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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: October/27/2014 at 12:01
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I got a pair of Bushnell Elites last winter and have been planning a review but wanted to really use them before I wrote it up. I have spent all summer scouting elk here in Colorado and just got done with 2nd rifle season. I'm now sure they have gotten a proper workout in all kinds of light and conditions.
Not a whole lot to say here as you can go to a store and form your own opinion rather quickly. I will say that the only thing that I dislike about the egos is the eye peice will not stay locked out and that is rather annoying readjusting it all the time.
The optics on these binos are great in almost all conditions. The depth of field is huge, contrast and resolution are right on pare with the $ range. The field of view is a little bit smaller than other binos in its class but it all so has a flatter field and larger sweet spot. Chromatic aberation is close to impossible to induce (the only time I was able to pull chromatic aberation out was looking up at powerlines against an overcast sky). After abot 70% from the center it becomes a little easier but is still very well controlled. Distrotion is well controlled, the glass gets unusable right at the very edge.
I was able to do some comparisons to the Nikon Monarch 7 and Monarch 5 but FYI I only spent a couple days with them. The Bushnell Elites are deffinatly a cut above the 5s and are IMO a hair better optically that the 7s. The larger sweet spot and better low light performance offset the larger FOV the Nikon M7. The resolution tests I did the M7 came out a little ahead but the bushnell had a little better contrast. Both are excellent binos and you will be happy no matter what you choose.
The only real negitive I found at sunrise and sunset if you are looking right towards the sun resolution and contrast drop dramatically when trying to look into the shadows on the other side of a drainage or canyon from glare. Same with the nikon M7s and the M5s were worse. At no point is it unusable (M5s were barely usable) when looking into the deep shadows towards the sun. It will definitely slow you down when gridding a mountain side and make you focus on shapes more.
I'm a fan of the Elites. I will say when your paying in the $500 range your going to get a solid piece of glass. I would definitely say you should at least check out the Bushnell Elites and the M7s taking the plunge.
Check out for lab reviews of both the Monarch M7 and Bushenll Elite and a ton of others. A great resorce for making a selection at a price point your looking for.
Any other questions let me know.
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: November/23/2014 at 18:28
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I picked up a pair of Elites for my girlfriend, it was a total "buy" at a garage sale older models that went for about $1000 new. Came in original box original paper work with the warranty card that was never turned in. 

The price was $100, I even out of conscious asked "you sure that's all you want, pretty nice binoculars" I got a "yep, $100 bucks take em".  Ok. conscious clear LOL

They are good binoculars the only issue I had with them is that their field of view is quite narrow.  I don't think the glass is up to my Swarovski's and I wouldn't have paid the $1000 for them when new but at only hundred yeah deal of a life time.

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