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.
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.
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!
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...
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...
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...
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...