Reviews and Problems with Swarovski Optik EL Range 8.5x42
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Swarovski EL Swarovision 8.5x42 Binocular
2 weeks ago
Excerpt: Absolutely breathtaking My Swarovski EL Swarovision 8.5x42 Binoculars were just delivered by FedEx two hours ago. I had only been able to try them and compare them indoors, so the first outdoor use was a revelation. I sat on a balcony overlooking my back yard, and looked at everything in sight. Unbeknownst to me, there is a chipmunk living in a toppled over maple tree just at the edge of my woods.
Excerpt: This is a magnificent pair of binoculars for birding, butterflying, dragonflying, etc. Its the first pair I've bought since the original Bausch & Lomb Elites about 25+ years ago (which still are great, but are worn in a number of ways). I've only had the EL's two weeks, but use them everyday. Optically they are terrific, bright and sharp. The adjustable eyecups are so much better than the roll-down rubber eyecups of the old pair, and the rain guards work beautifully.
Pros: Close Focus, Compact, Quality Lenses, Strong Construction, Waterproof, Works Well With Glasses
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.
Excerpt: Birding's best 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 EL 8.5x42 Swarovision Binocular 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.
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.
Excerpt: Superb binocs 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.