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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for Hunting in the NE, December 10, 2012
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This review is from: Bushnell 10x 42mm PermaFocus Focus Free Binoculars (RTAP) (Electronics)
What a joy it was to use these binoculars this last hunting season in NE PA. Put them up and everything is in focus. Well not everything because as others have posted objects near by are a blur. But beyond that is clear as a bell out to the edge of what you can see. The clarity is very good as is the brightness. I wish I could report that without these I would not have seen the deer that I got but no deer this year. However, I am really sure that I did not miss seeing one as it was so easy to look at everything around me I am sure that if they were there you would see them very clearly.

I marked it down one star because of two reasons. The first is that after using them in an all day rain one of the lenses fogged up. I hope this is an infrequent defect as I am sending them back and replacing them with a new pair. The other reason is less of an issue but something you need to be aware of. When you do have something close by that are in the view of the one of the lenses you get a sense of something blurring what you are looking at. So if you are in really heavy cover it might be an issue when trying to see something that might be far enough away to be seen clearly but that view will be hurt by the blur of close by objects. This issue is really outweighed by the simplicity of just looking and not trying to focus to the right range of something you want to see. With previous glasses it was easy to completely miss viewing a deer you saw because you failed to get the right focus in time. with these you just ID something unique in the area you are looking and then scan around near and far. With the others I would have to focus on the unique thing and then focus in or out to where what I wanted to look at was. Anyone who has hunting for deer know that many times they only give you a moment where they are visible before they fade into the background. Being able to see everything at 10X really helped me ID birds, and squirrels that were making noises. It really is amazing how easily you can spot anything.

I am sure that the clarity is not equal to that of the more expensive brands that have this auto focus feature but I do not think that the difference could be all that great to justify more than twice the cost.
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Initial post: Oct 6, 2014 9:13:27 AM PDT
skadder says:
Thanks a bunch Deal Seeker, I always try and find a comment that is honest and to the point and not afraid to give an honest appraisal, (good with the bad) We're all trying to get the most for the money we spend and some of us can't dish out for the high end stuff we want. We buy what we can afford and what's practical. When I have to buy sight unseen, I rely on someone else who has already received and tested the product, I hate having to send something back because it wasn't as advertized or has defects.
thanks again, I appreciate you taking the time.


In reply to an earlier post on Oct 15, 2014 7:47:53 AM PDT
Deal Seeker says:
I recently was out bow hunting where I was carrying a good deal of stuff and decided that since a deer has to be close to shoot at it, I took my smaller binos. They were easier to carry but what a pain to use. Using them I also realized that with the manual focus you only see a more narrow range so trying to find that same object with your eyes is more difficult because your frame of reference is much smaller. Unless you hunt in a very dense woods these work great. If you hunt dense cover well any binocular is going to be mostly a waste of time anyway. I still think these are a great tool for hunting and probably bird watching too I suppose. I would not tell you that you should get these if you can afford Steiner's.
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