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Quite possibly the best binocular system ever made in this class of optics. The Legend Ultra-HD has three key ingredients that make it so: ED (Extra-low Dispersion) Prime Glass which produces a color tuned, high resolution image. Ultra Wide-Band Custom Coating which produces the brightest possible light by coating each lens individually to maximize available light. RainGuardHD - Bushnell's patented permanent water-repellant coating. The Legend Ultra-HD also has an extremely wide field of view to easily view moving animals or objects and is lightweight with a streamlined feel.
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494 of 505 people found the following review helpful.
Detailed comparison between Bushnell and Vanguard 10x42 binocular
I own both the Vanguard Endeavor ED 10x42 and the Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 10x42, and am able to provide a direct comparison between these two very similar binoculars.
The Vanguard and Bushnell both have 10x magnification and 42mm objective lens. Both use ED (Extra low-Dispersion) glass, have a magnesium alloy body, use BaK4 Roof Prism system, are fog-proof and waterproof, and both have a Field of View of 340-feet at 1000 yards. Both can be mounted on a tripod with an optional tripod adapter (a separate purchase for each). Both are made in China and come with a lifetime warranty.
When looking at near and far objects in different lighting conditions, I actually can’t see any difference in the optics. The images through both binoculars appear to be the same. Both have bright, clear optics and sharp detail.
Both binoculars have twist-up eyecups to allow for different eye relief. The Vanguard eyecups twist up in 3 stages, with a distinct stop at each one. This allows for 4 different positions for eye relief. The Bushnell eyecups twist up to only one additional position, for a total of two positions available for eye relief.
Locking Diopter Ring:
Both binoculars use a locking diopter ring to allow for a +/- right-eye adjustment if needed (if you have slightly different vision between your right and left eye). The Vanguard’s diopter ring is rubber coated and easily adjusted. The Bushnell’s diopter ring is a harder plastic and slightly more difficult to manipulate. Since you should only need to make this adjustment one time, it’s probably not a big deal. But if several people will be using these binoculars, you could be adjusting this ring more frequently. The diopter ring on the Vanguard is directly above a graduated scale that can be referenced for +/- adjustments of the ring. If multiple people are using these binoculars, it would be easy to remember your specific diopter setting on this scale, and you could return to that setting quickly. The Bushnell diopter ring does not sit above a graduated scale, so returning to a specific setting would not be as easy.
Rubberized Coating / Grip:
The Vanguard’s rubberized coating is textured and fitted tightly to the chassis of the binocular. This allows for a very firm and positive grip. The Bushnell’s rubberized coating has a slicker feel to it, and it also feels spongy in some areas over the chassis. The Bushnell just doesn’t have the same positive grip as the Vanguard.
Center Focus Knob:
Both binoculars use a center focus knob that can be adjusted with your index finger when holding the binoculars up to your eyes. This knob also has the same type of rubberized coating that’s used on each of the respective bodies of the two. Both center focus knobs have a smooth rotation, but the Vanguard just has a better feel to it.
Objective Lens Protective Covers:
Both binoculars have protective covers over the objective lens, and both sets of covers are designed to stay attached to the binoculars when you’re using them, to avoid losing the covers. The Vanguard protective covers stay firmly attached to the body of the binocular and there is almost no danger of losing them. The Bushnell covers are not attached as firmly, and they could very easily slip off unnoticed. You would be well advised to find an alternative method of securing the Bushnell covers, or else keep a very close eye on them frequently.
Both binoculars have short straps attached to their right and left sides to allow for the neck straps to be quickly connected or disconnected. Both neck straps are made of a neoprene-like material, and the Vanguard neck strap connects via quick-release buckles while the Bushnell neck strap connects via plastic clips. Both work just fine, but if you want to remove the neck strap from the Vanguard binoculars, the short straps remaining on either side can be connected to each other with the same quick-release buckles to form a very convenient carry handle. The Bushnell binoculars do not have this capability, and the two short straps on the sides would just flop around unless you devise your own method of connecting them.
The Vanguard comes with a nylon carrying case, neck strap, and cleaning cloth. The Bushnell comes with a more rigid carrying case, neck strap, cleaning cloth, a soft microfiber bag to store the binoculars in, and a deluxe binocular harness to use for long days of hiking.
Size and Weight:
The Vanguard binoculars stand 6.1 inches high and weigh 28.2 ounces (1.76 pounds). The Bushnell binoculars stand 5.6 inches high and weigh 25.7 ounces (1.61 pounds). Both were measured and weighed with their protective lens covers in place, but no neck strap attached.
Slight Advantage: Bushnell.
Despite being a slightly smaller binocular, the Bushnell carrying case is huge compared to the Vanguard case. Even though the Bushnell binocular is 0.5 inches shorter than the Vanguard, the Bushnell carrying case is taller, wider, and much thicker than the Vanguard case. The Bushnell case is 4.6 inches thick while the Vanguard case is only 3.3 inches thick. The Bushnell case has a removable carry strap, and it contains a separate pocket inside to store the carry strap, binocular neck strap, and the deluxe harness, which is why it’s so large. The Vanguard case is much more streamlined in appearance, and is sized to hold only the binoculars and neck strap. The Vanguard case also has a carry strap with a quick-release buckle, but is not completely removable. The case also has a belt loop sewn onto the backside so you can wear it on your belt or attach it to the webbing of a backpack.
Advantage: I prefer the carry-friendly size of the Vanguard.
While the optics of both binoculars appear to be the same to me in terms of brightness, clarity, and sharpness, the overall design and construction of the Vanguard Endeavor ED 10x42 binocular is definitely far superior to the Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 10x42 binocular.
Between these two models, I would strongly recommend the Vanguard.
136 of 141 people found the following review helpful.
Were good binocs, but Bushnell won't back up their "warranty! " :(
I USED to love these binoculars until I sent them in for repair. They were not focusing in together; one side was in focus when the other was not. So, I sent them in with the "warranty"...what a crock. I got a notice in the mail saying that I could buy another pair for $190 (almost what they cost initially in 2013, as impact damage voided the warranty. I never dropped them. They may have gotten jostled up against me while wearing them. or while riding on the seat in the vehicle, but they were never dropped. So, silly me thinking that they would be covered. I just got off the phone with Bushnell and told them I was getting on Amazon right away to let people know that their warranty can pretty much never be used...it's your word against their tech's, and he/she says it was user mistake. Buyer beware if you ever plan on trying to make good on a warranty.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
By Edyta K
Though I ultimately returned these, they are awesome binoculars; clear, crisp and bright! The only reason I returned them was because I purchased the Bushnell H2O binoculars at the same time and determined that they are sufficient for the occasional use I need them for. If you are serious about any activity requiring very good binoculars (bird watching, etc.) then these are excellent.