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Swarovski CL Pocket 8x25
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Description: I suppose compact binoculars should ideally be what it says on the box. e.g. compact. However, I’ve owned three pairs over the years (Leica 8x20, Swarovski 8x22, Opticron 8x21) and all were indeed small - in size, weight and, yes, performance. There was never a chance that small bins could perform anywhere near full size ones but the new Swaros are different – very different. For me, they are far superior to just about any Compacts or 8x32 or 8x42 OF SIMILAR PRICE.

My wife’s normal bins are Swaro EL 8.5x42s and mine are EL 8x32s (I have to carry the ‘scope, that's my excuse). Last week, we were at one of our regular haunts - Titchwell in Norfolk, UK and we saw some CL 8x25s in the RSPB Centre display cabinet. We tried them straight away, having been told “Try these – you may like them”. The weather was a bit dull but we found them amazing – razor sharp, tons of light and good field of view. The facial pattern on a perched Peregrine falcon were clearly visible at a distance of about half a mile. We bought a pair straight away.

Yes, they are slightly bigger and heavier than what are normally termed as “compacts” but if you want bins which are nearly as good as a full-size pair then these are it. I, and several other birders who tried them found that they were very nearly as good as my 8x32s – and noticeably smaller, lighter and cheaper!
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