Wanting to watch birds in my 1/2 acre back yard and on the walking trail, I did my research on the best binoculars before purchasing these. In several on-line articles the Nikon, Monarch 7, 8x42 was rated by avid birders as the best in it's mid range price catagory.I find them to be exactly that. Clear, lots of light, easy to adjust, can be used with or without eye-glasses. Large eye relief (expanding eye cups). Nice padded strap and case. Nice non-slip feel. Comes with great lense peotectors.This was an excellent purchase, and I highly recommend them for bird watching or similar activivty.