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Bushnell H2O Waterproof/Fogproof Roof Prism Binocular
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- Quality optics with stunning HD clarity
- 100% quality materials used and tested extensively
- Beautiful design and durability built to last
- 100% waterproof, O-ring sealed and nitrogen purged for reliable, fog-free performance
- BaK-4 prisms and multi-coated optics offer crisp clear images with improved light transmission
- Non-slip rubber armor and Soft Texture Grip absorbs shock and provides a firm grip
- 10x magnification and 42mm objective diameter; 12-foot close focus distance; 17mm eye relief
- Large center-focus knob for easy adjustments; Twist-up eyecups; Limited lifetime warranty
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Powerful bright optics in a 100% waterproof package.
BaK-4 prisms for bright, clear, crisp viewing.
Multi-coated optics for superior light transmission.
100% waterproof: O-ring sealed and nitrogen purged for reliable, fog-free performance.
Non-slip rubber armor absorbs shock while providing a firm grip.
Large center-focus knob for easy adjustments.
Longer eye relief.
Multi-Coated optics for superior light transmission and brightness.
Products are O-ring sealed and nitrogen purged for total waterproof and fogproof protection. These models can withstand complete immersion in water and stay dry inside. The interior optical surfaces won’t fog due to rapid temperature change or humidity.
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This item Bushnell H2O Waterproof/Fogproof Roof Prism Binocular, 10 x 42-mm, Black
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|Item Dimensions||7.09 x 5.91 x 3.15 in||8.2 x 9.3 x 4.2 in||4 x 9 x 10 in||3.11 x 6.1 x 5.91 in||3 x 7 x 8 in||4.13 x 8.07 x 4.13 in|
|Item Weight||1.69 lbs||1.68 lbs||3.3 lbs||1.85 lbs||—||2.38 lbs|
|Objective Lens Diameter||42 millimeters||50 millimeters||56 millimeters||42||42||42|
Style Name: 10 x 42-mm
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The biggest problem with these binos is that they are roof binoculars with only multicoating. They are not fully multicoated nor phase coated. The lens quality is good, but not great. Thus the images are clear and sharp, but not as bright as you might get with a porro of the same class or an expensive roof bino. In good daytime light, this does not matter, but in really overcast light, the view is acceptable, but could be better. Not surprisingly, the 8x42s are brighter than the 10x42s. However, at night, using a tripod, I prefer the 10x42s since they permit better viewing of the moon and the stars. Surprisingly, the focus is so sharp that I can produce pinpoint images of Jupiter without flaring.
Thus we have inexpensive binoculars pretending to be expensive binoculars and doing a pretty good job of deception. The muted brightness is only a problem in poor lighting, but otherwise these binoculars are impressive for their price. I give the 10x42s four stars and the 8x42s four and a half stars.
I'm impressed with the quality in how they're made and how well they work. It's very easy to grab them and focus quickly, unlike other binoculars I've owned. They come in a box (see my photos) with a case and a strap. There are four rubber end caps to protect the lenses. The front caps attach securely with a small "rubber band" and the caps near your eyes attach to the strap so you don't lose them. In the pictures, you'll notice the neck strap that comes with them (black). It's decent, but I had purchased the red strap (pictured) because I didn't realize they come fully equipped with strap. I'm using the red strap because it's more cushioned. I'm very pleased with my purchase, and the price was right.
I compared specs for the Bushnell H20s and the Bushnell Legend Ultra HD's, both 8x42, booth roof prism. I paid about $240 for the legend, vs. $105 for the H20 + Harness. On the Bushnell website you can compare specs, and these look really similar.
In terms of physical size, the two are about the same. The image is adjusted the same. Both have right eye adjustment and eye relief adjustment. The grips on the H20s are a little bit thicker and softer, and I think have an edge in friendliness.
The major stated difference:
Close Focus (ft/m): 18ft vs 6.5ft
is strange because on my hands-on testing, I found it be more like 10ft for the H20 vs 6.5 ft for the Legend. So although the legend is better, it isn't that much better, to me.
The HD's have a slightly larger field of view, which I did notice, and which was nice.
In theory the H20s don't work with the screw-in tripod adapter, but it sure looks like they both have the same screw-in area for that. I didn't try a tripod adapter with either though.
Both have eye-side lense protectors that can attach to the strap, and both have the same rubber loop to keep the other side lense protectors attached.
The Legends come with a harness, which otherwise you can buy for about $20 separately. The harness won't work out of the box with the H20's, but with a little imagination you can get it to attach.
OK so most importantly--how is the image? From reading the marketing materials, I was expecting that the Ultra HD Legend would be much better than the H20. In terms of the image difference, to my eyes the Legend's definitely have an edge, but it's just that--an edge. They are slightly brighter in low light, slightly clearer, but the H20's are still pretty darned good. I kept switching between one and the other and asking myself "are the legends worth twice the price?" Yes the image was slightly more appealing, slightly brighter. In bright light in particular, the Legends have more "pop," but this isn't as obvious in low light. In low light the HDs are a bit brighter, which is nice. Both had a really nice image, I thought, in both daylight and dawn light.
I've been looking through both of these for a few days now, in bright light and in dim light, and it's a tough call. "Do I spend a bunch more money to get a bit brighter, a bit wider image?"
One strike against the HD is that some people are saying that the focus adjustment lock that's on the right eye has split on them. On a related note, Bushnells overall have a 2 year limited warranty, which nudges me towards the less expensive model. In any case the H20s don't have this adjustment lock, which in my experience is fine.
This might be one of those cases where if you are heavy into binoculars, and you are using them constantly, and the thought of spending $500 on binoculars doesn't phase you, that the Legends at $220--which have great quality--would be a good move. From other reviews they seem to be a good value. And maybe there is a ruggedness story to tell, although to me the H20s seem plenty rugged. But for the casual user, the H20s seem like a really good value. It is a tough call--is it worth the extra money?
I looked and looked for a head to head comparison of the two products. If you've *actually used* both and can tell the rest of us what the substantive difference regarding image is, or something else that matters, that'd be great. For now, the H20s with a harness, at less than half the price, would seem to be the way to go for a casual user.
These are great to own! compact and light, but excellent views.