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8x56 SLC (1 Viewer)

Thanks to CharleyBird for the low price alert in the UK. Unfortunately, it looks like I'm unable to have them shipped to the US. The good news is that it some US Swaro dealers are now offering the 8x56, though not at such a good price.
 

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I will tell you a story about the big 8x56 SLC. I had it at about the same time I had the Habicht 8x30 W and I liked it for its transparency although I don't think it is quite as transparent as the NL and low light performance but I found there were only a few minutes between dawn and dusk where that big SLC 8x56 would outperform that tiny Habicht and it was like 3x the size and weight. In the daytime the Habicht 8x30 would give an identical view to the SLC 8x56 with a BIGGER FOV! So one night I was looking at both binoculars together and I thought WHY am I carrying this big thing for those few minutes of time when it REALLY benefits me! I would guess that is why a lot of birders carry a 8x32 instead of 8x42 but there is ease of eye placement to be considered to. I think I sold the SLC 8x56 that week. But it was one of the BRIGHTEST binoculars I have ever used in low light being almost like night vision and I would say the Habicht 7x42 is second because of it's extremely high transmission. So for low light hunting or owling I could see a place for a 8x56 and I think that is their primary use. I just don't do enough of those type of things to carry it.
 

dries1

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Gray C,

Did you ever think about the 10X56 SLC to compliment your SLC 8X42 and other 8X glass?

Andy W.
 

Tringa45

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Europe
As some in the US seem to be unable to obtain Niggeloh straps, I mailed the company yesterday and received a friendly reply today.
Niggeloh (the founder's name) could in the English-speaking world be construed to have negative connotations, so their products are marketed in the USA as Vero Vellini.

John

PS:- Apparently Rolls Royce once considered naming a new model "Silver Mist" in the tradition of Silver Ghost , Silver Cloud etc., until they discovered that "Mist" in German is dung!
 
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forent

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(...) Too bad it now has a bright shiny nameplate on each end (hardly ideal for hunters)... Here's the webpage: https://www.vero-vellini.com/collec...-premium-contour-binocular-sling-forest-green (...)
These "nameplates" are in fact flimsy adhesive labels that can be detached easily and free of residues.
(...) P.S. The Chevrolet "Nova" didn't sell too badly in South America after all...
But Mitsubishi had to rename its ATV "Pajero" to "Montero" for the Americas and Spain... 3:)
 
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Gray C

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Gray C,

Did you ever think about the 10X56 SLC to compliment your SLC 8X42 and other 8X glass?

Andy W.

Andy

I would actually like to go for the 10x56 but being the wrong side of 60 I find it difficult to hold 10x steady enough to enjoy the view
 

dries1

Member
Understood Gray about the 10X56. The 8X56 has that wide FOV at 7.6 degrees also, let us know what you think of them after you check them out.

Andy W.
 
I'm very close to picking up the 8x56 SLCs. My reference bin is the 7x42 FL my wife uses. I love its ease of view, big, bright image, wide FOV. Am I right in thinking that the 8x56s will be similar (or better) in that regard?

Of course, it would make sense to pick up a used 7x42. But I rarely see the 7x42 FLs and SLCs on sale in the US for a reasonable price. Ebay currently has a new(ish) 7x42 SLC listed, but the reserve is high and the Buy it Now at 1750. At that point, I figure I may as well go for the 8x56.
 

Gray C

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Understood Gray about the 10X56. The 8X56 has that wide FOV at 7.6 degrees also, let us know what you think of them after you check them out.

Andy W.
Will do. I won't be getting them until early in the New Year but I'll certainly report back on what I think of them
 

DrHPI

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I'm very close to picking up the 8x56 SLCs. My reference bin is the 7x42 FL my wife uses. I love its ease of view, big, bright image, wide FOV. Am I right in thinking that the 8x56s will be similar (or better) in that regard?

Of course, it would make sense to pick up a used 7x42. But I rarely see the 7x42 FLs and SLCs on sale in the US for a reasonable price. Ebay currently has a new(ish) 7x42 SLC listed, but the reserve is high and the Buy it Now at 1750. At that point, I figure I may as well go for the 8x56.
I have been using the 8x56 SLC since February. With winter clothes on there is no need for harness. Five hour winterbird counts (by walking) have not been a problem. I, of course, use a finnstick which is a non-fixed version of this essential tool. I try to post some photos later. Nowadays I only use my Zeiss FL 8x42 during summer's line transsect routes when you have carry many things and the terrain can be challenging.
 

Conndomat

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Europe
I'm very close to picking up the 8x56 SLCs. My reference bin is the 7x42 FL my wife uses. I love its ease of view, big, bright image, wide FOV. Am I right in thinking that the 8x56s will be similar (or better) in that regard?

Hello,

that SLC 8x56 is optically for me the clearly better binoculars, higher edge definition, less distortion and visibly less astigmatism, of course it is bigger and heavier than the FL 7x42. and the AFOV is a tad smaller,the FOV too, of course.
Ultimately, the SLC is of course a little brighter ...
I find the housing, the center drive and the diopter compensation very good on both binoculars.


Andreas
 
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DrHPI

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I have been using the 8x56 SLC since February. With winter clothes on there is no need for harness. Five hour winterbird counts (by walking) have not been a problem. I, of course, use a finnstick which is a non-fixed version of this essential tool. I try to post some photos later. Nowadays I only use my Zeiss FL 8x42 during summer's line transsect routes when you have carry many things and the terrain can be challenging.
In the attached photos you can see a handy non-fixed version of the finnstick developed by my friend Harri Slag that I have been using in Finland for over ten years with good results. It is based simply on friction and works well with most roof binoculars that have not got the open bridge design. For example, Zeiss Conquest HD 8x42 (in the photos), my Zeiss 8x42 FL and even my new Swarovski SLC 8x56 WB.



Some provisional measurements. The wooden stick is about 55 cm long. The barrel is a 10 cm long piece of aluminium tube covered by layer of heat-shrink plastic (I added a layer of rubber tape for increased friction for the big Swarovski) with a total outside diameter of ca. 23 mm. In one of the photos there is a "deluxe" version wholly made of aluminium but the wooden one is of course easier to manufacture. By inserting a piece of wood or cork into the barrel it can be fixed to the stick by a suitably long screw. By painting the stick I hope not to lose it in the forest again.
 

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