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.
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Swarovski CL 10x25 review and comparison
Jae from MA, United States
This 10x25 CL compact competes head on with high-end offerings from Leica, Zeiss, Nikon and while supplies last, their own Swarovski compact.
The bottom line: this is the best 10x25 roof currently offered right now. It is brighter, has a more relaxed view, with the best eye relief of all the top compact models. It is sharper, as I can just see more detail, more easily. It’s a bit heavier but that actually helps stabilize the image better. The field of view, in the specs, is a just a little wider than the rest. In actual use, field of view seems wider; probably an illusion coming from the ample eye relief. I often fold the eyecups down on my binocular, to give the field of view a wider look, to me anyway.
Since I own the current top models from Leica, Zeiss, Nikon as well as a couple of the prior Swarovski offerings, I can provide a hands-on comparison. For example, of the prior models, my recent Swarovski is brighter than an older one from 7+ years ago. Coatings have continually improved so Swarovski’s prior model kept up with more recent offerings. Zeiss Victory, Leica Ultravid and Nikon LX L were introduced after the last model Swarovski’s 10x25. In reality, they are all very fine binoculars, but now the new CL 10x25 has clearly put Swarovski on top.
Here’s what’s obvious from the outside:
Newer eyepiece designs along with “HD” glass are key to improved performance. The CL has a great big eye lens for a compact and it was the first thing I noticed. CL’s eyepiece diameter is about 3mm wider than the others. Btw, a nickel is 3mm wider than a dime. Given what I’ve seen with innovative astronomy eyepieces, no doubt it contributes to the longer eye relief and improved performance. CL has a straight body tube while other models taper slightly from the objective end to the narrower eyepiece. Taper gives a more slender, compact look, while this CL looks like it’s been to the gym and added some lean muscle. As for the view, the contrast, color correction, flatness of field are all excellent.
The non-slip, high quality rubberized finish ensures a solid grip under a variety of conditions. You might miss the feel of the older Swarovski model with its satin metal finish and rubber inserts, but I prefer having a good grip. I dropped one of those 10x25, on to a ceramic floor, it didn’t look too pretty after that. Swarovski rescued it for only $50 shipped to me in new condition. Closer focusing is another nice touch. It’s a couple feet closer than any of the others and does it smoothly with a light and silky focuser. The diopter adjustment is a bit stiffer than previous model, making it a bit trickier to get it right but it stays put once adjusted.
It carries a premium price, but the lifetime service I’ve had from their Rhode Island group is superb. I still have the 20+ year old 8x20 Habicht - they replaced it once, completely cleaned the inside another time – all free of charge ! If there’s any downside to the new CL’s, is that it’s a little bit larger and a little bit heavier than their earlier model. Probably it’s a small price to pay to have the best close by wherever you are.