Bushnell Falcon Binoculars 7×35 mm : Bushnell Falcon 7 x 35 mm binoculars review
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My son got his first binoculars at age four. They were compact 4 x 30 binoculars from New Zealand-based outdoor gear retailer Kathmandu. With 4x magnification, the binoculars did the trick for a curious boy who liked to train them on boats far out on the Manila Bay. When the binoculars’ body hinge broke after years of regular use, I knew it was time to get Motito a pair of big-boy field glasses.
After browsing reviews on Amazon.com for affordable all-purpose binoculars, I settled on the Bushnell Falcon 7×35 mm binoculars. The bestselling Bushnell Falcon 7x35mm binoculars promise high-quality magnification at an economical price, and based on the 4.5-star buyer rating (of out 5 stars), the unit appears to deliver on that promise. The binoculars are made by Bushnell, an industry leader in high-performance optics. I promptly ordered through Amazon.com and had it shipped through a balikbayan box service.
We received the parcel with no delay and readily opened the the box. The box contained the Bushnell Falcon 7x35mm binoculars, a strap for the binoculars, a storage bag/carrying case with straps, instruction manual, four lens covers, and a microfiber cleaning cloth. The binoculars sport a durable design and rubberized, abrasion-resistant finish. Weighing 20.99 oz (595 g), the binoculars feels solid but light enough to hold comfortably for extended periods of time.
The same weekend we got the binoculars, we tested them out at the seaside promenade overlooking Manila Bay. While perched on the seawall, my son and I took turns using the Bushnell Falcon 7x35mm to look out into the sea. The container ships were nothing more than thin rectangular lines to the naked eye, but they looked more defined when viewed through the binoculars’ 35mm-diameter porro-prism glasses. I was fascinated by a pair of crabs crawling over the breakwater, about 12 feet away, and trained the binocular amusedly on the crusty crustaceans.
The Bushnell Falcon 7x35mm provides 7x magnification with amazing clarity. Here are some of the photos I took during our Manila Bay excursion using a smartphone camera that was was lined up to the binoculars’ right eyepiece. The photos don’t do the actual view through the binoculars justice, because my hand shook a bit while trying to keep the smartphone steady, but these photos should give you an idea of how crystal clear the view is. Other plus points of the Bushnell Falcon 7×35 binoculars is the ease of use. The InstaFocus lever is spot-on and quick to operate, while the diopter adjustment is quick and smooth.
We have taken our Bushnell Falcon 7x35mm binoculars to a parade, a historical park, and an outdoor concert, and they have performed beyond expectations every time. We break them out when a new moon is up and can even see the stars on a clear night. I highly recommend the binoculars for a variety of casual use, such as bird watching, sightseeing, hunting, nature walks, stadium events, and other outdoor pursuits.
- 7X magnification
- 35-millimeter lens diameter
- Auto focusing Porro prism
- 20-foot close focusing distance
- 21-ounce weight
- 12-millimeter eye relief
- Five-millimeter exit pupil
- 420-foot field of view at 1,000 yards
- Product dimensions (LxWxH): 7.6 x 2.2 x 5.2″ / 19.30 x 5.59 x 13.21 cm
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