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Nikon 7x50 (Modem 7239) vs Bushnell 137501

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Nikon 7x50 (Modem 7239) vs Bushnell 137501

Postby vk3em on Sat Feb 13, 2010 6:54 pm

Hi Guys,

I can't make my mind up between the Nikon Action Extreme 7x50 (Model 7239) and Bushnell 7x50 (Model 137501)

Both fit my budget. Use is for recreational boating. The Nikon seems to have the better reputation for quality.

I wear glasses (either normal ones or polarising lenses on the boat). Which model would be better suited to using withglasses?

Any advice appreciated.

Luke
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Re: Nikon 7x50 (Modem 7239) vs Bushnell 137501

Postby PhilR. on Sun Feb 14, 2010 11:56 am

The one that has the most eye relief will be the one that is most useable with glasses. Most internet sales sites will list this specification. A difference of less than 1mm will not make a useable difference.

Nikon does indeed have a good reputation, but so does Bushnell. Between these comparably-priced optics, there's not much to distinguish one over the other. Personally, I would get the one that weighs the least....
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Re: Nikon 7x50 (Modem 7239) vs Bushnell 137501

Postby vk3em on Sun Feb 14, 2010 6:49 pm

Thanks Phil.

The specs on both are identical. I confirmed that the Nikon at this price range is made in China, so I expect both to be of similar build quality.

I think I will go with the Bushnell.

Thanks
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Re: Nikon 7x50 (Modem 7239) vs Bushnell 137501

Postby Jne_K on Mon Feb 15, 2010 8:33 am

Hi

Both are made in China; In fact, all binoculars at this price, regardless of brand, are made in China.

There is little difference in optics between these two, but there is a big difference in the focusing. The Bushnell is an IF (individual eyepiece focus) and that is fine if you are doing mostly boating, but a center focus model like the Nikon AE is a better choice for all around use, especially for observing at distances less than thirty or forty yards.
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