The Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 8×42 is praised by many users as a binocular of exceptional quality, outstripping even more expensive binoculars.
A few features are highlighted as exceptional:
Light transmission, image quality and color accuracy/fidelity and resolution: Whereas BaK-4 has been used for the prisms (which is standard for good binoculars), Bushnell has used a new ED Prime Glass for the rest of the optical elements, which contributes substantially to superb color fidelity, brightness and light transmission. In addition to this the optics are fully multi-coated, featuring their new Ultra Wide Band Coating that optimizes brightness and contrast. Obviously, the optics are phase-corrected as well.
Weatherproofing: In addition to be fully waterproof and fogproof (which is standard for all good binoculars), the new Legend Ultra HD 8×42 includes the new Bushnell Rainguard HD, which is supposed to shed water off the lenses with just a shake. (Which, in fact, according to customers, it does).
Body design: The new Legend Ultra HD 8×42 is slimmer, lighter and tougher as the one it replaces.
Weight: Customers are highly impressed by the fact that this binocular weighs only 635 gm./22.40 oz., which can be accounted for by light-weight magnesium being used for the chassis.
FOV: A field of view of 410 ft@1000 yards is truly exceptional and a big bonus. Such a wide scope makes it so much easier to find and follow objects – a true pleasure for birders!
Eye relief: An eye relief of 17.2 mm. is way above average, making this binocular suitable for wearers of eyeglasses. Unfortunately the twist-up eye cups only have 2 click settings. For many wearers of eyeglasses this is good enough, but for many not. Reviewers agree that it should be three to accommodate the long eye relief. Hopefully Bushnell will correct this little problem soon.
Review by Randy Wakeman:
“Nothing I have ever seen in this price bracket is remotely as good. It is a tremendous accomplishment by Bushnell that will leave many people wondering why $1000 optics are not as good. See for yourself: they are truly amazing.”
At 8×42-binoculars-250 the Legend Ultra HD is compared to other binoculars in the same price range.