8×42 Binoculars: $250+

In the $250+ 8×42 binoculars range (capped at $400.00) one binocular has been dominating the scene for ten years: The Nikon 7430 Monarch ATB. Early last year it has been supplemented – not to say “replaced” – by a newer model, the  7294 Monarch ATB, which quickly moved into the Top-10 bestsellers at Amazon, while the older Nikon 7430 has been kept available.  Clearly this newer model will continue where the “older” Nikon 7430 Monarch ATB left off and the scene is set for a continuation of the domination of this segment of the market by this newcomer, taking over from the “older guy”.  A thorough comparative review of these two binoculars can be read at “Monarch binoculars”.
The Nikon 7294 Monarch ATB  has been reviewed 26 times at Amazon, 5 Star rated on 16 occasions. It is currently nr. 14 in the BinocularsBestsellers list at Amazon.
The Nikon 7430 Monarch ATB have been reviewed 119 times, of which as many of 92 customers gave it a 5 Star rating.
119 reviews, 92 5star.

 

In case you prefer something else, the following binoculars will not disappoint you:

1.  Alpen 8 x 42mm ED Wings Series Water Proof Roof Prism Binocular  with 7.5 Degree Angle of View, USA
2.  Alpen APEX 8X42 Waterproof Roof Prism Binocular
3.  MINOX BV II 62028 8×42 BR Full Size Binocular (Black)
4.  Leupold Cascades 8×42
   One 5 Star rating from 1 review.
5.  Eschenbach Adventure B Active 8×42
6.  Swift Optics 929 Ultra Lite 8×42

These are all excellent instruments and many people buy them as well, but they are all overshadowed by the immensely popular Nikons. Among these I personally prefer the MINOX BV II 62028 8×42 BR. For a complete review of this binocular, click HERE.

Comparing them some minor differences may influence your decision:
Close focus distance:
They all can focus on objects really close by, varying from 1.2 meters (the Minox BV) to 2.5 meters (the Nikons). For a complete review of the excellent MINOX BV II 62028 8×42 BR, click HERE.
Weight: The Alpen Wings ED (595 gm.) and the Nikon 7294 (610 gm.) are the lightest of them all, with the Minox BV by far the heaviest (771 gm.).
Warrantees: The Alpen and the Minox outstrip the rest by far; the Alpen comes with a lifetime no-fault warrantee and the Minox with a 30 years warranty. It has to be noted that the policy of Amazon as far as defect products are concerned is excellent: A defect product gets replaced immediately.

$250 -$300 range 8x42 binoculars

MODEL Leupold Cascades 8x42 Alpen Optics Apex 8x42 Nikon Monarch 7294 8x42 ATB Minox BV 8x42 BR Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 8x42
ANGULAR FOV 6.5 6.5 6.3 7.4 8
LINEAR FOV: ft/1000 YARDS 341.25 341.25 330.75 388.5 420
EYE RELIEF MM. 18 20 19.6 18 17.2
CLOSE FOCUS 3 m/9.84 ft 1.7 m/5.58 ft 2.5 m/8.20 ft 1.2 m/8.20 ft 1.9 m/6.23 ft
WEIGHT 650 gm/22.93 oz 625 gm/22.05 oz 610 gm/21.52 oz 771 gm/27.20 oz 635 gm/22.40
WATERPROOF yes yes yes yes yes
FOGPROOF no yes yes yes yes
GUARANTEE 3 lifetime 25 years limited 30 5

$300 -$400 range 8x42 binoculars

MODEL Eschenbach Adventure B active 8x42 Swift Optics 929 Ultra Lite 8x42 Leupold Olympic 8x42 Leupold Mojave 8x42 Alpen Optics Wings ED 8x42
ANGULAR FOV 6.5 6.5 6.2 6.5 7.5
LINEAR FOV: ft/1000 YARDS 341.25 341.25 325.5 341.25 393.75
EYE RELIEF MM. ? 19.5 18 18 17
CLOSE FOCUS 3 m/9.84 ft 2 m/6.56 ft 2.3 m/7.55 ft 3.9 m/12.8 ft 2.2 m/7.22 ft
WEIGHT 750 gm/26.46 oz 625 gm/22.05 oz 619 gm/21.83 oz 652 gm/23 oz 595 gm/20.99 oz
WATERPROOF yes yes yes yes yes
FOGPROOF yes yes no no yes
GUARANTEE 5 25 3 3 lifetime

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