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Nikon HG L Series Binoculars

8x42 HG L Binocular 250

Nikon are pleased to announce a new addition to the Sport Optics range. The new HG L Series Binoculars offer the same high level of optical performance, durability and mechanical precision as the current HG Series, but with the added benefit of being almost 20% lighter than their predecessors.

The HG L series are the ideal binoculars for top-end birdwatchers and all those who demand the highest quality with a lighter feel. In addition, the external materials of all new HG L series binoculars do not use chloroethylene*, this is fully aligned with Nikon’s commitment to the environment.

The new HG L Series Binoculars will offer the same range as the HG Series and will be available from September 2004.

8x42 HG L DCF £999.99 10x42 HG L DCF £1,099.99
8x32 HG L DCF £729.99 10x32 HG L DCF £779.99
8x20 HG L DCF £329.99 10x25 HG L DCF £349.99


  • Almost 20% weight reduction (42mm) enabled by use of die-cast magnesium alloy body
  • Non-chlorethylene material is used instead of conventional rubber material, for ecological reasons
  • Environment-friendly—the optics use eco-glass, no arsenic or lead
  • Edge-to-edge sharp, clear images assured by Nikon’s original field flattener lens and eyepiece design
  • Brighter images because of high-reflection silver coating in prism
  • Excellent resolution and high contrast assured by phase correction coated roof prism
  • Brightest images, thanks to multi-layer coating in all lenses and prisms
  • Clearer field of view and more comfortable viewing, even for eyeglass wearers, thanks to high eyepoint
  • Waterproof, fog-free design assured by O-ring seals and nitrogen gas
  • Easy, comfortable positioning of eyes at correct eyepoint assured by turn-and-slide rubber eyecup
  • Fold-up design for easy carrying around
  • Aesthetically pleasing, matching soft leather case


  8x42 HG L DCF 10x42 HG L DCF
Magnification (x) 8 10
Objective diameter (mm) 42 42
Angular field of view real (degree) 7.0 6.0
Angular field of view apparent (degree) 56.0 60.0
Field of view at 1,000m (m) 122 105
Exit pupil (mm) 5.3 4.2
Relative brightness 28.1 17.6
Eye relief (mm) 20.0 18.5
Close focusing distance (m) 3.0 3.0
Interpupillary distance adjustment (mm) 56-72 56-72
Weight (g) (the current HG models)* 795 (980) 790 (980)
Length (mm) 157 157
Width (mm) 139 139

Specifications are subject to change without notice


*chloroethylene A gas that has been used as an aerosol propellant and is the starting material for polyvinyl resins. Toxicity studies have shown various adverse effects, particularly the occurrence of liver neoplasms.

Posted on: Friday 13 August 2004

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