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Bushnell Elite 10x42 ED

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Manufacturer Bushnell
Model Elite 10x42 ED
Lens diameter [mm] 42
Magnification [x] 10
Angular field of view [deg] 6
Linear field of view [m/m] 105/1000
Exit pupil [mm] 4.2
Eye relief [mm] 15.5
Min. focusing dist. [m] 2.4
Twilight factor 20.49
Brightness 17.64
Prisms BaK-4/roof
Dimensions [mm]
Weight [g] 740
Waterproof Yes
Nitogen filling Yes
Argon filling No
Image stabilization No
Tripod exit Yes
Focusing central
Warranty [years] 30
Price 2099
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Average rating (3 owners reviews)
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4.83 Good
Owners reviews (3)
  1. Jonathan Dowdell
    Jonathan Dowdell 13 August 2018, 15:50
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    IP 209.52.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 340$cnd
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: They eye cups will retract on their own regularly. They should have more positions, and stay more positively in those positions! This is the only issue I have found while using these extensively over the past year. This is why I gave 4 out of 5 for the build quality

    Pros: Optically these are entirely satisfactory. In fact they are the nicest pair of binoculars I have ever owned. Though I must admit I have not owned any of the high end stuff. I have owned a pair of Nikon Monarch HG 10x42 and was able to directly compare these two, and preferred these Bushnell in almost all respects. The build quality seems to be very high, the ergonomics are excellent (accept for the aforementioned eye cups). The focus is excellent. After hours of use, I experience zero eye strain.

    Summary: I bought these for 400$ CND while Bushnell had a 25% rebate, so I paid 340$ including taxes and mailing. This is an exceptional deal. I hope Bushnell keeps up the great work, continues building these in Japan, and when this product evolves, improve the eye cups!!

  2. EK
    EK 24 March 2015, 13:49
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    IP 113.252.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: Around 300
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: 1. Slight yellowish cast. As expected for 4mm exit pupil glass, sharpness and brightness lower than alpha class like EL and 8x competitors. Sharpness falls towards edge. 2. Occasional bumping of diopter adjustment.

    Pros: 1. Good CA control. 2. View is fairly good and sweet for mid-price roof, esp on sunny days. Still a little bit inferior to Leupold 8.5x45 Northfork, although not a fair comparison. 3. Excellent built quality and good quality accessories.

    Summary: A solid mid-priced roof. Recommended.

  3. David B
    David B 11 January 2012, 19:17
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    IP 95.144.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: £370
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: None I can see

    Pros: Just a joy to use. I can make out details my old East German Zeiss 8*32 missed entirely, and they are much brighter.

    Summary: I compared my new bins with a friend's Bushnell Legends, which are, I understand, a well respected mid range bino. Both of us thought them significantly better.