Swarovski UTA Universal Tripod Adapter for EL/SLC Binocular

Swarovski UTA Universal Tripod Adapter for EL/SLC Binocular

Swarovski UTA Universal Tripod Adapter for EL/SLC Binocular

B&H # SWUTA MFR # 49181
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Product Highlights

  • For EL/EL Range/SLC Binoculars
  • Slip-Resistant Adjustable Strap
  • 1/4" Mounting Socket
  • Dovetails with Swarovski Tripod Heads

Swarovski 49181 overview

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The UTA Universal Tripod Adapter for EL/SLC Binocular from Swarovski is an optical accessory allowing operators to mount EL and SLC binoculars to a tripod, bipod, or monopod. Tripod-mounting your optics will stabilize the image and is necessary for digiscoping. The slip-resistant adjustable strap fits a range of body sizes and secures the binocular to the Universal Tripod Adapter (UTA) base. The UTA base mounts directly to a standard 1/4" threaded bolt and even dovetails with Swarovski tripod heads. This accessory is useful for birding and a wide range of outdoor observations.

Designed for EL, EL Range, and SLC series binoculars
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Swarovski UTA Universal Tripod Adapter for EL/SLC Binocular
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    Swarovski 49181 specs

    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.42 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.45 x 4.4 x 2.0"

    Swarovski 49181 reviews

    UTA Universal Tripod Adapter for EL/SLC Binocular is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 4.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exactly as advertised The product works exactly as advertised. I was a little concerned by the design, and hoped that the stability would transfer into my optics so I don't get shake in the picture when glassing long periods of time. It works great, just as I hoped it would. It's a little bulky, but it does store pretty flat, so I will live with it. I used to use a small Swarovski SLC adapter, it was smaller which I liked, but I'm sure I'll get used to this one.
    Date published: 2013-08-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Fit & Light Weight I ordered this tripod adapter for a set of 12x50 Swaro's. Very happy with the quality and it's light weight yet rugged feel. I also like the idea that I can use it with any other bino's I have, Swarovski branded or not. The adapter should fit in any cargo pocket for quick access if disconnected from the tripod. And as always B&H has the best price and turnaround time.
    Date published: 2014-07-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another true masterpiece for Swarovski For most people being able to solidly off handhold binoculars for night sky viewing or long distance viewing of moving wildlife can be tiring and difficult. It has been the same problem for Me no matter what power of binoculars I happen to have been using at the time. For awhile now I have been looking at various manufacturers of binocular tripod adapters and the models They are producing. I have found several which I liked, and most of those would have worked out satisfactorily. I did only considered the universal adapter type which would mount any binocular and not just My own present binoculars. My Swarovision 12 By 50 ELs do not have a tripod adapter mounting socket which may be found on many other binoculars. I do not fault Swarovskis design engineering for the lack of this feature, as I truly believe these binoculars may very possibly be, absolutely the top in their field in every way in the entire World. In any case, I would have chosen only a universal adapter. I looked at this Swarovski binocular tripod adapter and I was pretty much convinced in ordering it due to the fact that it did, indeed, LOOK good; but, I also knew it had been designed by the same engineering firm which had produced My fine binoculars. I felt there would probably be no negative issues with the adapter by either not fitting or not being right in some other aspects which I may not have thought of. My assumptions were correct beyond My expectations. This adapter is a VERY nice tool and matches the quality of the wonderful binocular it supports. Even that comfortable green binocular color of its rubber feeling coating is the same as is on the Swarovision ELs. I suspect that the adapters casting is a very lightweight metal of either aluminum or magnesium. (from the high price, I can well believe it's a magnesium casting) I also very much like the strap material which feels like some sort of silicon. It's most definitely NOT rubber. The entire adapter is a very nice piece of work! It is simple; and, it is very light and VERY strong. It does not deflect at all when in use. I had a passing thought that I might have a need to have a cushion between the adapter plate and the binocular cylinders because of the clamping force of the binoculars against the firm adapter. That proved not to be a case for concern as both the binoculars and the adapter seem to have that same resilient coating. This is a side note: I was, however, a bit puzzled by the adapters instruction brochure which seemed to indicate that the furthest out adjustment hole in the strap is for the largest of the 50mm (plus) binoculars. Even by using that last indicated hole position, the strap still seemed to Me to be a little to short, and placed what I thought to be an excessive amount of force holding the binoculars to the adapter. The binoculars and the adapter are very sticky against one another and not much force is needed to hold the two securely together. They absolutely will not normally slide against each other. I am one who does not like to force things beyond reasonable need. By using that last instructed hole position it was also a bit difficult in getting the fastening end of the strap over the securing hook. I noticed there was one more hole nearer the other end of the strap. I repositioned the strap and used that further hole, and, I found the system works perfectly well even though there appears to be no metal reinforcement in that particular hole. Inspecting the binoculars and strap after fastening the strap in this manner it looked to Me as though everything was together by design and the way it was meant to be. The strap material seems that it will not be damaged by using this unreinforced hole, nor is the pressure seemingly great enough to damage the strap. The binoculars are, indeed, nicely snug on the adapter and the strap end is much easier to fasten. A question to Swarovski might be, What was Your intention? Swarovski might consider either making a correction in wording to Their manual stating that this last hole is in fact, a designed fastening hole or that a modification of the use of this last hole is possible and approved, or, redesign and add one more reinforced hole. (which, would seem to Me not to be necessary) In any case, there is absolutely no problem with this adapter. Its a GREAT piece! I like it very much. After a fair amount of investigation I was unable to identify which of the Manfrotto heads might accept that very neat quick release foot molded into the bottom of the Swarovski adapter other than the advertised Swarovski head. There is, of course, the quarter/20 threaded mount socket on the bottom of the adapter foot which will mate to anything. I discovered that this quarter/20 mount socket is actually an adapter itself and it is threaded into a 3/8 tapped hole. With the removal of the quarter/20 insert the binocular adapter could then be mounted directly on a monopod with its 3/8 mounting bolt. I wonder why this is not mentioned in the brochure. Perhaps it's because it's to simple to mention. I would think that would be a nice marketing feature. I decided to just go ahead and choose the head I believed would do the best job for Me, personally, without being a gross overkill. I chose the simple 2 axis Manfrotto 128RC fluid tripod head and the system I've put together works wonderfully well. I could not be more pleased! I now have the Swarovski binocular adapter mounted on the Manfrotto 128RC head. Under that, I have a Manfrotto 494 Mini ball head. The small, lighweight assembly is mounted on Manfrottos 055CXPRO 4 carbon tripod. (I will admit I may have overkilled with My choice of tripod) I wanted My completed system to be tall, very light and very, VERY solid; I really like the tip-over feature of the center column of that tripod and those very stout legs. With the center column tipped over in order to adapt back to a horizontal plane needed to mount the 128RC and keep the system simple, I chose to use a simple ball head under the 128RC head. Now I'm able to restfully SIT in My chair, off to the side of the tripod and observe the night sky without fear that the whole system may at some point all end up in My lap. I can easily suggest without any reservations what so ever that You consider obtaining every piece of this fine equipment from the GREAT folks at B and H, and, You'll be happy for the rest of Your life. Shop around anywhere and everywhere and You will not find Friendlier people charging less money for the nice equipment They offer.
    Date published: 2013-07-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Adequate Tripod Adapter I would say this tripod adapter is adequate. I used it for two days of hunting Coues Whitetail in southern Arizona. I would strongly recommend a design change and have some kind of a tie down system on it to anchor the strap to the frame to reduce the chance of it falling off and getting lost. Otherwise, I would have given it 5 stars.
    Date published: 2018-11-20
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