Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2
Rated 5 out of 5 by golfinbricks BEST BUY FOR THE MONEY
These are the best binoculars a person could buy for under 200 dollars. I've looked through 500-600 dollars binocs that aren't as clear as these. GREAT BUY
October 29, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by thomae Better glass than Leupold BX-2 Cascade
I compared the Nikon ProStaff 10x42 binoculars side by side with the more expensive Leupold BX-2 Cascades 10x42 Binoculars in my local Dick's Sporting Goods store. I was purchasing them as a gift for my father-in-law as his current binoculars are cheap and broken. I compared them by looking at the parking lot and trees, fence, sign on far side of lot, about 200 yards away. To my eyes, the Nikon had better light gathering ability (brighter). The Leupold seemed a bit grey in comparison to the Nikon. In my opinion, the focusing mechanism on the Nikon was also slightly better than on the Leupold. The Nikon mechanism had slightly more resistance. It was not difficult to adjust, but if you bumped it a bit, the focusing knob would not turn accidentally as it did on the Leupold. The Nikon and the Leupold seemed to me to weigh about the same (holding them in my hands and comparing them...no scale available). The Nikon was a little bit larger/longer than the Leupold, but that won't be an issue with my father-inlaw. The combination of good glass and smaller size gets really expensive really quickly. Of note, the Nikon and Leupold focus knobs turn in the opposite direction to change focus. Disclaimer: My personal binoculars that I use for hunting are a Leupold Mojave 8x42 that I purchased myself a number of years ago (also at Dick's) and I really really like them a lot.
October 5, 2012