bushnell elite E2 vs steiner predator xtremes
If your primary application, then the Steiner hunting models such as the Predator Extreme make good sense. The CAT coatings enhance the browns and reds in the color spectrum - the colors of game animals - helping you separate game animals from the green background foliage. The Extreme series also has high contrast optics which also help.
On the other hand, you don't get something for nothing in the world of optics. Those CAT coatings do not deliver the kind of true color rendition needed for some applications such as bird watching and astronomy. That's where the Steiner Birding series comes in. They deliver truer color than the Steiner hunting series. If you plan to use your binoculars for more than just hunting, you might want to consider one of these.
I love the Bushnell E2 for its optics. Excellent Japanese made binocular. Be another great choice for an all around, do everything binocular. Also good in this general price range is the Leupold Olympic or the Nikon Monarch - traditional choices in hunting binoculars and deservedly so.
Anyway, it was hazy, rainy, cold, etc and of coarse, they didn't perform, useless really so I want to buy a decent pair for hunting and general use.
I use mainly Nikon Monarch and Bushnell Elite scopes because they are good performers for the money spent.
The HD raingaurd is a plus during bad weather, and since money is tight I needsome advice on which Bino's would be a good choice for around $300 or less.
My needs or features wanted:
Eye relief (glasses)
Low light (early morning and late evening)
Lightweight as possible (I hike miles)
Game: Deer, hog, predators, etc
General use: around the house, arena's, etc
I understand you get what you pay for but money limits me at this time so What would be the best fit ?
If you like the rain guard, by all means go with the E2. It's one of the best binoculars for the dollar for its optics, though,of course, it won't make under your $300 budget. Under $300, one of the best buys is currently the Nikon Monarch 3 10x42. I tested one and was very pleased with the optics and the eye relief - very comfy binocular to use.