In this article, I will be reviewing the Bushnell Falcon 7×35 Binoculars. Bushnell is well-known for producing an entire line of high-performance binoculars. They almost seem too inexpensive to hold up that reputation.
I was shocked to find a pair of porro prism binoculars that cost under $25. I wasn’t expecting them to perform very well in the field. How could they possibly compare to more expensive binoculars? However, I discovered that these binoculars are a decent performer for beginners or kids just starting out. Keep reading to learn more.
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What Comes In The Box?
You are probably wondering what is included in the box? The Bushnell Falcon 7×35 Binoculars do not come with numerous enclosed items. However, you do receive everything you really need. The following items can be found in the box:
- Bushnell Falcon 7×35 Binoculars
- Neck strap
- Storage case
It comes with a decent storage case, but it isn’t the best. The case will last you for quite a while, however you might want one that has more room to hold other accessories such as lens covers and cleaning cloths. On the other hand, the neck strap is quite comfortable and comes with the proper amount of padding that allows you to wear the binoculars all day around your neck without feeling chafed or strained.
How Much Magnification Comes With The Bushnell Falcon 7×35 Binoculars?
These binoculars provide 7X magnification and come with 35mm objective lenses. The clarity and resolution cannot compete with binoculars costing 10 times as much, such as Vortex or Leupold, but they still are very good. I did some bird-watching using these binoculars. I was able to make out really minute details in hawks and cardinals from 100 yards out without straining my eyes.
What Kind Of Optics Do These Binoculars Come With?
A porro prism design with completely coated optics is featured on the Bushnell Falcon 7×35. The prisms are made out of Bk-7 glass, which is less expensive than BaK-4. However, they still are very good performers. I really wish these binoculars came with fully multi-coated optics, however the single layer coating does offer light transmission that is adequate.
These binoculars aren’t very good for using early in the morning or at night, since they aren’t able to transmit enough light. However, for daytime use they work very well. I discovered that the light transmission, even in overcast conditions, was still sufficient enough to use these binoculars for scouting hunting sites or using them for bird-watching.
These are focus-free binoculars, which means you are able to get straight into the action. In addition, the automatic focus works very well. However, I did have to move the binoculars around at times in order to get them focused on precisely what I wanted to look at. The focus can be fine-tuned using the InstaFocus lever, which does make it easier.
These binoculars comes with 12mm of eye relief, featuring fold-down eye cups that can be used without or with eyeglasses. Objects can be focused on as close as 20 feet, which is great for getting closeup looks of birds without disturbing them while they are at your bird feeder. These binoculars have a very wide field of view, at 1,000 yards it is 420 feet.
There is one major drawback that these binoculars have, and that is they aren’t nitrogen-filled, which means they fog up a lot during very humid or cold weather.
What About The Body Of These Binoculars?
The exterior chassis on these binoculars are coated with rubberized armor. They are big binoculars, and too large to carry in your pocket. However, they are a comfortable fit in your hands. You are able to adjust the focus quickly by using the InstaFocus lever, which moves very fast and smoothly. This comes in very handy when you are panning across a landscape or viewing fast-moving objects.
The binoculars feature a closed-bridge design, which can make it difficult to hold these binoculars with only one hand, especially if your hands are large. However, what I experienced was being able to grip one side of my binoculars very easily when I wanted to keep them from banging while they were around my neck.
As mentioned previously, the neck strap is comfortable to wear and well padded. I have worn them at outdoor expeditions and all-day sporting events, and found they were nicely weighted and sized for using all day. These binoculars only weigh 21 ounces, which isn’t too much to carry around with you.
Are These Binoculars Durable?
These binoculars are quite rugged, given the rubberized coating they come with. I have dropped mine a few times, without the chassis getting damaged or the porro prisms getting out of alignment. The main drawbacks that these binoculars have in terms of durability is that they aren’t fog-proof or waterproof.
Summary Of The Bushnell Falcon 7×35 Binoculars Review
Although these binocular are not professional-grade binoculars, they are a lot better than a majority of the competition that is comparably priced. I would even say that the Bushnell Falcon 7×35 are better than many of the competing binoculars that cost twice as much.
You need to look elsewhere if you are a professional sight-seer wanting to have top-of-the-line features. However, they are a great starter pair of binoculars at a very affordable price.