Nikon released two new EDG fieldscopes with VR technology

Nikon announced two new EDG fieldscopes with VR technology (world's first). They can be attached to a DSLR with an adapter - see this guest post for more info. Both models are priced at $5,499.95.

Key features:

  • The world's first fieldscopes featuring Nikon's lens-shift type VR (Vibration Reduction) system (as of October 2011)
  • It reduces vibrations to approximately 1/8*2 during observation, providing the equivalent of a shutter speed approximately two stops*2 faster in digiscoping
  • Easy VR operation; after turning the VR lock knob, pressing the VR button once activates the function
  • VR function turns off automatically after approximately 30 minutes of turning VR on (Auto power off function)
  • Readily available AA-size batteries are used
  • Extra-low dispersion (ED) glass for chromatic aberration compensation and brighter, clearer viewing
  • Phase-correction-coated roof prism for high resolution
  • Dielectric high-reflective multilayer prism coating on roof prism for the brightest view (straight model only)
  • All lenses and prisms are multilayer-coated for the brightest images
  • Waterproof (up to 2 m/6.6 ft. for 10 minutes)*3 and fog free with nitrogen gas (body/eyepiece joint and body/battery holder joint are water-resistant*4)
  • Stylish design
  • Three tripod mount screw holes provided for flexible mounting; optimum balance achieved through CAE (Computer Aided Engineering)
  • Seven eyepieces exclusively for EDG Fieldscopes are optionally available
  • Built-in sliding hood protects objective lens
EDG VR Fieldscopes EDG Fieldscope 85 VR EDG Fieldscope 85-A VR
Objective diameter (mm) 85 85
Close focusing distance (m) 5.0 5.0
Length (mm)*5 379 398
Height × width (mm)*5 141 × 104 141 × 104
Weight (g)*5 2,400 (without batteries) 2,400 (without batteries)
Vibration Reduction effects (at 25 °C)*6 Observation: Degree of vibration is reduced to approx. 1/8Digiscoping: Equivalent of a shutter speed approx. 2 stops faster
Power source AA alkaline battery ×4, AA lithium battery ×4 or AA Ni-MH (nickel metal hydride) battery ×4
Battery life (at 25 °C)*7 Approx. 17 hours (AA alkaline battery), approx. 31 hours (AA lithium battery), approx. 15 hours [AA Ni-MH (nickel metal hydride) battery]
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