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Nikon has come under fire from animal welfare groups and some wildlife photographers over its new ‘Monarch’ line of rifle scopes, designed for game hunting. Marketed as being ‘Engineered for Safari’ Nikon’s Sport Optics website carries claims that the new Monarch-series scopes are created ‘for those seeking dangerous game adventure on the Dark Continent’ – an archaic term for Africa which is controversial in itself.
Among those who have taken Nikon to task are wildlife protection groups and some Nikon users who shoot animals with cameras and lenses, rather than guns. In fact, in Nikon’s latest camera and lens catalogue the company claims to be ‘at the heart of nature’ no pun intended – presumably and Nikon’s marketing materials for its cameras and lenses are typically packed with photographs of rare and endangered animals, and quotes from high-profile wildlife photographers who use Nikon gear.
The company has also sponsored numerous wildlife photography competitions and among many feature articles on its American website, you’ll find an article by Moose Peterson, entitled ‘ Preservation of Wildlife Through Photography ‘.
Elsewhere, in Nikon’s current photo catalogue, a photograph of a pair of polar bears is captioned ‘Nature is full of moments of timeless beauty, to be captured before they are gone forever’. Trophy hunting, of the sort that Nikon’s Sport Optics division seems to be explicitly referencing in the marketing materials for its Monarch-series scopes, is hugely controversial. This kind of hunting is highly lucrative for certain African countries, but many claim that it is damaging, too.
What do you think? Nikon Inc isn’t alone among photographic companies in making equipment designed for use in hunting, and also not uniquely, Nikon has created optical equipment for military use in the past.
Or should Nikon’s product lines be viewed separately, and only considered on their merits for their intended use? It is a proven fact that humans will slaughter to extinction any animal species it can. Americans have a huge black mark for slaughtering the passenger pigeon to extinction in only fifty years. Because of the passenger pigeon we now have laws that without them other species would be extinct, the sea otter and american crocodile come readily to mind.
The nikon scopes can be used on any rifle for taking any animal. Because of poaching the tiger now has more in captivity than in the wild. Nikon had nothing to do with that. Nikon had nothing to do with the passenger pigeon either. One of its advantages is its short length Nikon has clear optics and their scopes hold zero quite well. Still shoots tight groups.
They are advertised as being able to handle some pretty heavy recoil. They have a good ballistics calculator on their website Also available in a smart phone app that works pretty well. I have always bought Nikons, will I continue to do so, probably yes. All companies are involved such activities, some advertise openly and some do it under the carpet.
However their marketing colleagues need a good kick, the sentence that really bugs me ‘for those seeking dangerous game adventure on the Dark Continent’. Malaria kills more children in Africa than any other disease, and over a million deaths per year are attributed to malaria.
It also causes ongoing suffering, disability, and economic losses. Perhaps that will appease the people who are worried about the lion population, which I’m sure is highly regulated. Any scope will work just fine in Africa or anywhere else.
This is more marketing tool than anything else. It’s certainly not made for low light.
If you want to be ticked at Nikon, be ticked at catalot for making the optics used in the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Pentax used to make colonoscopy scopes. Should we dump all our Pentax gear because no one should be subject to a butt probe? I am a european! No shoot to kill on life unless it can shoot back at you. I thought the green-weenies appreciate the trophy hunting income provided to certain economically depressed areas. There are no shortage of catalo in America because we huntlng them for food. With good stewardship, herds of wild animals are a manageable, renewable resource with income potential for those who see the opportunity.
An animal that has commercial value will never become extinct. Kill a few Americans using superior optics in the 20th century and your armed forces are mentioned throughout history with reverence, as honorable fighters.
Not sure what this world is coming to. Is it brave or ethical to “hunt” unarmed civilians? So what’s the relevance of the military biz here? It may be ethical to hunt certain animals, but is it “stars and stripes” brave or sporting to bring them down with advanced guns and at no risk? A real cataoog is the guy who can snare a rabbit with cunning, or handicap his advantage by means of rustic weaponry musket or bow and arrow. Fly fishing is bunting the most fare and square pursuit of all, since one must mimic but not use the natural food, and all small catches and many big ones return to the water.
Nikon’s rich history in the optical business includes bomb sights and submarine periscopes used in the attack of Pearl Harbor. Tens of thousands of Americans were killed by optics made by Nikon.
Cataoog you all want to get indignant about a few rifle scopes used legitamently by hunters? Where exactly are fatalog priorities? As the son of a Marine catapog spent a lot of time in the South Pacific killing Japaneese, and growing up in the age when “Made in Japan” was widely considered a joke, take it from me– some people just live to be offended.
I have managed kiokn forgive and forget. Sadly Nikon’s rifle scopes are not best of class or I would proudly have a few of those too. Truly, what is the real agenda here? I tried to reference this history as well below in one of my countless ocd posts here way down there but you put it much better, and from personal experience. Japan is our ally and friend now.
We have helped each other in immeasurable ways since the war. There has been some bad too, but I tend to think that those drawbacks pale compared to the catqlog of our alliance. Here is sincerely hoping that our bonds can stay strong throughout any coming global wars that will rock us once again, horrible as that sounds.
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It is the human condition, let us not deny it. Just try to weather it best as we can. The evictions are to begin immediately.
You can go here to petition against the mass eviction: In May it claimed to have played a leading role in rescuing Paul Conroy, a wounded photographer, from Syria. But Conroy cataloh never to have heard of Avaaz or to have had any contact with them. Avaaz built up its image of having an extensive network in Syria by describing Free Syrian Army members as its activists. Wissam Yunting, its leading activist in Syria, is actually a Lebanese man who has been passed off as Syrian on a number of occasions.
Deceptions like these raise real questions about whether there even is more to Avaaz beyond a website, a few viral videos and some goofy stunts. Patel then worked for MoveOn. Avaaz was created through Res Publica, an earlier front group aimed at mobilizing the religious left.
And Avaaz not only gets money from Soros, it feeds money back into the Soros machine through such efforts as a fundraising campaign for Burmese democracy where the donations were to be administered by the Open Society Institute.
What is Avaaz really?
Avaaz inserts itself into every trendy issue, accomplishing nothing, but harvesting donations and email addresses that are likely to be useful in much bigger projects for its parent groups. Maybe so and very sad. But not really on target is it?
By the same logic, I should boycot Goodyear for supplying tires to gangs who have killed hundreds in my city. Thus I’ll have to burn the nikons, stomp on my leicas, and probably throw away half my electronics! Half the large scale electronic manufacturers either supply law enforcement, military, hunting, etc Why not get rid of cell phones too? People are such hypocrites – sitting behind their screen, luxury leather chairs, driving cars and what not, Burn them at the stake for supporting big game hunting Reductio ad absurdem at its finest.
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Nobody I’ve seen has villified Nikon to nearly that extent, and many people with strong convictions don’t necessarily research every company they buy from for various reasons However, when a company advertises in such a way as to promote a certain behavior then they have made themselves a target.
When Chik-fil-a took a public stance on a controvercial political issue they chose to make politics part of their marketing strategy. They learned what a poor idea it is to mix business and politics, at least publicly. If Nikon advocated one use their cameras for the completely legal activity of taking pictures of teenage girls on a public beach wearing their bikinis I think people like you might sing a different tune.
It’s all legal, after all. They’re just promoting an activity that, no doubt, is already common amongst certain people teenage boys or old perverts.
I am 51, neither a teenage or old pervert, yet I appreciate the female form I am the last heteros3xual male! I hope my Mother and Father are not embarrassed. You can’t blame responsible hunters who know how to husband wildlife to prevent the decimation of species.
Blame rich Asians who are financing by offering poor Africans and Indians more for one day’s work than they can earn in a year to hnuting tigers, rhinos, elephants. All to make art objects, member-enlargement concoctions and other nonsense borne out of 10th century superstition and quack medicine. If kikonn want to get a feeling of the disaster taking place in Africa, go visit biglife.
For those who look at the pictures by Nick Brandt, you cahalog to know he never uses big telephoto lenses, be it for lions, cheetahs, buffalo’s, rhino’s or elephants.