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Your pick btw 8x32, 8x42, 8.5x42?

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Old Saturday 23rd June 2018, 13:36   #1
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Your pick btw 8x32, 8x42, 8.5x42?

So if you could only have one between the Swarovski Swarovski 8x32 EL32, Swarovski 8x42 SLC or the Swarovski 8.5x42 EL42 what one would you get?

Seems all have there strong points and weak ones but at the end of the day what one would you pocket?

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Old Saturday 23rd June 2018, 13:50   #2
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I've owned all except the 8.5x42, which I have had the chance to use on numerous occasions. I would pick either the 8.5x42 SV or the 8x42 SLC; I'd let ergonomics and cost sway you in the right direction... both models are fantastic and on a very similar level, optically.

The 8x32, while great ergonomically and optically, had a lot of issues (for me) with glare...

That being said, if you get a chance to try them, do that before you can buy given how much you're spending, regardless of the model you select.
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Old Saturday 23rd June 2018, 14:40   #3
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I've owned all except the 8.5x42, which I have had the chance to use on numerous occasions. I would pick either the 8.5x42 SV or the 8x42 SLC; I'd let ergonomics and cost sway you in the right direction... both models are fantastic and on a very similar level, optically.

The 8x32, while great ergonomically and optically, had a lot of issues (for me) with glare...

That being said, if you get a chance to try them, do that before you can buy given how much you're spending, regardless of the model you select.
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So if you could only have one between the Swarovski Swarovski 8x32 EL32, Swarovski 8x42 SLC or the Swarovski 8.5x42 EL42 what one would you get?

Seems all have there strong points and weak ones but at the end of the day what one would you pocket?

Wish birdforum had a poll option for this
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If I could only have one** , it would be the 8x42 SLC.


** Fortunately Switzerland does not regulate (yet) the maximum number of binos one can have, so I enjoy having more than one (in fact all of those named, and a few).
My choice does NOT indicate that I find the SLC optically superior to the EL, but is based on the sum of all qualities, including size, handling, price etc. etc.

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Old Saturday 23rd June 2018, 16:03   #5
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If I could only have one** , it would be the 8x42 SLC.


** Fortunately Switzerland does not regulate (yet) the maximum number of binos one can have, so I enjoy having more than one (in fact all of those named, and a few).
My choice does NOT indicate that I find the SLC optically superior than the EL, but is based on the sum of all qualities, including size, handling, price etc. etc.
I can't imagine anyone anywhere that would regulate the maximum number of binos one can have, that's funny
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Unless Canip got the last one, I'd pick the 8x42 SLC.

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Unless Canip got the last one, I'd pick the 8x42 SLC.

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Ok what is the 8x42 SLC doing right besides the price that the 8'5 isn't?
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Unless Canip got the last one, I'd pick the 8x42 SLC.

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Last time I checked, there was one left, so hurry
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For birding??

If so....

I've compared the three all Spring even until now. As you say each has their strong points. It depends some on your typical birding situation. ALSO depends if you are wanting ONE binocular to do everything from Florida to Oregon and everywhere in between which is somewhat of a compromise.

For ME where I normally bird...the SV 8X32 is my first choice. I'd put the SLC 8X42 as #2.
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Old Saturday 23rd June 2018, 19:39   #10
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For birding??

If so....

I've compared the three all Spring even until now. As you say each has their strong points. It depends some on your typical birding situation. ALSO depends if you are wanting ONE binocular to do everything from Florida to Oregon and everywhere in between which is somewhat of a compromise.

For ME where I normally bird...the SV 8X32 is my first choice. I'd put the SLC 8X42 as #2.
That's a clear firsthand experience that speaks volumes
How do you compare it to the Kowa 8.5x44 and do you miss it?
I'm thinking the weight was the final verdict, I had the Kowa 10.5x44 and the heft was it's demises but it haunts me how good they are and there control of CA was amazing.
I do love the size format of the Swarovski EL 8x32 and what you carry is what you use and the 32 dose that well with a tings of joy I could image.

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Old Saturday 23rd June 2018, 20:20   #11
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Very simple for me the 8.5x42, have`nt found a weakness in its performance yet.
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Very simple for me the 8.5x42, have`nt found a weakness in its performance yet.
Hows the CA with the 8.5?
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Hows the CA with the 8.5?
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As CA free as anything I`v owned or tried, honestly, in FPro guise it simply does`nt have an area where the performance is weak, or if it does I haven`t found it after nearly two years Birding with it in all conditions, and its the first binocular I can state that about, and I`v owned Zeiss fl`s, Leica Ultravids and the legendary Nikon SE and EII.
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As CA free as anything I`v owned or tried, honestly, in FPro guise it simply does`nt have an area where the performance is weak, or if it does I haven`t found it after nearly two years Birding with it in all conditions, and its the first binocular I can state that about, and I`v owned Zeiss fl`s, Leica Ultravids and the legendary Nikon SE and EII.
Great review of the 8.5 something to ponder
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For birding??

If so....

I've compared the three all Spring even until now. As you say each has their strong points. It depends some on your typical birding situation. ALSO depends if you are wanting ONE binocular to do everything from Florida to Oregon and everywhere in between which is somewhat of a compromise.

For ME where I normally bird...the SV 8X32 is my first choice. I'd put the SLC 8X42 as #2.
Ditto on the SV 8x32.....I find it interesting on how many comment on glare with the SV 8x32's. I've been using mine for the last few years in South Dakota in the prairie dogs towns, about the worst possible condition for glare and have not found it much of an issue.
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That's a clear firsthand experience that speaks volumes
How do you compare it to the Kowa 8.5x44 and do you miss it?
I'm thinking the weight was the final verdict, I had the Kowa 10.5x44 and the heft was it's demises but it haunts me how good they are and there control of CA was amazing.
I do love the size format of the Swarovski EL 8x32 and what you carry is what you use and the 32 dose that well with a tings of joy I could image.

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Kowa- I don't miss it. I still have one used very little. I haven't picked it up in months. For ME the SV 8.5X42 was much better....FOV, weight, size, edge to edge performance are all in the SVs favor.

Yep...the SV 8X32 has many attributes...with the RYUL harness one really hardly notices they even have a binocular. Handling...it's up there..very instinctive. 420ft FOV and clear edge to edge. Plenty of ER for most eyeglass wearers too.
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So I was in a similar position. I was tossing up between the 32 and 42 EL's. The 32 give away very little optically to the 42, and are in a smaller package. I hate hiking with the 42mm due to the bino harnesses cutting in to the shoulders. Also travelling with the 32mm allows easier packing. There is a bit of a glare issue with the 32s but i have been using winged eye cups, and with it, glare hasn't really caused many problems for me. Good luck and enjoy :)
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I had terrible glare issues with my 8x32's as well. I bought them intending to take them on safari in Africa. I sent them back and took the Tract Torics.
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What is causing the glare? front lens elements hasn't enough covering? or side glare from rear in what way?
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Just a bit off topic, but does the new little 8x30 CL have the same glare issues as (some, such as myself) have seen with the 8x32 EL?

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My Swarovski 8x32 EL 2006 has joined me to a lot of places: the deserts and mountain range in South Africa, Namibi, the mountains of Kyrgystan, the countryside in Europe, the Alps in Europe, lakes and large water surfaces in a lot of places and I never had any glare issuses with the 8x32 EL.
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Swarovski 8.5x42 SV for the build quality, resolution and clarity of the view. Low light performance is also very reasonable.
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Just a bit off topic, but does the new little 8x30 CL have the same glare issues as (some, such as myself) have seen with the 8x32 EL?

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I find the new Cl much better than the 32SV.
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8.5 x 42 EL in my case. In retrospect the 32 mm ones may have been a better option due to the weight of my camera gear but I had to make decision to have one binocular to rule them all.
Surprisingly I didn't get on with the SV bins - we are all different!
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