Bushnell Elite E2 7X26 Custom Compact Binoculars (Model 620726)

bushnell-elite-e2-7-x-26Magnification: 7X
Power Variability: Fixed
Objective Diameter: 25 mm
Close Focus Distance: 7 feet
Dimensions: 9.2 x 8.8 x 4 inches
Weight: 12 ounces
Field of View: 363 feet/1000 yards
Eye Relief/Exit Pupil: 16 mm/ 3.7 mm
Optics Coatings: Fully Multi-Coated
Glass: BaK-4
Prism System: Porro
Focus System: Center
Waterproof/Fog-proof: No/No
Eye cups: Twist up
Tripod adaptable: No
Rangefinder: No

Best Uses: Birdwatching, Event Observation, Sight Seeing

Our Rating: 4.5 Stars

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Bushnell Elite E2 Binoculars Review

Weighing in at only 12 ounces and with a close focus distance of 7 feet, the Bushnell Elite E2 7X26 falls into the compact and light weight binocular category. Hunters, bird watchers, and observers seem to really enjoy the small dimensions of the Elite that’s made evident with the solid rating it currently has online.

Choosing to feature this Elite came down to the fact that it has another small and compact design and some pretty awesome techs and specs that we’ll get into within the rest of this review.

But, I do admit it was at a close tie with the Realtree Xtra Legend L Series 10X42 binocular. They’re both in the same approximately $150-$250 price range, but this one won out because the Legend L featured awesome similarities to many of the Bushnell’s we have already reviewed.

So, what are those pretty awesome techs and specs I was going on about a few sentences ago? I will lay it bare for you in Q&A style.

 

PROs:
  • Compact
  • Lightweight
  • Very close focus distance
  • Wide field of view
CONs:
  • Price
  • Not weatherproof

 

Elite 7X26 Binocular Q&A:

What is a Porro Prism?

The porro prism is the cheaper but optically equal counterpart to the roof prism system. You can immediately tell its prism design by the unaligned eyepieces and the objective lenses.

In particular, this Elite bino sports the fancy reverse porro prism with eyepieces that are further apart than the objective lenses.

Because of its more traditional or zig zag construction, the light path only reflects the light four times versus the six it takes in a roof prism system before it gets to you. In this case, the smaller the number, the better.

That’s because every time light has to be reflected off a surface, you’ll lose a little bit of light available to your eyes each time that can diminish overall brightness.

As a general rule of thumb, porro prism binos have a wide field of view, can have superior optical quality, are cheaper to purchase, but are not waterproof.

You’ll want a porro prism system if you’re looking for a way to get started with optics for a great deal.

 

What is the close focus distance of this Bushnell binocular?

It’s an excellent seven feet. For you newbies out there, this is the closest distance that you can get an effective image from your set of binoculars. If you’re looking at an all-purpose bino, then you’re probably going to get a close focus of about 20 to 25 feet.

More activity purposed binos are going to get even closer within 10 feet. But, the best close focus binos will get you as close as three feet. Compact binos are great for this aspect.

 

What makes this Elite compact binocular different from the Legend Ultra HD 10X25?

Well, other than the fact that the Legend Ultra has more magnification of 10X versus the 7X of this bino and is 4 ounces lighter, there are a few note-worthy differences to point out. This Elite E2 bino has a much wider field of view. The Ultra HD has only 285 feet and the Elite has 363 feet. Score one to the Elite series.

Next, the Elite has slightly more eye relief, by .5 mm – hey, every millimeter counts! Score two.

Lastly, the Elite has a larger exit pupil thanks to the slightly less power.

A dint to its reputation that I’ve been building here is that it’s an ugly mug of a device. It’s bulky look is a turn off compared to the sleek and slim Legend Ultra HD.

But, if the advantages are worth nearly $100 more to you, then this Elite is the bino you’ll want to put your money on. Otherwise, the more aesthetically pleasing (by far) Ultra HD compact binocular is still a prize in itself.

 

How much does this binocular cost?

Bushnell keeps their prices right around the limits that hunters are willing to dish out. The Bushnell Elite binoculars cost around $230, and you’re likely to find it for discounted prices and with free shipping.

For a binocular that pretty much has it all in one small package, it’s not a bad buy… but it isn’t the best either. You might find a better deal among some of the other binoculars we have reviewed which you can check out here.

 

Noteworthy Features:

  • Twist up eye cups for easy and fast use for eye relief and glasses wearers
  • BaK-4 prisms for optimal glass quality
  • More potential for light quality and transmission with Porro Prism System
  • PC-3 Phase Coated prism coatings for reduced color fringing, increased contrast, and improved color resolution
  • Extremely light weight for all-purpose use
  • Wide field of view
  • Backed by Bushnell’s No Questions Asked Lifetime Warranty Promise

 

Our Verdict on the Elite E2 Binocular

To glass it up, the Bushnell Elite E2 7X26 binos are an excellent, all-purpose pair of optics. While they might not be the ideal pair of hunting binos for long-range shots, they do have excellent specs for spotting rare birds in flight or waterfowl in the nearby pond. However, they may be overpriced for such a compact design that’s not weatherproof.

For hunting purposes, the low-cost Bushnell Trophy XLT 10X42 Bone Collector will be an excellent tool in the field. It’s fully weatherproof, tripod adaptable, and smoking hot in aesthetic appeal – check it out to see for yourself!

Another pair of binos comparable to the Elite E2 is Leupold’s BX-1 Rogue 8X25 (which we reviewed here). Even better, the price is right in line with what you would expect – under 100 bucks! Now that’s what we like to see!

Bushnell knows how to appeal to the specific activities of every type of optic user. Whether it’s hunting, birding, or getting a clear view of the concert stage from several rows back, you won’t miss a single detail with a Bushnell.

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