The latest addition to the Nikon Monarch series is the Monarch 5 series, released in March 2013. This includes the Nikon 7576 MONARCH5 8 x 42 Binocular, the Nikon 7577 MONARCH5 10 x 42 Binocular and the Nikon MONARCH 5 12×42 7544 Binocular.
The following features apply to all three models:
- Almost an ounce lighter than its predecessors.
- Built with Nikon ED (extra-low dispersion) glass lenses, The MONARCH 5 delivers sharp, high-contrast views that are the result of a state-of-the-art optical system. Featuring Nikon’s premium ED Glass lenses and Dielectric High-Reflective Multilayer Prism Coatings, the MONARCH 5 displays exceptionally accurate color reproduction and a clear, natural looking image.
- Each of its Eco-Glass lenses are Fully Multi-coated to provide maximum resolution and light transmission.
- It utilizes Nikon’s high-eye point design to provide a clear field-of-view and long eye-relief.
- The turn-and-slide rubber eyecups make it easy to find the right eye positioning for extended periods of use.
- The MONARCH 5 also utilizes a smooth central focus knob that makes it easy to bring object into focus for fast viewing.
- The MONARCH 5 is Nitrogen filled and O-ring sealed, making it completely waterproof and fog proof.
- A protective, rubber-armored coating strengthens its durability and ensures a non-slip grip during wet and dry conditions.
- Flip Down Lens Caps.
More than two years have gone by since the launch of the Nikons in this series and the customer reviews at Amazon are revealing the popular choice. There’s virtually no difference between the ratings between the three, all three boasting 4.7+. However, the 12×42 has only produced 6 reviews, which compares poorly to the 80 of the 10×42 and the 163 of the 8×42 (October 2015).
You cannot go wrong with either the 10×42 or the 8×42, as many satisfied customers can vouch. Personally I prefer the 8×42, since all 8×42’s are always easier to use than 10×42’s for reasons known to everybody owning a pair of binoculars – in particular as you get older and holding the instrument perfectly still is not that easy anymore.