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I would like to know is anyone compare the durable performance among Bushnell legend porro, Pentax pcf wp and Nikon action extreme before?

I own a Pentax pcf wp and there is one visible dust inside the binocular on the objective lenses after using it for one month.



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I currently own the Bushnell Legends in 8x40 porro and 8x26 inverse porro, I own the Nikon Action Extreme in 7x35, and I owned--for about two monts--a pair of Pentax PCF WP 10x50's.

I traded the Pentax in on a pair of Swift Audubon 8.5x44 porros and haven't regretted the choice for even a single second.  Of course, the Swifts are more expensive than any of the three that you mentioned...

Of those you asked about, I really prefer the Bushnell Legends.  When it's bitter cold outside, the Bushnell's outperform not only the Pentax and the Nikon but also the Swifts.  The key is the hydrophobic coating and the ease with which the focus knob turns at sub-freezing temperatures. 

I often find that the number one problem using binocs in sub-zero weather is that my own exhalations fog up the eye pieces (and sometimes the objectives, too).  That's never a problem with the Bushnells--what little bit of condensation appears is gone within a second or two.

The center focus knob turns easier in the cold as well--you don't have to fight it as the lubricant becomes sluggish like you do with the Nikons or the Swifts.

As for durability, both my Bushnells have survived drops from tree stands or crossing fences.  They've stood up to the test of continuous rain while sitting outside watching football games.  I haven't tried them in the desert yet, but I'm heading out to Nevada in January and intend to give both of them a try.

The Pentax were a bright, high quality, well made porro--I never had a problem with them but when I compared the sharpness of the image side by side with the Swifts, I liked the 820's better.  I would say I prefer the Pentax to the Nikon for the money and if I didn't own the Swifts I would probably buy the Pentax and use them for unpredictable fair weather birding more than the Legends.

But when I know in advance that the weather is going to be either cold or rainy and I am going birding, not hunting, I drop one pair of the Bushnell porros in my kit along with a pair of Kahles roofs.

Just my two cents...

Take the long way home.

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Thanks for your info. I am new in this binocular stuff. I just bought myself Pentax pcf wp 16x60 and Optisan watersport 8x22 inverse porro 3 months ago. I am very happy with the optic performance of both binocular. Most probably my eye is not trained to see minor distortion of their optics. Or may be both of them have asperical lenses in them that minimize the distortion to lowest level.


For brightness, I usually use them under sunny day so there is no problem. I usually take the Optisan with me when I go hiking or travelling. Pentax is mostly used outside my house for birding and viewing mountains and sky. Now I plan to get another pair of bino but I am not very sure which one to choose.


I have the same problem with Optisan that my body heat fog up the eyepiece. Like when I go hiking, I am sweating and heat up, when I put the bino to my eye, it will start getting fog up in less than 5 seconds and the view gets blur. For travelling use, it is no problem at all.


Do you think Bushnell Legend porro are able to solve this problem? And is there asperical lenses in it?



Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: December/27/2004 at 12:58
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Yes the RainGuard coatings used on the Legend will solve this problem for you.


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