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8x32 EL Swarovision

8x32 Swarovision Swarovski
Manufacturer
Swarovski

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5.00 star(s) 4 ratings
Recommended
Yes
Price
2050$
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Great review by IanF! Great binos for birding!

Ben Baham


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Yes
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I support all that IanF has said above, these are excellent binoculars. Their optical clarity, lightness and handling make these the bins the ones that I keep to hand during most of the day. The only criticism I would make is reserved for the case which although well made, is rather large and cavernous for a small light pair of bins and also has dual zip fastening which I find more fiddly that the single clasp on the Zeiss case.
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Yes
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Great Binos.
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Yes
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Pros
  • Ergonomic design, Bright contrasty very sharp edge to edge view, Good colour fidelity, Good field of view even for spectacle wearers, Smooth precise focus Close focus, Lightweight compact housing, No fogging air tight and dust proof nitrogen purged, P
Cons
The EL 32 Swarovision are a delight to use. Ive been using a pair for around eight weeks now. Theyre small lightweight, well balanced and well designed with incredible optics. They have narrow barrels with well placed thumb shaped indents below. They comfortably fit my large hands thanks to the wrap around grip design.

Theres a large grooved central focus wheel. Focus is light but positive and very smooth enabling fingertip control even whilst wearing gloves. To adjust the dioptre, focus with the left eye then pull up the focus knob, focus with the right eye and push down the knob to lock in place.

The ergonomically balanced magnesium housing with non-slip rubber armouring makes them ideal for long periods of observation and extremely comfortable to hold even using only one hand. Screw down eye cups with click stops give a positive feel to the setting.

Being so light to carry I keep checking Ive got them around my neck still!

Optically I cannot fault them. Theres no hint of rolling ball that I can see. Very natural colours with no discernable CA or flare in the pair that I have. The optics are clear and bright with edge to edge sharpness whatever the light levels. Having been used to using EL 8.5 x42s for several years I thought the 8x32s maybe be left wanting but reality theyre pretty comparable for quality of view, if not a little better though that may be due to the newer coatings.

I find the close focus of around 6 very useful for viewing insects such as butterflies and dragonflies.

Minor niggles I much prefer soft rubber eyecup covers to the solid plastic one supplied which whilst well made are a little heavy and clunky for such a lightweight pair of binoculars. The case is well made and well padded is perhaps overkill for such a compact pair of binoculars. When off the neck the strap is perhaps a little heavy for such a small pair of binoculars but thats not noticeable when theyre around your neck.

Overall though Id have to say that I really like the EL 32s and they tend to be my first choice to take when I go out birding.
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