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Bushnell Legend M 10x42

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Manufacturer Bushnell
Model Legend M 10x42
Lens diameter [mm] 42
Magnification [x] 10
Angular field of view [deg] 6.4
Linear field of view [m/m] 113/1000
Exit pupil [mm] 4.2
Eye relief [mm] 22
Min. focusing dist. [m] 1.9
Twilight factor 20.49
Brightness 17.64
Prisms BaK-4/roof
Dimensions [mm] 165x133
Weight [g] 751
Waterproof Yes
Nitogen filling Yes
Argon filling No
Image stabilization No
Tripod exit Yes
Focusing central
Warranty [years] lifetime
Price 1799
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3.75 Average
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  1. Fernando Alvarez
    Fernando Alvarez 9 September 2020, 15:47
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    IP 190.148.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
    Price: 260.00 USD
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: * Rubber that covers the eye pieces got loose the third Mont of use (but I fixed it) * there was some kind of sticky feeling on the rubber I didn\'t like it. *lens covers needed a better attached system.

    Pros: By the price, it has a very very good glass. By the price, chromatic aberration is low enough.

    Summary: I have tried just a couple models against this one, and I\'m still happy with the Legends. For me are enough for Birdwatching. I just DON\'T understand why the final Rate is 76. 7 for the Legend M. while the Bushnell FORGE which I have (10x42) is 75.1... I find it disappointing because I paid 500.00 USD for them, and a less expensive Bino has a better Rate.

  2. tjshot
    tjshot 19 October 2019, 12:46
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    IP 151.16.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: 250 usd
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Effective eye releaf lower than stated: about 4mm are lost from eyepiece lens to plastic eye up rim in the lowest position. This spoils the view a bit for eyeglasses wearers, which lose about 10% of the (very wide) AFOV. Lateral chromatic aberration visible starting from about 60% of AFOV (red/green fringes), yet medium at best in the extreme borders. Tested in bright overcast days. Constrast in the sweet spot good but still far from competitors in the 1000 USD price range. Weak resistance to stray light: objectives are placed at the very end of the barrels, probably due to long focal length, thus are very exposed to lateral light sources. Limits the use at night, but also reduces contrast in daylight. Custom made, deep objective shades improve the situation but add to the already relevant bulk of the binocular. Very stiff diopter adjustment in right eyepiece (twist-up and set type), took about one month of continuous use to loosen up a bit. Perfect now.

    Pros: Very wide AFOV available for user without eyeglasses prescription. Sweet spot about 80% of AFOV, not refocusable at the borders. 20% Blur due mostly to astigmatism, based on star test. Very high resolution in the sweet spot. (Contrast however lacking a bit). At least in my sample, extremely good focus snap in both barrels (barrel \"synchronicity\"), fast and very smooth focus knob with decent precision (only minimal amount of play). Refocusing is fast and easy, a real pleasure. Better than some alpha binos in this respect... A sign of good collimation and objective centering, which is far from common in this price range. Not vulnerable to rolling ball effect, due to good amount of distortion. Panning is very pleasant for a 10x. Longitudinal chromatic aberration is practically absent in all the AFOV. Depth of field is extremely good for a 10x, probably due to long focal length design. Low weight. Exceptionally good balance and ergonomics: long barrels are an easy grab also for big hands, barrel indents offer good thumb rests, weight leans towards oculars. All this results in a very stable view, remarkably free of shakes for a 10x. In this respect it\'s better than all my other 8x and 10x binos, included nikon 8x32 se which is one of my \"ergonomics champions\" ... Pretty good construction for my sample : no visible dust specs inside barrels, clean prisms, knife edge baffles in barrels and good internal blackening.

    Summary: A very decent bino per-sÚ, it becomes an absolute steal at current (Q3 2019) sale prices. I got mine for 250 USD included import to EU. The 160-180 USD going price in the USA makes it the best bargain in the whole binoculars market at the moment. Probably a design influenced by Zeiss Victory Sf, with very long objective focal to minimize aberrations. A good binocular, with excellent ergonomics end nice optics, only let down by lower than average stray light protection and so-so eye releaf for eyeglasses wearers.

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