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Hi everyone. I have just purchased a pair of elite 8x43 and am wondering in which era they belong? I have read that the older elite 8x43 were better than the newer versions. I have seen pictures all over the net of the 8x 43 and they vary somewhat. This is my pair. Who can give me a little history lesson on where in time they belong. Thanks.


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The one you have pictured is the older and yes better model from what I've read and heard. I've also heard that the 10x model is better than the 8x model for some reason.
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The version you have is the Japanese open bridge made 'pre-face lift' Bushnell Elite from 2004 - 2007 model [62-4208]. Previous to this versions  wee the Bausch and Lomb Elites's which were markedly different. [B. and L. became Bushnell in 2004].

This has the smooth armour covering and pull up eyepieces. These ‘earlier’ versions of the Elite binoculars still came with the dialectic / XTR Technology, rainguard coatings, phase corrected PC3 prisms and the lightweight 23 oz. Magnesium body. The ER is 19mm.

The later 2008-2010 [now discontinued] versions [63-0843] made cosmetic changes with twist up eyecups and more textured body armour.
The Elites 8x43 have a 7.1 degree FOV for a 56.8 degree Afov image.  . Whilst this is not ‘wide’ the image is very usable. There are minimal distortions. There is mild curvature of field from about 85%. CA is well controlled.

The 10x43 version had a 6 degree FOV for a slightly wider Afov of 60 degrees. The  on these was 17mm. The are also slightly heavier at 24 Oz.

The build and optical qualities of these open bridge Elites is excellent.

The reviews on the Open bridge 8x and 10 x43 mm design Elites are again are usually excellent .

This version sold originally at high prices and some unfortunately were put off by the Bushnell name however in reality these earlier Elites are just a step down from the Alpha binoculars.

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Sorry meant to I am say new to this forum. I made one or two typos on my first post but I cannot edit it. I have collected, sold, reviewed binoculars for decades and currently have 30x to my collection.  I have posted numerous time on 'Cloudy Nights' and other forums. I live in New Zealand.
 
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Revised version.

The version you have is the Japanese open bridge made 'pre-face lift' Bushnell Elite from 2004 - 2007 model [62-4208]. Previous to this versions were the 'Bausch and Lomb' Elite’s which were markedly different. [B. and L. became Bushnell in 2004].

This version you have has the smooth armor covering and pull up eyepieces. These ‘earlier’ versions of the Elite binoculars still came with the dialectic / XTR Technology, rain guard coatings, phase corrected PC3 prisms and the lightweight 23 oz. Magnesium body. The ER is 19mm.

The later 2008-2010 [now discontinued] versions [63-0843] made cosmetic changes with twist up eyecups and more textured body armour. Optically they were the same. The Elites 8x43 have a 7.1 degree FOV for a 56.8 degree Afov image. . Whilst this is not ‘wide’ the image is very usable. There are minimal distortions. There is mild curvature of field from about 85%. CA is well controlled.

The 10x43 version had a 6 degree FOV for a slightly wider Afov of 60 degrees. The ER on these was 17mm. They are also slightly heavier at 24 Oz.

The build and optical qualities of these open bridge Elites is excellent.

The reviews on the Open bridge 8x and 10 x43 mm design Elites are again are usually excellent.

This version sold originally at high prices and some unfortunately were put off by the Bushnell name however in reality these earlier Elites are just a step down from the Alpha binoculars.

 

Chris

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