Reviews and Problems with Swarovski Optik SLC Range
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Swarovski SLC 10x42 WB HD
19 October 2011
Conclusion: The new launches of Swarovski and Nikon binoculars inflated the prices of these instruments to an unprecedented level. When it comes to the offer of the former, we get, in the 42 mm class EL Swarovision models which price tag reaches about 2000 Euro and SLC HD models cheaper by just about 250 Euro. I’ve always wondered what’s the point of launching two series of binoculars with such a high and very similar price.
Pros: compact, tight and very solid casing,, good transmission,, well corrected chromatic aberration,, low astigmatism,, slight coma,, sharp image almost in the whole field of view,, imperceptible brightness loss on the edge of the field,, excellent blackening inside inner tubes,, good quality of prisms and coatings.
Conclusion: Here we have another practically flawless binoculars, which won a very high, because second place, in our 10x42 binoculars test. What’s interesting, it fared better than the flag EL 10x42 Swarovski model, which is physically lighter, has shorter minimal focus distance but is also over 200 USD more expensive. It proves that the SLC series’ renown is fully deserved and a forced slimming down of binoculars doesn’t always do you good.
Pros: excellent quality of housing, very convenient to hold and to look through,, very good transmission,, slight chromatic aberration,, practically zero astigmatism level,, low coma,, excellent whiteness reproduction,, imperceptible light fall-off at the edge of the field,, perfectly circular exit pupils on almost black background,, sharp image almost to the edge of the field,, high quality prisms and coatings,, wide maximum gauge of the eyepieces,, good blackening inside ...
Cons: distortion could have been lower,, minimal focus distance amounts to 3.3 meters.
Conclusion: Its called Swarovski. The whole presentation is fabulous. They are crisp, bright, and detailed. They fit your hand like a glove, and are just plain great. I shopped for months and the EL's are very nice and a little lighter, but not neccessary. I just could not see the optical difference spending another 350-400 dollars. And the SLC are smaller overall. More compact. I use them for deer and wildlife viewing.
Pros: Best optical investment you will ever make. Your outdoor experience will be so much better.
Excerpt: Dopo la serie Swarovision, Swarovski crea un nuovo punto di riferimento nel settore dei binocoli attraverso la nuova serie SLC HD, che risulta completamente aggiornata rispetto al vecchio modello SLC.