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Old Saturday 11th May 2013, 00:42   #1
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Swift Falcon 702

I picked up a nice pair of Swift binoculars. Model 702 Falcon 8x40 472 ft. at 1,000 yds.

I can't find anything out about them. What I can find is the Model 702B which is the Plover. The Plover has the same field of view as the Falcon. Are they the same binocular with a different name?

I tried to take some pictures, but only two weren't affected by camera shake. I'll post more later.

Thanks for any information.

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Old Saturday 11th May 2013, 00:54   #2
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Here are some more photos. On the focuser, it says infinite focus and the focuser slide up and down.

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Old Monday 13th May 2013, 23:36   #3
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hello Chad,

The 702 Falcon is rare indeed. It's one of those Swift anomalies. Yes, it's possible that the Falcon, being #702, was a predecessor to the Plover #702B (but then, why the name change?).
Note that yet another edition of the #702B Plover has been issued, differing in field of view (going from 472 to 430 ft.) and possibly ocular construction (aspheric field lens).
Oh yes, and Swift did have another Falcon as well, completely unrelated to your model: 7x35, #752

By the way, how'd you evaluate them?

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Old Tuesday 14th May 2013, 18:30   #4
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The only binoculars close at hand are my Nikon 8x32s and the view isn't as good as those but the Swifts are nice binoculars in their own right. The colors are slightly washed out in the Falcons and the edge view is slightly less than the Nikons. It probably isn't fair to compare the Falcons with the Nikon, until I picked up the Nikon I was completely happy looking through the Swifts. I don't know what the price was on these binoculars but they are well built, solid and have a good view.

I still don't know what the infinite focus slide is for. It locks the focus so maybe it's for handing the binoculars to someone who doesn't know what they are doing. The user sets the focus to the correct distance and then locks it before they hand the binocular to someone else to use.

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Chad,

Based on appearances I agree with Renze's analysis. Your model seems to be the predecessor to the 702B Plover that appears in Swift's 2000 and 2006 catalogs. Curiously, between those years the eye relief shrunk from 14mm to 13mm, but retained the advertised property of being "... especially kind to eyeglass wearers." I don't see any indication of a focus lock on either.

I don't know when these 702B Plover's first appeared, possibly in the '90s. With FC rather than MC lenses yours must have preceded them, but as Renze commented the name change is a Swift anomaly.

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The picture of the Plovers looks like the Falcon. The weight is even the same. Maybe I can sell these and retire! :)

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The picture of the Plovers looks like the Falcon. The weight is even the same. Maybe I can sell these and retire! :)

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