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    Glare, when and how to test in shop

    Certain cloudy situations with 'stray light' also enhance veiling glare (rare but when it happens its very obvious). It causes a very significant loss of contrast of the image. Lower sun angles when investigating shady areas is the other situation when poor glare performance is noticeable...
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    Prospect of a CL x40/42 soon?

    Carbon emissions of composite are comparative to alloy. Definitely some advantages of composite. A good way to offer a new marketing line and position for the CL A quote from a mountain bike manufacturer A component made from standard carbon fiber of the same thickness as an aluminum one...
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    Prospect of a CL x40/42 soon?

    I would love to see a 8x42 CL with an emphasis on light weight. Time for a composite shell maybe?
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    Holger's new review: the NL 8x32 vs the EL 8x32

    I don't know why some people are so upset when discussing a designs weaker aspects. Its not a perfect world and the binocular you are using is only perfect until you try something that impresses you more. Glare is a thing. It can render a design un-usable in certain situations (try a poorly...
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    Swaro EL 10x50 users in 2021.

    They are not a perfect fit but can be used: advantages - increased internal eyepiece diameter on the eyepiece changes the view. Slightly increased eye relief and impression of reduced heaviness of the field-stop. Increased indents of adjustment allow more position options (but NL eyecups don't...
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    KAHLES HELIA S 42 is available for $1499 from europe

    A CL-42 with some innovation in regards to reducing weight (composite case components)and 'SLC+' optics would pique my interest
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    Swaro EL 10x50 users in 2021.

    I would be curious to try the 10x50 EL with some NL eyecups. It was a really nice upgrade for the 8.5x42.
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    It’s May!—has anybody bought/tried out a NL Pure 32 yet?

    Not an expert but: I have kept using my 8.5 ELs but did change out the eyecups for NL eyecups. The increased internal eyepiece diameter (as well as more indent options) provide a net gain resulting in very easy, non critical eye placement and full view at even longer eye relief (and an...
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    NL Pure 8x32 and NL Pure 10x32!

    I had the 10x32 ELSV. Very forgiving view compared to other 10x32s and a nice wide FOV, but for me extended viewing just wasn't comfortable. I wouldn't use that format again (as is the general consensus).
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    Help picking new Swarovski binoculars

    Try both, you may prefer the CL or may think the EL is worth the extra size and weight. Its going to be a personal preference, a bit like SLC42 vs EL42. CL could easily be your favourite of the two and you already have the awesome 8.5x for extended viewing.
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    Help picking new Swarovski binoculars

    Get some standard lugs (they are made for the FP system) and you can use a conventional strap system.
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    BITFEOV for my new SLC 8x42

    With further 'training' I have been able to use the wider NL eyecup and enjoy the resulting slightly nicer AFOV.
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    BITFEOV for my new SLC 8x42

    This would be a better thread for this. Im curious how eyecup diameter and shape has influence on how the individual (especially without eyeglasses) interprets the view. Setting the correct IPD and fitting the face at the same time seems can make a big difference to viewing comfort and...
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    Swarovski NL 8x42 - First Impressions

    I would like to propose a theory about one issue. 'Why are some people having more difficulty with eye placement, in particular when not using eyeglasses' In the interest of practical research I tried NL eyecups on my existing older swaro 42s (they are cross compatable). Relevant dimension...
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    Swarovski NL 8x42 - First Impressions

    Even the best bino's have glare issues in extreme lighting (except the ultravid 8x32), and this is often worse if using a longer eye relief setting. The real issue is can glare be managed during use so the effect is minimised and the quality view can be obtained. Most users have stated they...
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    Swarovski NL 8x42 - First Impressions

    Moving your eye upward means you view through the upper area of the exit pupil, avoiding the brighter glare inducing 'nasty' at the bottom of the exit pupil. Henry has nailed down the cause. BTW my Swaro 8.5 and Zeiss FL 8x42 both have identical behaviour and glare is managed the same way with...
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    El42/50mm real world light gathering at dusk?

    EL 10x32 only falls off at last minutes of the day, but doesn't have the viewing comfort of the larger exit pupil. You notice it more with extended viewing.
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    EL 8,5 or 10x42.

    I had the 10x32 EL and it was an awesome optic with wide FOV (366ft) , excellent handling and detailed view. Only side by side use out in the field led me to better options for my own type of use and preference. I agree weight is important, always a decision to be made about how much kit to...
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    EL 8,5 or 10x42.

    If you want the detail, just tripod the 8.5s. Stunning!
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    Swarovski nl 8x32

    It can be a problem when people are unwilling to do a review because of negative points. Readers want balanced opinions that highlight benefits of a design as well as weaker points. Everyone knows the 8x32 EL works for most but not for everyone. NL may be the same.
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    NL Pure condensation on eye pieces

    Nice summation thanks.
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    NL Pure condensation on eye pieces

    I agree, not a coating issue. NZ Bino dude reported it so not the only report. Every bino design will condensate externally in certain situations by varying amounts. Just because you havn't experienced it does not mean it is not an issue for another user. It becomes just another design...
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    NL Pure condensation on eye pieces

    Condensation issues are extremely frustrating when the conditions are ripe (try extended viewing on frosty mornings !!) Large R&D budgets do not provide all the design solutions (look at America cup boat development budgets vs results). Owamboland has carefully tested with more than one sample...
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    Swarovski Optik EL 42 8.5x42 or something else?

    Im one of those that likes my 8.5s and its my main #1 allrounder. Another poster recently described it as 'The EL Swarovision is still amazing and is far less finicky with eye placement. It’s the one I would lend to my aging father or anyone with less experience using binos'. I actually...
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    NL Pure condensation on eye pieces

    Agree, Physics. Temperature of the instrument and proximity of the eye. How close is the users eye to the eyepiece? Are NL users pushing this envelope in order to gain full FOV view? Would be interesting to compare with other instruments, however ease of use with eyeglasses suggests this...
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