A Sharper Image

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Remember the first time you watched SportsCenter on a hi-def TV? That's how the view improves through the lenses of Nikon's new EDG binoculars. Life's formerly fuzzy details, be they beads of sweat on the pitcher's forehead or individual hairs on a lion's mane, snap crisply into focus. Even at dawn or dusk, the EDG's distortion-free, extra-low-dispersion glass—meaning superb clarity from edge to edge—dishes up strikingly vivid images. And with its waterproof magnesium-alloy body, the EDG can handle any kind of safari, whether that means rattling around a Land Rover for weeks in Africa or IDing the warblers in your neighbor's backyard. $1,900, 8x42; nikoncuttingedg.com

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