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Leupold BX-1 Rogue 8x50 Review

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PROS / The Leupold BX-1 Rogue's rugged and waterproof design make it a good fit for hunting.

CONS / Our survey participants found the focus very difficult to adjust.

 VERDICT / The Leupold BX-1 Rogue's optical qualities make it a good set of binoculars for hunting, but with a focus that's difficult to adjust, you might miss seeing an animal you're tracking.

The Leupold BX-1 Rogue is a decent pair of binoculars with 8x magnification that makes it best for hunting, birdwatching, sports and a variety of outdoor adventures. The fairly wide field of view at 110 meters makes it easier to spot animals when you go hunting. With objective lenses that are 50 millimeters in diameter and allow plenty of light to reach your eyes, you'll see brighter images when using these binoculars in low-light settings. This makes them a good choice for hunting at dusk or dawn, but other elements also hold them back in this area.

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As part of our testing process, we conducted a survey in which participants rated the optical quality of the binoculars. One participant reported a clear view with the Leupold BX-1 Rogue, but overall, we found images were fuzzy and not as clear as those we got with other binoculars we reviewed, even though these binoculars have BAK-4 prisms, which should produce a sharp, crisp viewing experience. The lenses are multicoated, however, which allows more light through and makes images clearer.

  1. The power at which the viewing field is magnified.
    More is better.
  2. 13 Leupold BX-1 Rogue
    8 X
  3. 12 X
  4. 10 X
  5. 8 X
  6. Category Average
    10.65 X

At 20.7 millimeters, these binoculars have the longest eye relief of all the binoculars we reviewed. They also have twist-up eyecups to make it easy to quickly adjust the eyecups. These features make them a good choice for eyeglass wearers.

The Leupold BX-1 Rogue has a central focusing knob, which should make it easy to adjust the lenses to see clear, sharp images, but our survey participants found the focus was difficult to adjust. All the participants needed help to adjust the focus. Your experience might differ, but we found these binoculars hard to use overall.

This pair of binoculars is waterproof and fogproof, which means you can take them out hunting or on a hike without having to worry about damaging them if you run into bad weather. The binoculars are on the heavier side, though, at 30 ounces, and one of our testers found them heavy. Also, the Leupold BX-1 Rogue isn't tripod adaptable, so you can't set it up on a tripod if you experience arm fatigue when using it for an extended time.

Leupold offers a limited lifetime guarantee on the binoculars to cover you against manufacturer defects, but not against damage caused by dropping or misusing them. You can view the company's FAQs page on its website to find answers to common questions. If you have more questions, you can contact the company by phone or email.

Summary

The Leupold BX-1 Rogue's 8x magnification and wide field of view make it a good set of binoculars for hunting, as you can easily track the movement of animals, especially at dusk or dawn. However, our survey participants found the focus difficult to adjust, which reduced the sharpness and clarity of images. Overall, the poor image quality of this pair of binoculars and focus adjustment that requires a steep learning curve make it much less convenient than the best binoculars.

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