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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Scott from L.A.
I'm amazed by these Swarovskis. The FOV is impressive for pockets. Its greater weight is due to its solid build quality and larger 25mm objective size, but it's still a true compact. Diopter dial is easy and out of the way. The optics are insanely good, and CA is not disturbing. And the view is crystal clear. Truly brilliant!
But these models excel for two other, far more important reasons: the added 2 or 3mm's of eye relief that these pocket Swarovskis afford over other alpha pocket models (and 4mm more than their old pocket model) may not seem like much but it has made all the difference for some eyeglass wearers like me. Secondly, the new, lower magnification option for the 25mm model (8x) is a super smart move, and about time, too, for the alpha pocket group. The lower power-to-objective-lens ratio means wider, brighter FOV and better eye relief with less shakiness. I hope this becomes a trend. For me, the 7x binocular that once ruled as the birding standard still makes the most sense and I would love to see more elite 7x models again. Despite what people have been led to believe, the binocular's power isn't everything. Clarity is. Elite binoculars mean nothing if you can't see well out the other side. Birders, especially, need to re-think their priorities in this regard, and opt for bright, clear glass over murky power.
A few petty cons: The close focus distance on the 8x25 is not great; the case, never a Swarovski strongpoint IMO, is overly fiddly and, for the money, it ought to be a hardshell case; and there really is no convincing reason not to provide a rain guard and objective lens covers for glass that costs this much; lastly, the black you see on the front of the binoculars is metal, not rubber coating or plastic, and even on a cool California morning they were quite cold to the touch. Can't imagine what they feel like in cold weather without gloves. But these are small concerns and don't take away at all from the overall 5-star quality.
I'm happy to say that after twenty years of making various, sometimes expensive pocket binocular purchases, I've finally found truly first-rate, really enjoyable compacts. Such a treat! Highly recommended.
Great small pair
Steve T from San Ramon CA
Brought these about a year ago after trying a lot of different brands to find something in a small size which fit my eyes. I have not been disappointed in any way. I take them hiking and walking and they just fit in my shirt pocket. Hence they are always with me. They are extremely sharp and are close to the EL's in fact it is often hard to see any difference. They are easy to hold, focus quickly, and a pleasure to use. When carrying a scope having these in your pocket really comes in handy. I can not rate them highly enough. A great pair of bins which you always have with you what more can one ask for.
Best Binoculars on a Salmon River
Ridgerunner from Maine
Having recently purchased the Swarovski CL 8x25 binoculars, my use is principally for navigating Atlantic salmon rivers - where travelling down a rapids-infested river requires examining the state of flow, the river edges for walking, as well as scanning pools for telltale ripples of aggressive salmon. One handed use, waterproofing, easy placement in front of the eyes, with compactness are all needed. These passed - in fact I believe they are the best compacts out there for such explorations. I compared them directly with Zeiss Victory 8x32s, and found these Swarovski bins were indistinguishable in clarity. The downside is a narrower field of field, and slightly more care needed in placing the binoculars in front of the eyes, so for birding they could work, but the Zeiss would be preferred. That is it. They were crisp and sharp edge to edge in my estimation. If one were going to the Himalayas (I spent 24 months hiking there many years ago) I would take these Swarovski 8x25s. Same for kayaking in Maine and Nova Scotia. Also, if one is principally into photography, on foot, the Swarovski bins would be the ones to take, weighing less while being razor sharp. These...are...the...ones. Period.
Best Compact Binocular on the market
Earl D. from Westerville, Oh
If you need a compact binocular or if you just want a lightweight binocular, I highly recommend these. They are much easier to use and outperform any 8x20 premium binocular I've owned or tried. They fold up compactly and easily fit into my bike bag and car storage compartments, etc. The focus wheel is very easy to turn and very smooth. The optics are of course excellent, with edge to edge sharpness.
Pretty decent binoculars
Rick from Florida
I recently purchased these bins. They are compact, and pretty bright for their size.
I think they are a little over priced, but very good just the same.
499 would be a better price. One thing i do not like is that the focus wheel is loose.
I do not know if it's supposed to be this way, or if its a defect. I prefer it to be tighter.
I am not sure how to tighten up myself.
A new favorite
Mark from PA
I use compact binoculars often, including the Leica 8x20 Ultravid and the Bushnell 7x26 Elite. Both of those are excellent, but the Swarovski is my new favorite. It's bigger and heavier than the Leica and calling it a "pocket" binocular might be a stretch for some users. But it's also considerably brighter than the Leica and has an easier view because of the larger exit pupil. Folded, the Swarovski is more compact than the Bushnell and the color seems more neutral. It works really well with glasses, the focus is very light and smooth, and the overall quality can't be beat. All three are excellent compacts, but the Swaro is my new favorite.
Excellent pocket binocular
Craig T from Tucson AZ
Optical quality of these pocket binoculars is excellent . Eye relief (17mm) is good if you wear glasses. Focus wheel works well
Weight is greater than competitors ..whether this is an issue depends on personal preference. The strap is a bit uncomfortable
These optics cannot replace a larger birding binocular but can serve as a useful very portable backup pair