| blurkuna wrote:|
Now, I am uncertain between 8x25 and 10x25.
How significant is that 'slight handshake'?
Image vibration varies from person to person.
For me, it was enough that I decided to give the 9x a try.
For you it may not necessarily be a deal breaker.
The extra magnification from 8x to 10x is nice, if you really have a need for it.
Compact binoculars, such as the ProStaff, are so small & lightweight that they
tend to lend themselves more to hand shake than a larger binocular with more
weight and size.
If you order one just make sure that you purchase it from a seller who will give you
a 100% money back guarantee.
p.s. I just purchased a discontinued Nikon Prostaff 9x25 over the internet.
Mine was advertised as "new" but in reality it turned out to be "reconditioned" by Nikon.
I ended up returning it because of the 90 day warranty, from Nikon, for reconditioned binoculars.
During the daytime it was bright & very sharp, not lacking in any way as far as optics & coatings.
During the nighttime it has pinpoint stars & no double images.
Collimation was spot on.
My negative opinions are: magnification above 8x is too shaky & magnifications above 8x restrict FOV.
I think that larger eyepiece lenses would help in increasing the FOV to a more comfortable level,
however, since the 9x is an older, discontinued model, perhaps Nikon has already addressed this solution.
The focus wheel is faster than I like it. I'm always tweaking it for the best sharpness.
A slightly slower focus wheel would keep me from 'searching', back & forth, for the best resolution.
My personal complaint is that compact
binoculars, 25mm or under, are too small
for my hands.
Speaking for myself, the discontinued Leupold Katmai is as small as I would go.
The Katmai 32mm is the only compact, for me, that does not feel ridiculously tiny in my hands.
Edited by Bird Watcher - December/01/2012 at 12:11