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Some older Nikon porro prism binos.  They are marked in white "Nikon 7X 35 7.3 (deg symbol)" on left back plate, and "Nikon (ser. no.) Japan" on front of hinge.  They appear to be all metal with black leatherette covering and came in a brown fake leather case.  Rubber eyecups and diopter adjust on right.  I think they are about 25 years old.  The view seems decent.  Any ideas what they are worth?

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J. Tucker

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$50 - $70  on fleabay. The really nice Nikons had real leather cases.

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They could possibly be the Nikon E series of binoculars. I had owned two pairs of the 7x35 E. It came in a brown leather case and had markings similar to what you mentioned. It also had a field of view of 7.3 degrees...and with a "C" in white/black if I remember correctly.

 

However, there are quite a few older Nikon porros floating around. They could be something else entirely. If it is them then they originally sold for $250-$300. Most of the units I have seen being sold on Ebay typically go for between $100-$125. Do you have a pair and/or where did you get them?

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Posting a picture of the binocular and perhaps a good close-up or two of the various salient markings might be helpful.
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Here is a pic...Thanks for your help.
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They look like Nikon E series to me. Worth about $150, they are fine binoculars.
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Same here though the labeling is different than the 7x35 E that I owned. However, they did upgrade them over the years that they were produced. Definitely a fine binocular. Probably their ownly "downside" is that they utilize a Kellner eyepiece which, though it does promote brightness because of the use of fewer lenses, also restricts the field of view a bit compared to the subsequent E II and SE series of porro prism bins from Nikon.
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Thanks for the info...I think I will keep these.  The lens surfaces look like they coud use some attention.  I think I can clean them properly, bit I am concerned that there might be some condesation marks on the inside of the glass.  Is taking them apart for cleaning a bad idea?

 

Thanks,

 

J. Tucker

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Originally posted by jtucker jtucker wrote:

Is taking them apart for cleaning a bad idea?

 

 

Yes.

 

 

Send them to Nikon for internal cleaning.

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