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Nikon Action EX 10X50 Extreme All-Terrain Binocular (7245)

nikon-action-extreme-10x50-atbMagnification: 10X
Power Variability: Fixed
Objective Diameter: 50 mm
Close Focus Distance: 23 feet
Dimensions: 7 x 7.7 inches
Weight: 36 ounces
Field of View: 341 feet/1000 yards
Eye Relief/Exit Pupil: 17.2 mm/ 5 mm
Optics Coatings: Multi-Coated
Glass: BaK-4
Prism System: Porro
Focus System: Center
Waterproof/Fog-proof: Yes/Yes
Eye cups: Turn & Slide/Click Stop
Tripod adaptable: Yes
Rangefinder: No

Best Uses: Hunting, For the Range, Birdwatching, Wildlife Observation

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Nikon Action EX Binocular Review

This Nikon Action Extreme 10X50 ATB binocular is a beast of an optic that’ll perform excellently in low light conditions with its 50 mm lens and exit pupil of 5 mm. For a porro prism binocular it’s completely waterproof and fog-proof with its lead and arsenic-free Eco-Glass and click stop rubber eye cups.

Reviewers think it’s worth every penny of its approximately $160 price tag – and so do we! It has been featured among the top recommendations in our ‘Best Budget Binoculars‘ category.

Nikon has so many binoculars to choose from and this Action Extreme made it into a review because of its placement in the Top 100 Seller’s binoculars list. For all the features it has for a low budget price, it’s obvious why this bino is listed among the favorites.

To see if this is going to be your new low light favorite bino too, see the following Q&A for a full run down.

 

PROs:
  • Price
  • Fully weatherproof
  • Eco-glass technology
  • Tripod adaptable
  • Low light use
CONs:
  • Heavy

 

Action Extreme 10X50 ATB Binocular Q&A:

How will the Nikon Action Extreme perform in low light conditions?

The first thing you’ll recognize when you see the Nikon Action Extreme 10X50 should be the large 50 mm lens. With owl eyes this big, you’re going to have a significant amount of light transmission potential when combined with the BaK4 high index prisms and Eco-Glass components.

The other thing to remember about high-performing low light optics is the exit pupil. This Action Extreme has 5 mm of exit pupil which is a practical amount for night time use.

Combine the great, multi-coated glass with large lenses with a pragmatic amount of exit pupil and you’ll be staying out in the field longer than you ought to.

 

How practical is the Action Extreme for hunting?

This Nikon binocular has a couple advantages that make it a great hunting optic. First, is the excellent low light capabilities as mentioned just above.

Second, is the ATB feature that gives it its waterproof, fog-proof, and shockproof abilities. This is extremely impressive to see on a porro prism binocular – yes, a porro prism!

Unfortunately, when I mentioned that this bino is a beast, I wasn’t kidding. It weighs in at 36 ounces and is 7 inches in length and 7.7 inches wide. For extended use, this is going to give you some serious wrist fatigue.

But, there is a solution – it’s tripod adaptable. Just under the hinge plate is the bushing for an L shaped/right angle adapter to be screwed into place to attach the tripod. If you’re sitting in one position, the tripod is the ideal fix.

If you’re more of a walk and stalk kinda hunter, then you might have to do some wrist strengthening exercises or consider a more compact binocular from among our top picks.

 

Does this Nikon come with any accessories?

If you’re wondering what’s in the box when it arrives, you’ll be happy to know that there are some extra bonus accessories thrown in. Your binocular will be well taken care of with the included travel case, lens covers, and adjustable binocular strap.

 

Does this binocular require batteries to operate?

There seems to be a lot of confusion as to whether or not the Action Extreme 10X50 requires batteries to use. Let me say this once – no. No battery is required and no battery can be used. There’s no illumination or laser rangefinding feature that requires any power source.

The confusion seems to stem from an incorrect product description on Amazon stating that it requires one Lithium ion battery. I can’t explain it other than it being one really long and wordy typo.

 

Does this binocular come with a Nikon warranty?

It does! All of Nikon’s ATB binoculars are covered by Nikon’s Nikon’s 25 Year Limited Warranty and No-Fault Repair/Replacement Policy.

What does this mean for you?

If something is wrong or happens with your optic, you can send it in for repair or replacement. If the repairs or replacement aren’t qualifiable per the 25 Year Limited Warranty, Nikon will still have your back. The repairs or replacement optic will then fall under the No-Fault Repair/Replacement Policy.

The catch-22 with this part of the warranty is you have to pay $10 and the shipping/handling costs associated with sending it in. On top of that, even if the damage is caused by you and is clearly your fault why it’s acting up in the first place, it’s definitely worth the few bucks to get it working like brand new again.

 

Noteworthy Features:

  • Large 50 mm objective lenses for maximum low light hunting potential
  • BaK-4 prisms for optimal glass quality
  • Click Stop rubber eye cups for a variable, comfortable, and easy to set custom fit
  • Arsenic-free and lead-free Eco-Glass technology
  • Rubber armored body for non-slip grip and repeated and heavy use
  • ATB strength for use in even the most harshest conditions and rugged terrains
  • Fully weatherproof and fog-proof for all-weather use
  • Backed by Nikon’s 25 Year Limited Warranty and No-Fault Repair/Replacement Policy

 

Our Verdict

To glass it up, the Nikon Action Extreme 10X50 ATB binoculars are an excellent buy if you know how to use it right. With objectives of this size, you’re definitely going to want to use it with a tripod – a no-brainer. Also, there has been some complaint that they’re not adequate for celestial viewing. For those wondering the same thing, they’re binoculars for for terrestrial viewing, okay? Get a spotting scope if you want to do both. Glad we’re now on the same page.

If you like the large objectives but you want the luxury of being able to play around with the mag power, check out the Nikon Aculon A211 10-22×50 binoculars. However, you will be compromising on the weatherproof construction even though it will cost you a thumb nail more for the zoom binos.

Do you want to spend under $100 for the same specs? Swing by the Celestron LandScout 10X50 bino that’s also fully weatherproof and tripod adaptable. As far as additional optic specs go, they’re almost identical!

Nikon has been in the optics industry for a long time. While they offer a monstrous variety of optics, we’ve narrowed it down to the Top Seller’s Binocular ranks to make the buying process easy. Here’s to the best of what Nikon has to offer!

 

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