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Great optics, but not for birding
Marc R from Lederach, PA
I'm probably the only person who has returned a pair of Swarovskis. The edge-to-edge clarity and brightness of the lenses is indeed spectacular when everything is lined up just right. However, I found myself constantly adjusting the inter-pupillary distance and the eye relief to avoid black spots when focusing at different distances. This may be because I wear glasses. I could not hit the eye relief sweet spot by extending the eye cups to their preset notches, either. The other thing I didn't like is that the focus is very slow. You really have to turn the knob multiple times to change the focus distance very much, and that is not conductive to birding. I have found another brand of 10x42s with indistinguishable optical clarity and far fewer focusing issues. In sum, these are probably great binoculars for subjects that don't move much, but I would not recommend them for birding.
Paul S. from United States
The service dept at eagle optics were great in answering all my questions before buying.
Then I decided I wanted the 10X42 instead of 8.5x42 and the return policy was just as stated. I got my refund back to credit card in a few days after they received the binoculars.
I would use them again
Alaska Big Game Guide from Kodiak, AK
I have to state that I have never been more impressed with a piece of equipment and the customer service that stands behind. I had purchased a pair of 10 x 42 years ago and a spotter from Swarovski. A couple years ago when they came out with the range finding Els, I had decided to save up for them. After toiling for the last couple years I had decided just to upgrade to the regular Els. After receiving them I had buyers remorse as they didn't feel as good as the last pair and I wanted to combine rangefinder with binocular. I contacted Swarovski with my displeasure, I wanted the rangefinders. I have a hunt coming up in a couple days, they had me send the new pair back and sent me the el range overnight shipping, unbelievable! Very Happy Customer!
Swarovision is a keeper!
Victor L from Waynesboro, VA
I have been using the Swarovski EL 10x42 binocular for the past 8 years with great satisfaction. I purchased the new EL Swarovision 10x42 only because of the great deal that Eagle Optics was having (sale price plus trade-in value for my current Swarovski). I have tested my new Swarovision bins now for the past 5 days under various conditions while birding including 1) low light conditions in the woods at sunrise, 2) fields and open woods, 3) hawk watching for both near and very distant raptors and 4) backyard birding. I must say that I am very impressed with the new Swarovision bins. They are noticeably better than my previous EL 10x42 Swarovski bins in every way. The best attributes are the brighter field, enhanced resolution, and the crispness of the image from edge to edge! The ergonomics of the bins are just as good as my other bins. They are slightly longer in size and slightly heavier, but not significantly. The "rolling ball effect" while panning was noticed at first but after a few hours of use I don't even notice any longer. Even when I first noticed it, it was really no big deal. I highly recommend this binocular to those who are looking for a serious, elite binocular and to those who are thinking of upgrading.
Well, they just arrived.
RCG from Connecticut
My glasses were just delivered by FedEx two hours ago.
I had only been able to try them, and compare them indoors, so the first outdoor use was a revelation. I sat on a balcony, overlooking my back yard, and looked at everything in sight. Unbeknownst to me, there is a chipmunk living in a toppled over maple tree just at the edge of my woods. I had quite a nice view if him scratching his fleas, while he was sitting in a very shaded area.
The images are absolutely breathtaking, with subtle coloring, shading, and textures, previously unseen in my faithful Nikon Venturer LX. (also 10X42) The focus wheel is different, and brand new, so I will have to get used to that.
The balance is fine, and the glasses come naturally to the eyes. I like the sticky rubber, but I don't know if it becomes less sticky with use.
These are my new "drag them everywhere" glasses, and I wouldn't trade them for anything, even after only a half-hour's use.
(I have spent more than sixty years looking through various and sundry binoculars, and these are the best yet, by far.)
Jason J from Michigan
Over the course of the past 15 years I have gradually been upgrading my binoculars. I have owned Nikons, Cabela's Alaskan Guide series, and most recently Zeiss Conquest 10x40. After getting the Zeiss I wondered how it could be possible to improve clarity and brightness by a discernible amount. Then I got my swarovski EL 10x42's and it became quickly apparent. These are without question the clearest and brightest binoculars I have ever owned. The edge to edge clarity is phenomenal. I love the ergonomics and they just feel "right" in your hands. I also closely considered the comparable Zeiss HT version of this binocular, but was ultimately swayed in the Swarovski direction after dealing with Zeiss on some service work I needed done on my 10x40 Conquests. Zeiss took care of my issue, but it took a LONG time and I had to contact them regularly to get any sort of information. Promptness and definitive answers were not hallmarks of my experience with Zeiss service repairs. From what I've read, Swarovski is better in this regard. Anyhow, I would highly recommend these EL's to anyone looking for a high end, top quality set of binoculars.
Serious Birder Seriously Pleased
Cynthia from Houston
We bought the Swarovski 10 x 42 bins several years ago, and I still enjoy them for almost daily birding on the Texas Gulf Coast. However, when we received the Swarovski EL Swarovision 10 x 42 binoculars a few weeks ago, I was amazed at the clarity and brightness of the new ones. I didn't think it possible, but the new binoculars are tremendous and improved.
I highly recommend. Also, once we placed the order, we received delivery the very next day with no shipping charge. Thank you.
Amanda C. from San Francisco
Excellent clarity; easy to operate
10x42 or 12X50?
RobRoy from Arkansas
Swarovski EL Swarovision binoculars are wonderful. I own both the 10x42 and 12x50. The vivid optics and close focus are remarkable. Swarovski ELs are certainly expensive, but you get what you pay for, and you only live once. Disclaimer: I never owned Ziess, Leica, Nikon or other high-end binoculars.
Cheap binoculars satisfied me before Swarovski and I never knew what I was missing. I paid $5 for 7-power Bushnells at a sidewalk sale and loved them for 20 years, before upgrading to $250 8-power binoculars. The decision to buy $2,000 Swarovski binoculars was difficult, having never tried them, and I justified the spending because I saved $500 by buying “Condition A” binoculars (used at product shows). Within minutes strapping on 10x42 Swarovski ELs, I was delighted and want to take them everywhere. I bought a second, larger 12x52 pair 18 months later in an extravagant moment.
I prefer the 10x42 if I owned only one binocular, because 10x42 optics are almost as good as the 12x50, but the 10x42 is lighter and smaller. The 10x42 just feels right in the hands and begs to accompany you like a loyal dog to the woods or river. I take my 10x42 binoculars hiking, kayaking, and on ten-day canoe camping trips to the Boundary Waters. When hiking, I stick one arm through the strap and let the binoculars hang under my armpit or behind my hip, so the binoculars don’t bounce against my chest.
The 12x50 provides a slightly better, crisper vision than the 10x42, because it accepts more light, but the 12x50 is heavier (35 versus 28 oz).
The only annoying Swarovski EL feature is the removable lens covers. The problem is the lens covers fall off too easily, e.g., remove the binoculars from a stuffed backpack a few times. These little plastic lens covers are expensive to replace. I like the lens covers, they hang loose by slender straps, and do not flop into the field of view, if only they did not fall off and get lost.
Frederick S. from Denver, Colorado
Wonderful optics...How could it be better that this?
If looking for the best...look no furthur.
Only suggestion would be for Swarovski to engineer a quick change neck strap, not only for their floating strap but clips to quick change to other straps.
My first top quality binoculars
billyjon b. from farmington missouri
The swarovision 10x42 are far better than i expected. The clarity is just awesome.And the focusing is supeior to any binocs i have previously used. When i can get the money together i intend to purchase Swarovski atx 95mm spotting scope. Am looking forward to digiscoping with my nikon d3200.I would recommend these glasses to all .
Gene M. from Woodstock, NY
Great Bins- I am not new to the brand and also have a pair of 8x42.
High quality of glass,
responsive focus &
just plain feel good in the hand.
I am 70 yrs old a beginning to get a bit arthritic in the hands, so I appreciate even more the "comfort" of the way they feel.
More Than Excellent
Hank A. from Port Aransas, TX
I purchased these 10x42 EL binoculars for my wife to use birding. They replaced some other lower powered Swarovski glasses she has used for several years.
I was a little worried that she might not like the higher magnification, or that there would be less light transmitted than before.
The Eagle Optics return/swap policy eased my fears - but turned out to be not required.
The binoculars were shipped quickly and arrived on time.
She has loved them and will never go back
David H. from Florida
I have read in various reviews that folks have trouble quickly focusing. My wife has the 8.5x32 and I just purchased 10x42. I find that 4.6' minimum close view is better than any other bino. Most of my imaging is 12' to 290' for birding. Within this range I find the focusing to be approximately .5 of a turn and thus a quick focus for my needs. The balance of the turning focus (1.5 turns from 4.6' to 12' and 0.6 turns from 290" to infinity), approximately 2.1 turns, is never used. Thus the 2.5 total turning focus range is extraneous to the perceived problem. My finger sits on the focus knob and zeros in on the object without multiple position changes.
Pack from Washington, NC
My Swarovision 10x42 binoculars are a replacement for a set of binoculars I have used for many years. My birding partner has used his for 60 years, but one look through the Swarovski's was enough to convince him to trade in his Leica and get a pair. They are clear, have good low light characteristics, and are relatively light for the power you get. I love them!
imperfect, but fantastic
Chris from Brooklyn, NY
It's hard for me to say whether these perform 10 times as well as $250 binoculars, or twice as well as what you can get for $1200. What I can say is that I would be happy if these were to be the only binoculars I get to use for the rest of my life, and that I haven't regretted buying them for a moment. The image is exceptionally bright, clear, and accurate, and I simply recognize birds I wouldn't have been able to see with my other bins, especially in poor light conditions like dark woods, bright backlighting, and dusk. I like the balance and hand-feel, and am happy carrying them for hours. The relatively heavy weight also doesn't make them shake annoyingly much, and for me it is a welcome trade-off for the extra magnification. Viewing a warbler 70 meters (230 feet) away, I was recently glad to brace them against a post to clear up the image, but at shorter distances, I don't have a problem. And it says something that it was easy to ID a warbler in the bushes at 70 m in the first place! The excellent eye-relief means I'm happy using them with or without glasses. Now, I often leave my sunglasses on while birding.
I two complaints that do not undercut the above. First, the crossbar which holds the focus ring is, after several hours, unpleasantly sharp against the inside of my third or fourth finger if I carry them in what's for me the most natural grip. Second, the focus is slow. My previous binoculars cover the full range of focus in 1.5 turns, and these take 2.5 turns. That means it can take up to a second longer to get on a bird, and that's a cost. The upside is that the depth of field is quite precise, and I feel like I can get a clear focus on a particular depth even in a dense tangle. Also, the field of view is narrower than some binoculars, and that would probably bother me if I were less familiar with pointing the binoculars at birds.
Excellent product and speedy service
Catherine from St. Charles, MO
I spent a good amount of time researching the best binoculars to buy and the best place to purchase them. It all came down to Eagle Optics and Swarovski EL 10x42. I cannot be more pleased with the quality of the binocs and the speed of service from Eagle Optics. Ordered on a Sunday evening and they were delivered on Tuesday morning. Thanks.
Just Do It!
J.B. from Austin, TX
I recently purchased the Swaro EL 10 X 42 for a Panama birding trek and was most impressed! The resolution, low-light performance, colour & field of view are excellent. Several in my group just had to try it. It is very serviceable in inclement weather & a great resource. The CS team @ EO was wonderful to work with. After having several 'good' Bins, I am enjoying the best--in my estimation. Cut back somewhere else & just get these.
swarovski is the best
Jack from California
This Swarovision is better than any other binocular, It gives you the sharpest image ever
Ralph from Kettering, Oh
After many good years of service my trusty 7x35 Nikons were not up to compensating for my aging, imperfect eyes. Seeking the best led to the miraculous mechanical quality built into Swarovski product that is coupled with equally miraculous optical design. I have been thrilled at how well these 10x's work in close focus and regular viewing modes
It is not an ad writer's hyperbole to say that these glasses feel Ike an extension of your body but is exactly how they do feel. Your will never regret this purchase.
Mike from Wyoming
The EL 10X42 binoculars are so bright and crisp that you may forget you don't have bionic eyes. After owning a pair of higher end Steiner binoculars purchased last year I can say that it was a blessing when they met their waterloo under the tire of my truck last hunting season, because I replaced them with a pair of EL Swarovski's. When I previously upgraded binoculars it never seemed like the higher cost was worth the slight optical improvement, and I always felt victimized by the law of diminishing returns. Not so with these binoculars. They are expensive, but worth every penny.
Ooohs, aahs, and a breaking-in period
Don Q from Houston
I recently couldn't resist an upgrade from some 10 yr old Swarovski 10 x 42, which have been my constant and heavily used birding companion, to these later model Swarovision 10 x 42.
Yes all the oohs and aahs people have been describing are true; the color, brightness, and clarity of these binos are amazing. But the primary upgrade factor is the much larger field of view which provides a greater magnified viewing area with edge to edge clarity.
The "downside" to this wide view is what some others have described as the "rolling ball effect." This is a legitimate description of what happens when one is scanning foliage, however I noticed after using these binos regularly for about a month during this spring's migration that the effect is lessened as the viewer gets use to what is a very different viewing experience. In other words, to an extent the new Swarovisions just take some getting used to.
Everything about the design, the mechanics, focusing wheel, thumb grips, cladding, and dioper rise to the usual high Swarovski standards.
Sure they are expensive, but you are buying a company and a warranty that are unmatchable. Under warranty and gratis, Swarovski recently completely refurbished my 10 yr old set inside and out with a tuneup including a complete new rubber cladding. This kind of service is almost completely unheard of for present-day consumer products.
Worth every penny. Go for it, if you can.
kernscot from upstate NY
I bought my last binoculars about 35+ years ago and they were Leica Trinovid 10x42 with very poor close focus. I more than got long use and excellent service from them. For a long time I have been looking for an upgrade and this new Swarovski pair finally got to me. I decided I deserved a 65th birthday present and since I had started my pension decided to go for it.I knew they would be good from the reviews and from friends, but I was blown away when I took my first look through them! I have been a fanatic, crazed birder all my life and this will make my last years birding fantastic. Brilliant, sharp. super detailed images. I can focus on insects almost at my feet and no longer need a close focus extra pair. My only very minor problem has been sometimes the eye cups get turned down as I walk etc. Not sure yet what I am doing to cause this but don't care because they are easily turned back. The locking diopter adjustment is a terrific improvement over the Leicas. They feel so nice in the hands and don't feel excessively heavy although slightly bigger than the Leicas.They are a lot of money, and worth every penny in my opinion. They are keepers!
Swarovski EL 10x42 Swarovision
Isaac from Staten Island, NY
These binoculars are by far the best thing on the market. I have looked through every other high end binocular and they are all practically useless compared to these binoculars. The person that said that they are like looking through the eyes of God is right. The brightness, color, clarity, sharpness of image, low light capability, depth of field, feel, strap are all sencond to none. My old Leica Ultravids while being great, can not shine these binoculars shoes.
I have 2 friends that took one look through my binoculars and immediately said I am buying them and did so the next day. There is really nothing more that you can say about these binoculars other than buy them immediately and consider it the best money you have ever spent.
When used in direct comparison to my Leicas and the old el Swarovski's, the swarovision is profoundly brighter and sharper. Looking at a Fox sparrow under a bush in fading light in the Swarovisions is like seeing one out in the open at high noon. Every feather and every detail is so bright and clear it takes birding to a whole other level. To sum up, here are some of the reactions that I have gotten from friends who looked through these binoculars
"holy sh_t these are amazing"
"why did I just spend all of that money of the Ultravid HD's"
I read another review that said that you will need a diaper after your first look through these binoculars because you will loose control of your bowels. He was right!
Buy these binoculars and enjoy a new level of clarity that will make every time you use them and put your eyes up to them like a religious experience.
snacks master from USA
These are like looking through the eyes of GOD!! I will never buy another brand of optics.
Fred from Denver, Colorado
These are everything they say they are. When compared side by side with other binoculars....there is no comparison. Outstanding clarity and definition. Definitely would recommend these to others.
Binocs at their best!
JW Saunders from Montrose, CO
Swarovski is as good as they get...don't buy anything else because you will not be happy. Look through them and see for yourself!
Mike from USA
Echoing other reviewers, these are without question the finest binoculars optically I have ever used. Resolution, brightness, contrast, color are just superb, better than any of the other high end roofs currently available (I have tried all but the new Nikons). In addition, for 10X binoculars, the eye relief and depth of field are excellent. For once I do not have to press the binoculars hard against my glasses and it is much easier to follow flying birds because of the depth of field than it was with my old high end roofs. Close focus to 5 feet is pretty remarkable too.
The only two complaints I have heard about these binoculars from others are that the focus is a little sticky and that the flat field creates a "rolling ball" effect when panning. I agree the focus is not as smooth as it could be, but it never bothers me in actual use in the field. Not everyone is sensitive to the rolling ball effect and apparently I am not as I just do not see it even when I look.
In my view the only real drawback is of course the price. For binocular connoisseurs who can afford them, these binoculars deliver the finest view of any of the current top roof binoculars. If your budget is more limited, you have to decide if you want the 97% of perfection delivered by less expensive top end roofs or whether getting to 99.5% is worth the extra strain on your budget. All I can say is the advances claimed by Swarovski are real and not hype and the view though these is literally breathtaking for those who have trained their eyes to appreciate the small differences between quality optics.
Swarovision EL 10x42
Judith Rabi from New York
These binoculars are amazing. The amount of light and the clarity of the image-fabulous. and looking at butterflies or dragonflies incredible. Three of my friends traded in older pairs of Swarovski binoculars for the new Swarovisions immediately after looking through my bins.
However, I'm a little concerned because two of them had to return the Swarivisions a week after purchasing them because of problems with eyecups and focus. So I hope these binocular will be as good to me and as durable as my old Leicas
Clay from Montpelier, VT
Without qualification, the finest binoculars I have ever owned. I wanted just a bit more power than my Swarovski 8.5x42's – particularly for working over fields and open water. Hesitated stepping up to the "Swarovision" 10X42's mainly because of the price, but found Eagle Optics staff encouraging with their answers and I finally "took the plunge". From the moment I put them up to my eyes for the first time - and through several extended field trips - I have had absolutely no regrets. Without qualification, the finest binoculars I have ever used – bar none. Excellent ergonomics. Superb resolution and amazing color. Just one small suggestion. Swarovski continues to ship world class binoculars with (IMHO) binocular cases totally impractical for hard field work. Plan on investing in a case that will adequately protect your investment. I find the well constructed (and padded) Vortex Viper 50mm Binocular Case (yes, 50 mm) an excellent alternative for both my Swarovski 8.5x42's and Swarovision 10X42's. All the other accessories work fine!