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I have had very good luck with Bushnell rifle scopes, the "Trophy" series in particular.  For a spare, I recently purchased a Bushnell Trophy 10x42 set of binoculars.  I am trying to determine if they are defective, or made this way...
 
At any distance beyond 50 yards, with the focusing ring "almost" fully extended, the image is reasonably clear.  To focus at 20-40 yards, you must turn the ring just a little bit and objects in that distance range are reasonably clear. However, turning the ring any further (for over 270 degrees, or 3/4 of a full turn of the focusing wheel) DOES NOTHING.  Another way of saying this is that these 10x40's won't focus on anything inside 20 yards and distances from roughly 20 yards and beyond are covered by a mere 10 or 20 degrees of rotation on the focusing ring. 
 
This just doesn't seem right.  Most of the focusing ring rotation is useless.  I've never seen a set of binoculars that do this.  If they wanted to make these a single plane (infinity) focus set, why didn't they?
 
Just wondering if anyone can tell me whether I've got a defective set or not?
 
Thank you.
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I would say they are likely defective.  I for one have generally had very poor luck with Bushnell service and warranty, so I have no way to predict what might happen if you send them back.  They are likely to tell you there is nothing wrong with them, since they do "focus" to some degree.
 
This is also (to me anyway) pretty typical of cheap end Bushnell.  Yes cheap, not inexpensive.  The combination of cheap and Bushnell is a complete crap shoot.
 
I'd send them back and hope for the best. Smile
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Originally posted by 45er 45er wrote:

 However, turning the ring any further (for over 270 degrees, or 3/4 of a full turn of the focusing wheel) DOES NOTHING.  Another way of saying this is that these 10x40's won't focus on anything inside 20 yards and distances from roughly 20 yards and beyond are covered by a mere 10 or 20 degrees of rotation on the focusing ring. 
 
This just doesn't seem right.  Most of the focusing ring rotation is useless.  I've never seen a set of binoculars that do this.
 
Just wondering if anyone can tell me whether I've got a defective set or not?
Close focus is 8', sounds like yours is defective.
 
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I went ahead and called them.  They said send them in.  Now I'm 4 weeks without them and paying for the return shipment.  Not good.  Fingers crossed.
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One of the issues I had was their requirement to send money with the binocular.  I don't remember if it was $10.00 or more.  Sorry.
 
Legitimate warranty issues should be on Bushnell's dime I think, certainly for return shipment.   I don't mind paying freight on sending them in too much.
 
My issue was with a brand new binocular with obviously faulty eyecups.  Bushnell said they were OK.  Took nearly four months.
 
Good luck
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Originally posted by Klamath Klamath wrote:

One of the issues I had was their requirement to send money with the binocular.  I don't remember if it was $10.00 or more. 
 
Steve,
 
This seems to be the economic trend with certain sport optics companies.
 
Nikon 25 year warranty requires $10 + return shipping & handling.
 
Pentax "Worry Free" Warranty requires $19.95.
 
Obviously there are other optical companies as well.
 
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Stan,
 
Yeah it's a trend.  Sad but true.  My real problem with that I should point out was forgetting it in the first place. 
 
I hope the OP looke dover their return policies closer than I did.  Actually I saw it, but forgot a check.
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CS is one of the primary attributes I look for in choosing an optics company.  I hope Bushnell takes care of the OP.  I am not OK with the warranty "fees" either.  "If our stuff is defective, it is going to cost you." That is lame.
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Originally posted by Bitterroot Bulls Bitterroot Bulls wrote:

CS is one of the primary attributes I look for in choosing an optics company.  I hope Bushnell takes care of the OP.  I am not OK with the warranty "fees" either.  "If our stuff is defective, it is going to cost you." That is lame.

Agree 100%. 
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