Rated 5 out of 5 by Jocking Great Bang-for-the-Buck Entry Level (8 X 42)
I rarely write reviews because most items I buy already have 50 or more and there is little to add. However, as of 9/15/15 there are only three reviews of the Nikon Prostaff (and it is unclear whether they are reviews of the 8 X 42, which I purchased, or the 10 X 42).
Regardless, one of the three reviewers gave a one star review, which has badly lowered the overall rating to an unjustified three stars. I hate the thought that LL Bean customers will pass on these truly great binoculars because of one person's unfortunate experience.
Every evaluation we make, in fact, all human reasoning, is based on an implied, or stated, answer to the question, "as compared to what?" There are 10 X 42 binoculars for sale at LL Bean, and many other stores, for over $3,000. I've never looked through such binoculars and certainly have not conducted rigorous comparison's with the Nikon Prostaff 8 X 42 which have an MSRP of less than 1/20th that amount
My basis for comparison is inexpensive (about $80) Bushnell's, and a pair of 8 X 42 zhumell's I purchased for around $150 a couple of years ago.
Then there's the question of use. I use binoculars primarily for college football (in a big - 93,000 seat - stadium) and at rock concerts, preferably those by Bruce Springsteen, whom I believe performs, The Greatest Show on Earth.
I attended a football game last Saturday and these Nikon Prostaff 5, 8 X 42 binoculars performed spectacularly - much better than any others I've owned, borrowed, or tried. And the 8 X 42 size provided perfect magnification. I previously had a pair of 10 X 42 and they provided too much. As soon as the ball was snapped it was difficult to follow play development. Not so, with the 8 X 42 size. Just a really great view, and 42mm allowed a crisp, bright view even in low light.
Like all binoculars, they have to be folded to match the precise distance between your eyes, and focused. If you have, for example, 20-20 vision in one eye, and 20-30 in the other, you first focus the left eye, and then make additional adjustments for the right eye.
My vision is something like 20-80 in one eye and 20-100 in the other. Since I wear prescription glasses that have both eyes corrected to 20-20, or close, no individual eye adjustment is necessary. The binoculars have plenty of "eye relief," I think it's called, which means they work well while wearing glasses.
The only complaint I have is that three of the four lens covers that protect the lens' from being scratched fell off while I was walking. It was almost certainly my fault because I walked several miles with the binoculars hanging (and banging) from the strap around my neck, up & down stairs, over hill & dale, occasionally in dense crowds, etc., and so on. When I arrived back at my car I discovered the lens covers were missing. I called LL Bean and they offered to send a new pair of binoculars. IMO, accepting this offer would have constituted abuse of their generous return policy. After all, the binoculars were, and are perfect.
I called Nikon support and they sent, at no charge, not even for shipping, a complete set of lens covers. Pretty cool. I'll keep the binoculars in their case when not in use to avoid losing the new ones.
But no way these are a one star product, unless *possibly* they are compared to a $3500 pair, although the 8 X 42 Prostaff 5's are so good, I can't imagine how another pair, any other pair, regardless of price, could be *that* much better.
I love these binoculars and have no hesitation giving them five stars, and my highest recommendation. I anticipate using them at every college football game I attend, and every rock concert. Now come on, Bruce, we all know you turn 66 on September 23, but please, we all also know you have one more, Full Band, Petal-to-the-Metal, Rock tour left. Surely you aren't going to hang it up after a mere fifty years of concerts. Forget football, I really purchased these superb binoculars to see three hours of the greatest rock & roll that has ever been, or is ever likely to be.
September 16, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by love2Boutdoors Don't buy these
Bought these for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Botswana. Received shortly before departure, didn't have the time to adjust or learn how to use them. They never did work, therefore I missed some rare wildlife viewing experiences. Plus the eye piece covers are all separate and easy to misplace or lose. They will be returned with an unhappy letter.
June 6, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by HartOfHackensack nice
Never owned such a nice pair of binocs before but can tell you they are head and shoulders above the cheap pairs like (I hate to say it) those cheap LLBean binocs they were trying to sell me in the store. Nice size, easy to adjust. Hope I never test the waterproofness.
February 28, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by ralphe Best of Both Worlds
I love astronomy. My wife loves birding. Needed one pair of binoculars for both worlds. I realize I could get binoculars that have what you are looking at "jump out at you" (and spend a lot more money on thre purchase). My telescope already does that (visual jump out) way beyond any pair of binoculars I could get. Also, you don't need over kill when birding. I got to try them out birding last weekend and they performed beyond expectations. The 10 X 42's are an excellent size for both hobbies. Star hopping on nights when I don't want to get out and set up the big eye is fun and rewarding with the Prostaffs. The price was exactly what I had in mind.
December 1, 2014