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I am buying a new pair of binocs this year. I have the money to get whatever I want. Am considering the bushnell rainguard equiped binocs but dont know if it really works. If it worked well I would buy them instead of Swaros or any other brand. What do you say, does it work well?
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It definitely works on the riflescopes. Have yet to hear anything on the Binoculars.
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I think Brady answered your question. If it works on their riflescopes, why not their binoculars?
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If you're talking about the new Elite series binoculars, I could understand the Rainguard being the personal choice difference between the Bushnells and the Swarovski.

 

If you're talking about the Legend or Discoverer series Bushnells, you might want to do a side by side with the Swarovskis before you let Rainguard be your final tie-breaker.

 

It's been my experience (owning Legends and Discoverers as I have) that I'd trade either pair for a pair of Swarovskis rather quickly.  The overall sharpness of the image, the ability to resolve 50 yard subjects to much greater detail, the color, the brightness... just about everything I use to measure a binocular optics comes out better on comparably sized Swarovskis than it does the Legend or Discoverer series Bushnells.

 

But that's just my two cents.

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Gremlin, since you own both legend and discoverer binos can you tell me between those two which you liked better and why?
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I am currently in the search for a new pair of bino's myself. I had been looking at the discoverer and really liked how clear they were and the FOV in their 10x42 is great. However, the only thing I personally did not like was that I could tell a significant difference with edge clarity and crispness when comparing them to others in the same price range. This is important to me b/c I do a lot of glassing for western big game hunting. That little bit of blurriness around the edges may prevent me from spotting that big buck or bull. When I happend to be looking at the discoverers at sportsmanís warehouse, a rep. for Bushnell was there and of course trying to talk me into buying his product. Of course he is the rep. and was going to be bias and I new that, but he had a lot of good things to say about the rainguard, really made it sound good.

 

I am currently now debating between the Pentax DCF SP 10x43 & Brunton Eterna 11x45 & 10x32. I have eliminated a lot of bino's I liked b/c they had FOV around 270-290. I keep on hearing great reviews for the SP's but I have yet to try them out myself. No one carries them where I live. It's tough to buy a pair of bino's you have never looked through before.

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I fully agree with gremlin on this one. As far  as the Legend or Discoverer, the Swarovski SLC's and EL are optically superior to the Legend or Discoverer series. The EL's are a very tough act to follow.
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Well, isn't that rather obvious.  I mean come on guys, of course the Swarovski SLC and EL models are superior! The thing is they cost 3-4 times as much so they damned well better be superior. That just isn't a valid comparison at all. The Legends and Discoverers were never designed or intended to be head to head competition against the highest priced binoculars on the market.  That's why Bushnell makes the Elite series. In their respective price classes however (Legend < $300 < Discoverer < $500) They are both among the very best (if not the best) currently offered. 

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To answer Dave44:

 

In the porros, I like the 10x42 Discoverer's better than the 10x50 Legends.  For one, they're smaller and lighter weight.  For another, I can resolve the same detail on an optical chart at 75 feet with the 42mm Discoverers that I can a 50mm pair of Legends--which means I'm not sacrificing anything in detail for the weight gain.  They're both about the same as far as I could tell when I was testing both out at the store with regard to brightness.  I liked the twist up eye cups on the pair of Discoverers I bought better than the Legends--they stayed in place rather than sliding back down when they came in contact with my eye sockets.

 

In the roofs, I really couldn't tell that much difference so my advice would be to save the money and go with the Legends.  I bought a pair of 8x32 Legends instead of a the Discoverer 7x42's because for about half the money I felt like I was getting 98% of the performance.  In addition, at the time I was really looking for a wider angle of view.  I later traded the 8x32 Legends in on a pair of 6x32 Leupold Katmai and have been very pleased with that decision.

 

To answer lucznik:

 

I believe I covered your point in my initial post when I said: "If you're talking about the new Elite series binoculars, I could understand the Rainguard being the personal choice difference between the Bushnells and the Swarovski.

 

If you're talking about the Legend or Discoverer series Bushnells, you might want to do a side by side with the Swarovskis before you let Rainguard be your final tie-breaker."

 

You're making an assumption that wasn't in the original post made by the person that started the topic.  I didn't want to offer advice without qualifying it as such.

 

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Originally posted by gremlin gremlin wrote:

It's been my experience (owning Legends and Discoverers as I have) that I'd trade either pair for a pair of Swarovskis rather quickly.  The overall sharpness of the image, the ability to resolve 50 yard subjects to much greater detail, the color, the brightness... just about everything I use to measure a binocular optics comes out better on comparably sized Swarovskis than it does the Legend or Discoverer series Bushnells.

 

and then from Roy Fin

 

"I fully agree with gremlin on this one. As far  as the Legend or Discoverer, the Swarovski SLC's and EL are optically superior to the Legend or Discoverer series. The EL's are a very tough act to follow. "

 

As you can see I am making no assumptions.  In both cases there is a direct comparison being made between the optical qualities (sharpness, resolution, detail, colors, brightness) of the Bushnell Legend/Discoverer offerings and the Swarovski SLC/EL models.  As I mentioned, this is not a legitimate comparison as they cost 3-4 times as much.  NOONE (at least no sane person) would knowingly pick a Bushnell Legend or Discoverer over a Swarovski SLC/EL.  This is like comparing the towing capacity of a Nissan Frontier with a Ford F350 SuperDuty. Or the accuracy of a fine, super tricked out custom rifle to that of a basic off the shelf sporter from Ruger.  The Ruger is a great weapon, but it still is just not in the same class. Apples and Oranges to be sure.



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well, lucznik, I suppose I was trying to avoid calling someone who would mistake one for being the equal of another "insane" and was hopeful that I was being a bit more discreet than that by suggesting that "if... [then] you might want to do a side by side".  If referring to someone who might make the mistake as not being a sane person works for you, so be it.

Don't you see that we were both making the same point?

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Lucznik, I assumed the writer was referring to the new Bushnell Elites.
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