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DHB Tuesday 23rd December 2008 00:21

BTW- That is my only concern. 4-6 years down the road if Promaster drops this bino and yours goes south. What can they do?????

Dave

OwenM Tuesday 23rd December 2008 00:39

Quote:

Originally Posted by orbitaljump (Post 1362716)
Ha! Ha!

I agree with Owen, they do look wider than that specs suggest. And I love the ergos too.

I just took them back out, along with a Pentax 8x32 with a 393ft. FOV. The Pentax FOV is very noticeably wider, but the AFOV isn't. The Bushnell also looks like it has more magnification, which is interesting because those particular 8x32 DCF SPs seem to have more magnification than any other 8x I've compared them to.
I think these are more like 9x than 8. Maybe you could do a similar comparison and see if you think the same....or that I'm crazy.

orbitaljump Tuesday 23rd December 2008 01:39

The Pentax have much wider afov and fov. I got them out and checked.

The Bushnell however dont feel cramped.

orbitaljump Tuesday 23rd December 2008 02:21

Lots of eye relief on these 8x42 Bush Legend Roofs. Blackouts without the eyecups extended....but with them fully extended or one notch back in, they work good. Wearing sunglasses wouldnt be a problem for these, it seems.

BinoBoy Tuesday 23rd December 2008 03:51

Got my Legends!
 
Complete shock. I see some of you are getting yours as well. I got the apology email too. Checked Discovercard online and only see a charge for some Celestron 15x70 that I ordered at the same time. With the $25 off coupon they were only $60. They didn't come with the Legends. Tracking shows them coming tomorrow. I take back all the nasty thoughts about Sports Authority! Looks like they decided to honor the price.

I wonder if Bushnell will let me have two jackets?

This is the best present I'll be getting this Christmas!

OwenM Tuesday 23rd December 2008 13:35

Quote:

Originally Posted by orbitaljump (Post 1362743)
The Pentax have much wider afov and fov. I got them out and checked.

The Bushnell however dont feel cramped.

The difference in AFOV is much more obvious now that I've had a chance to use them in daylight. For some reason it didn't seem as significant last night. Magnification on my pair still seems high for 8x, though.
I'm sure this will have a long run as my "best bargain", either way;)

henry link Tuesday 23rd December 2008 14:46

An easy and objective way to compare the apparent fields of two binoculars is simply to place one in front of one eye and the other in front of the other eye. Bring the two fields close together and compare the size of the field circles.

True magnification can be measured very accurately using a method described by Kimmo Absetz several years ago. The basic idea is to first measure the field width of one instrument (small scope or binocular) by viewing a distant ruler, then line up the binocular to be tested in front and view the ruler through both instruments in series and measure again. I think there are some old threads on the subject.

ScoutMan Tuesday 23rd December 2008 21:17

Quote:

Originally Posted by BinoBoy (Post 1362787)
Complete shock. I see some of you are getting yours as well. I got the apology email too. Checked Discovercard online and only see a charge for some Celestron 15x70 that I ordered at the same time. With the $25 off coupon they were only $60. They didn't come with the Legends. Tracking shows them coming tomorrow. I take back all the nasty thoughts about Sports Authority! Looks like they decided to honor the price.

I wonder if Bushnell will let me have two jackets?

This is the best present I'll be getting this Christmas!


Got mine today (12/23/08. Couldn't check my credit card. Tech problems.

OH Happy Day!!

Merry Christmas and a Happy NEW Year to Everyone.

Scoutman

Matt_RTH Tuesday 23rd December 2008 22:52

Thanks for sharing the Legend deal. I did get mine, despite the cancellation email. Hope to put through paces this weekend but I will use my 8x32SE for the upcoming CBC. Initially I noticed a bit of CA and just about the same sharpness as my Pentax 8x32 SP. The Nikon of course blows both of them away in that department but the roofs have other desirable traits so it's a bit of give and take.

FrankD Wednesday 24th December 2008 13:08

It seems I missed another excellent binocular bargain. :(

To remedy that, I have a deal for anyone...if another one of these sub $100 deals pops up for a really nice bino (as in the case of the Pentax WP and Bushnell Legend) then I will buy someone else that binocular if they let me in on it before the place stops taking orders.

;)

ScoutMan Wednesday 24th December 2008 16:39

Quote:

Originally Posted by BinoBoy (Post 1362787)
Complete shock. I see some of you are getting yours as well. I got the apology email too. Checked Discovercard online and only see a charge for some Celestron 15x70 that I ordered at the same time. With the $25 off coupon they were only $60. They didn't come with the Legends. Tracking shows them coming tomorrow. I take back all the nasty thoughts about Sports Authority! Looks like they decided to honor the price.

I wonder if Bushnell will let me have two jackets?

This is the best present I'll be getting this Christmas!

BB.

My packing slip shows that my Legends were shipped from Kansas on 12/18.

Got them yesterday 12/23.

Checked my Visa online this AM (12/24). Still have not "hit my a/c"

SM

Kevin Purcell Wednesday 24th December 2008 19:31

With standard UPS ground (and no bad weather) from Kansas on 12/18 they should have got to WA state (DHB and myself on different sides of the state) ... yesterday.

We do have UPS trucks running well in the snow but some of the main ground routes across the country (e.g. I-84 into Portland, OR) might be a bit of a challenge right now.

But I've not given up hope yet. Hey, it's like waiting for Santa ;)

orbitaljump Wednesday 24th December 2008 23:29

Here is hoping Santa in Brown makes it out to the snow ridden NorthWest eventually, Kevin!

Merry Christmas everyone!

BinoBoy Wednesday 24th December 2008 23:49

Legend rebate
 
I sent in my rebates today. I called Bushnell and they said that if you bought two bins on one receipt, use one rebate form and enclose one check for $20. I sent a copy of the packing slip and the confirmation email from Sports Authority.

They still haven't charged my credit card for the Legends! Just for the Celestrons I ordered at the same time.

Kevin Purcell Thursday 25th December 2008 00:10

Quote:

Originally Posted by orbitaljump (Post 1364101)
Here is hoping Santa in Brown makes it out to the snow ridden NorthWest eventually, Kevin!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Merry Christmas to all. Especially those who took time to post a bargain ;)

orbitaljump Thursday 25th December 2008 01:05

That jacket looks to be decent. Tricot is a nice lightweight waterproof breathable fabric that is used in pricier waders and rain gear. Taped seam seems to indicate attention to detail also. Plus the brand name RealTree camo pattern.

orbitaljump Thursday 25th December 2008 01:06

Yeah, thanks again BinoBoy. My sister and brother in law will love these.

Tero Thursday 25th December 2008 02:36

Quote:

...rebate form and enclose one check for $20. I sent a copy of the packing slip and the confirmation email from Sports Authority.
OOps I did not read that part. I have no idea if I sent a check. I was supposed to get the back pack.

FrankD Thursday 25th December 2008 02:37

Thanks for the suggestion Kevin. I will follow up on it.

;)

BinoBoy Thursday 25th December 2008 04:37

Merry Christmas
 
I'm glad some of you got in on the deal! I wish it had lasted longer so everyone could have taken advantage of the opportunity. It was so brief, you just about had to be online when it happened. I really lucked out on this one. I saw their ad in the paper and noticed that they had all Bushnell binoculars for 40% off plus the coupon. The usually only have cheap stuff in the stores, so I checked the website and found the deal or error, whatever it was.

As far as the money goes, I don't really care if they bill me for the Legends. The deal was so good, I'd be glad to pay it. Still, it'd be nice to get them free just for the bragging rights. Then when someone says "One time I got some such and such bins for half price" I can say "Oh, yeah? I got some Bushnell Legends for A HUNDRED PERCENT OFF!" "Yeah, right." "No seriously, A HUNDRED PERCENT OFF!" Can't top that. Unless they were Alpha bins, of course.

Speaking of Alpha bins, I just found a deal on Leica Trinivid BA 12x50's for $935 (brand new, I think).

http://www.cambridgeworld.com/detail.php?item_id=2395

Seems like a good price, but I can't afford them right now. Oh, well. Maybe they'll still be there when I get my tax refund. Anybody know how they compare to the Ultravid HD? I looked through a pair at Bass Pro Shops the other day and was very impressed.

orbitaljump Thursday 25th December 2008 04:51

Stay away from cambridgeworld....

and

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

Matt_RTH Thursday 25th December 2008 05:02

I will make sure they bill me as I trust everyone else will. That still seems to be a glitch for me too.

Kevin Purcell Saturday 27th December 2008 00:33

Bushnell Legend 8x42 Porro Prism Binocular with Free GPS and Mail in $10 for camo breathable jacket (mentioned above) at Eagle Optics.

http://www.eagleoptics.com/index.asp?pid=3438

$110 for Bushnell Legend 8x42 Porro with Rainguard

Quote:

Purchase a Bushnell product with RainGuard® coating by December 31, 2008, and take advantage of Bushnell's offer of a FREE waterproof jacket ($129.99 retail value).
Purchase this binocular by January 4, 2009, and Eagle Optics will send you a free Bushnell BackTrack GPS navigation system. Offer good on in-stock products shipped by January 5, 2009
Bushnell BackTrack GPS (a sort of minimalist 3 way-point GPS and digital compass).

http://www.eagleoptics.com/index.asp?pid=5472

I don't think they had the GPS on this deal before Christmas (but they did run out of stock on the bins).

OwenM Monday 29th December 2008 01:38

Not a binocular, but there's no spotting scope bargains thread...
Pentax PF-65ED II(straight) $384.12 5 left in stock:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...X0DER&v=glance
Pentax XW14 eyepiece $312.42:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...X0DER&v=glance
XW7 and 10 appear to be available at discount prices, as well, but I didn't put them in my cart to see. The XW20 is the standard $359.

Can't afford the XW14 right now, but was planning on the straight PF-65ED II already, so make that 4 more available instead of 5:t:

edit: btw, I gave my cousin and her husband a pair of those Bushnell Legend 8x42s for their weekend place where we celebrated Christmas this year(N. AL, views for miles into the Appalachian foothills, GA, and maybe even TN), and they went over really well. They have a telescope, but the binos will be handy, and hopefully they'll get good use from them.

DHB Monday 29th December 2008 21:10

There is a LNIB Pentax SP 8x32 for $295 on Ebay. NOT MINE.


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