With more advances in high-end optics production, the price of superior optics has steadily declined while quality has improved.
An excellent example of that is the release of the Nikon Prostaff 7S 10×42 binoculars. Providing quality that was once reserved for binoculars that used to cost four times the price, the Prostaff 7s offer amazing edge to edge clarity, water and shockproof housings, ergonomic comfort, and optical clarity that is unseen in binoculars of this class.
The Prostaff 7S not only looked at the exterior of their acclaimed Prostaff 7, but also rebuilt the optical platform from the ground up, to provide some of the clearest magnification for this price-point.
The nitrogen filled, waterproof housing is amazingly comfortable in the hand, with depressed handholds and a texturized rubber coating to decrease hand strain and increase comfort. Enhanced knurling on the focus knob and smooth focus rings, allow the user to easily and quickly change focus with just a fingertip without adjusting their grip on the binos. Locking rotating three position eyecups provide ideal eye relief when extended and collapse easily for those wearing glasses.
The optics on the Prostaff 7S binoculars provide exceptional clarity, even in low light and on overcast days. The details you can make out are astounding, thanks to multicoated roof prisms and lenses as well as phase correction coating on the prisms to enhance resolution. Mirror coating on the prisms also enhances the brightness and visibility of images seen through the binoculars. And the Eco-glass optics ensure that lead and arsenic are not used in manufacturing, so they are better for the environment.
A long eye-relief ensures an amazing a 354 foot field of view at 1,000 meters, and the ergonomics, coupled with a wide aperture opening, mean that the are far more stable than other binos of the same magnification and size.
For me, in addition to the clarity these binos offer, the ergonomics cannot be overemphasized. If you are glassing for hours, being able to hold onto your binos securely without fatiguing your hands or worrying about dropping your binos off a cliff, is a great consideration. The slight depression for hand grip are well executed and comfortable.
The Nikon Prostaff 7S is available in 4 configurations; 8×30, 10×30, 8×42, and10x42. Check them out for yourself at your local Sportsman’s Warehouse Gift Bar.