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Old 10-03-2008, 10:04 AM
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Nikon ED50 initial review

A while back I posted asking about what some of the LR hunters on here were using for a spotting scope. For right now my needs aren't in the 2000 dollar Zeiss range. that is for now though.

My needs at the current time were good glass, light weight, compact. From my earlier post the Nikon ED50 kept coming up. For some reason I was fighting it. Mostly due to the 13x-30x power. Needless to say I was hesitant.

So I called Scott over at Liberty Optics and asked about Vortex Spotting scopes. I was asking if he could get in the Impact which is a 200 dollar scope. I figured no need for 600 when I will spend 2k later. Needless to say my mind got change rather quickly after talking about it with Scott. I must say I really appreciate his honestly rather than him just trying to sell me a crappy scope I am not going to find useful. One of the other spotters I asked about was a Brunton. I have had their big spotter in the past and really liked it. I have looked through their 50mm objective model before and thought it was just ok and not worth a 500 dollar price tag. So coming around full circle I decided to bite the bullet on the Nikon ED50.

Now the pictures of it on the website don't do this thing justice. So I called my wife at home and asked if there was a package for me. Sure enough showed up yesterday like Scott said it would. I asked her how it looked. Not sure if she completely understood what I was asking but answered well enough. Luckily I got to duck out early from work to help a buddy with a early elk tag here in Idaho. This allowed me about 20 minutes or so to play with the new toy. Now here is why I stated pictures don't do it justice. Scott made the comment that it looks like a toy but is a great spotter. Without seeing it I couldn't fully appreciate what he meant. Sure enough though my first comment to my wife was "It looks like a toy". I try not to pre-judge things but I had the initial thoughts that this thing is just not going to be worth the money I spent for it. Boy was I WRONG!

I can't say that I have a great eye or a super trained eye as far as optics goes, but man looking through the toy flat impressed me. Yesterday it was really overcast and rainy so I thought this might be a good test for the 50mm objective. Off my back porch I was looking at stuff 200-300 yards away, not to far. Man the clearity and color rendition was amazing. I couldn't believe it. The Brunton equivalent couldn't hold a candle to this scope. For a backpacking scope I have never looked through anything like it.

This morning I was able to do some more testing at half mile or so. I didn't get out in as low of light as I wanted to, but man I am flat blown away at what this thing can do. The 13x-30x complements the 50mm perfectly. If they would have gone any higher they would have needed a bigger objective.

I will keep playing with it this fall as I have a few more hunts left. So hopefully I will have more thoughts on this scope after Oct or Nov. But anyone looking for a mid level scope I would not hesitate to recommend this to anybody.

I want to say thanks as well to Scott from Liberty. I definately appreciate the blunt advice on all the optics I was thinking of, I couldn't be happier with the Nikon. What a great guy to talk to about optics. Thanks again.

More later.
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Old 10-03-2008, 01:54 PM
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Re: Nikon ED50 initial review

I have that little scope also and you are right-on - it is a fine optic. First time I saw someone using one I thought they had a video camera going, they were hand holding and looking at 100 yard targets. Try that with a bigger heavier scope
You made a fine choice. Did you know you can get a special lens for taking digital images through your scope - works amazingly well if you hook it to a small Nikon camera.
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Old 10-03-2008, 02:18 PM
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Ian, no I was not aware of that. Can you point me in the right direction on finding those accessories?

Which Camera will it hook up to?
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Old 10-04-2008, 03:12 AM
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srhaggerty,

Thanks for your post and kind comments. We appreciated the opportunity to serve.

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Old 10-06-2008, 01:05 AM
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Re: Nikon ED50 initial review

Had one for a year now. Partner just picked one up for himself.

There is no better fieldscope for the size/weight/price factor out there. I love this optic.

It is FAR better than those huge Zeiss, NIkon, and Swaro, Leica units for actual field use in that it's portable and small enough for pack and pocket use, yet it's still big on performance.

I'm using an tripod for work near the vehicle, and an carbon fiber monopod for backpack work. The light monopod and Nikon 50ED are the stuff for on the move and in brush country. I got to show this set up to Patrick Smith of Kifaru this summer at an rondy and everyone really like the small scopes resolution.

The Nikon 50ED is like THE best buy in equipment and we have both the straight and angled in our inventory, we like it that much.
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Old 10-06-2008, 11:55 PM
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srhaggerty,

Thanks for your post and kind comments. We appreciated the opportunity to serve.

Take care,

Scott
Scott you are most welcome. I must say I was pleasantly surprised looking through it for the first time.
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Old 10-06-2008, 11:56 PM
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Had one for a year now. Partner just picked one up for himself.

There is no better fieldscope for the size/weight/price factor out there. I love this optic.

It is FAR better than those huge Zeiss, NIkon, and Swaro, Leica units for actual field use in that it's portable and small enough for pack and pocket use, yet it's still big on performance.

I'm using an tripod for work near the vehicle, and an carbon fiber monopod for backpack work. The light monopod and Nikon 50ED are the stuff for on the move and in brush country. I got to show this set up to Patrick Smith of Kifaru this summer at an rondy and everyone really like the small scopes resolution.

The Nikon 50ED is like THE best buy in equipment and we have both the straight and angled in our inventory, we like it that much.
Couldn't agree more. Although I think I will get a heavy spotter for the truck and none backpacking trips.
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