So if it is a cheap or lightweight and compact 8x42 that you are after, then I would suggest that you look elsewhere, but other than that, if you are looking for the ultimate pair of 42mm binoculars, then you will most certainly not be disappointed with the Swarovski EL 8.5x42 binoculars. Period. Then at the very top you get dielectric prism coatings that boost the reflectivity to more than 99% across the entire light spectrum and so not only are images brighter, but have a much more natural appearance (true color fidelity). In almost all light conditions, I thought that the contrast between light and dark was good giving a good sense of depth to the image. This makes these an excellent option if you also enjoy viewing birds, flowers, butterflies or other insects from closer ranges. In these same conditions image brightness between the Swarovski 8.5x42 EL and that of my very high end 8x42 benchmark looked to me to be equal. Either of which prevent the internal glass surfaces from misting up and also help in that it stops corrosion and lens mould/fungus developing in the airless and moistureless environment. Click here to open it up in a new tab. All trademarks property of their respective owners So to evaluate the image brightness, I compared the view through these with my 8x42 benchmarks in good and poor light conditions. I'll start with the good: The wheel is perfectly placed, prominent enough and thus easy to reach, with a diameter of 30mm and 25mm long, it is also reasonably large. Then once you have set up the binocular (see how to calibrate your bins here), you lock the diopter setting in place by clicking the wheel back in place. Their minimum close focus distance is superb. The eyecups are soft and pull out to provide 20mm of eye relief. How bright you perceive an image to be depends on a large extent to the size of the exit-pupil and how it compares to the size of pupils depending on the available light (for more on this take a look at my guide to the exit pupil). The eyecups and 20mm of eye-relief is excellent and whilst not class leading the field of view is up there with the best in this size category, which if you consider that they have a slightly more powerful 8.5x magnification makes it even more impressive. There are indents for your thumb. Swarovski Optik keep their tried and trusted HD "SWAROVISION" optical system on the new EL. There are no separate pockets internally, but there is one on the rear of the bag. The Version We Tested, the world's most carefully tested and objective gear reviews. Whilst not padded, Swarovski Optik include a very well made and high quality carry strap with the EL bag. Whilst this is a far mor expensive option than the commonly used Polycarbonate plastic and Aluminium frames, it's far more robust as well as being resistant to corrosion and is one of, if not the lightest structural metals currently known. Swarovski is known for making high-end glass for jewelry and other optics. This pair is almost blindly bright compared to its closest competitors, the Vortex Viper HD 8x42 or the Nikon Monarch 7 ATB 10x42. Padding: The main padded section looks to me to be the same as that which was used on the previous version of the EL, which is great news as it to is excellent. Check out my guide to, announced towards the middle of last year, View all Swarovski products I have written reviews on, older/old stock binoculars & if they are still worth buying now. Our Editors independently research, test, and rate the best products. There is a relationship between clarity and brightness. As the light reflects off the surfaces of the glass on the roof prism, it diverges into two slightly out-of-phase beams of light. The outer lens surfaces have also had their Swaroclean Lens coating applied to them. The Swarovski EL was bested by 5 feet for field of view. The bridge between the two cups is not quite as flexible as it might be, but it still bends enough so that you can attach the cover to the bins no matter what your inter-pupillary distance setting is. However in very poor light, compared to the mid range 8x42 benchmark I did observe a brighter view through the Swarovski. We took 17 different models... How To Choose Binoculars For Your Needs and Budget. This system works really well. Each of the 42mm objective lenses on these Swarovski 8.5x42 EL Swarovision binoculars contains one element that has extra-low dispersion glass containing fluoride that enable them to reducing the light dispersion and thus limit chromatic aberrations to an absolute minimum which in turn have the potential to almost eliminate color fringing and deliver a sharper image. As well as this they can be unscrewed and replaced, which considering that this is the most common area on a bin to get damaged when dropped for example is really important. The Swarovski 8.5×42 EL Binoculars feature 42mm objective lenses. One of the most obvious changes to the latest Swarovski EL range is their new neck strap design that forms part of what they call their "FieldPro package". Distortions and Softening Unlike most bins that simple come with a cleaning cloth, Swarovski include a basic cleaning kit with the optics. On the edge of each cup there is a loop, through which you can thread the neck strap and thus keep it close at hand and easy to replace as soon as you have finished glassing. Below is a link that will take you to a page with online retailers in both the US and UK that sell Swarovski 8.5x42 EL Binoculars this page makes it easy to compare prices and then to buy from your preferred option: Contact Me | About Best Binoculars | Privacy | Sitemap | Copyright © 2020 Best Binocular Reviews | Do You Want to Review Binoculars & Write for BBR? They compare and might even be brighter than the Nikon Monarch 5 8x56, which have a 14mm objective lens advantage. To take a closer look at what's new this time, as well as an in-depth look at the all-round package to see just how good they actually are, I managed to get my hands on a pair of the Swarovski EL 8.5x42 binoculars, which I tested and used extensively over a number of months before writing this complete review of them: Shape These binos have a new neck strap connection system, objective lens covers, and some slight cosmetic changes; optically, the company has confirmed that they are the same bino that we have tested. However as good as the cloth and the tissue are, I would still highly suggest that you also invest in a Lens Cleaning Kit to keep these superb optics clean without the risk of damage. It's amazing how much extra comfort these thumb indents add. Whist this usually works well enough and you can adjust the strap length, it is always a little bit of a pain to set it up, you easily get a twisted strap as it cannot rotate about the binocular and is often a little untidy as you are usually left with loose lengths of strap on the sides that can just flap about. GearLab is reader-supported. The wide field of view has a number of advantages, but will appeal to most birding as it makes it easier to track small, faster moving, unpredictable birds from close distances. Weak points? In reality, if you are considering a Swarovski model, then you probably already own some other optics, and you've looked at the Nikon EDG and the Vortex Razor HD. We didn't want this review to sound like fanboy dribble because we started out wanting the expensive Swarovski EL 8.5x42 to fail in every way. So the question is: are they worth the price? Silver mirror coatings cost more, but can improve this reflectivity to about 95% -98%, but can result in the images having a slightly yellow tinge to them. Dimensions Privacy | Cookies | Terms, The world's most in-depth and scientific reviews of gear, One of the best all around models that we tested, but they also carry a high price tag. Well a higher power also generally reduces the width of the view and there is no doubt that had Swarovski used the same eye-piece make-up but reduced the power to 8x they would have achieved an even wider Field Of View, but at 399ft / 133m wide at 1000yds / 1000 meters, their FOV is plenty wide anyway and should be more than adequate for all uses. The covers themselves are made out of a tough rubber and fit perfectly into the ends of the barrels, which once again makes for a far cleaner more streamlined look than those that it over the barrel ends.