No doubt about that "Nikon knows glass".
As a life long photography nut, Nikon lenses have always offered some of the finest lenses of any system available and why they were and are the choice of many pros.
I am not saying that a Nikon scope is in the same league was the S&B, IOR, US Optics, NightForce, Zeiss, etc. but their glass is good as any and better than most, if they want it to be so. They have the expertise to make outstanding optics.
If Nikon wanted to flex their power (or any of the large, high quality Asian optics manufacturers), the small companies would be hard pressed to compete. Niche markets allow the smaller guys to carve out areas and offer unique, specific use items to those that can afford and will pay to get. Like anything though, if a large corporation sees a perceived market, they will attack it and try to own it.
I just can't see Nikon ever trying to take over the tactical high end market, but who knows. It just does seem to meet their market models from what I have seen from them.
Originally Posted by phorwath
Wouldn't surprise me that the Nikon might transmit more light. And if the Nikon came with all the other features the NXS has, we all might be using Nikon's. I've performed some side by side scope comparisons in the past and rated some lower priced scopes higher in light transmission than my more expensive IORs and at the time, a Leupold LPS. If light transmission had been the sole determining factor, I would have sold my more expensive scopes for the lower cost ones, but I'm still using my 3-18x IORs and a Zeiss.
I've looked through some Nikon scopes and binoculars and been favorably impressed with the optics, especially considering their moderate cost.