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     Does anyone have experience with these binos? I was wanting legends in 8x42 or 10x42 but after looking at the specs I think the 8x32 is smaller and at least 5 oz. lighter. I am mainly a treestand and field edge hunter and need a good pair for at least 250yrd. point counters. I am just wondering if there is much optical difference between the 42 and 32 other than the low light brightness. Is the 8x32 a good bino and is it comfortable in the hands or does its smaller size make it less comfortable to handle and use all day. I want a pair for the Raingaurd coating. Just curious on your opinion of this size legend bino.
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Dave44,

 

Get the larger 42's.  I have access to the 32's and 42's, and the amount of detail in the 42 is worth the weight.  Also consider the porro prism model, it is a little sharper.  It sounds like you are not walking much (as in hills and mountains), so a 50 mm Legend is also a possibility.  Also consider the IOR 7X40 for better optics than the Bushnell Legends. 

 

One other bino to consider, is the Weaver Grand Slam.  It reviewed well by Outdoor Life for low light viewing.  The 8.5 is $400.  One consideration for the Weavers, is that they are "weather/water resistant" not water proof. 

 

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I agree with Rusty on this one. the  the 42 in the Legend would make a better choice in my opinion.
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I owned a pair of the 8x32's for a while and found them to be a very good all around binocular.  I used them more for a general purpose rain-proof sports binocular than anything else.  The size and shape were pretty much just what I was looking for when it came to spending time in close spaces and glassing for hours (football games, birding from canoe, etc.).

 

And then I came across the Leupold Katmai 6x32's and traded the Legends in pretty quick.  Never regretted the choice for a second.

 

The 8x32 Legends are a good, small, wide angle, rainproof binocular, with twist up eye cups and good eye relief.  The 8x42's are everything the 32's are except for their comparative size.  Sitting on a stand, I use my 8x42 Kahles and don't seem to have any sort of issue.  I cannot recall a single time sitting out there for hours where I ever thought to myself, "darn, I wish I'd've brought those 8x32's and left these slightly bigger binoculars at home."

 

On the strength of that, if all you're doing a lot of stationary hunting, I'd just as soon have the 8x42's...

 

Just my two cents.

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