Nikon Prostaff 5 Review: Best Mid Range Scope


Are you looking for a brand-new mid-budget scope that has plenty of magnification? A scope which is good for the price and isn’t bad? A scope from a well-known brand? Then look no further because today we got the perfect thing for you guys. Today’s review is about the Nikon Prostaff 5 review.

Well, we assume all of you have heard of Nikon the famous Japanese based company which makes some great DSLR cameras and lenses.

We have reviewed Nikon scope in the past. The Nikon Black x1000 which is another good scope. Be sure to check out that review after you finish reading this one.

Let’s continue with the review now, first with the specification –

Specifications of Nikon Prostaff 5

Topic Value
Adjustment Click Value 1/4 MOA
Adjustment Range 55 MOA
Color Black
Exit Pupil 2.9 - 11.4 mm
Eye Relief 4 Inch
Fabric/Material Aircraft-Grade Alluminium Alloy
Field of View, Linear 7.2 to 28.6 ft at 100 Yards
Finish Matte
Fogproof Yes
Lens Material Glass
Length 13.6 Inch
Magnification 3.5 - 14x
Objective Lens DIameter 44 mm
Optical Coating Fully Multi-Coated
Parallax 50 Yards to Infinity
Reticle BDC
Reticle Focal Plane SFP
Shockproof Yes
Tube Diameter 1 Inch
Water Resistance Level Waterproof
Weight 17.2 Oz

You can already tell by the on-paper specification these are some good specs. So, let’s dive deep into it and try to figure it out whether they are good or not.

Let's Talk About The Nikon Prostaff 5 Rifle Scope

Build Quality

We are doing something different in this one. Usually, we start with the glass/lens part, but let’s try something different today. So the build quality, the build quality is just excellent. You can’t go wrong with the price you paying.

Its aircraft-grade aluminum which is a great material to make scope housing with. Due to that, it can take some hit and still stand head-on. It’s weatherproof so you don’t have to worry about it getting splashed in a raid or in the desert no sand will get inside the housing.

It’s also relatively lightweight, weights at around 17.2 oz which isn’t bad for a scope with that size.

Lens Quality

We don’t have to boast about the excellent glass and lens that Nikon makes. You guys already are aware of that. No difference in this one either. Excellent clear glass, fully multi-coated lenses.

Lenses are there to stay, we mean they are not popping out of the housing. As the lenses are fully multi-coated that means both objective and primary lens is coated multi times with different effects. Giving you the optimal performance in any kind of condition.

It is fog proof, waterproof. Nitrogen coated lenses assure you that you will get a crisp clear view any time of the day. As its not night vision scope so you can’t hunt in the night.


The Nikon Prostaff 5 has a BDC (Bullet Drop Compensation) reticle. The crosshair in this reticle has some small see-through ballistic circles in the bottom vertical line. Which works with the Nikon spot on ballistic match technology.

With both, you can easily find the bullet drop compensation meaning you can aim more accurately. Also, the scope is in SFP (Second Focal Plane) that’s why the reticle won’t zoom while you zoom into the target through the scope.

Quick Focus

Quick focus eyepiece can be really handy sometimes. Which in fact this scope has. So you can just rock and roll with it. You can easily bring the reticle of the scope in focus.


The turrets in this one are spring-loaded. That means zeroing out the gun is super easy. Just sight into the scope, raise the knob, zero out the scope by rotating then reengage the knob. It will go in easily as its spring-loaded.


Nikon Prostaff 5 has 3.5-14x zoom. The objective diameter is 40mm. This means its actually a mid-range scope. You can expect plenty of zoom with clarity in this scope. This scope uses a ¼ MOA click stopping system.

The lenses are there to stay they won’t move more than you intend to. You can always zero out the scope for a better aim and zoom again to get an accurate sighting. The 14x zoom can give you plenty of zooms and viewing area none the less.

The zooming ring is also built quite solid and sturdy, so no matter how your guns recoil pattern works the scope is not going to accidentally set its zoom on its own.

We are almost nearly at the end of the Nikon Prostaff 5 review. Before we partway to let us give you the pros and cons and our final thoughts on whether the scope is for you or not.


  • Lightweight.
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Excellent glass.
  • Easy to zero the scope.
  • The price is cheaper than lots of other flagship end scopes.


  • BDC reticle can be distracting and hard to get used to for a lot of people.
  • The lens cover it comes out of the box is not as nearly good as bottle cap type of lens cover.

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Final Thoughts

Should you buy? Yes, absolutely you should if you are looking for a budget scope which can compete with the top of the line scopes, then absolutely yeah. Nikon hasn’t cheap out on the materials nor in the lens. Who is it for?

Well if you are a long-range hunter or a long-range competition shooter or trying to get into either of them and have a solid gun which can mount the scope without issue this scope is for you guys.

The Nikon Prostaff 5 review is done, mate. We hope that you enjoyed the read and are clear of confusion if you were to plan on buying one. If so, we are glad that we could be of some help. Thanks for reading hope to see you again!

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