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I am tossing up between some Bushnell Legend (roof) 8x32's or some Leupold Cascade (roof) 8x42 binos.

The Bushnell 's are a little more compact but would like some opinions (Price is virtually the same)

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I have Bushnell Legend 8x32's and think they are the best buy for the money you can get these days. I hunt with Leica Ultravid 10x42's, so I'm not prejudiced against high priced binocs. I use the 8x32's whenever I don't want to carry the extra weight, at football games, etc. They are just a touch below Leica Ultravid 8x32's in my opinion - not worth the $1400 difference in price for sure.
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The Bushnell 8x32 will give you a slightly larger FOV.
The Exit Pupil is 4mm and Eye Relief is 16mm.
It is available in black or camo.

The Cascades 8x42 will give you greater light transmission for dawn and dusk situations, as well as cloudy days.
The Exit Pupil is 5.25mm and Eye Relief is 18mm.

If you wear eyeglasses you will like the Cascades.

Cascades are available in black, natural and camo. (10x42 is also available in dark earth)



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The 16mm eye relief offered by the Bushnell will be more than ample for just about any eyeglass wearer.

 

Build quality between the two are very comparable.

 

If you plan on doing a lot of low-light (dawn, dusk, stormy weather, etc.) glassing, you should go with the Leupold for its larger OL size.

 

If you are more of a "fair weather" user and/or if size is a prime consideration, the Bushnell might be the better choice.

 

 

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You have already received some very good comparisons thus far. I have owned the Legends in question and have had the occasion to briefly use the Cascades. If pressed I would opt for the Legends. I thought their design was very ruggedly built. The focusing speed and control was very good and would agree that they do offer a fairly compact package. Image quality was definitely better than I expected with a slight blue-green color bias and very good apparent sharpness.

 

Probably the only area where they would fall behind the Cascades is in low light viewing.

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If you are interested in 8x32, certainly look at them. I never made up my mind on the ideal 8x, but I do have 8x32 and they were fine in winter use daytime. For 8x42 on the other hand there are numerous options under 400, so I would look at all you can see in your hand. The Cascades I have probably never seen. All the Leupolds I have seen were pretty good, but that was some time ago, before I had seen the ones I have now, Monarchs and a brand that gets replaced if I type the name. 
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