Reviews and Problems with Swarovski Optik EL Range 10x42
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Swarovski EL 10x42 Swarovision
2 July 2011
Conclusion: Three companies, Leica, Swarovski and Zeiss, are considered absolute equipment stalwarts when it comes to binoculars. In fact it used to be taken for granted that, if you bought a Leica Ultravid, a Swarovski EL or a Zeiss Victory model, you would deal with optics and mechanics of the highest quality for sure. As time went by it turned out that these binoculars weren’t exactly flawless and the competitors didn’t let the grass grow under their feet either.
Pros: solid workmanship of high quality and a very stylish casing at the same time,, high transmission,, very well-corrected astigmatism,, low distortion,, very low coma,, perfect image sharpness level kept practically to the very edge of the field,, negligible brightness loss on the edge of the field of vision,, very good colour rendition,, sharp image already from 1.35 metres,, wide field of view,, perfect blackening inside the tubes,, high quality of prisms and coatings.
Conclusion: There is no getting around it, Swarovski EL binoculars are not cheap and these 10x42 EL binoculars are no exception. One thing you can be sure of is that you are getting the very best sport optics that money can buy and with the lifetime warranty, these may be the last binoculars that you ever need to purchase. At the time of writing they are offered at a cheaper price on Amazon & Eagle Optics (Click to check prices), than the Zeiss 10x42 Victory FL binoculars.
Conclusion: There’s no doubt the Swarovski EL 10X42 is an excellent pair of binoculars. There’s no doubt either that such a product is always assessed from its price point of view. In this case the price is astronomical indeed which makes the final assessment not so perfect. First of all, if you buy a pair of binoculars with the price tag of more than 2000 USD, you should expect ideal optical properties. The EL, tested here, had two significant slip-ups in that category.
Pros: excellent quality of housing and workmanship,, high transmission,, high quality of coatings and prisms,, perfect whiteness reproduction,, low astigmatism,, slight coma,, negligible light fall-off at the edge of the field,, sharp image in almost all the field of view,, long warranty.
Cons: too high chromatic aberration at the edge of the field of view,, significant distortion.