Nikon HG-L 8×32 DCF

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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 (according to Nikon spec.):  57.2  degrees
AFOV (measured, rounded): 60 degrees
Minimum focus distance (measured): 1.95 m
Focus type: CF (direction of rotation from close to infinity: > clockwise)
Degrees of rotation of focus wheel from 3 m to infinity (measured): 125 degrees
Range of diopter adjustment (acc. to spec.): +/- 4 dpt*
Excess travel of focus wheel beyond infinity position (estimate): 7 dpt*
Prism system:  Schmidt-Pechan
Waterproof: yes
Weight (measured, with eyepiece cover and strap): 745 g
Made in: Japan
*range of diopter adjustment not affected by position of focus wheel



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 Nikon EDG line of binoculars (see separate posts) 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 to the HG-L with the Nikon Monarch HG line of binoculars (see separate posts).

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



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