European performance at the mid-price range makes the Nikon Premier an excellent choice for all your activities. The phase-corrected, silver coated prisms and fully multicoated lenses deliver the impressive brightness one expects from a Nikon binocular. By using Eco-Glass and a lightweight magnesium-alloy body, this superior binocular is lightweight and comfortable to carry.
Fully Multi-coated Lenses
Increase light transmission with multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces.
Enhances resolution and contrast through roof prisms.
Increase efficiency of light transmission.
Optimize light transmission.
Appreciated for a streamlined shape and durability.
Magnesium Alloy Body
Is sturdy and resistant to corrosion.
Provides a secure, non-slip grip.
Twist up and down for comfortable viewing with or without eyeglasses.
Center Focus Wheel
Adjusts both binocular barrels at the same time.
Locking Right Eye Diopter
Adjusts for differences in a user's eyes. Located by the right eyepiece.
Optics are sealed with O-rings to prevent moisture, dust, and debris from getting inside the binocular.
Barrels are filled with nitrogen gas to inhibit internal fogging.
We purchased the Nikon 8x42 Premier binoculars from Eagle Optics when they were first available in the U.S. and have been absolutely delighted with them. We recently ordered the Nikon Premier 8x32 because we were looking for a lighter, more compact binocular. The 8x32 were just as clear and crisp as the 8x42. However we found the 8x32 harder to get focused on the "sweet spot" than with the 8x42. The depth of field seemed much tighter and it took several back and forth with the focus wheel to get the bird in focus. We're guessing if we didn't already own the 8x42 we would not have noticed the difference in focusing with the 8x32. But they are a lot of money and we just could not get used to moving back and forth between the two binoculars. So we ended up returning the 8x32 and sticking with the 8x42 Premier binoculars.
Scott from Newnan, GA
I am a birder and I've had these for about a year and I am completely satisfied with them. I have taken them everywhere from forest to sea, and from morning to night time owl prowls and they have not let me down.
The optics are brilliant and have better resolution than I can see. I can dial in a very distant bird and it resolves beautifully but it is so far away that the image is too small in the view. Maybe next pair will be 10's. Contrast is great, I can always find the birds hidden in the trees. Their colors seem to jump out at you. The 32mm objective lenses supply all the light I need. Color rendition appears to be slightly warm. Focus is crisp, fast and smooth, just the way I like it. The bins fit my hands like a glove and they are light enough to be carried all day with a standard strap. Field of view is excellent and the bins appear sharp out to the edges. My eyes are close together and these bins adjust right where I need them.
As good as this glass is I really don't see the need to get anything better. I think for the $1,000 to $1,500 more you would pay for the top end euro bins there might only be 5% to 10% increase in quality if that.
The only down fall I see are the rain cover and lens caps. They are cheap and don't work very well. I mostly use the caps and cover for travel. I don't think you can go wrong with these binoculars. I am surprised that more birders haven't discovered these little gems. I am seriously considering adding a 10 power pair for shore bird use.
Very little depth of field
Jeff A from Illinois
I feel that some perspective is needed on the short comings of these binoculars which I own along with Leica 7x42s, Zeiss 7x45s,and Eagle Optics Ranger ED 8x42s. These Nikons are my least favorite due to the lack of depth of field. They are sharp, compact, has a wide field of view, has good eye relief, and are well made. How compact the Nikons are is the only advantage over my other three binoculars. This lack of depth of field requires constant refocusing and becomes very tiring. The exit pupil ratio of 4 requires more careful eye placement. When it is said that a 8x32 delivers all the daytime light the eye can use, other things like depth of field and ease of eye placement are not being considered. When I go birding, I take either the Leica's or the Zeiss's and enjoy myself. The EO Ranger EDs are really good for less money, and I enjoy using them. When I use the Nikons, I am constantly having to refocus and wish I had either of my other binoculars instead. I do not know if this is a Nikon characteristic. I recommend people keep depth of field and ease of eye placement in mind when trying binoculars. I find that 7x42s and 8x42s work best for me birding.
Tethered objective lens covers
Kevin from South Dakota
One more thing: I was told by an eagle optics rep that none of their tethered lens covers fit my Nikon Premier 8x32. Being stubborn, I ordered a pair of small EO tethered covers anyway.
They fit snugly, but work great. I highly recommend them.
My last pair of Bino's? Just might be.
Kevin from South Dakota
As a five or six year owner of 8x42 Monarchs, I thought my Monarchs were awesome, compared to my older 8x32 Nikon Sporters. I unboxed these at lunch, and only had the time to gaze through them at my goldfinch feeder through a window. However, after work i headed to our inter-city lake, and sat glassing the ducks and geese all over the lake and shore with their offspring close behind. I was blown away by the clarity, the focus, and simply the WOW factor. Mine were a pair of refurbs from EO, and they are in perfect condition, with absolutely no flaws visible. As one of my friends told me, I'm in alpha glass heaven. If you can find one of these, buy it.
light, comfortable and matches the top of the line
Brian from Manistee, MI
I had my pair of these that I purchased from Eagle Optics while on a trip to Panama with a birding group. Several birders in the group had their larger 10x 42 Swarovskis. Two of them asked me (in a slightly condescending way)if the Nikon's were my "traveling" binoculars. I said no these are great and I take them everywhere. They showed me theirs to look through and they looked through mine. The reaction was not what they expected. Woa, these are good they said. I noticed no difference other than the magnification and it was a pleasure to see the look on their face.
Excellent Birding Binocular
Ken Thompson from New York
The Nikon Premier 8x32 binocular is an excellent binocular for all my birding activities. It is compact, lightweight and has superb optics. It is easy to hold and quick to focus. I can recommend this binocular to anyone.
Reference Class performance for less!
Clint from Ohio
After doing much research and dreaming about reference class bino's, I settled on this model and am happy I did. I've tried many pairs of binoculars and have owned about 7 myself and these are by far the best yet.
First off, the construction is first rate and well protected from damage with the fully ruber covered armor, and the focus knob is super smooth. The focus is extremely fast and the fastest I've ever used, with only a little turn of like a 1/4 inch making a huge difference in focus. This would normally be a problem since it would make it more difficult to get precise focus, but the smoothness of this focussing device more than makes up for it. The focus is so smooth in fact that it beats out pretty much every binocular on the market such as Leica, Zeiss, and even the already great in this respect Nikon Monarchs. The Nikon Premier 8x32mm's are compact, though a tad heavier at 24.5oz than their flagship europeon counterparts. This isn't a problem for me, since they are very well balanced, still lighter than most 42mm models, and you can feel that the rugged top quality armored cast magnesium construction is built to last. They come with a supplied leather case with a magnetic closure, rainguard, objective covers and a neck strap. Nikons 25 year warranty also is reassuring.
The 32mm model has a wider field of view than the 42mm model, which is ultimately why I chose it.(plus you save a few bucks!) The field of view is 408ft wide at 1000ft which puts it right up there in performance with the best fullsize binoculars available. I compared it side by side to the new Leica 8x42mm Ultrvid HD's that my friend bought and noticed no difference in sharpness or contrast.(Sorry Leica) Granted when I compared the two it was on an overcast day, but I would still expect to notice some difference non-the-less. In the sun or with brightly backlit subjects I would still expect to notice a difference between the Leicas and these, possibly with chromatic abberation performance but you'd be splitting hairs that's for sure. The eye relief is ample and the eyecups have three locking positions and should suit any eyeglass wearer. The eyepieces are flat field corrected for perfect sharpness to the edges of the field. They are very sharp, have very high contrast, and have that "pop" to the image that you only get with the best, all for about a third of the price of the top binoculars out there. The brightness during the day is no different than the 42mm models due to an interesting little effect between the 4mm exit pupil and your eye's pupil diameter. The only time you'd notice the field of view starting to close in or the brightness dropping due to the smaller 32mm objectives, is well after dusk when the birds are asleep anyway and nobody except night hunters and possibly S.W.A.T. officers are out using binoculars. They are still plenty bright at dusk, or before sunrise, and only loose some performance in what I would call "twilight" conditions. There is some distortion when you pan while looking through these I think due to the flat field correction in the eyepieces, but it's not an issue worth worrying about. When you do stop panning everything is razor sharp to the edges of the field and to me that's more important. An excellent choice for any birder. At the current pricing for these, they are a steal and a pretty big step up from the already very good Nikon Monarchs. Get them and you'll never need another pair!
Ken from Florida
I compared these to all other high end binoculars in Eagle Optics show room two years ago. Nothing was any better than these. These have to be the most under rated binoculars going. They are sharp and crystal clear. People who have looked through them in our birding club are surprised how good these binoculars are. The focus knob is a joy to use and focusing on a quick flying bird is a delight. You can pay more, but in my opinion these are all the binoculars you need for birding. For the price this is as it good as it gets in a 32 mm objective lens binocular.
Great Buy, Perfect all purpose Binocs
Deric from Idaho
I compared these side by side with similar swarovski SLC, EL and Leica's. Better all round than the SLC's and very hard to discern from the EL's and Ultravids, even against an optical chart. These offer a very crisp, bright view from edge to edge with a definite 'pop' to the picture. Whenever I let folks look through them they always say 'wow'. I do a lot of back country hunting which involves hours of glassing - for me, 8x32's offer the best compromise of low weight and portability with brightness and comfort. They are brighter than most 8x42's and much lighter. They're built tough but I'm hard on equipment. They've survived multiple falls, slides and an unexpected swim, mostly - I did dent an eyecup such that it won't twist out anymore. it's stuck in my preferred position so I haven't sent it in for repair - I don't want to be without them! I found mine on sale for $750 which made the decision easy. Now that I've lived with them awhile I'd gladly pay more. At under $1000 they're an amazing bargain and I would hate to see someone shell out Leica money without at least looking through these, they are that good.