In the $150+ 8×42 binoculars price range a lot of models are available, but the following 8 (all 8×42 roof prism binoculars) have been carefully selected. This range only goes to $250.00.
1. Vortex Optics 8 x 42 Diamondback Series Waterproof Roof Prism Binocular with 8.0 Degree Angle of View
2. Bushnell Legend 8×42 Waterproof Binocular
3. Bushnell 244208 8 x 42 Excursion EX Binocular
4. HAWKE Frontier PC 8×42 Binoculars, Green (HA3874)
5. Brunton Echo Full-Size 8×42 Binocular
6. Alpen 8 x 42mm Wings Series Water Proof Roof Prism Binocular with 7.0 Degree Angle of View, USA
7. Pentax 62553 8×42 DCF HRc Binocular
8. Leupold Acadia 8x42mm Roof
These models are quite the same quality wise. In addition to having the same technical specifications (aperture, magnification, exit pupil, Twilight factor and Relative Brightness), all of them are also completely weatherproof (water- and fogproof). Their optical coatings are also fully multi-coated, as well as phase-corrected, which is essential in the case of roof prism binoculars.
They are all products with well-established brand names, and they all look very attractive as well, but that is a matter of taste.
A few minor differences might tip the scale towards one particular model:
Eye relief: They all have good eye reliefs of 17 mm.+, making them all suited for wearers of eyeglasses, but the Pentax DCF has the edge with 21 mm.
Close focus: Their close focus distances are all 3 meters and less (which is good), but the two Bushnells are the best: The Bushnell Legend has a close focus of 1.8 m. and the Bushnell Excursion EX 2 meters.
Weight: The Bushnell Legend is by far the heaviest of the selection, weighing 853 gm.; the others vary between 625 gm. (Bushnell Excursion EX) and 670 gm.
Tripod adaptability: Only the Hawke 8×42 does not have a tripod exit.
Warrantees: All have limited warrantees, but the Alpen Optics Wings 8×42 comes with a lifetime warrantee.
Customers review at Amazon: Only the Bushnells have customer reviews.
Discount: Currently the Pentax 62553 8×42 DCF HRc Binocular sells at a huge discount of 55% at $249.
$150 -$200 range 8x42 binoculars
|MODEL||Alpen Optics Wings 8x42||Leupold Acadia 8x42||Bushnell Excursion EX 8x42||Bushnell Legend 8x42|
|LINEAR FOV: ft/1000 YARDS||367.5||393.75||414.75||330.75|
|EYE RELIEF MM.||17||19||17.2||18|
|CLOSE FOCUS||2.8 m/9.19 ft||2.5 m/8.20 ft||2 m/6.56 ft||1.8 m/5.91 ft|
|OPTICAL COATINGS||fully multi-coated, phase corrected||fully multi-coated, phase corrected||fully multi-coated, phase corrected||fully multi-coated, phase corrected|
|WEIGHT||655 gm/23.1 oz||645 gm/22.75 oz||625 gm/22.05 oz||853 gm/30.09 oz|
$200 -$250 range 8x42 binoculars
|MODEL||Brunton Echo Full-Size 8x42 Binocular||Hawke Frontier 8x42||Vortex Optics Diamondback 8x42||Pentax DCF HRc 8x42|
|LINEAR FOV: ft/1000 YARDS||341.25||367.5||420||393.75|
|EYE RELIEF MM.||19.5||?||18||21|
|CLOSE FOCUS||2.44 m/8 ft||3 m/9.84 ft||1.37 m/4.5 ft||2.5 m/8.20 ft|
|PRISMS||BaK-4, roof||BaK-4, roof||BaK-4, roof||BaK-4, roof|
|OPTICAL COATINGS||fully multi-coated Phase corrected||fully multi-coated Phase corrected||fully multi-coated Phase corrected||fully multi-coated Phase corrected|
|WEIGHT||652 gm/23 oz||640 gm/22.58 oz||714 gm/25.2 oz||670 gm/23.63 oz|