It's hard to believe Swarovski can pack its renowned optical excellence into a compact 25mm binocular, but they did! A surprisingly wide field of view and generous eye relief provides easy viewing of the bright, sharp, edge-to-edge images. Take a look through the CL binocular and it will become your constant companion. Swarovski provides a limited lifetime warranty for the CL Companion.
|Fully Multi-coated Lenses
||Increase light transmission with multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces.
||Enhances resolution and contrast through roof prisms.
||Optimize light transmission.
||Appreciated for a streamlined shape and durability.
||Provides a secure, non-slip grip.
||Twist up and down for comfortable viewing with or without eyeglasses.
|Center Focus Wheel
||Adjusts both binocular barrels at the same time.
|Right Eye Diopter
||Adjusts for differences in a user's eyes. Located between the objective lenses.
||Optics are sealed with O-rings to prevent moisture, dust, and debris from getting inside the binocular.
||Barrels are filled with nitrogen gas to inhibit internal fogging.
A lot of money, but fantastic
Bob G. from Las Vegas
I tried two other expensive 10x25 compacts before the Swarovski CLs: the Leica Ultravid and the Zeiss Victory compact. I'm not an expert when it comes to binoculars, so I can't go into all kinds of detail on optical quality comparisons. I just wanted a high-quality pair of compacts for use traveling, hiking, and casual birding/wildlife viewing. I can't fault the optics on either the Leica or the Zeiss, although both had some visible geometric distortion (pincushion) at the edges. Probably nothing that would affect viewing in nature, but clearly visible when looking at straight lines. I tried the Leicas first and found them uncomfortable (for me) to use. The eyecups are small and, for whatever reason (eyecup size, eye relief, FOV?), I found myself holding them away from my face to use them. The bridge is small and the tubes are small because of the 25mm objectives, so there was no place to rest my fingers and I ended up wrapping my fingers around the tubes, which didn't give me a very stable grip. The Zeiss were next and I immediately found them easier to use. The eyecups seemed to be larger and, even though the eye relief is the smallest of the three, they were comfortable to hold. The large bridge gave me a place to put my fingers and a more stable way to hold them. The single-hinge, off-center focus took some getting used to, but was quite acceptable. I think the larger FOV helped. I thought I had found my binoculars until I tried the Swarovskis. Big mistake. They have no visible geometric distortion, the largest FOV, longest eye-relief, and largest eye-cups. The bridge is large and provides a nice, comfortable way to hold them. The double-hinged bridge and separate focus and diopter knobs are nice. Although the exit pupils are the same on all three pair (2.5mm), the actual size of the eyepiece glass on the Swarovskis is visibly larger than on the other two pair. Maybe this has something to do with viewing comfort? In any event, although I don't think you can go wrong with any of the three, I highly recommend trying the Swarovskis before deciding. They are the most expensive of the three, but since I will only have one pair, I couldn't resist the viewing comfort and quality.