Nonslip rubber armor absorbs shock and provides firm grip
Black finish; fold-down eyecups; weighs 22.5 ounces
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The Bushnell Perma Focus binoculars are a godsend to my wife. They are extremely useful to me but they are not for everyone. They are not a one-size-fits-all, all -purposes binoculars. They are exceptionally useful for people who have trouble using (focusing & adjusting) binoculars who want to look at things at 25 plus yards away. For fast actions sports from up in the stands, like football, NASCAR, track and field they are what you need. Scanning the shores from cruise ships, whale watching, anything that it is not probable that you are going to get close into the subject, such as wildlife watching from a distance (wolves, bears, moose), or wildlife that you prefer watching from a distance (wolves, bears, moose). Put these dudes up to your eyes and you are instantly in business. There is nothing to adjust, nothing to balance, nothing to fiddle with. Bingo you are there, in focus, and following what is going on with these non-focus binoculars. We have two pair. I bought one pair...
I purchased the bushnell permafocus binocs several years ago well knowing the trade-offs involving the permafocus feature. Owning other optical equipment such as astronomical use binoculars and telescopes allows me to make an informed opinion. I'll start with the drawbacks: The optics are good but not top of the line quality by any means and because of that you'll see a significant drop-off of clarity toward the outermost edges of the field of view. Secondly, objects closer than 50' or so away are not going to be resolved with the crispness required to distinguish fine detail - bird watching or the like is not a strong point of this product. Thirdly, the permafocus is preset with a 20-20 vision focus - so if you are extensively nearsighted these binocs will not serve you well. With that said, it is time for the advantages: The permafocus is immensely convenient in that it allows your eyes to do the focusing and not having to bother with a focusing knob - wherever you look the...
Although these binoculars are not at thier best in close, the long range view more than adequately makes up for any shortcomings. For objects at a distance, I can think of no other binocular that has as crisp an image, or as wide a field of view. Also, they are a pleasure to pick up and have an instant view without the delay in having to focus them. The rugged, rubber encased, no slip frame are one of the most "ergonomically correct" pair of glasses that I have ever used.
The only downside I see to these is the clarity of objects at a significantly closer range. They do tend to be slightly off focus. However, if I were to be looking at objects at a much closer distance, I would not need to use these. Also, the carrying case is more than functional but, leaves a bit to be desired.
I use these binoculars for both land and especially water searches, and can think of no other which is as well made and economically priced. The auto focus feature is a major asset when...
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