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  1. John A Roberts

    New Product Introduction Today From Swarovski ?

    Reminder - the 1st September is nearly here! The commercial launch of the NL is from next Tuesday the 1st of September (see Jan’s comment in post #921) So we may see some hands-on reports starting early next week (and hopefully in new threads!) In keeping with the launch, there may be previews...
  2. John A Roberts

    New Product Introduction Today From Swarovski ?

    Hi Tom, The photo is from an article by Roger, so 'Roger that!' John
  3. John A Roberts

    New Product Introduction Today From Swarovski ?

    Considering the design and price, it should be easy enough for many to make a siimplified 'pseudo-Kohla', at least to see if it's a good choice for them A combination of: - something suitable for a light neck strap (perhaps an unused lightweight camera or bino strap?) - a length of aluminium...
  4. John A Roberts

    New Product Introduction Today From Swarovski ?

    And some more images of the real deal: - a home-made Finnstick; firstly unattached; then in use - note the admiration of the female bystander!; from: http://hulluparoni.blogspot.com/2012/04/ahvenanmaan-linturalli-2012.html - a Finnstick attached to a binocular, from...
  5. John A Roberts

    New Product Introduction Today From Swarovski ?

    Some versions of A) ii): - Swarovski’s FRP; minimal size but model specific, proprietary and expensive; unlike other choices it does not take significant weight off the arms - a hand-held mini-bipod; FieldOptics Steady Sticks...
  6. John A Roberts

    New Product Introduction Today From Swarovski ?

    Hi both Hermann and Kimmo, I think that many people are not aware of the variety of options possible when it comes to hand holding binoculars Or if so, they nevertheless tend to stick with one default hold As I’ve previously indicated, I use different holds on different binoculars e.g...
  7. John A Roberts

    New Product Introduction Today From Swarovski ?

    My intention in post #923, in showing Arjan Dwarshuis holding the narrow waisted NL - while using the fully extended fingers of one hand to support it - was of course ironic However, I was surprised that some seemed unaware of what’s a reasonably common hold Besides the example in Pete Dunne's...
  8. John A Roberts

    New Product Introduction Today From Swarovski ?

    I too have seen the hold shown in the Swarovski Tweet before e.g. Pete Dunne in ‘On Bird Watching’ recommends it as optimal for extended viewing, see the photo and caption on page 58 of the 2nd edition (as an aside, it would seem to be problematic under windy conditions) And on a couple of...
  9. John A Roberts

    New Product Introduction Today From Swarovski ?

    Unique NL handling and ergonomics? An image from the Swarovski Optik Twitter account, dated August 6th: https://twitter.com/swarovskioptik - so presumedly an officially sanctioned hold John
  10. John A Roberts

    New Product Introduction Today From Swarovski ?

    Hi Alan (post #885), For images of both the SFx32 and x42 optics see: https://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=386185&page=14 And for a whole lot more detail about the SFx42 optics start at: https://www.birdforum.net/showpost.php?p=3952021&postcount=40 John
  11. John A Roberts

    New Product Introduction Today From Swarovski ?

    Picking up on the comments about the FRP forehead rest . . . We are of course still waiting on any consensus based on extended field use, as to what increase in image stability can typically be gained And as with such things, there will presumedly be marked differences between individuals
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  12. John A Roberts

    New Product Introduction Today From Swarovski ?

    The FRP forehead rest has 10 adjustment steps, and is useable while wearing spectacles That and some other interesting detail about the NL can be found at the Dutch site Vogelinformatiencentrum, where there is a review of the 10x and 12x models The address is...
  13. John A Roberts

    New Product Introduction Today From Swarovski ?

    Hi Gray C, For a set of images about the forehead rest, see post #211 (back on page 9!) John
  14. John A Roberts

    New Product Introduction Today From Swarovski ?

    Thinking about my previous post, it does seem that a marketing opportunity was lost when announcing the NL Slightly hyperbolic possibilities such as: ‘All the quality you expect from the EL Swarovision image - plus over 40% more area of view’ ‘A decisive 40% gain in viewing area, in an even...
  15. John A Roberts

    New Product Introduction Today From Swarovski ?

    Reading through Arek’s careful review of the NL (see post #791, linking to the review of the 12x42) . . . One notable takeaway is the confirmation that - across the full field of view - the image seems to be at least as good as that of the EL SV Many have remarked on the increased FOV: the 8x...
  16. John A Roberts

    New Product Introduction Today From Swarovski ?

    Regarding the NL and Swarovision, Swarobright, Swarotop and Swarodur All are mentioned in the flyer ‘NL Pure One With Nature’ dated 07/ 2020 but not Swaroclean - which I presume is just Swarovski’s frequent inconsistency in these matters The 5 MB flyer in various languages can be found at...
  17. John A Roberts

    New Product Introduction Today From Swarovski ?

    Hi Mark (post #756), It’s difficult to know how accurate I’ve been as we have limited information at this stage. But I think that I’m reasonably close What should be constants (e.g. the hawk logo, and the base of the FieldPro connector studs) are the same size And interestingly this results in...
  18. John A Roberts

    New Product Introduction Today From Swarovski ?

    I’ve yet to see any clear comparative images of the NL and it’s EL x42 counterpart, so based on the following I’ve cobbled one together using two Swarovski stock images In particular it may give those with access to an EL x42 some idea of the NL’s handling John
  19. John A Roberts

    New Product Introduction Today From Swarovski ?

    Hi Dennis, At this stage I’m not certain, as we’ve only seen a limited number of images. Though Jan or Gijs may be able to offer more information based on their hands-on experience with the NL/ FRP combination In 2018 Swarovski filed a patent in Austria that covered how to attach a forehead...
  20. John A Roberts

    New Product Introduction Today From Swarovski ?

    Some additional images from Sport Optics at: https://www.sportoptics.com/swarovski-nl-pure-12x42-binocular-36012.aspx The first shows the diopter scale on the rear of the bridge, along with the serial number Interestingly the number has an A prefix as is also used on the centre focus Porro...
  21. John A Roberts

    New Product Introduction Today From Swarovski ?

    Additional NL Information I’ve located some additional information from Swarovski about the NL: • A 5 MB NL Fact Sheet in various languages can be found at: https://myservice.swarovskioptik.com/s/article/Fact-sheet-NL-Pure?language=en_US • And a 2.3 MB Export Price List for 2020/ 2021 at...
  22. John A Roberts

    New Product Introduction Today From Swarovski ?

    Hi temmie (post #460), Of course you’re right, the individual component technologies weren't first introduced by Swarovski But that’s not what I was trying to say, and I don’t think that most would read my post in that way I thought that the preamble had made the context clear: premium roof...
  23. John A Roberts

    New Product Introduction Today From Swarovski ?

    Hi temmie, I’m not sure what specific examples you’re thinking of - though I’m always open to correction While axle-less designs go back to at least late 19th century field glasses, as far as I’m aware they were all IF The EL's axle-less design combined with CF was a significant technical and...
  24. John A Roberts

    New Product Introduction Today From Swarovski ?

    Some Observations a) The EL was a radical departure from anything else available. The physical design provided holding options not previously available in CF binoculars And both in it’s own right, and in terms of imitation, the design became a market leader Until the introduction of the EL...
  25. John A Roberts

    New Product Introduction Today From Swarovski ?

    Perhaps it’s a useful time to provide some context for the NL . . . Early History Swarovski commenced roof prism binocular production in 1985 with the 8x30 SLC. The x42 models followed in 1992, with the x50 ones in 1997 and the x56’s in 1998 and 1999 However, both Leica (then Leitz) and Zeiss...
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