Both are manufactured in Japan.
I bet they both come from the same factory in Japan?
Lets use for example the same magnification, and lense. Which one is better?
a Mazda 323 and a Mazda RX8 also come out of the same factory. But just look at the difference. At the end you get what you pay for. The new 10-50 Nikko's are great when you read their reviews, but just look at their price. It is expected of them to perform as they do. If their price were only R1500.00 I will bet on it that they would'nt have been so good.
Ian could nt be more wrong MTC is manufactured by optisan in China to MTC's Spec dont believe me ask Gary Cooper the founder of MTC .
Nikko stirling makes everything except for the 10x50x60 in china. I own 2 Diamond Supreme's made in Japan (hakko) both the 10x42SF and 16x42SF and as far as clarity and crispness the mtc falls short to the Jap Diamond.
Pity the Jap diamond is gone after they got bought out it was similiar to the tasco titan top quality and an affordable price ironically both got bought out.
If i had to choose between an MTC and the new diamond series hands down the MTC wins. But nikko will always have there trump card that being the ever popular 10x50x60
Lynx and nikko models are identical just rebranded made in the same factory being hakko in Japan . your looking at R4500 for an new 10x42
BTW Hakko also manufactures the SWFA Line of scopes.
Japan has a number of manufacturers. Because both scopes come from Japan does not necessarily imply that all lenses come from the same manufacturer.
No Lynx and Nikko Diamonds are not neccesarily the same. There is commonality between some models but only a few.
Also bear in mind that manufacturers will build to a specification and price if so requested. Lynx scopes are some of the best available from Japan.
my 2c - directions get sent to the main Jap factory by each companys such as lynx/nikko and so on, and they get built to the spec of that company sending the directions.
For example: I was explained by the late Tom rogers. when you go to the jap factory, they show you all the possiblities of what lenses and tubes are available (obviously a massive selection of good and bad quality items).
Then lets say you want it to have tolerances 0.06 milimeters in the zoom focus - that will cost you so much.
And then lets say you want it to have tolerances of 0.02 milimeters in the zoom focus- that will cost you so much 'extra'.
and so it goes on for each and every feature of the scope. You could have two identical looking scopes in your hand, but they've been built under differnt 'specification' supplied by the company. thats why lynx was more expensive then other scopes in a similar "looking" class, because Tom rogers wanted quaility in his products and designed it with better specs, thus increasing the price on a similar scope.
I choose to believe this philosophy, do what you need with it.