Although Nikon has recently stepped out of the arena of riflescopes, they are still hard at work developing new additions to their other sporting optics. Nikon just announced the introduction of their Laser 50 and Laser 30 rangefinders. The new Laser 50 boasts an operational range of out to 2,000 yards with a 0.3 second read back time on measurements with the Laser 30 being a slightly less capable version measuring out to 1,600 yards.
Nikon Announces New Laser 50 and Laser 30 Rangefinders
LASER 30 and LASER 50 Key Features
- Measurement range: LASER 50 (9.1-1,820m/10-2,000yds) LASER 30 –(7.3-1,460m/8-1,600yds.)
- Red internal display enables easier viewing in any situation. Automatic brightness adjustment function fine-tunes the display brightness according to the surrounding ambient light level.
- Quick and stable measurement response regardless of distance — HYPER READ displays the measurement result in approx. 0.3 second
- Single or continuous measurement (up to 8 seconds). If single measurement fails, it automatically extends the measurement until succeeding for up to 4 seconds. Keeping the button depressed enables continuous measurement for up to approx. 8 seconds.
- Four selectable measurement display modes
- Horizontal distance and angle mode
- Actual distance and angle mode
- Horizontal distance and height mode
- Actual distance and height mode
- Target Priority Switch System for measuring overlapping subjects: First Target Priority mode displays the distance of the closest subject, while Distant Target Priority mode displays that of the farthest subject — useful in wooded areas.
- Distance measurement display step: 0.1m/yd.
- High-quality 6x monocular with multilayer coating for bright, clear images
- Large ocular for easy viewing (18mm)
- Wide field of view (7.5 degrees)
- Long eye relief design affords eyeglass wearers easy viewing
- Diopter adjustment function
- Compact body design for comfortable holding
- Waterproof (up to 1m/3.3 ft. for 10 minutes) and fog-proof, but not designed for underwater usage; the battery chamber is rainproof
- Wide temperature tolerance: -10°C to +50°C/14°F to 122°FThe LASER 50 and LASER 30 Laser Rangefinder will be available in December at a suggested retail price (SRP) of $449.95 and $349.95 respectively.
These two new rangefinders should please avid hunters and long-range shooters alike. With waterproof performance and a wide range of temperature tolerances, these should be suited to almost any shooting application you can put them in. When reviews start coming in I will be most interested to see how well they hold up to various conditions out in the field.