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I too purchased the 8x32 NL and 8x32 SF (1 Viewer)

birdcat

Member
I am not anybody you should listen to, but here are my experiences on the two binoculars after a week+ of daily use and testing:

8x32 NL

Superior image: crisper and improved contrast over SF.
Definitely more prone to condensation.
Seemingly more prone to glare related issues.
Eye placement slightly more forgiving than SF.
Heavier in hand.

8x32 SF

Excellent image: slightly hazy with blue/green tint and less contrast compared to NL.
Definitely less prone to condensation.
Seemingly less prone to glare issues.
Eye placement slightly less forgiving than NL.
Lighter in hand.
 

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Lezeiss

Member
United States
I am not anybody you should listen to, but here are my experiences on the two binoculars after a week+ of daily use and testing:

8x32 NL

Superior image: crisper and improved contrast over SF.
Definitely more prone to condensation.
Seemingly more prone to glare related issues.
Eye placement slightly more forgiving than SF.
Heavier in hand.

8x32 SF

Excellent image: slightly hazy with blue/green tint and less contrast compared to NL.
Definitely less prone to condensation.
Seemingly less prone to glare issues.
Eye placement slightly less forgiving than NL.
Lighter in hand.
Which one do you prefer if you could only keep one?
 

NDhunter

Experienced observer
United States
Your review is weak with details, so I can tell you are just offering a quick opinion. The glare thing with the NL does keep showing
in many of these reviews.

Jerry
 

Gijs van Ginkel

Well-known member
Lezeiss, post 1,
After intense use and thourough testing (the report will be available probably somewhere next week on the WEB-site of House of Outdoor) I definitely go for the NL Pure 8x32 over the SF 8x32. I have to add that I never observed any glare with the NL . The excellent handling comfort combined with the optical quality: better light transmission, better color reproduction of the NL Pure were very convincing to me.
Gijs van Ginkel
 

Hermann

Well-known member
After intense use and thourough testing (the report will be available probably somewhere next week on the WEB-site of House of Outdoor) I definitely go for the NL Pure 8x32 over the SF 8x32. I have to add that I never observed any glare with the NL .[my emphasis]
But then you say that about virtually EVERY Swarovski binocular. And you dismiss any reports that there is glare.
The excellent handling comfort combined with the optical quality: better light transmission, better color reproduction of the NL Pure were very convincing to me.
That may well be so.

Hermann
 

Gijs van Ginkel

Well-known member
Herman, post 5,
I only write down what we observe and measure, but that does not mean that everybody has the same observations because of differences in our eyes, eye sensitivity, etc. And there is also a difference in the size of the hands, personal preferences etc.
So we tried to do the best we could so after you have read the paper you can comment of course, that is after all the goal of this forum.
Gijs van Ginkel
 

Maljunulo

Well-known member
Unfortunately,the argument can be made that anything which cannot be repeated is not objective.

I think the criteria of objectivity must include reproducibility, otherwise all is madness.

"I see this ....... " followed by "Well, I don't see that at all." is a frequent exchange here, so to use the word "objective" seems a bit off to me.

Once again, just my opinion.
 

birdcat

Member
Which one do you prefer if you could only keep one?
I decided to send the NL back and get a second SF (for me and my partner). The eyepiece condensation issue was too much. I did not have such an issue on my 8.5x42 EL. It's too bad, because I did prefer the NL view.
 

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