Bushnell 10X25 Legend Ultra HD Compact Roof Prism Binoculars (Model 190125)

bushnell-legend-ultra-hd-10x25Magnification: 10X
Power Variability: Fixed
Objective Diameter: 25 mm
Close Focus Distance: 6 feet
Dimensions: 4.6 x 2.3 x 3.4 inches
Weight: 8.1 ounces
Field of View: 285 feet/1000 yards
Eye Relief/Exit Pupil: 15.5 mm/ 2.56 mm
Optics Coatings: Fully Multi-Coated
Glass: BaK-4
Prism System: Roof
Focus System: Center
Waterproof/Fog-proof: Yes/Yes
Eye cups: Twist up
Tripod adaptable: No
Rangefinder: No

Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 10X25

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Bushnell Legend Ultra HD Binoculars Review

This Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 10X25 is a little stunner, Outdoor Life even named it as a ‘Great Buy’ award winner and a lot of reviewers online tend to agree. The binocular is compact and lightweight meaning you can fit it in your pocket where it is ready to go the moment you want to put it to use.

With ED prime glass, fully multi-coated optics, and Bushnell’s PC-3 phase coated prisms, you have crystal clear viewing potential right there. And to top it all off, this little Legend is completely water & fog-proof with the added benefits of RainGuard HD – which you will have to keep reading to learn more about!

As mentioned, this compact cutie has a great rating online with plenty of good things being said about it, and you know it has got to have some big punch to have earned such a favored reputation.

Plus, at a price point around the $150 mark, I was curious to see how you folks out there would feel about such a miniature optic. With 10X power and itty bitty 25 mm objective lens… this should be a good one.

So, to find out what has everyone else buying up Bushnell’s compact binoculars like there’s no tomorrow, let’s get straight into the Q&A.

 

PROs:
  • Compact
  • Lightweight
  • High quality optics
  • Fully weatherproof
  • Foldable
CONs:
  • Small in size

 

Legend Ultra HD 10X25 Binocular Q&A:

What makes this binocular HD?

This little thing has Bushnell’s RainGuard HD water-repellent lens coating that’s reserved for obsessed hunters who travel harsh terrain no matter the conditions. The baby bino endured being submersed in ice water with below freezing temperatures, 32.7 degrees Fahrenheit to be exact.

No amount of condensation, fog, or weather will compromise your lens if they’ve been coated in RainGuard HD.

Instead of water drops spreading over the surfaces of your lenses, they’ll bead up and fall off. Instead of foggy, compromised, and dull picture quality, you’ll have stellar images thanks to Bushnell’s patented, permanent, hydrophobic, oleophobic lens.

That’s what makes it HD worthy.

 

What is ED prime glass?

ED stands for Extra Low Dispersion Glass – that’s a whole lotta definition for just two little letters… this seems to be fitting of the “I’m bigger than I actually look” theme of the compact Legend Ultra HD bino.

By reducing dispersion to prevent chromatic aberration by therefore preventing the different positions of the different wavelengths of light as it passes through the optical axis to the lens…. gotcha!

Without getting into all the science and techy stuff that’ll probably bore you to death, ED glass on this bino basically means that you’re going to get as little chromatic aberration as possible that significantly affects color fringing or color distortion around your image or target.

In fact, all you should be seeing is HD quality – definitely not an image that looks like something from a box TV from the 1950s.

 

What is the PC-3 Phase Coated prism?

Ah, is this another marketing buzz word or does it actually hold some weight to its fancy name? This Legend Ultra HD has the roof prism system that needs two types of lens coatings to be an efficient optic.

One of them is going to be some sort of mirror coating that’s unique to the roof prism system. But, the proprietary phase coating formula that Bushnell uses to reduce chromatic aberration is their PC-3 Phase Coated prism coatings.

Since these binos are fully multi-coated, you know that all air-to-glass surfaces will be coated more than once for this contrast and color resolution improvement technique.

 

What is the folding feature of this binocular?

This little guy has a double-hinge system that allows for the already compact bino to be made even more compact if you’re not using it… say, while you’re out on a run, on a hike, or you just want it to go in a pocket while you’re prepping your lever action rifle for that shot.

It folds, tucks in, and voila – it basically disappears. Not really, but you get the picture – this is one small binocular.

 

Is it a compact binocular?

If 4.6 x 2.3 x 3.4 inches is compact for you, then yes. If you’re comparing this to one of the full-sized Bushnell’s we have reviewed, this isn’t compact – it’s tiny. If you could weigh a feather, this is how much this bino would weigh. Okay, sarcasm aside, it weighs a very light 8.1 ounces – half a pound.

The small 25 mm objective lens definitely contribute to its petite size too. Although the compact dimensions has its many advantages, there are some drawbacks to this as well.

You don’t want to forget that your exit pupil and field of view are going to be much smaller than a bigger or even just a standard sized bino.

But, even if the image is small and the potential for maximum light transmission is mediocre, you can at least say that this little guy has stellar and exceptional image quality. That might just be reason enough to invest in this binocular.

 

Noteworthy Features:

  • Twist up eye cups for easy and fast use for eye relief and glasses wearers
  • BaK-4 prisms for optimal glass quality
  • Optical precision image quality with Roof Prism System
  • Fully weatherproof and rain repellent with RainGuard HD
  • Made with ED Prime glass for minimal light dispersion and optimal color fidelity
  • PC-3 Phase Coated prism coatings for reduced color fringing, increased contrast, and improved color resolution
  • Folding feature to utilize full compact capabilities
  • Extremely light weight for all-purpose use
  • 100%  fog-proof
  • Backed by Bushnell’s No Questions Asked Lifetime Warranty Promise

 

Our Verdict on the Legend Ultra HD

To glass it up, the Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 10X25 binos have more punch than you might give it credit for. Yes, they’re small in size, and if you understand this before buying it, you’ll not be disappointed. The perks and price justification are all in the coatings and the glass. Even though it has small objectives, the view will be crystal clear.

If you wanted a comparable Bushnell bino that offers more in the way of field of view and light transmission, the Elite E2 7X26 binoculars are for you and are only a click away. You should note that the prism designs are completely different and so is its construction. There are perks to both.

Keeping specs comparable, the Steiner Champ 10X26 binoculars are a viable competitor to the Legend Ultra. It even maintains the roof prism construction and the foldable design. It’s definitely worth checking out and comparing to the compact Bushnell bino.

If you know exactly what you’re buying, you’re not going to be disappointed with your Bushnell buy. Now knowing everything there is to know about the 10X25 Legend Ultra binos, you’ll be set to tote a Bushnell in your pocket everywhere you go.

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