Nikon Monarch 5 8×42 Review

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Nikon is a Japanese corporation which has specialized in manufacturing optics for almost a century. Although the corporation is mostly known for its cameras, it is also still one of the best binocular producers. Their optics have very high-contrast negatives which will give you an extremely sharp resolution.

The sleek Nikon Monarch 5 8×42 earns a prominent place on their line of optics because of its sharpness for activities like wildlife viewing as well as hunting.

Features of the Nikon Monarch 5 8×42

The Nikon Monarch 5 8×42 also features a turn-and-slide eye cups, lightweight design and a long eye relief for the user to feel comfortable.

Nikon Monarch 5 8x42 Review

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Nikon’s ED Glass Lenses

All Nikon Monarch 5 Binoculars are nowadays built using Nikon’s legendary Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass lenses. These lenses correct chromatic aberrations. By doing so, they effectively compensate for the color fringing.

Even when you are observing objects such as adjacent blacks and whites which would cause chromatic aberration, the images still maintain superior resolution and contrast thanks to the Extra-low Dispersion glass lenses. Improved resolution also provides bright and more natural-looking images thus making the MONARCH 5 Great Binoculars use.

Greater Light Transmission

Nikon Monarch has a fully multicoated Glass Lenses for greater light transmission. The multilayer coatings provide a higher light transmission across the whole visible light spectrum.

The multilayer coatings are applied to all prism surfaces and lenses that transmit light. This minimizes loss of light as a result of reflection thus ensuring a clearer, natural view.


Nikon pride itself on ultra-rugged lightweight prism body design on their binoculars. The new monarch 5 is lightweight with advanced low-light brilliance and improved agility.

By shaving about an ounce of weight from its predecessors, this binocular is more athletic than ever before. The addition of ED glass lens puts Nikon Monarch 5 8×42 in a class of its own thanks to the sharp, high-contrast images.

Nikon Monarch ATB Optics

The lens on Nikon Monarch binoculars is multi-coated to deliver the Ultimate resolution and brightness. All the air to glass surfaces has multiple layers of the anti-reflection coatings. Many low-quality binoculars usually have few glass surfaces which are multi-coated.

The Bak-4 prisms are also coated and all the optics have been well-aligned as to give you a clear image thus preventing eye-strain. This makes Nikon monarch binoculars ideal to use for long periods.


When you’re gripping these binoculars, your hands shall rest on rubber. Rubber Enabling you to hold on the binocular with comfort as it prevents your hands from slipping.

The Objective lens covers are also made of rubber which seals them well to keep water off of the lenses. This cover cannot be e discarded quite easily by the hunter as it is the case with plastic. As a result, the rubber provides added protection to your binoculars.


The Nikon Monarch 5 8×42 Binocular rivals have great clarity. When eye cups are brought near to a user’s eyes, one is immediately met with a clear, crisp image of an object ranging from 13 feet away to half a mile.

While using this binocular, you can clearly view objects which are located a half mile away. The binocular also has a wide field of view that allows users to view large area without necessarily having to adjust or even move the binoculars.

Nikon Monarch 5 8×42 – Video


  • Nikon monarch 5 is 100 percent fog-proof and waterproof.
  • The binocular has dielectric coatings on the prisms thus providing greater reflectivity.
  • The Nikon binoculars are also lightweight rugged with a rubber-armored body.
  • The binoculars have a long eye relief.
  • Nikon monarch binoculars have fully multi-coated lens for bright and clear images.
  • The BAK-4 Precision optics provides a greater light transmission.


  • The Nikon binoculars have poor quality lens caps which can fall off easily.

Features at a Glance

  • Fully Multicoated lenses
  • Phase-Correction Coated Prisms
  • Multi-Setting Click Stop Eyecups
  • Waterproof/Fogproof
  • Nikon's unmatched 25 yr No Fault Policy

Product Specifications

  • Magnification – 8.0x
  • Objective Lens Diameter – 42mm
  • Angle of View – 6.3° (actual)
  • Field-of-View – 331.33′ @ 1000yd / 110m @ 1000m
  • Minimum Focus Distance – 8.2′ / 2.50m
  • Eye Relief – 19.5mm
  • Tripod Mount – Yes (Adapter Optional)
  • Dimensions – 5.71×5.08×2.13″ / 14.5×12.9×5.4cm
  • Weight – 20.81oz / 590g
  • Shipping Weight – 2.05 pounds

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are these the latest model binoculars?

A: Yes. Nikon monarch 5 is the latest Model binoculars by Nikon and is excellent.

Q: Do they come with manufacturer’s lifetime guarantee or warranty?

A: Nikon provides a 25 years “limited plus no fault” guarantee.

Final Verdict

Overall, Nikon has produced a tough, waterproof, solid binocular that has been combined with excellent high-quality Optics with at a reasonable price. They are among the best selling binoculars currently. Ideal Birding binoculars, they can also be used for wildlife and nature observation.