Binoculars review

Bushnell Infinity 8.5x45

Bushnell Infinity 8.5x45
18 October 2010
Bushnell Infinity is a new series of binoculars, launched in 2007. These are roof system instruments, with the Schmidt-Pechan prisms, made of BaK-4 glass, phase correction coated with PC-3 and reflection SHR coatings.

The binoculars from this series are waterproof and nitrogen-filled.

  • Lornetka Bushnell Infinity 8.5x45
  • Lornetka Bushnell Infinity 8.5x45
  • Lornetka Bushnell Infinity 8.5x45
  • Lornetka Bushnell Infinity 8.5x45
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Magnification Lens diameter Angular field of view Prisms Eye relief Weight Price
8.5 45 105/1000(6o) BaK-4/roof 19.5 mm 708 g 1859 PLN
Results of the review
Real front lens diameter Left:   44.9+/- 0.05 mm
Right:  44.95+/- 0.05 mm
8 / 8.0 pkt
Real magnification 8.6+/- 0.15x 3/3.0
Transmission 92+/- 3% 19.5/25.0
Chromatic aberration Medium in the middle and high at the edge. 4/10.0
Astigmatism Distinct. 4.3/10.0
Distortion The distance of the first curved line from the filed centre compared to the field of view radius: 43% +\- 3% 4/10.0
Coma Between low and medium. 6.5/10.0
Blurring at the edge of the FOV The blur occurs in the distance of 88% +\- 3% from the field of view centre. 7.5/10.0
Darkening at the edge the FOV Low. 4.5/5.0
Whiteness of the image Minimally blue hue. 4.6/5.0
Collimation Perfect. 5/5.0
Internal reflections
Left: Right:
Bushnell Infinity 8.5x45 - Internal reflections - Left Bushnell Infinity 8.5x45 - Internal reflections - Right
Noticeable but not at the highest level.
Housing Solid and massive. Twist-up plastic eyecups. Ergonomic. 7.8/8.0
Focusing Central screw moves smoothly, comfortably and easily (570 degrees). Individual focusing through a convenient click-stop system. Nothing moves outside. 5/5.0
Tripod There is an exit but far from the centre of mass. 2/3.0
Interpupilary distance from 57.4 to 74.7mm 5/6.0
Closest focusing distance 1.55 m 2/2.0
Eyepieces FOV Apparent field of view of 50.7 deg (according to simple formula) and 47.8 deg (according to tangent formula). 4/20.0
Field of view Measured by us amounted to 5.90 +\- 0.03 degrees and it was slightly narrower than in specifications. A typical field for this equipment class. 5/8.0
Quality of the interior of the barrels Tubes black and matt. Bottom is light and shiny. Two scratches on one prism. 3.5/5.0
Left: Right:
Bushnell Infinity 8.5x45 - Vignetting - Left Bushnell Infinity 8.5x45 - Vignetting - Right
OL: 1.4%, OR: 5.5%
Prisms quality Good quality BaK-4. 8/8.0
Antireflection coatings Green on the objective lenses and prisms. Red-green on the eyepieces. Medium intensity. 4.5/5.0
Warranty [years] 5 3.5/6.0
Final result
128.7 / 190 pkt
Econo result 0pkt.


  • solid housing with good solution of the focusing mechanism,
  • very good transmission,
  • slight coma,
  • sharp image almost in the whole field of view,
  • very low brightness loss at the edge of the field,
  • very small minimal focus distance,
  • good quality coatings and prisms.

  • truncated exit pupils,
  • a bit too narrow field of view for this equipment class,
  • high chromatic aberration at the edge of the field,
  • distortion could have been lower.

An interesting and a very solid pair of binoculars which is additionally nice to look at. Good quality optics should be praised here – we get bright and sharp image with natural colours. Unfortunately, there were several slip-ups as well but none of them was serious. In this price segment we would rather not see truncated pupils and a narrow field of view.

The overall assessment, taking into account the test score of 122 points, can be only positive. The binoculars have many advantages and only minor flaws, after all. By and large, the instrument is worth our interest but if the binoculars’ price was lower, it would be surely even more attractive device.