The Legacy is a large, heavy, high-powered binocular with a large field of view.
Peering through the eyepiece of the Bushnell Legacy.
When viewing images through the Bushnell Legacy 8x42, it is on par with our Editors' Choice, the Nikon Monarch 3 8x42 ATB. One could extrapolate that it is because it has the same magnification and optical lens size, but striking clarity was a notable feature with all of the Bushnell models.
As you will see in our How to Choose Binoculars article, 8x magnification can be preferred over 10x. For most people, hands will have the slightest tremor while holding an object, and 10x will amplify that shakiness. The magnification of the Bushnell Legacy hits the sweet spot with an 8x power rating.
Ease of Adjustment
As mentioned above, are were a few ease-of-use issues with the Bushnell Legacy. The Legacy falls victim to "sticky" focus knob syndrome, like most of the other Bushnell models we reviewed; the Bushnell NatureView 6x30, Bushnell H20 10x26, and the Bushnell Powerview 10x25 Compact.
Another issue with the Legacy is that the barrels are incredibly wide and overbuilt, causing the entire pair of binoculars to be heavy. This binocular is perfect for someone with large hands, but if you consider yourself average, this is not the binocular for you.
The Bushnell Legacy 8x42 is an incredibly durable binocular with a thick outer coating. Our only issue is that the Legacy has loose lens caps. They are incredibly easy to lose and are not affixed to the binoculars, which loses durability points in our book. The best pair of binoculars with lens caps affixed are the Nikon Monarch 8x42, where they are part of the binoculars, and not just an easy to lose piece of plastic.
The Legacy is on the larger side, but can still be held with one hand.
The Bushnell Legacy 8x42 is the opposite of "compact." Using a Porro-Prism design, and then an additional wide-barrel design, the Legacy is incredibly heavy (26.5 ounces). The size of the binoculars makes it difficult to pack efficiently in a pack, and takes up almost ½ the space of a 20 liter bag.
The Bushnell Legacy is great for viewing wildlife from the car, or birding if you do not have too far to walk. We would encourage you to avoid purchasing this binocular if you plan on hiking more then 1 mile with this binocular in your pack. A better option would be our Editors' Choice, the Nikon Monarch 8 x 42, which has the same magnification but is lighter, more compact, and easy to pack along.
These binoculars do retail for around $100 less than the Monarch, so if you are on a budget but prefer this level of magnification, and don't mind the weight or large size, these binoculars may be the right choice. They offer outstanding clarity for the price.