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Swarovski EL 8.5x42 SwaroVision Binocular USA

B&H # SW8.5X42ELS Mfr # 34108
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Product Highlights
  • SwaroVision Technology
  • Open-Bridge Design
  • Wide Angle FOV
  • Waterproof, Fogproof, Submersible
  • HD Optics with Field Flattener Lenses
  • SWAROCLEAN, SWAROBRIGHT, SWAROTOP, SWARODUR Coatings
  • Snap Shot Adapter Included
  • Made in Austria

The view is astounding and the handling is superb - glassing through the EL 8.5x42 SwaroVision Binocular from Swarovski brings the cutting edge of optical performance to a new level. While the original EL series set the benchmark for clarity, color accuracy, and handling comfort, the EL SwaroVision binoculars raise the performance bar even higher.

The optical system has been enhanced with all of Swarovski's HD optics with their legendary performance-enhancing multilayer lens coatings. The optical path is enhanced even further with the addition of field flattener lenses. These field flatteners ensure an edge-to-edge sharpness and clarity that's free of distortion and other distractions.

Keeping pace with the optical train, the EL SV's construction also benefits from some advanced fine-tuning. The EL's open-bridge design provides viewers with long-term viewing comfort, enhanced stability, and ease of handling. The housing is covered with a rubberized finish that offers a secure tactile grip and a bit of shock resistance. Stellar all-climate performance is ensured via nitrogen purging. The rugged magnesium housing is sealed and purged to create a watertight and fogproof internal system - one that's impervious to dynamic climates and difficult conditions.

The focusing system has been upgraded as well - this optic focuses down to 4.9' and the viewer can go from infinity to minimum focus with two full rotations of the center-focus dial. A wide angle field of view and truly noteworthy eye relief contribute to this fine sporting optic's viewing performance. Even when wearing glasses, the view remains unobstructed, free from vignetting, and lush with crisp detail.

Optical Performance
  • Wide angle FOV
  • Phase-coated BAK4 roof prisms
  • Larger ocular lenses provide enhanced resolution
  • Field flattener lenses deliver a razor-sharp distortion-free view
  • HD optics: fluoride glass elements with Swarovski's proprietary coatings yield superior edge-sharpness, digiscoping imagery, excellent twilight performance
  • SWAROTOP anti-reflective multicoating: enhances light transmission
  • SWARODUR coating: enhances scratch resistance
  • SWAROCLEAN coating: the non-stick proprietary external coating makes cleaning/removing dried-on mineral residue, insect repellent, and tree resin easier. Over time the lens' surface will require less intensive cleaning which significantly increases the longevity of the optic.
  • SWAROBRIGHT mirrored prism coating: improves brightness and color reproduction under all lighting conditions.
Construction
  • Rugged lightweight magnesium housing
  • Nitrogen purged: waterproof, fogproof, submersible
  • Open-bridge EL design affords a comfortable wrap-around grip
  • Tactile rubber armoring for shock and all-climate weather resistance
  • Improved objective cover design offers an enhanced level of protection
Use and Handling
  • Close focus: 4.9'/1.5 m
  • Twist-up eye cups with 3 detented settings
  • Rapid focus system: 2 turns from 4.9' to infinity
  • Extended eye relief accommodates eye/sunglass wearers
  • Rubber armor on the each barrel's interior section enhances the viewer's grip
Prism Type Roof
Magnification 8.5x
Objective Lens Diameter 42 mm
Angle of View 7.6°
Field-of-View 399' @ 1000 yd / 132.47 m @ 1000 m
Minimum Focus Distance 4.9' / 1.49 m
Exit Pupil Diameter 4.9  mm
Eye Relief 20  mm
Interpupillary Adjustment 56 - 74 mm / 2.20 - 2.91"
Dioptric Correction ±5
Focus Type Center
Tripod Mount Not Specified By Manufacturer
Dimensions 6.3 x 4.8 x 2.4" / 16.00 x 12.19 x 6.10  cm
Weight 28 oz / 793.80 g
Swarovski EL 8.5x42 SwaroVision Binocular
  • Rainguard
  • Pair of Tethered Objective Covers
  • Snap Shot Adapter S3
  • Functional Bag
  • Lifetime Warranty

  • Included Free

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    SwarovskiEL 8.5x42 SwaroVision Binocular
     
    4.8

    (based on 12 reviews)

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Quality lenses (9)
    • Close focus (8)
    • Strong construction (8)
    • Compact (5)
    • Waterproof (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Bird watching (11)
      • Wildlife viewing (8)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual/ recreational (8)
        • Was this a gift?:
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      5.0

      Exceeded expectiations

      By Pooh Bear

      from Japan

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Quality Lenses
      • Strong Construction
      • Waterproof

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Bird Watching
        • Sporting Events/Concerts
        • Wildlife Viewing

        Comments about Swarovski EL 8.5x42 SwaroVision Binocular:

        These binoculars are top notch. Crystal clear viewing with full field of vision to the edges. It also gets such great clarity in low light viewing. Used these on a camping trip and they were terrific. A bit expensive, but worth every penny and will last you a lifetime.

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        5.0

        Exceptional optics and design

        By Frank the Shank

        from Stratford, CT

        About Me Professional Guide

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Close Focus
        • Compact
        • Quality Lenses
        • Strong Construction
        • Waterproof
        • Works Well With Glasses

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Bird Watching
          • Butterflying

          Comments about Swarovski EL 8.5x42 SwaroVision Binocular:

          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. These feel good in the hand, and focus smoothly and surely.

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          5.0

          Best ever

          By Paul

          from Amityville

          Comments about Swarovski EL 8.5x42 SwaroVision Binocular:

          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.

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          5.0

          Swarovski 8.5X42

          By Jtlittle

          from Monroe,nc

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Close Focus
          • Quality Lenses
          • Strong Construction
          • Waterproof
          • Works Well With Glasses

          Cons

          • Pricey

          Best Uses

          • Bird Watching
          • Wildlife Viewing

          Comments about Swarovski EL 8.5x42 SwaroVision Binocular:

          Not my first set of glass but these amaze me. Glad I bit the bullet on these.

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          4.0

          Spectacular Sharpness

          By Carlsson vom Dach

          from Redwood City, CA

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          Pros

          • Close Focus
          • Compact
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Noticable Field Distortio

          Best Uses

          • Bird Watching
          • Wildlife Viewing

          Comments about Swarovski EL 8.5x42 SwaroVision Binocular:

          This binoculars present outstanding sharpness, light weight and easy handling. One small drawback is the distortion of the field - look at a distant sign with writing on it and move it from one edge of the field-of-view through the middle to the other side and you'll see how the sign and writing is distorted with apparently different magnifications. Nevertheless. I would buy it again.

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          5.0

          Excellent definition

          By Calvin

          from East Haddam, CT

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

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          Pros

          • Quality Lenses
          • Waterproof

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Bird Watching
            • Wildlife Viewing

            Comments about Swarovski EL 8.5x42 SwaroVision Binocular:

            Took these on a trip to Maine recently. Great for identifying ducks out on the ocean as well as finding birds sitting within trees. My Swift birding binocs are almost as good if the bird is in direct sunlight (though fuzzier on edges), but the most impressive thing about the Swarovski's is the color definition and light gathering when the bird is in shadows. I love that!

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            5.0

            Exceptional

            By CelticSpirit

            from Mt Vernon, OR

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

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            Pros

            • Close Focus
            • Compact
            • Lightweight
            • Quality Lenses
            • Strong Construction
            • Waterproof

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Bird Watching
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Comments about Swarovski EL 8.5x42 SwaroVision Binocular:

              We use these for birding and other wildlife viewing. They exceeded our expectations .... and these are our 4th set of Zwarovski Binocs. We also own other high end brands .. these are the best at this size. If you want medium size for wildlife viewing, you cannot do better than these.

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              4.0

              Sharp vision

              By Bird loving

              from New Jersy

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              Pros

              • Quality Lenses

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Bird Watching

                Comments about Swarovski EL 8.5x42 SwaroVision Binocular:

                This product provides sharp vision. However, depending on how you hold the binocular, an area would be blurred. It took me a few practices to get used to the binocular.

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                5.0

                Upgrading to Swarovski binoculars

                By Rich W.

                from East Brunswick, NJ, USA

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Close Focus
                • Close focusing
                • Compact
                • Excellent wide field
                • Exceptional transparancy
                • Lightweight
                • Quality Lenses
                • Strong Construction
                • Superb smooth mechanics
                • Works Well With Glasses

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Bird Watching
                  • Wildlife Viewing

                  Comments about Swarovski EL 8.5x42 SwaroVision Binocular:

                  When we were first married, my wife purchased the Swift Audubon Mark II 8.5 x 44 binoculars for me, primarily for use when birding. This was over 30 years ago. These have served me well for more than 3 decades and survived some harsh abuse at times (always unintentional, of course). They were always an asset in the field, but in recent years, I came to understand that others (with very high end binoculars) could see see details that I could not. I took advantage of looking through numerous excellent birders' binoculars of several of the best brands. While most of the 'best' ones, had similar characteristics, I kept coming back to Swarovski for their extreme clarity. I think that in this age of computerized optical design, it's not all that difficult to develop a sharp optical system. But Swarovski went beyond just being sharp.

                  The optics here appear perfectly transparent. You do not get the impression of using optics, rather just being much closer to what you're observing. My previous binoculars were pretty sharp, but had nowhere the transparency and brightness that these have. The mechanics are excellent and extremely smooth, with superb focusing, essentially right down to my feet with sure, quick movements of the focus knob. These optics work perfectly with my glasses so there is no problem at all there, and they truly feel excellent in hand. (I still sometimes have to get used to NOT holding the older and wider style of binoculars.)

                  I have yet to try these on small butterflies or odes in the field, but I can see that they will be a wonderful asset in helping develop identifications.

                  There are details that really made me smile, including the lens cover system. These should really help maintain these lenses in top condition for a very long time. The only difficulty I encountered was in trying to decipher how to attach the front lens cover to the strap (so it doesn't become lost). Perhaps I am just being dense but I couldn't figure it out. Eventually, I'll just attach this cover to the strap with another small strap.

                  The adjustment to the right ocular is clever (having come from the 30 year-old Swift unit). It's easy to set and stays set. No chance to move it during operation. Likewise, the neck strap is quite nicely done and is comfortable in the field. I keep the binoculars quite high up so it doesn't bump into my Canon 40-D with the 100-400 IS zoom lens, which hangs just below it from a shoulder harness. And the case, while bulky, should protect the binoculars perfectly from even the most clumsy airline luggage attendant. Oh, and the warranty…it's Swarovski. That's all I needed to know. They'll take care of me well, if and whenever it's required beyond just periodic cleaning and lubrication.

                  All in all, this was an excellent purchase and a GREAT value for what you get. While there are more expensive binoculars out there, these were just perfect for me. Even my wife, essentially a non-birder, could see the difference. And, of course, she's thrilled that I am so happy with them.

                  Excellent tool for the birder who simply wants to see as much and as well as possible.

                  I should also add that the B & H price was incredibly and unbeatably enticing, too. That was the cherry on top.

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                  5.0

                  Astonishing!!!

                  By John

                  from Belleville, NJ

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Close Focus
                  • Quality Lenses
                  • Reduced eye fatigue
                  • Strong Construction
                  • Viewing comfort

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • Bird Watching
                  • Wildlife Viewing

                  Comments about Swarovski EL 8.5x42 SwaroVision Binocular:

                  I have been a backyard birder for 2 years. I have also gone on several birding field trips. Needless to say, I have used three pairs of what I believed to be high quality binos. Then, I purchased the EL 8.5X42"s. "Holy Cow!!" I have owned them for three weeks now.

                  The first time I looked through these binos I was truly astonished! The brightness, clarity of detail edge to edge and color saturation left me speechless. No kidding.

                  The balance of these binos is so perfect that I do not even feel the weight. Their wonderful to hold. Moreover, as a birder, I spend hours looking through my binoculars. My previous binos gave me eye fatigue after an hour or so. NOT SO with the EL's. I have looked through these binos for hours and never once experienced eye fatigue. Amazing!! My eyes always felt relaxed and never strained. The detail that can be clearly observed remains unmatched.

                  The eye cup and rain covers fit perfectly and never fall off like others I have used. I also love the +-5 diopter capability since my eyes are getting a bit older.

                  The focus knob is smoothe,quick and can be cycled slowly enough to really hone in on perfect focus. All in all, I am ectatic over these binos.

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                  5.0

                  Wow !! Super Sharp and Close Focus

                  By Seth

                  from New York

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Close Focus
                  • Strong Construction
                  • Works Well With Glasses

                  Cons

                  • Expensive

                  Best Uses

                  • Bird Watching

                  Comments about Swarovski EL 8.5x42 SwaroVision Binocular:

                  These may be the most expensive binocular around but the image and ergonomics are worth it. Image is sharp edge-to-edge, clarity like a Canon L or Nikon ED lense, and can focus at objects some 6 feet away. Eye cups are easy to use, focusing wheel very precise.

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                  5.0

                  absolutely superb binoculars.

                  By Mike

                  from #802-1845 Comox St Vancouver B.C.

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Close Focus
                  • Compact
                  • Quality Lenses
                  • Strong Construction
                  • Works Well With Glasses

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Bird Watching
                    • Wildlife Viewing

                    Comments about Swarovski EL 8.5x42 SwaroVision Binocular:

                    Swarovsky binoculars will meet all your expectations. Do not hesitate to purchase these binoculars.

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