Vanguard Endeavor ED 8420 8×42 Binoculars – Fogproof/Waterproof
- ED glass reduces color dispersion to provide high resolution colors & clarity and Bak4 phase-coated prisms with multi-coated lenses
- Three stage twist out eyecups with long eye relief, locking diopter ring and lightweight, open bridge body design with large, precise focus wheel
- Advanced lens coatings for enhanced light transmission even in low light conditions
- 100% waterproof and fogproof
- Magnification: 8x, Objective Lens Diameter: 42mm, Field of view: 367 ft/1000 yards, View angle: 7.0 degrees, Near focus: 6.6 feet, Eye relief: 19 mm, Weight: 25.8 ounces
Not your typical binoculars, Vanguard’s top-of-the-line Endeavor ED binocular delivers sharpness and clarity like never before with exceptional light transmission and remarkable color resolution and contrast.
Other features include an ergonomic, open-bridge design for a comfortable use, a wide view angle, BaK4 roof prisms, an anti-reflection coating, large focus adjustment wheel and long eye relief.
The magic behind its performance lies in the premium ED glass, which reduces color dispersion to provide high resolution colors and clarity.
Endeavor ED has BaK4 roof prisms and special lens coatings for unbelievable quality. Nitrogen-charged and o-ring sealed, Endeavor ED is waterproof and fogproof to take on challenging weather conditions
RIchard J Ranelli –
Nice and clear but magnification not as strong as expected. Good balance and nice and light. Nice size to handle.
H. Snyder –
I have carefully compared these Vanguard Endeavor ED binoculars (one pair each of 8×42 and 10×42) to a pair of Bushnell Legend Ultra 10×42 binoculars, all of which I purchased from Amazon. Aside from the difference in magnification, the two Vanguards are identical in appearance and function. Subsequent references to “Vanguards” include both magnifications. The Bushnells are similar to the Vanguards in design and features. The differences noted below are slight.In both brands, overall image sharpness, image-edge sharpness, and brightness are excellent. These are the most important features in any binoculars. I studied a frost-laced spider web at 100 feet, and the clarity was amazing in both binoculars. Advantage – Draw.Mechanical operation (main focus, interpupillary distance) — The interpupillary distance adjustment (width), and the main focus are somewhat stiffer in the Bushnells. The main focus in the Bushnells is also a bit awkward to adjust because it has some slack that must be taken up when changing the direction of rotation of the focus wheel. By contrast, the Vanguards have no slack in the focus wheel, with immediate reaction of the focus when the wheel is turned. One reviewer noticed a faint clicking in the Bushnells when operating the main focus wheel. This is not a mechanical flaw in the adjustment mechanism, but merely a “creaking” of the rubber covering of the wheel against the plastic substrate of the wheel. Advantage – Vanguard.Diopter adjustment (right eye focus) — The diopter ring on the Vanguards is much easier to operate than that on the Bushnells. The locking mechanism to prevent the diopter setting from being inadvertently changed is easily engaged or disengaged on the Vanguards, but difficult on the Bushnells. Due to some (very few) reviewers complaining of broken diopter rings on the Bushnells, I am very careful when adjusting the diopter. When focusing the Bushnell diopter I use thumb and forefinger; when locking or unlocking the ring, I use two fingers and a thumb. On the Vanguards I can easily do both tasks with thumb and forefinger. The Bushnell diopter ring is sufficiently stiff that once adjusted it is unlikely to be accidentally re-adjusted, so I simply don’t lock the ring after setting the diopter. Update: Although the Bushnell diopter adjustment is becoming less stiff with use, it is still stiffer than the Vanguards. The problem with this stiffness, beyond the possibility of breaking the diopter ring, is that you are essentially holding the binoculars with one hand while your right hand is operating the diopter adjustment, and the significant torque required makes it difficult to hold the binoculars still enough to focus the right eye. Advantage – Vanguard.The twist-up eyecups on the Vanguards adjust incrementally with detents, and rise higher than those on the Bushnells. Those on the Bushnells have a more limited range, no detents, and the right eyecup rose noticeably higher than the left, so attention has to be paid to their respective levels. Advantage – Vanguard.Color accuracy — Looking at a white snow bank in the flat light of a foggy day, the Vanguards had a slightly “warm” look, as compared to the stark white of the Bushnells. I stress that this difference was very slight, and noticeable at all only because I had both pairs of binoculars in hand at the same time. Advantage – Bushnell.Chromatic Aberration (CA) — the various colors of the visible light spectrum are transmitted differently through a medium such as glass, water or air. In binoculars this can lead to a fringe of color around the edges of an object silhouetted against the background, typically a dark foreground object against a light background. Both the Vanguards and the Bushnells use ED glass, which stands for Extra-low Dispersion. ED glass reduces or eliminates CA by more narrowly focusing the different wave lengths of light onto the same point so that no color fringes appear. Because a small number of Amazon reviewers said they experienced chromatic aberration with one or the other of these binoculars, I tried to force my Vanguards and Bushnells to display CA by viewing dark tree branches and dark standing rocks silhouetted against the blue sky, sunlit white clouds, or snow. I did this with the foregrounds back-lighted, and then front-lighted, and in no case could I get either pair of binoculars to show chromatic aberration. As a check, I got out some of my cheap binoculars, and had no difficulty forcing them to display CA, especially toward the edges of the image. Update: today (29 May 2014) I was able to notice chromatic aberration in both the Vanguards and the Bushnells. Viewing a distant green, grassy hilltop, obliquely backlit and silhouetted against the blue sky, I could see a narrow color fringe on the hilltop only at the extreme upper limb of the field of view. In the Vanguards the color was purple, in the Bushnells it was orange. This is no hindrance to viewing, as it is in a non-critical portion of the field of view, occurs only under rare circumstances, and is barely noticeable even if you look for it. Advantage – Draw.The carrying cases both have zippered closures. The Bushnell case is a very nice semi-rigid clamshell design. Velcro tabs are provided to prevent the clamshell from falling completely open when the binoculars are taken out. The Vanguard case is a padded soft case with ballistic nylon outer cover, and about half as bulky as the Bushnell case. Unless bulkiness is a problem, the Bushnell case is better. Advantage – Bushnell.The Bushnells come with a binocular harness, which stores in the binocular case. Advantage – Bushnell.Both brands have nicely padded carrying straps that can be easily switched between the carry case and the binoculars. Advantage – Draw.Weight — The Vanguards weigh 25.8 ounces, a little over 3 ounces more than the Bushnells. Advantage – Draw.Handling comfort — I find the Vanguards to be slightly more comfortable, due to the “open bridge” two-hinge design where my index fingers are on the upper hinge and focus wheel, the middle and ring fingers curve over the binoculars between the hinges, and the little fingers rest on the lower hinge. The Bushnells have a single larger hinge, and the fingers are on the hinge, except for the little fingers, which rest below the hinge. Another reason that the Vanguards are more comfortable to hold is that they feature slightly flattened areas on the backs of each of the cylinders that form the body of the binoculars, located precisely where your thumbs are positioned when holding the binoculars. Most of the weight of binoculars is borne by your thumbs, and to see what difference this feature makes, slide your hands down toward the objective end, and note the additional pressure caused by the relatively narrow cross-section of the cylinder as compared to the broad area of contact afforded by the flattened areas. As comfort is a highly subjective feature, I would call it a Draw, and suggest that each user would have to assess the binoculars for personal comfort.The rubber covering on the Bushnells is ribbed for secure grip in wet conditions, or with gloves. It is thicker than that on the Vanguards, with slight “give” when pushed with a fingertip. The rubber covering on the Vanguards is pebbled grain, non-ribbed, and fits absolutely snugly. I find the Vanguard covering to be slightly more comfortable, but again this is subjective, and each user needs to evaluate it personally.Lens covers — The lens covers for the eyepiece lenses are virtually identical. Those for the objective lenses are different in that the Bushnells have a relatively loose retainer ring, while the Vanguards have a tight retainer ring. Several reviewers mentioned the looseness of the Bushnell objective lens covers (particularly when open, hanging from their retainer rings), and one went so far as to hot-glue the retainers in place. A much simpler and very effective solution is to slide the side of the retainer ring which is opposite the hinge of the lens cover upward on the binoculars. This tightens the ring, and gives a long distance that the ring must move before it could fall off. What I like best about the Bushnell objective lens covers is the tab that makes finding and opening the cover very easy, even with gloves on. Update: (15 December 2014) my new pair of Vanguard 10×42 binoculars has tabs on the objective lens covers, so presumably the 8×42 models will now also have tabs. Advantage – Draw.As you can see from this listing of features, the Vanguard Endeavor ED, (both 8×42 and 10×42) and the Bushnell 10×42 Legend Ultra HD are close to equal. Each is available in both 10 and 8 power versions. I paid the same price for the two 10×42 models, and am pleased with both purchases. If the Vanguard Endeavor and the Bushnell Legend Ultra are on your list for consideration, I would recommend that you take the one that feels best in your hands, and/or that you can obtain at the most reasonable price.
I own an embarrassing number of binoculars. My wife and I have been birdwatchers since the mid-70’s, I was an amateur large format film photographer and earned my living as a land surveyor. All optics, all the time, under the severest conditions and most demanding tasks. These make the grade. I wear glasses, eye relief perfect for me, eye cups adjust well for wife’s contact lenses. Field of view very wide for this 10 power, ED glass gives very bright and true brilliant color. Ergonomics good for my large as well as wife’s smaller hands. For what they offer, i.e., maximum exit pupil (light gathering ability) you can’t get much lighter in weight. Every tool is a compromise.That said, I use these for shore birding where most observations occur at a distance of several hundred feet or more. Close encounters push these bins to their limits, as their lack of depth and width of field make tracking and focusing a real challenge. These 10x’s are better than most of their type, but still do not come close to the facility and successful views obtained by nice, wider field 7x or 8x glasses. I would call these special purpose glasses and avoid them as my prime set, if I could only have one. Some people would disagree with me on that.The rebate came fast, within three weeks, I’ve waited months for others.Three years later, still my daily go-to shorebird bins. Also carry, in car, Pentax Papillo 6.5x for plants and insects, and Celestron 7x 36 for woodland warblers, etc. Under $ two bills, a steal.
best glasses I’ve used…..looked thru leica’s, swaro’s, nikon’s, etc….the differences are very slight, and the moneyrequired to purchase the better glass is ridiculous. I would say this however, if you in fact DO want something betterthan the HD – ED glass that’s in these, go for the Vanguard ED II’s, as they are Apochromatically corrected, andWILL give a better overall image…..the mechanics are great, as is the build quality….little heavy, I wouldn’t recommend them for a weaker person, I’m68 yrs old and they’re fine for me….I use them for all kinds of hunting, and birding.there is absolutely NOTHING any better for the Bucks, period.UPDATE :now for the bad part…..I bought these glasses about 2 MONTHS ago, and still haven’t rec’d the rebate !I don’t know what the problem is, but this kind of thing is NOT acceptable, at least not to me. The rebate was a large part of WHY I bought the glasses to begin with, and this really SUX people.Vanguard, you NEED to get with the program here !!
Bought a pair of 8×42 which turned out great! They image is clear and the focus wheel is smooth, except for some quiet grinding/popping noises when turning it completely counter clockwise, which I don’t mind too much. I later decided to buy an additional pair with stronger magnification 10×42. The binoculars came in out of of their plastic bag (unlike the first one) with smudge marks on the optics as well. When trying them out I could hear and feel a loud grinding noise when turning the focus wheel. I immediately sent them back ordering a replacement. The replacement came in with a quieter focus wheel but still some ticking/grinding noises (which I could live with). Once I got out on the field to observe some birds and trees in the distance, I could not focus with clarity on anything with the satisfaction i had with the 8×42’s. I tried multiple times adjusting the right eye piece to fit my vision, but no luck. After some time I got a headache from the blurry images and gave up. I was not impressed with their quality control. Reading further reviews they have terrible customer service. Rather than sending it to them, I would rather return through amazon and not deal with Vangaurd again. Would not recommend. Message me if you have any questions.
I recently purchased these 8×42 binoculars. First, I think these are quality binoculars. Very well made, high end optics. Open bridge design is nice. Vanguard makes an excellent product at an unbelievable price. However, in making a direct comparison to the Nikon Monarch 7 8×42, the Nikons win.The Nikons have a significantly larger field of view. The images are brighter with the Nikons, and the colours are more natural. I found that the colours with the Vanguards were a little washed out by comparison. For example, I viewed a distant cabin across Howe Sound. With the Nikons, the red metal roof of the cabin was clearly red, even from a great distance. With the Vanguards, the roof looked brown. Also, views with the Nikons seemed more vivid, 3 dimensional and lifelike when compared to the Vanguards. As far detail is concerned, both binoculars were very close. But with the superior colour rendition, wider field of view, brighter and more vivid image, I chose the Nikons and returned the Vanguards.I should point out that the Vanguards look and feel slightly better made, have a magnesium body instead of polycarbonate, a much nicer carry case, better quality and more functional lens protectors and a better warranty (lifetime vs 25 years). But, to me, it’s all about the optics, and the Nikons’ optics are clearly superior.Having said all this, the Nikons were $150.00 more expensive. Are they worth it? To me, yes. But that’s for you to decide as both these binoculars offer very good value for money.
Land of the Giants II –
The Quality of the image is second to none…. you would hardly see the difference against $1000 plus glass. Love the pouch and caps, great eye relief can wear with normal sized vision glasses, great weight for the quality of image.
These binoculars have very good optics and are easy to focus. Would recommend for bird watchers. Comes with carry case andneck strap.
D Patterson –
The best binoculars I have used. Optics quality is excellent. Excellent value.
Amazon Customer –
Compact enough for a day pack, excellent near focus, easy secure dusk caps, very clear image. I cannot think of anyway to improve these binoculars.
René Duclos –
great….i use them for hunting…not to big not to small …perfect..
Excellent clear view for birding! My first binoculars. Excellent!
Amazon Customer –
Great price and it comes so closed to Zeiss and Swarovski , I would not buy anything else . I do own 2 Zeiss and Swarovski .
Michael Merrithew –
Great look and quality feel; excellent eye caps/cups and high quality padded strap; good weight for a higher powered waterproof binocular. Very happy.
robert curry –
Every thing I expected, excellant