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Old Tuesday 19th November 2019, 11:28   #1
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Bushnell Engage 10x50

I know the Engage has received a fair share of attention around here in BF, but it is mainly the 8/10-42 versions that get reviewed (I have read some comments about the 10x50 here and there, but not an in depth analysis). I was talking with a forum member specifically about the 10x50 and he had mixed feelings about it: good optical performance for the price (better at night than for daytime observations) but with somer reservations regarding the QC of Bushnell.

I'd be grateful if any other forum member with first hand experience with these could comment on its pros and cons (and also to assess -I know this can be tricky- to what the 10x50 could be compared with in terms of performance).

In my quest for a «middle-class» 10x50 this look to have quite a lot to offer.
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Old Tuesday 19th November 2019, 16:18   #2
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I have not owned the x50's but I did own the 10x42's and based on their very small size for a 10x42, I wondered if I wouldn't have been happier with the 10x50's for low light performance. I wouldn't hesitate if they are on sale. Very good value for the money IMO and the 10x50's are as small and light as most 10x42's.
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Old Tuesday 19th November 2019, 17:55   #3
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Thank you, justabirdwatcher. That's exactly my impression, according to most members who have used them. However, I don't know if the good qualities of the 8/10x42 would apply to the x50. There are brands whose different models vary greatly within the same range, hence my interest. Out of curiosity. What price did you pay for yours. Over here in Europe they're usually very hard to find at the discounted prices I see on American sites and we don't enjoy such great value (let alone having access to mail rebates)
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Old Tuesday 19th November 2019, 23:30   #4
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I have both 10s

Hi Yarrellii--

I really enjoy the Engages--the image is very bright and sharp--the 10x42 is slightly better with eye relief. The 10x50 is good--but not perfect like the 10x42.

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Hi Coin, really interesting to hear from someone who has handled the 10x50 (and also the 10x42, great!). What would you say are the main differences between both 10s performance-wise. I understand we are talking about optical differences, right? Or would you say there are other things to remark. Thanks again!
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Old Thursday 21st November 2019, 00:04   #6
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Hello back!

Optically--the 10/50s are very bright--perhaps better than the 42s. The focus is the same for both. Eye relief is slightly better with the 42s. Weight is not a factor for the larger 50s--they are very well balanced.

These are a fantastic bargain--how can I help you get a pair over to you?
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Coin, thanks a lot for the details, it sure looks the part. I might wait and see if a nice offer comes up for Black Friday. :)
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