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Nikon HG L 8x42 DCF Binoculars

by Nikon

RRP: £1,327.99
Price: £1,065.00 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
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  • Sturdy, lightweight die-cast magnesium alloy body
  • Dioptre adjustment ring locking system prevents unintentional rotation
  • Excellent performance at temperatures as low as -20°C
  • Rubber armouring for shock resistance and a firm, comfortable grip
  • Ergonomic 3D design for greater ease of holding

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 15.2 x 10.2 cm ; 794 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Item model number: 7502
  • ASIN: B0002VAFYS
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 16 Oct 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 222,656 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Close-up view of the HG L binoculars (foldable models) from underneath.
A tough die-cast magnesium alloy body and fog-free, waterproof construction provide exceptional performance down to -20°C or lower.

Get up close and explore hidden treasures with the HG L (High Grade Light) series from Nikon. Designed for unparallelled performance and comfort, the latest lineup of HG L binoculars feature Nikon's superior optical technologies and finely tuned mechanics to reveal subtle details you’d otherwise miss. Lightweight, yet extremely durable, these versatile sports optics are not only suited for outdoor pursuits such as birdwatching, marine sports and hiking, but specific models also cover use for astronomy, spectator sports, travel, or indoors at the museum or theatre. With this much scope the widely acclaimed HG L series are the perfect choice when only the best will do.

Supreme Performance

With an advanced lens and prism construction the HG L series comprises a range of models with objective diameters up to 42mm to suit an array of situations. The high-quality roof prisms employ an optical path that optimises use of the compact dimensions and together with a phase-correction coating deliver high resolution images. For brighter images, a high-reflection silver coating is used to reduce the loss of light within the prism, and Nikon’s mulitilayer lens coating ensures superior light transmission resulting in bright, sharp images even in poor light conditions. This outstanding optical design is completed by the use of a field flattener lens in the eyepiece that delivers images that are sharp and clear all the way to the lens periphery.

Categories covered by the HG L Series
Birdwatching, Nature watching
7x-10x magnification is most suitable for nature viewing with 8x-12x models recommended for wildlife at a greater distance. A wide field of view is best for tracking birds in flight.
Outdoors, Camping, Hiking
Durability and portability are the perfect combination when enjoying rugged outdoor activities. Models which feature rubber armouring and waterproofing are ideal.
Marine Sports, Fishing
Durability and waterproofing are must-haves with a wide field of view advisable. For boat use, Vibration Reduction is recommended.
Large objective diameter, bright optics and distortion correction are recommended with waterproofing optional.
Durable, compact and lightweight binoculars with medium magnification are ideal travelling companions.
Magnification of 4x-8x is recommended for general theatre use. For focusing in on individuals 7x-10x is most suitable.
Easily carried low-magnification models with close-focussing below 2m are best for museum use.
Spectator Sports
A wide field of view covers the playing area with 7x-10x magnification best for fast moving sports. For an enhanced view, zoom-type binoculars are extremely practical.
Spectacle Wearers
Models featuring high-eyepoint design permit eyewear users a comfortable, full field of view.
Close-up view of the HG L binoculars (non-foldable models) from underneath.
Multi-click turn-and-slide rubber eyecups and a locking eyepiece dioptre ring feature on the 32mm and 42mm objective models.

Highly Durable

The HG L series is extremely practical with all models using waterproof and fog-free construction. With a robust housing, the binoculars are waterproof up to 2 metres for 5 minutes, and to prevent fog or mould from forming inside the optical system, Nikon have used O-ring seals and nitrogen gas, so a sudden change in weather won’t cloud your view. Even when temperatures plummet to as low as -20°C[1] these tough binoculars will keep on performing to an exceptional standard.

Flawless Mechanics

Nikon believes all binocular users should experience more moments of clarity. With this in mind features have been included to provide effortless operation ensuring you get the very best from these accomplished sports optics. So whether you wear glasses, contact lenses, or use your binoculars without either, you’ll have the perfect view of your chosen subject. Compensating for differences between your left and right eye, the locking eyepiece dioptre ring[2] helps you achieve the sharpest possible image, while the high-eyepoint design provides a clear view of the entire field even when wearing spectacles. For comfort, the multi-click[3] turn-and-slide rubber eyecups made from soft-touch silicone can either be positioned outwards to provide a good eye rest or retracted when using sunglasses or other eyewear.

Ergonomically Balanced

A rugged die-cast magnesium alloy body covered in rubber armouring for shock resistance means the HG L series is ready for action. The rubber housing also provides a firm and comfortable grip for hands of all sizes, while the central focusing dial is ideally positioned for ease of use. Made from environment-friendly components, non-PVC materials are used for the body, lens caps, case and strap, and Eco-glass, free of arsenic and lead, is used throughout the optics. Packed into a compact design, these lightweight binoculars are perfect for handheld outdoor use and can be worn around the neck with the strap provided or mounted on a tripod using the optional BAB90006 Hard (H) type Tripod Adaptor[3].

When only superior performance will do, the HG L series of binoculars from Nikon promises to deliver the finest detail, so you can enjoy making new discoveries.

[1] Foldable HG L models provide excellent performance at temperatures as low as -30°C.
[2] Foldable HG L models have a dioptre ring positioned at the centre of the main body on the eyepiece side.
[3] Not foldable HG L models.

High Grade Light - Model Comparison

The HG L is available in two form-factors and a wide range of magnifications and objective sizes. Take a look at the table below comparing the capabilities of each model.

Nikon HG L 8x20 BinocularsNikon HG L 10x25 BinocularsNikon HG L 8x32 BinocularsNikon HG L 10x32 BinocularsNikon HG L 8x42 BinocularsNikon HG L 10x42 Binoculars
Objective Diameter20mm25mm32mm32mm42mm42mm
TypeRoof Prism (DCF)
Central Focusing
Roof Prism (DCF)
Central Focusing
Roof Prism (DCF)
Central Focusing
Roof Prism (DCF)
Central Focusing
Roof Prism (DCF)
Central Focusing
Roof Prism (DCF)
Central Focusing
Form FactorCompact, FoldableCompact, FoldableStandardStandardStandardStandard
Exit Pupil2.5mm2.5mm4.0mm3.2mm5.3mm4.2mm
Eye Relief15.0mm15.0mm17.0mm16.0mm20.0mm18.5mm
Relative Brightness6.36.316.
Angular Field of View (apparent)50.8°50.5°57.2°59.2°52.1°55.3°
Field of View at 1,000m119m94m136m114m122m105m
Angular Field of View (real)6.8°5.4°7.8°6.5°7.0°6.0°
Interpupillary Distance Adjustment56-72mm56-72mm56-72mm56-72mm56-72mm56-72mm
Close Focusing Distance (approx)2.4m3.2m2.5m2.5m3.0m3.0m
(65mm folded)
(67mm folded)
Supplied AccessoriesNeck Strap
Carrying Case
Neck Strap
Carrying Case
Neck Strap
Carrying Case
Neck Strap
Carrying Case
Neck Strap
Carrying Case
Neck Strap
Carrying Case

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul Morris on 20 Aug 2012
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Absolutely fed up with cheap binoculars I sent for these and must say I am delighted.
They are everything I wanted from binoculars,excellent image resolution in a wide range of light conditions,easy focus,flat image,great depth of field,locking eyepiece is a boon and very good build quality.
I think it would be difficult to significantly improve on these beauties.A birdwatchers delight that's for sure.Now those LBJ's will reveal themselves in all their glory.
As a spectacle wearer they presented no problems whatsoever.
Highly chuffed.Oh yes, definitely worth the money.
Thank you Amazon for delivering them within 48 hrs.Great service,great product.
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Amazon.com: 4 reviews
30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
One of the best, if not the best 13 Oct 2005
By P. Reese - Published on Amazon.com
I researched binoculars for 2 years before I purchased these. I have a good pair of 10x42 that I have used for 6 years, but there were three problems with them. 1) field of view (and they have a very wide field of view) 2) no locking diopter adjustment (more of a pain than you can imagine 3) not waterproof (this has never been a problem but better safe than sorry).

I wear glasses and the eye relief is very important to me. These have fantastic eye relief. These have locking diopter adjustment. Now for the field of view. Wow!!! My 10x42 has a field of view only about 5% less on paper but the eye relief of the Nikons makes them appear to have a field of view of about 30% more. I can't emphasize enough how important this is when you are trying to find a bird among the branches of a tree.

The Nikons focus smooth as silk and the focus is relatively quick. Better than my 10x42.

My only complaint. I sure wish they could focus to 6 feet instead of only 10. Looking at butterflies and dragonflies is a problem. You have to keep stepping back and back to focus.

These are a lot of money, but if you have the dinero (and I might add a two week birding trip will cost you a lot more than these), the investment will be worth it.

PS. If you are not a birder, I can not imagine needing a pair of binoculars like these.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Perfect for Birding 7 Mar 2008
By Douglas Tustin - Published on Amazon.com
The Nikon Premier LX-S 8X42 Binoculars arrived on an overcast, rainy day. In spite of the weather I was eager to try them. First I appreciated being able to lock the diopter adjustment, and I was delighted with the eye comfort adjustment, as I wear glasses. Stepping out into the rain was not a problem because the binoculars are waterproof. I was beneath a large oak tree and spotted a small bird in amongst the branches and made it my first viewing. Even with my glasses, I had no problem seeing the entire field. The instrument is comfortable to hold, and the focus wheel is in a natural position. The depth-of-field sensitivity is excellent. One can move through the whole range of focus with three strokes of the finger. With subtle movements I was able to glide through the branches, bringing the bird into perfect focus. The quality of resolution was outstanding. In spite of the diminished light the colors were vibrant, and I was easily able to identify the Yellow-Rumped Warbler. These binoculars are exciting to use and about as good as it gets for birding. I feel they are well worth the price.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Excellent optics and ergonomics at a (relatively) reasonable price 9 Jan 2009
By Jon F - Published on Amazon.com
I've been extremely pleased with this binocular for over 14 years now (hard to believe they've been around that long). What is essentially the same binocular was introduced about 15 years ago and called Venturer LX. This was (and still is) a superb binocular. The only negative was their weight, but this newer Premier LX-L version has solved that problem. It's amazing how trimming 6 ounces can make such a difference- but the LX-L feels remarkably lighter and easier to handle than the previous version. And they are a relative featherweight around your neck.

A number of other refinements and improvements are found in the LX-L, but the optics and ergonomics thankfully remained unchanged- they were already excellent. The focusing mechanism on this binocular is among the best I've ever tried- it's quick yet precise and very smooth, with just one full turn taking you from close focus to infinity. This binocular feels great in the hands with soft to the touch armoring and a very comfortable shape. The diopter adjustment is perfectly designed. Image quality is excellent, really the only thing lacking is the wider field of view that current top of the line binoculars offer.

I've also owned and used extensively the new Swarovski SLC HD and the Nikon EDG. Optically the Premier holds its own with both of these. By that I mean you aren't going to switch from one to the other and see any significant difference (though there are some subtle differences) other than the wider field of view. That's not intended to dissuade anyone from purchasing a top tier binocular, but if you choose not to lighten your wallet by quite that much, you'll be sacrificing very little with the Nikon Premier. They are a pleasure to use and to look through.
Nikon doesn't honor warrantee. 6 May 2014
By John D. West - Published on Amazon.com
Nikon couldn't fix my Nikon binoculars within the warrantee period. Instead they gave me a pair of their cheap Walmart binoculars, when I had purchased their most expensive model. Nikon, never again!
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