Objective diameter:  32 mm
Magnification:  8 x
Exit pupil: 4 mm
Eye relief (acc. to spec): 17 mm
Usable eye relief (measured from rim of eyecup): 14 mm
IPD:  56 – 72 mm
RFOV:  7.8 degrees = 136 m
AFOV:  57.2  degrees
Focus type:  CF
Prism system:  Schmidt-Pechan
Waterproof: yes
Weight (measured, with eyepiece cover and strap): 745 g
Made in: Japan



In contrast to more modern roof prism binoculars, the HG-L (which is the updated and lighter version of the previous HG) appears with a heavily “sculpted” body; sculpted not like the EDG (see separate posts about “Nikon EDG 7×42”, “Nikon EDG 8×42” and “Nikon EDG 10×42”) which could almost be described as a bit “baroque”, rather – using analogies from the motor car world – with a “muscular” type of shape. Some like it, some don’t. The same is true for it’s weight, modern competitors are almost universally lighter. But when it comes to build quality and optical performance, the HG-L belongs to the finest.  Newer “ED” competitors offer better CA correction. But otherwise, the HG-L impresses with superior mechanics and a bright, sharp, flat-field image. – In 2016, Nikon introduced the successor lto the HG-L with the Monarch HG line of binoculars (see separate posts about “Nikon Monarch HG 10×42”, “Nikon Monarch HG 8×42” and “Nikon Monarch HG 8×30”).

see also remarks under separate posts “Nikon HG-L 10×42 DCF” and “Nikon HG-L 8×42 DCF”



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