Nikon E II 8×30

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Objective diameter:  30 mm
Magnification:  8 x
Exit pupil: 3.75 mm
Eye relief (acc. to spec): 14 mm
Usable eye relief (measured from rim of eyecup): 12 mm
IPD: 53  – 73 mm
RFOV:  8.8  degrees = 154 m
AFOV (measured, rounded): 68.5 degrees
Minimum focus distance (measured): 2.1 m
Focus type: CF (direction of rotation from close to infinity: > clockwise)
Degrees of rotation of focus wheel from 3m to infinity (measured): 280 degrees
Range of diopter adjustment (estimate): +/- 4.5 dpt
Excess travel of focus wheel beyond infinity position (estimate): 5 dpt
Prism system:  Porro I
Waterproof: no
Weight (measured, with eyepiece cover and strap): 575 g
Made in: Japan



There have been debates in some internet forums whether the Nikon E II 8×30 or the Swarovski Habicht 8×30 should be named “best 8×30 porro binocular”. The Nikon fans will point at the wonderfully wide and “3D-like” image that allows full immersion in the scene of observation, whereas the Swarovski fans will name the extraordinary central sharpness/contrast and image brightness of the Habicht. The good news: even the second place in this competition is an outstanding achievement. Looking for weaknesses of the E II, it is unlikely that you will find any. The E II is a great binocular and one of the best around! The only thing that keeps it from being even more versatile: the E II is not fully waterproof (whereas the Habicht is).

see also separate post “Nikon E II 10×35”,×35/



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