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Last Updated: October 24, 2020
Power Variability: Fixed
Objective Diameter: 42 mm
Close Focus Distance: 12 feet
Dimensions: 4.9 x 2.5 x 6.2 inches
Weight: 26.5 ounces
Field of View: 430 feet/1000 yards
Eye Relief/Exit Pupil: 18 mm/5.25 mm
Optics Coatings: Fully Multi-Coated
Prism System: Porro
Focus System: Center
Eye cups: Twist up
Tripod adaptable: Yes
Best Uses: Hunting, For the Range, Birdwatching, Wildlife Observation, Event Observation, Sight Seeing
Bushnell Legacy WP 8X42
With rubber armor, BaK-4 prisms, fully multi-coated optics and a wide-angle field of view, the Legacy WP 8X42 binoculars are the most affordable of the Bushnell’s we have reviewed to date. But don’t hold its low budget price against it. This is also one of the most popular binoculars in Bushnell’s range with loads happy shoppers giving it a great rating online.
This binocular squeezed its way into our reviews since we found it to be the most impressive of Bushnell’s low budget selection. It’s got a nice, economical price of around $85 that might just be the sweet spot for Bushnell fans. It’s the all-purpose, all-weather, and all-budget binocular.
Although some might find it bland as far as additional bells and whistles go, the Legacy WP is certainly sweet enough for us.
What do I mean by sweet? The Legacy series binoculars have outdone themselves with all the sugary coatings of optimal optical performance without the bitter tasting cost. Check out our Q&A to get a sample of what the Legacy WP has to offer.
- Wide field of view
- Extended eye relief
- Tripod adaptable
- Fully weatherproof
Legacy WP 8X42 Binocular Q&A:
What is BaK-4?
Bushnell uses BaK-4 prism glass to provide hunters with excellent glass quality, optimal clarity, and bright images. You might understand these benefits, but what exactly is BaK-4? BaK is an acronym for BaritleichKron that is German for Barium Crown.
In layman's terms, it means that it's going to have a higher refractive index in prism systems to allow more usable light to reach the eyepiece.
This means a brighter edge of the field of view for an overall brighter picture. You'll also see that BaK-4 prism glass is used in very high-end binoculars. It's satisfying to see that Bushnell doesn't skimp on their low budget optics.
What level of coatings does the Legacy binoculars have?
This Legacy WP 8X42 binoculars has fully multi-coated lens. If you know anything about optics, you'd know that this is the maximum amount of coating quality you can get. For an optic under $100, it's rare to see this level of multiple coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces. Score!
What are the 'twist up eye cups' on this Bushnell Legacy?
Twist up eye cups are often asked about, especially by people who may wear glasses. The thing to remember about optics are, they're not individualized or made deferentially for those who wear specs and those who don't - enter here, the invention of eye cups.
Eye cups sit around the frame of the eyepiece and are retractable in many different forms.
There's been the rolling, folding, and even sliding styles that you'll come across in binoculars. But, the twist up eye cups are by far the most popular. As you twist the eye cups up or down it changes the amount of eye relief available to you so that you can appropriately adjust for whether or not you wear a set of specs.
It will also affect picture quality and field of view if you haven't properly positioned the eye cups to the appropriate distance for your eyes.
What is the exit pupil on the Legacy WP?
The 8X42 binoculars have an exit pupil of 5.25 mm. This is actually almost the ideal amount of exit pupil for most people for low light conditions, but what about day time use and bright conditions?
During the day, the human pupil is only capable of dilating to about 2 to 4 mm. So, having about 5 mm of exit pupil is going to be plenty big enough to get the right amount of light for maximum picture quality during the day.
Are there any other models in the series?
The 8X42 is only one of three models in Bushnell's Legacy WP line. The 8X42 is the smallest of the lot with the 10X50 coming in second and the 10-22X50 coming in as the grand finale. The 10-22X50 is the outstanding model of the lot with the variable zoom power that will cost you an additional $40 more. Not bad though for an entry level optic with an entry level price.
- Twist up eye cups for easy and fast use for eye relief and glasses wearers
- BaK-4 prisms for optimal glass quality
- Very wide field of view angle
- Long 18 mm of eye relief; ideal for most users
- Also available in 10X50 and 10-22X50 variable power models
- Fully 100% waterproof and fog-proof for ultimate weatherproof-ability
- Rubber-armored for easy and secure gripping
- Backed by Bushnell's Lifetime Limited Warranty
Our Verdict on the Bushnell Legacy WP Binoculars
To glass it up, the Bushnell Legacy WP 8X42 binoculars impress in the optic field. It has everything you could want from a binocular that's anything but basic which is why we named it one of our top picks for a binocular under $100. Bushnell focused on quality versus pimping it out with additional bells and whistles. While it might be too heavy for many hunters, it falls right in line with other comparable binoculars.
To truly appreciate the low cost of the Legacy binocular, you'll have to check out the Celestron TrailSeeker 8x42 pair. They're excellent in every way possible, but the price jump might make you wince. However, with a near-perfect rating online, you might just be willing to bite the bullet.
If you couldn't tell by now, the Legacy binoculars are a steal of a buy, it's probably why it's on the best-seller ranks. The price couldn't be better. Would you expect less from Bushnell?