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78 of 78 people found the following review helpful
The NatureView 8 x 42 Roof Prism Binoculars are an incredibly good pair of binoculars. I searched around and compared the specifications of several Bushnell binos and I decided on these. I couldn't be happier with my choice. The field of view (330' @ 100 yrds)is perfect for birding, making it easy to follow a bird as it flies from perch to perch. The color optics are amazing, as I've never seen the plumage so clearly before. This binocular in particular is nicely streamlined on account of the roof prisms, not bulky like the NatureView Plus 8 x 42. I highly recommend purchasing these great binoculars.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on February 15, 2012
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I am new to the world of binoculars. I've used them in the military, but I puchased these for the sole purpose of birding and travel. I've been reading a lot of reviews and doing quite a bit of research on a good, all-around quality pair of binoculars. My budget is up to $300.

I had a good feeling about these Bushnell binocs based on the reviews, so I purchased them.

Well, either my expectations were a bit too high, or perhaps my experience with good quality photography lenses have left me unsatisfied.

First off, don't get me wrong this reviw. These are a great pair of binocs. The glass is nice and clear, the armor feels fine (albeit a little too 'plastic' feeling), and the brightness is excellent.

Now, with that said, I was hoping better quality in the following areas:

1. color
2. control of chromatic aberration
3. compactness

Color - the color is somewhat natural, and a tad yellow and warm(which is common with most coated lenses), but overall, the image is a bit flat. Contrast and punch across the color spectrum is a bit lacking. The overall feeling of color is more two-dimensional and slightly muddy. Honestly, it is quite acceptable, but again, I was hoping for a but more.

Chromatic aberration -is somewhat evident. After observing buildings, trees and people from a 6 story building, almost all images have a strong blue-purple chromatic aberration covering any object that is being hit by the sunlight. I was surprised by this, as I have not read anything about such artifacts in the Amazon user reviews. This is something that I was hoping to avoid...

Compactness - although I had an idea of the dimensions and weight of these Bushnells from the specifications, I was unfortunately not very happy with the larger size. The weight felt great though. So readers, please be aware of the dimensions on these binoculars. They may not fit your preference.

With that said, I do think they are an amazing buy for the amount of quality you are getting. For me, I am needing a bit more 'oomph' and performance in IQ.

I will be returning these, but I just purchased a pair of Vanguard 8x42 Spirit ED. These are the binocs I originally wanted, but couldn't justify the price. I will update if this trade off was worth it.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on May 19, 2009
We had purchased a pair of these Bushnell binoculars last year for my use, and we enjoyed them so much, that we decided to get the same model for my wife. The optics are excellent and the eye relief level is great for those who wear eyeglasses. The only complaint is that the objective lens caps won't stay on. However, a quick call to Bushnell and they'll send a free replacement pair, which work much better.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 30, 2011
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I bought these for myself as a birthday present last year and it's one of the best things I have ever done. I am a photographer and a bird watcher, so my need for good optics is important to me. I went to the Audubon site and found their reviews of hundreds of binoculars. After checking out quite a few in my price range and above, I settled on these that compared favorably to ones that were about $100 more expensive. A few weeks after I got them, I was visiting family and one of the cousins works for the forestry service. He had similar binocs that cost over $125 more and the Bushnell's matched the quality and durability in every way.

The ease of using them is wonderful and they have eye cups that accommodate glasses. I've used them both ways with no problems. The clarity is magnificent and the focusing is smooth and easy. One eye is slightly different than the other for me, so adjusting them is also very easy. 8 x 42 is just the right size for following flying birds or scanning. The waterproofing and fog cutting also are terrific. Everything about these is great!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 25, 2009
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This product was given as a gift and got rave reviews from the person who go it. She is a sincere bird watcher. Service from Amazon was outstanding as usual.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 2009
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Great Beginners binocular for those wanting to get into birding. A quality product if you can't afford the more superior brands out there. I wasn't disappointed with these. They worked well at night too. Will work great for sporting events or concerts too. These aren't small binoculars so if you are looking for something you can throw in a pocket, pick another option. I upgraded to a Vortex binocular but still use these as my backup binocular.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 26, 2012
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The title for my review are the words of a serious birdwatcher that has traveled to several countries and many states for 30 years + doing job related and missionary work.He pursues his hobby during free time in these places using a Zeiss 8X42 binocular for over twenty of those years.He said that the Zeiss are better,but cost ten times more.And were not ten times better,or really any better for practical use.The Zeiss focus as close as 7' and have a field of view of 407',the Bushnell 15' and 330'. And that if something happened to the Zeiss he would replace them with the Bushnell Nature View 8X42 Roof Prism for his use.Stating that his 59 year old eyes can not see any difference between the the two.From this strong endorsement from a friend and reading many reviews on the various ornithology and vendor sites that averaged about 98% positive,I ordered one from Amazon for $127 and change shipped.I am delighted with them.They live up to the makers and positive reviewers claims.The objective lens caps are chintzy and fall off.According to my friend that is no matter as no one uses the things in the field anyway.He no longer has any for his Zeiss.The rain guard for the eyepieces is good and attaches to the neck strap that is barely adequate. Another vendor offers them for $108 shipped.But being lazy,I chose the one click ordering from Amazon.As usual the order arrived a couple of days earlier than the estimated delivery date,well packaged,in perfect condition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2012
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I bought this bino earlier this year and used it extensively for scouting.

So far I am very happy with the purchase, in my opinion this one is easily as good as some others that come for twice the price.
Maybe its a little heavier than absolutely necessary, but then on the other hand this gives me the feeling of holding a sturdy and solid piece of equipment.
The only minor complaint I have are the useless cheap front-end caps that constantly fall off by themselves. I am certain with a little bit more thought Bushnell could have come up with something more usable without even having to spent more money on it.

Great buy, would (and have) recommend(ed) it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 21, 2010
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A very good binoculars. Nice view and bight. But it is heavier and bigger than I thought before I bought it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2011
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After doing much research on line and at the library, after talking to people at Bushnell and after talking to binocular sales people in various places, we opted for the Bushnell NatureView 8x42 Roof Prism binocular. We have not been disappointed as they are exactly what we wanted. We were also looking at the 10x42mm NatureView and thankfully we chose the 8x42. The depth of field and the range, the closeup and the clarity are exactly what we want for observing birds and mammals near our house. The clincher in the choice was reading reviews on the ornithology sites on the internet.
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