Bausch & Lomb Elite Binocular

For most hunters, 12X is more power than they'll ever need, but for those of us who hunt in the open spaces of the West or over beanfields, such a binocular can be invaluable...

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**Magnifications available: **8x42 and 10x42 roof prism, 8x50 and 12x50 porro prism.

Model tested: 12x50.

Weight: 33.5 ounces.

**Exit pupil diameter: **4.2mm.

Focusing range: 13 feet to infinity.

Other features: Rubber-armored, pop-up eyecups, waterproof.

Suggested retail price: $1,737.<

**Real-world price: **$930.

**Comments: **For most hunters, 12X is more power than they'll ever need, but for those of us who hunt in the open spaces of the West or over beanfields, such a binocular can be invaluable, because it provides a considerable boost in power over a 10X glass, but unlike a 15X, it can still be handheld.

For a porro-prism glass, this Elite model is highly compact, and while it isn't light, it isn't onerous. Optically, it is excellent, very sharp and very bright. One person I loaned it to did not care for the way the glass balanced, or for the deep thumb cutouts, but he was alone in his complaint.

Conclusion: A highly specialized hunting tool, and an invaluable one.