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Bushnell Elite 10x50 Binoculars w/ BaK-4 roof prisms, Rainguard PC-3 phase coatings 621050
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Exceptional Performance and Value!!!

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, AZ Written on February 13, 2009
As a long time birder and a die-hard Leica 10 x 42 BN user (I'll always have Leica's highest end model as my primary binoculars), I decided to try a pair of the Bushnell Elite 10 x 50's as a pair of backup bins and for feeder watching at home. I was attracted to the price, stylish design and weight of the 10 x 50's compared to higher end bins costing hundreds more.

My first impression is WOW!!! They'll never be Leica's, but I'd put these up there with the best as far as optic performance. The view is astoundingly bright, the colors are true and vivid and the weight is amazing, even with 50 mm objective lenses. They are comfortable in the hand, with a well-design thumb rest under each barrel, the armoring feels durable and the focusing is easy. The magnesium housing creates light but steady handling. And Bushnell finally got a case right...hard shell with some soft accents and LARGE enough to actually fit the bins comfortable without using your foot to cram them into their case! Unlike a lot of 50 mm models, these bins aren't significantly longer than their 42 mm sisters.

A few areas for future worry. Bushnell has employed the best quick snap strap engineering I've seen yet. However, the tab and mechanism on the strap that attachs to the metal hole in the body are plastic and I wonder if they might not snap off after years of use. Only time will tell. Also, the armoring on this bin doesn't surround the barrel, a way to save money and weight. I wonder if the a...
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