Bushnell Legend Ultra HD Roof Prism Binocular
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- Rain guard HD water-repellent lens coating
- Lightweight, magnesium chassis
- Waterproof & fog proof
- Includes a soft carrying case, Microfiber carry bag & neck strap
- 10x magnification, 42mm objective lens binoculars
- Exceptional optics with ED Prime Glass, Ultra Wide Band Coatings, and RainGuard HD water-repellent lens coating
- Ultra wide field-of-view with long eye-relief; locking diopter
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One of the Best in class, with a best-in-industry guarantee.
Thousands have taken the challenge – take our Legend Ultra HD binoculars into the field for a while and if you’re not convinced they’re everything you’ve ever wanted in hunting binoculars, we’ll buy them back. The key to their superior light transmission is our Ultra Wide Band anti-reflective lens coating. For the ultimate high-definition viewing experience and sharp, color-true detail, we used ED Prime glass. Add the all-weather assurance of RainGuard HD anti-fog technology and you’re holding a best-in-class performer at no risk, all reward.
ED Prime Extra-Low Dispersion fluorite glass delivers amazing color resolution and contrast, and virtually eliminates chromatic aberration and color-fringing to bring out the most distinct details possible in low-light conditions.
Without it, you’re not ready. A wet lens or a misguided breath that would fog conventional glass will never cost you a view. This patented, permanent, water-repellent coating causes moisture from rain, snow, sleet or condensation to bead up and scatter less light, so you get a clear, bright view when other optics would be rendered useless.
An anti-reflection coating process that is customized for every lens element in the optical path, in order to allow the maximum amount of light from the front glass all the way back to the eyepiece. The result? Optimum brightness and true color across the light spectrum.
Bushnell's No Questions Asked Lifetime Warranty Promise*
We’re proud to guarantee your complete satisfaction, and promise to repair or replace your product and ship it back to you at absolutely no charge. This fully transferable warranty covers accidental damage, as well as any defects in materials and workmanship, for the life of the product*.
*This warranty is valid for qualifying products within Bushnell Elite Tactical, Elite, Legend, Trophy Xtreme, and Trophy Riflescopes, Binoculars, and Spotting Scopes purchased after January 1st, 2016. For more information you can contact the official customer service or visit the official website.
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Color: Black | Size: 10x42
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The Vanguard and Bushnell both have 10x magnification and 42mm objective lens. Both use ED (Extra low-Dispersion) glass, have a magnesium alloy body, use BaK4 Roof Prism system, are fog-proof and waterproof, and both have a Field of View of 340-feet at 1000 yards. Both can be mounted on a tripod with an optional tripod adapter (a separate purchase for each). Both are made in China and come with a lifetime warranty.
When looking at near and far objects in different lighting conditions, I actually can’t see any difference in the optics. The images through both binoculars appear to be the same. Both have bright, clear optics and sharp detail.
Both binoculars have twist-up eyecups to allow for different eye relief. The Vanguard eyecups twist up in 3 stages, with a distinct stop at each one. This allows for 4 different positions for eye relief. The Bushnell eyecups twist up to only one additional position, for a total of two positions available for eye relief.
Locking Diopter Ring:
Both binoculars use a locking diopter ring to allow for a +/- right-eye adjustment if needed (if you have slightly different vision between your right and left eye). The Vanguard’s diopter ring is rubber coated and easily adjusted. The Bushnell’s diopter ring is a harder plastic and slightly more difficult to manipulate. Since you should only need to make this adjustment one time, it’s probably not a big deal. But if several people will be using these binoculars, you could be adjusting this ring more frequently. The diopter ring on the Vanguard is directly above a graduated scale that can be referenced for +/- adjustments of the ring. If multiple people are using these binoculars, it would be easy to remember your specific diopter setting on this scale, and you could return to that setting quickly. The Bushnell diopter ring does not sit above a graduated scale, so returning to a specific setting would not be as easy.
Rubberized Coating / Grip:
The Vanguard’s rubberized coating is textured and fitted tightly to the chassis of the binocular. This allows for a very firm and positive grip. The Bushnell’s rubberized coating has a slicker feel to it, and it also feels spongy in some areas over the chassis. The Bushnell just doesn’t have the same positive grip as the Vanguard.
Center Focus Knob:
Both binoculars use a center focus knob that can be adjusted with your index finger when holding the binoculars up to your eyes. This knob also has the same type of rubberized coating that’s used on each of the respective bodies of the two. Both center focus knobs have a smooth rotation, but the Vanguard just has a better feel to it.
Objective Lens Protective Covers:
Both binoculars have protective covers over the objective lens, and both sets of covers are designed to stay attached to the binoculars when you’re using them, to avoid losing the covers. The Vanguard protective covers stay firmly attached to the body of the binocular and there is almost no danger of losing them. The Bushnell covers are not attached as firmly, and they could very easily slip off unnoticed. You would be well advised to find an alternative method of securing the Bushnell covers, or else keep a very close eye on them frequently.
Both binoculars have short straps attached to their right and left sides to allow for the neck straps to be quickly connected or disconnected. Both neck straps are made of a neoprene-like material, and the Vanguard neck strap connects via quick-release buckles while the Bushnell neck strap connects via plastic clips. Both work just fine, but if you want to remove the neck strap from the Vanguard binoculars, the short straps remaining on either side can be connected to each other with the same quick-release buckles to form a very convenient carry handle. The Bushnell binoculars do not have this capability, and the two short straps on the sides would just flop around unless you devise your own method of connecting them.
The Vanguard comes with a nylon carrying case, neck strap, and cleaning cloth. The Bushnell comes with a more rigid carrying case, neck strap, cleaning cloth, a soft microfiber bag to store the binoculars in, and a deluxe binocular harness to use for long days of hiking.
Size and Weight:
The Vanguard binoculars stand 6.1 inches high and weigh 28.2 ounces (1.76 pounds). The Bushnell binoculars stand 5.6 inches high and weigh 25.7 ounces (1.61 pounds). Both were measured and weighed with their protective lens covers in place, but no neck strap attached.
Slight Advantage: Bushnell.
Despite being a slightly smaller binocular, the Bushnell carrying case is huge compared to the Vanguard case. Even though the Bushnell binocular is 0.5 inches shorter than the Vanguard, the Bushnell carrying case is taller, wider, and much thicker than the Vanguard case. The Bushnell case is 4.6 inches thick while the Vanguard case is only 3.3 inches thick. The Bushnell case has a removable carry strap, and it contains a separate pocket inside to store the carry strap, binocular neck strap, and the deluxe harness, which is why it’s so large. The Vanguard case is much more streamlined in appearance, and is sized to hold only the binoculars and neck strap. The Vanguard case also has a carry strap with a quick-release buckle, but is not completely removable. The case also has a belt loop sewn onto the backside so you can wear it on your belt or attach it to the webbing of a backpack.
Advantage: I prefer the carry-friendly size of the Vanguard.
While the optics of both binoculars appear to be the same to me in terms of brightness, clarity, and sharpness, the overall design and construction of the Vanguard Endeavor ED 10x42 binocular is definitely far superior to the Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 10x42 binocular.
Between these two models, I would strongly recommend the Vanguard.
First, the eyecup issue is real. They really need to be all the way out to be effective and there is this annoying little bump at max extension. You just need to turn clockwise the whole way and then back it off a smidge. Not that big a deal, but it shouldn't be necessary. Maybe a half a star off for that.
Also the focus knob does have "play" when you adjust it. I can't imagine how this happens by design. Full star.
Finally, after a half a year of light use, the right eyecup has separated mechanically somehow. It just spins freely and will not collapse. Makes me question the overall durability. Full star. However, Bushnell has a lifetime warranty and is taking them back for repair. That all well and good, but it was to be at my shipping expense. To their credit, after I expressed my disappointment about being on the hook for return shipping for a manufacturer defect, they sent me a shipping label. Kudos to Bushnell. Plus half star.
We'll see how long they last when I get them back.
I bought Vortex Diamondback in the same dimensions at Cabela's a few months ago. They felt fine at the store but I was quickly disappointed once on a hike. Chromatic aberration at tree lines against the sky was horrid. Realized I needed ED glass and couldn't settle. To my surprise, these showed up on sale a few weeks later. Got a set to try out. The difference is stunning. I remember seeing about this big of a difference between Diamondbacks and Talons (the latter I couldn't swing because of the price) at the store. I seriously lucked out with these at $170 shipped. No distortions at any distance, much clearer than Vortex, and sharper beyond 600 yards.
Naturally, Diamondbacks went on sale at Cabela's for $140 a few days ago. That's about what they're worth, IMO.
P.S. I know the two binos are not in the same price category or class. Just sharing my experience. I wish I've read something similar when buying Vortex.