Cabelas now has the new Excursion EX 8 x 42 and 10 x 42 listed in their Fall Master Catalog Edition II. 24.5 oz for both. 8 x 42 has 426' FOV. 10 x 42 has 341' FOV. $199.99 and 219.99. Camo version of the 10x for $239.99. Phase Coated. "Locking focus wheel." What ever that is?
BTW these are open frame double bridged Roofs. They look more like EDG's than SL's. (Whoops, that is EL's!)
I took a look at the 8x42 but not the 8x36. I was looking at it and the Cabelas Alpha Extremes. The Alpha Extremes were slightly better optically (about the same size physically). They are both very ergonomic with their shape and weight.
I may end up with 8x42 Excursions. But I have one more 8x42 to check out, on order. If I return them, one of these might do. As a general 8x42. If it does not beat my 8x32 by some criterion, even brightness, will send it back.
I got a chance to look at this binoculars in person. The mechanic construction of binoculars is not.... well, that great! I mean I can see rough edges near the hinge on the objective lens side. The rubber cover looks cheap (comparing with Legend or regular Excursion). To be frank, I am little disappointed. But on a bright side, we started seeing the open frame design started coming down the price scale, until Barska starts making them too.
That's funny. I was looking at these yesterday on the Bushnell site and wondering so what's the difference between these and the non-EX Excursions. And I didn't notice they were open hinge (open bridge).
FWIW, I just got myself an insane deal on the 10x42 Excursions (non-EX) at B&H. And when I say insane, I mean it literally... completely defies logic. The sale price of the bins was $164 if you bought them on their own, but when packaged together with a pair of $150 Bushnell iPod speakers, the whole package was only $99! Yes, that's correct, for $65 LESS than buying the bins on their own you get an extra set of iPod speakers. Even the guys who worked at the counter couldn't believe it. They checked their computer about five times, called over an extra supervisor, and examined the two packages to make sure they were the same model. In the end, two of them said, "Holy crap! I'm buying one of these myself!"
I'm probably going to throw the speakers on eBay and see if I can get $70 for them, reducing the cost of my brand new and not refurbished 10x42 Excursions to a whopping $30!|| How did I do for buying my first real pair of bins?
Unfortunately not. I understand that 8x is the most common birding magnification, but considering I am moving up from using a $15 pair of 12x25 compact Tascos, the 10x seemed entirely manageable! :t: For me the Excursions are a whole new world of quality!