Excerpt: Having owned many pairs of binoculars over the years I was ready to take the plunge on a quality pair. I was not disappointed. The bird watching is unbelievable. I could clearly see the dot of an egrets eye across the street from inside the house. The detail is amazing compared to my old Nikons. If you can afford them you won't be disappointed.
Summary: I have been looking for a pair of binoculars to replace my 15yo 10x Bausch & Lomb Elites, which had finally seen their better days. For some months I had been going between 8 & 10 x Leica Ultravids and 8.5 and 10 x Swaros. I’ve always used 10x bins. Lots or review reading, and the price difference was significant as well. In the end I went for the Swaros, in large part due to their close focus, which I thought would also add to the depth of field.
Summary: These binoculars are second to none for their quality. I knew it the 1st time I looked through them. AWESOME! In every situation, low light to bad weather and everything in between. Why buy 5 or 6 sets of the cheaper brands when you can but these once and have them for a lifetime? The warranty is hard to beat as well. I had a friend gouge the back lens so bad after dropping them off a rock ledge that they were not usable.
Summary: I have been looking to upgrade my Leica 7x42 Trinovid BA binoculars the last couple of years. I got a chance to go birding with the Swarovski 8.5x42 EL Swarovisions for an hour. It soon became apparent that these binoculars are the major improvement I have been looking for. This was not apparent to me when looking through them at the display counter at EO or at the festival tables. They are so well balanced that I can hold these 8.5s as steady as my Leica 7x42s.
Summary: I kept saying to myself that one day I would bite the bullet and by a set of Swarovskis when someone said if you intend to buy them one day, you should do it now as they last a lifetime and they will dramatically improve your birding enjoyment. That they did. I love using my 8.5 x42s and could not have asked for anything better. I can't wait to take them on my first trip.
Summary: After wearing out my excellent Leitz 8x42 over a period of nearly 40 years of bird and wildlife watching I was ready for a new and, most likely, final pair of top performing binocs. After trying out a few models I settled on the Swarovski EL Swarovision 8.5x42 despite its exorbitant price. I was persuaded by its stunning light gathering capabilities and its feel in the hand.
Summary: I am new to the birding community and originally purchased Nikon Monarch 5's which I was quite pleased with. When my husband started joining me, I quickly realized that sharing a pair of binoculars might end a 25 year marriage. The focusing knob on the Nikon's felt a bit smoother to the touch, however I have noticed that my Swarovision's need much less adjustment. Despite the criticisms I have read, I have no issues with the focus knob.
Summary: This is the best birthday present I ever bought myself. It has increased my enjoyment of birding immensely. There is no comparison to all my other binos. The comfort of holding the Swarovskis, the clarity and brightness are striking. If even considering purchasing expensive binos like these, JUST DO IT! You will never regret the decision when you are out in the field.