When Nikon’s High Grade (HG) range came out, they caused quite a stir. Why? Because many reviewers noticed the unfortunate truth that between these and their SE porro prism range, Nikon now produced the best birding binoculars in the world. Imagine Lexus producing a car to beat BMW, Mercedes and Porsche and you get the idea.
More than a decade later, the European ‘Alpha’ manufacturers have caught up and then some, but the HGs still remain a wonderful binocular, still the very best in some areas.