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Old Wednesday 25th April 2018, 23:54   #51
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One thing I realized all of a sudden on my hike today with our temps approaching 90 degrees today is we are fast entering into our dry season when it's just not going to rain for almost 4 or 4 and a half months. I'm very happy with the performance of my non waterproof EII porros and their 466 ft fov, and so can wait to buy these SVs and hope I find a demo deal or a good condition used one for less than the full price. However I have pretty much decided to get it one way or another. I'll pay full price if necessary and I think it will be worth it. It gives me something very exciting to look forward to. I've never owned such an expensive and high quality binocular. Kind of a dream come true thingy.
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OK friends I just ordered the Swaro EL 8x32. I know I said I was going to wait but special circumstances made me jump at the purchase.
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Old Thursday 26th April 2018, 16:29   #53
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I for one, am very excited for you after reading the whole saga of your exploration of these marvelous instruments.

I very much look forward to reading your reactions to having your very own alpha plus, as you make it a part of your life.

You will constantly be amazed at how little you could see without them. (or how poorly, depending on your viewpoint)
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Old Thursday 26th April 2018, 17:18   #54
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I don't know that you'll see anything that you couldn't with other good bins that you have, but it's a calming pleasure to have an instrument that just always does what you expect it should (good in the hands, beautiful easy view, good "hang", well built, nice design). With the best bins, every time I pick them up, I think "Hey, that's nice!" and just go on to enjoy their use without the distraction of assembly flaws or planned compromise design deficiencies. I hope you find the 8x32 SV to be such a bin.

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I don't know that you'll see anything that you couldn't with other good bins that you have, but it's a calming pleasure to have an instrument that just always does what you expect it should (good in the hands, beautiful easy view, good "hang", well built, nice design). With the best bins, every time I pick them up, I think "Hey, that's nice!" and just go on to enjoy their use without the distraction of assembly flaws or planned compromise design deficiencies. I hope you find the 8x32 SV to be such a bin.

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That's what it's all about, I think. I've used 32 and 42 SV's for many years. I just grab and go. The other 8 binos I have sort of lay around. Most are very good, but they don't get used much.
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Old Thursday 26th April 2018, 20:27   #56
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.................................... The other 8 binos I have sort of lay around. Most are very good, but they don't get used much.
Sad, but true for many of us

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That's what it's all about, I think. I've used 32 and 42 SV's for many years. I just grab and go. The other 8 binos I have sort of lay around. Most are very good, but they don't get used much.
Ah, the neglected family that grows while one is figuring out what works best, through extended use and comparison.

It is nice to have some extras that you know will work for you, that others can use when you take friends and family out to bird. Then there's the travel bin.... and the backup for when your main bin goes on the fritz... etc.

Just part of my lengthy list of justifications....

Earlier this year when I'd get home from work in the light before sunset, I'd grab my Leica 7x42 Ultravid BR's, and go look at birds across the street on the hill for a few minutes, as the shadows crept up, all the while thinking, these Leicas sure have such warm, rich colors...

Utterly delusional, but fun nonetheless.


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Old Thursday 26th April 2018, 23:25   #58
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That's what it's all about, I think. I've used 32 and 42 SV's for many years. I just grab and go. The other 8 binos I have sort of lay around. Most are very good, but they don't get used much.
Why don't you thin the troops out and just keep the two SV's?

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OK friends I just ordered the Swaro EL 8x32. I know I said I was going to wait but special circumstances made me jump at the purchase.
Curious where you purchased? Let us know how you like it. I am sure it will WOW you.
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Old Friday 27th April 2018, 02:12   #60
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OK friends I just ordered the Swaro EL 8x32. I know I said I was going to wait but special circumstances made me jump at the purchase.
Congrats! I have those special circumstances all the time!

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Why don't you thin the troops out and just keep the two SV's?
WOW do I need to think the troops!
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It's a very natural process, thinning the troops---after a while, you realize you just keep going out with the same stuff, and other bits and pieces are left hanging on the wall.
Then, you might have the emotional attachment to deal with if you've had some great days with the wall-hangers, and can't bear to see them go.
If you haven't - EBAY!!!
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Why don't you thin the troops out and just keep the two SV's?
That's what I should do, but I'm on the lazy side. And I see a new 30mm CL on the horizon, if I ever bother to go look at one. I'm content. No hurry.
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For me I like the variety to choose which one to use. Different strokes.....

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For myself also. It adds a little spice to take out different binoculars. Sometimes I take out my least favorite pair just for a change of pace and to remember how great my best ones are. Plus I'm too lazy to sell anything.
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OK here's why I ordered the Swarovskis now instead of waiting.
A friend told me that for some reason LLBean had them on their 25% off sale although all the other Swaros but the Companions were not. He told me to keep it to myself because I guess he wanted some other friends to cash in on this deal. The sale ended last night.

It might have been an error in their system or they were discontinuing that size for some reason but they charged me $1649.25 on my credit card. I'm still waiting for my tracking number but it looks like I just saved $549.75.
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You spent $1,649.25 but you saved $549.75 - every now and again, I hear that same rational from the War Department and she sounds very convinced of the fact she saved money by spending money.

As long as you're happy with the purchase - I'm glad you're happy and wish you the best in their use. As soon as you can add a little "character" to the binocular body, I think you'll feel better - at least I do, after the 1st scuff or nick.
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OK here's why I ordered the Swarovskis now instead of waiting.
A friend told me that for some reason LLBean had them on their 25% off sale although all the other Swaros but the Companions were not. He told me to keep it to myself because I guess he wanted some other friends to cash in on this deal. The sale ended last night.

It might have been an error in their system or they were discontinuing that size for some reason but they charged me $1649.25 on my credit card. I'm still waiting for my tracking number but it looks like I just saved $549.75.
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You spent $1,649.25 but you saved $549.75 - every now and again, I hear that same rational from the War Department and she sounds very convinced of the fact she saved money by spending money.

As long as you're happy with the purchase - I'm glad you're happy and wish you the best in their use. As soon as you can add a little "character" to the binocular body, I think you'll feel better - at least I do, after the 1st scuff or nick.
I was ready to pay full price if I had to, that's all I know. I think this is better.

I'll kick em around the living room as soon as I open the box and maybe carve my initials in them so no one will steal them.
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OK here's why I ordered the Swarovskis now instead of waiting.
A friend told me that for some reason LLBean had them on their 25% off sale although all the other Swaros but the Companions were not. He told me to keep it to myself because I guess he wanted some other friends to cash in on this deal. The sale ended last night.

It might have been an error in their system or they were discontinuing that size for some reason but they charged me $1649.25 on my credit card. I'm still waiting for my tracking number but it looks like I just saved $549.75.
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That's how I got my 8.5x42 SV. LL Bean and 30% off. At the time I assumed it was a one-off mistake. Maybe not. My eternal gratitude goes out to Jerry (NDhunter) who found that deal and posted it way back when!

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Seems like almost all the other Swaros were not included in the sale. I think the Companions were however. It's odd and I'll never know why but I'm not complaining.
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Isn't it nice when the consumer wins one and gets a good deal. If the asking price were a mistake, Monday there will be a very interesting conversation in the bean between the manager and accounting, entertaining to say the least.


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Considering all the technical errors that seem to go into this business I'll bet nobody even gets a tap on the wrist. When I worked in retail it seemed nobody had to be accountable for anything. Especially management. lol
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OK here's why I ordered the Swarovskis now instead of waiting. A friend told me that for some reason LLBean had them on their 25% off sale .... they charged me $1649.25 on my credit card. I'm still waiting for my tracking number but it looks like I just saved $549.75.
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I would love to acknowledge and thank publically the BF member who tipped me off to this amazing savings but they choose to remain anonymous. I don't think they even bought anything for themselves.
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