April 3, 2009 Nikon has put a green spin on its latest binocular offering - the ecobins. The 10x25 glasses utilize lead and arsenic-free Eco-Glass™ lenses and prisms, non-chloride rubber, biodegradable materials for the case and strap and are made without the use of harmful inks or dyes according to the company's release.

Ecobins are waterproof and fogproof, use aspherical eyepiece lenses designed to deliver distortion-free viewing, internal blackening to minimize light loss inside binocular tubes and multi-coated lenses for improved brightness, contrast and true color.

Other notable features include 15.9 mm turn-and-slide rubber eyecups, diopter control with click-stop adjustment for correcting normal right eye and left eye imbalance and the packaging is also eco-friendly, being produced from eighty-five percent post-consumer waste and printed on recyclable FiberStone® paper, which is made from limestone collected as waste material from existing quarries.

ECOBINS in brief:

  • Model: 10x25
  • Focusing System: CF
  • Magnification: X10
  • Objective Diameter (mm): 25
  • Angular Field of View: Real 5, Apparent 47.2
  • FOV @ 1000 yds. (ft.) 9.2
  • Close Focus Distance (ft.) 9.2
  • Exit Pupil (mm): 2.5
  • Relative Brightness: 6.3
  • Eye Relief (mm): 2.5
  • Size (L&W) (Inches): 4 X 4.5
  • Weight:12.9oz
  • Nikon ecobins binoculars cost USD$169.95 and the color, you guessed it: green.