The Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 10x 42mm Roof Prism Binoculars are one of the best birding binoculars you can purchase in the mid-price range.
Our other favorite choice in this price range are the Nikon Monarch's which are very comparable to the Bushnell Legend's in quality and price.
We like the Monarch's in the 8x42 size, but for someone who wants more magnification, we think the 10x42 in the Legend's is a good second choice with its wider field of view.
Below is a comparison chart of the Bushnell Legend's vs Nikon Monarch's in both the 10x42 size.
As you can see what they have in common is relative brightness, prism design, armoring, prism material, lens coatings and waterproofing.
|Model:||Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 10x42||Nikon Monarch 5 10x42|
|Field of view at 1,000yds (ft)||330||288|
|Exit pupil (mm)||4.2||4.2|
|Eye relief (mm)||15.2||18.4|
|Close focusing distance (ft)||6.5||8.2|
|Interpupillary distance adjustment (mm)||56-73||55-74|
|Prism Design||Roof Prism||Roof Prism|
|Prism Material||Phase-coated BaK-4/ED||Phase-coated BaK-4/ED|
|Waterproofing||Waterproof/Nitrogen Purged||Waterproof/Nitrogen Purged|
|Lens Coating||Fully Multi-Coated||Fully Multi-Coated|
|Dimensions||5.3" x 4"||5.7" x 5.1"|
|Lowest Price Online + FREE Shipping:||Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 10x42||Monarch 5 10x42|
Excellent quality at a low price
"No other binoculars in this price range match the optics quality of the Legend HD. I use these regularly for birding in all weather conditions. They perform well in low light and have sufficient eye relief to use comfortably while wearing glasses. If you cannot afford the higher prices binoculars in the class of Swarovski, then these are a the best alternative." -Brian Repa
Easy to focus and great low light performance
"Ultra clear binoculars, easy to focus and great low light performance. The best viewing experience I have had from a medium sized binocular." -Frank Cuadra
What about price?
The Bushnell Legend's and Monarch's hover between $210-$290. I find that Amazon typically has the best prices for both models and free shipping (usually).
Below are the latest discount prices for the Bushnell's Legend's in various models.
Bushnell's no-questions asked "Bulletproof Guarantee" for U.S. purchases states that they will refund the purchase price within one year of your original purchase date.
The Legend's are also covered by their limited lifetime warranty which states that the binoculars will be free of defects in materials and workmanship for the lifetime of the original owner.
Unless you can afford a pair of Zeiss or Swarovski's, we highly recommend the Bushnell Legend's, especially if you want a 10x magnification mid-priced binocular. For the lens and prism quality in the $200 price range, you really can't go wrong.
For an 8x magnification binocular in the mid-price range, we think the Nikon Monarch's are the best. Follow the link for our detailed review.
If you are looking for a "cheaper" pair, take a look at Nikon Action's. The Actions are best for low-cost binoculars in a porro-prism design.
And here are all our recommendations for Best Birding Binoculars by Price: Economy, Mid-Price, Top-Affordable and Best-of-the-Best.
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Nikon Monarch 5
Best mid-priced bird watching binoculars. Waterproof, shockproof, multi-coated ED-Glass.
No batteries, adjustable, easy to clean...and no squirrels!
"Best New Product" Award.
Bird Bath Heater
Keeps your bird baths ice-free down to -20 F. Low-operating costs ~$1/mo
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