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Recent content by E_S

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    Comparative review - Swarovski CL B 8x30 vs Kowa Genesis 8x33 vs NL Pure 10x42

    Funny that you had that experience. Mine was somewhat of an opposite of yours. The optics on the CL are nice, especially the wide sweet spot, but I would not call the them "easily a step up above Genesis." The Genesis has a wider view (yes, not as flat and sharp to the side, but sharp enough to...
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    CL Companion 10x30 after Minox HG 10x43

    The CL companions have a nice sharp field of view, but make sure to try them in a store to see if they fit you well -- the eyecups may feel shockingly narrow without glasses, especially if you were used to a Minox. I personally found the CLs unusable for that one reason and returned them...
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    Choice: SLC 10x56 or NL Pure 12x42

    You listed a number of possible usage scenarios, which suggests to me that you would be better off with something like 10x42 NL. Both of the binoculars you listed (10x56 SLC and 12x42 NL) are somewhat specialist instruments, better suited to one overarching task (low light observation for 10x56...
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    Swarovski 10x42 NL Pure – High expectations, but twice disappointed.

    I am extremely happy with my NL 10x42s even though they do show a hair more CA than my (3x cheaper Kowa Genesis). Way stronger contrast on the NLs, very relaxing, wide, sharp across the field image. The CA is never a bother because when it does show up, it is way off center, on the edge of the...
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    Comparative review - Swarovski CL B 8x30 vs Kowa Genesis 8x33 vs NL Pure 10x42

    the SF 10x32 should have decent-size cups. Any differences in comfort b/w that and the CL?
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    Comparative review - Swarovski CL B 8x30 vs Kowa Genesis 8x33 vs NL Pure 10x42

    This is extraordinary. Do you use glasses? Do you use any full-size binoculars, and if so, which ones? Do the full-sized ones fit your face?
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    Comparative review - Swarovski CL B 8x30 vs Kowa Genesis 8x33 vs NL Pure 10x42

    I am genuinely curious how you use your CL. I quickly came to conclusion that it's unusable not just by me but by human beans in general, so you must be doing something special with it :cool:
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    Comparative review - Swarovski CL B 8x30 vs Kowa Genesis 8x33 vs NL Pure 10x42

    Seems quite presumptuous on your part, especially since I am far from the only one to criticize the CL eyecup design -- as evidenced by posters in this and the other thread I linked to.
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    Comparative review - Swarovski CL B 8x30 vs Kowa Genesis 8x33 vs NL Pure 10x42

    I swear my cranium is perfectly average for a Homo sapiens, never in my life had anyone found any oddities in it or commented about it (other than to compliment me on my looks, of course), might break out the calipers any time now...
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    Comparative review - Swarovski CL B 8x30 vs Kowa Genesis 8x33 vs NL Pure 10x42

    It seems you assume I am some type of novice user who can't figure out how to adjust binoculars properly. While I'm a new poster here, I used binoculars extensively since I was 14. My guess is they either 1) always use it with glasses on or 2) have a different tolerance level for image shake...
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    Comparative review - Swarovski CL B 8x30 vs Kowa Genesis 8x33 vs NL Pure 10x42

    I did -- if I squint and hold them against my brow ridge, I get a somewhat more stable view. Squinting and holding against the brow (while lowering the head and looking up slightly) is not a practical solution, however. Neither for me nor, I imagine, for others who are not wearing glasses...
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    Comparative review - Swarovski CL B 8x30 vs Kowa Genesis 8x33 vs NL Pure 10x42

    I drew this diagram which (hopefully) makes it very clear what can be somewhat difficult to explain in words.
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    Comparative review - Swarovski CL B 8x30 vs Kowa Genesis 8x33 vs NL Pure 10x42

    Good day, birders and optics enthusiasts, The Swaro CL-B Companion binoculars were recently on sale at one of the retailers here in the US, so I decided to try out a pair, to see if I could replace the Kowa 8x33 Genesis I own, with an eye on saving weight. Not to say that the Genesis bins are a...
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