textured rubber-armored exterior. Still
has that rapid, precise, outstandingly smooth focus wheel that we love
new Premier LXL weighs 6 oz. less than its predecessor (a 19% reduction).
Thanks to a magnesium-alloy body, its 28.2 oz. weight is comparable to
the other top birding binoculars. At our binocular trials, our judges
wanted to try the new Nikons over and over again. "Wow," said
one. "This Nikon goes wham, and the picture pops out at you!"
LXL features Nikon's Eco-Glass, which is friendly to the environment: no
lead, arsenic or polluting vinyl chloride used in its manufacture. The
eyecups are made of non-chloroethylene, soft-touch silicon rubber.
the 10x42 and the 8x42. The new Premier LXL is also available in 10x32,
8x32, 10x25, and 8x20.
gives a brighter, clearer picture than a Nikon Premier LXL. And it's
moderate in weight too!
of the Nikon Premier LX Binoculars:
and brightness unexcelled by any other binocular.
In fact, they are "fully submersible." If they get dusty, you
can rinse them off under the faucet.
filled, so they never fog up inside, even if you go someplace
steamy like the tropics.
coated, for excellent contrast and resolution. This binocular
gives a perfectly sharp image, edge to edge.
armoring. The non-slip texture and soft armoring feel nice
in your hands.
eye relief, so they work for birders who wear glasses as well
as those who don't. The 8X42 model offers 20 mm. of eye relief. The 10X42
model offers 19 mm. of eye relief. Very few 10-power binoculars do so
well. This is one that almost every eyeglass wearer can use and still
see the whole picture.
eyecups, for fumble-free operation. You can twist the eyecups
just the amount you want to give yourself the exact amount of eye relief
you need for your eyes and your glasses.
focus down to 9.6 feet. Few binos will let you see so near.
And there is no sense of eye strain, no feeling that your eyeballs are
being squeezed when you use the Nikons at close range. We found this to
be an excellent, comfortable close focus.
25-year limited warranty, on manufacturers' defects in material
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