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    Why no other alphas in 8x32?

    So my comment was based on noticing that there’s not a similar sized binocular in the Noctivid or Victory SF ranges. From what I’ve read on these forums these, along with the ELs are seen as the current alpha binoculars. Apologies if I didn’t make that clear or get the definition right.
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    Why no other alphas in 8x32?

    That's really helpful - thank you. It'll be interesting to see what the 32mm SFs are like when they're launched.
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    Why no other alphas in 8x32?

    The two main differences I noticed is with sharpness and handling glare. But there's not much in it!
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    Why no other alphas in 8x32?

    I'm curious why only Swarovski produce a smaller alpha bin. Having just swapped from the 8.5x42s I'm loving the lighter weight and quality of optics. For me they're only a whisker behind the quality of the 8.5s.
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    Changes to 8x32 EL over the years

    I've just purchased a pair of 8x32s and compared them with a pair from a couple of years ago. I couldn't see any differences at all.
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    My new el 12x50 fp has left me confused!

    So I purchased the 8x32 last week and went to RSPB Minsmere to give the combo a try out. It worked really well - the 12s were fantastic in the hides and I had great views of a bittern. No bearded tits though - they continue to elude me!
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    My new el 12x50 fp has left me confused!

    I was lucky enough to get the 12s at a discount! I always take a deep breath whenever I buy any expensive optics, including camera stuff. But I've never regretted the purchase after a short period of use. A friend of mine often says to me "the price is forgotten long after the quality is...
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    My new el 12x50 fp has left me confused!

    Out of interest, how you you decide which to take? You you ever take both out?
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    My new el 12x50 fp has left me confused!

    A quick update after a windy Saturday test. I really noticed that the wind affected my ability to keep the bins still, but when I tried with someone's el 8x32 bins, there wasn't much difference for me. But I loved how compact and lightweight the 8x32 were! I've reached the conclusion that the...
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    My new el 12x50 fp has left me confused!

    Thank you so much for all your input - a lot of really useful guidance. I’m going to give it a bit longer and continue trying out different environments and windy days too. I did notice yesterday when I was looking at some long tailed tits moving through some nearby scrub that I couldn’t get on...
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    My new el 12x50 fp has left me confused!

    Hi everyone I'd been thinking about buying some bins with a bit more reach to use in hides. I have a pair of el 8.5x42 fp. I know a scope would be be great, but most of my birdwatching is linked with long walks and I've never got on with lugging a scope around (I sold my scope a couple of...
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