held trials of the top birding binoculars from Bausch & Lomb, Leica,
Pentax, Swarovski, Zeiss, and others. We supported them them side by side
on tripods and used them to look at an optics chart. We compared resolution,
brightness, and edge-to-edge sharpness.
considered such matters as the feel of the binoculars, their weight and
balance, and the engineering quality on such details as the knobs and
Manufacturers are making a lot of splendid binoculars, we decided.
gave a brighter, clearer picture than the Nikon Venturers.
of the Nikon Venturer Binoculars:
and brightness unexcelled by any other binocular.
Waterproof. 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.
two magnifications:8X42 and 10X42. The two models are the same size, shape, and weight. It's your personal
preference which magnification works best for you. Both have long eye
relief and will work for people who wear glasses and for those
who do not.
If your hands are not steady, you might do better with the 8X42s, as greater
magnification also magnifies any shake.
25-year limited warranty, on manufacturers' defects in material