From Richard in New York:
I have bought binoculars for all 11 of my nieces and nephews for high school graduation, and this is the last pair for the last niece. My aunt and uncle gave me binocular for my graduation in 1968 and I have kept up the tradition. This is the first Nikons I have purchased for a graduation gift.
These Nikons look and feel great. I used them one afternoon to watch the Peregrines nesting in downtown Rochester. Note - I will give them away at graduation on May 16th! I was able to compare them to my own Bushnell Natureview 8x42s. Frankly, I did not notice any difference in viewing quality but I am a rank amateur. I did notice that the eye caps are likely to get lost since there is no way to attach them to the strap. And the right-eye diopter was very stiff to adjust, but that may get easier with use. I found it hard to get a good grip on the diopter ring. Otherwise no complaints and I think my niece will get a very nice entry-level bird binoculars to take to college.