Their magnesium alloy body is both durable and lightweight. The LX L binoculars are also waterproof, fog-proof, and shockproof, so they can be used in a range of outdoor environments. While less expensive Nikon models share the multiple anti-reflective lens coatings of this model, they lack additional layers which optimize sharpness and clarity. Nikon's "Eco Glass" lenses are made without the use of lead or arsenic. The LX L 8x20 are even more compact, offering similar features.