Nikon EDG 7×42

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Objective diameter:  42 mm
Magnification:  7 x
Exit pupil: 6 mm
Eye relief (acc. to spec): 22 mm
Usable eye relief (measured from rim of eyecup): 16.5 mm
IPD: 55  –  76 mm
RFOV:  8.0  degrees = 140 m
AFOV (measured, rounded): 54.5 degrees
Minimum focus distance (measured): 2.65 m
Focus type: CF (direction of rotation from close to infinity: > clockwise)
Degrees of rotation of focus wheel from 3 m to infinity (measured): 270 degrees
Range of diopter adjustment (estimate): +/- 4.5 dpt*
Excess travel of focus wheel beyond infinity position (estimate): 5 dpt*
Prism system:  Schmidt-Pechan
Waterproof: yes
Weight (measured, with eyepiece cover and strap): 888 g
Made in: Japan
*range of diopter adjustment not affected by position of focus wheel



The EDG used to be Nikon’s top line of binoculars, and the 7×42 competes head-on with Leica’s Ultravid 7×42 HD+ (there also used to be a third competitor, the Zeiss Victory FL 7×42, see separate posts for either of the two). Very similar to the Leica in its specifications, the EDG delivers an excellent performance both optically in mechanically and, with its flat field and good edge sharpness, is well liked for daytime as well as nighttime observations. According to BINOCULARS TODAY’s review, the image of the Ultravid HD+ is warmer in tone and just a tad brighter than the EDG, but the latter delivers much better off-axis sharpness than the Leica.

see also remarks in separate posts
“Nikon EDG 8×42”,×42-dcf/
“Nikon EDG 10×42”,×42/
“Nikon EDG 8×32”,×32/



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