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Swarovski EL Swarovision 8.5x42 Binocular

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Exclusively at Eagle Optics. Trade in your old Swarovski binocular towards the purchase of a new Swarovski product.*

  • $700.00: 10x42 SLCNew Binocular
  • $800.00: 8x32 EL Binocular
  • $850.00: 8.5x42 EL Binocular
  • $900.00: 10x42 EL Binocular

*Purchased product must be equal to or greater than the value of the trade-in.

Want to try out a Swarovski product before sending in your old EL? After you purchase a qualifying Swarovski product, you will have 30 days to trade in your old, working condition EL binocular. Questions? Call Eagle Optics at 1-800-289-1132.

Taking another step on the path to perfection, Swarovski's EL 42 Swarovision may have reached its destination. This generation of the EL binocular comes with revolutionary new innovations to provide images with razor-sharp clarity and edges. Improved coating technology sets new standards for brilliance and image definition and guarantees optimum contrast in low light situations. Factor in the phenomenal field of view offered by the EL 42 Swarovision and you have a binocular that will garner the appreciation of the most demanding user. The EL comes with the Swarovski limited lifetime warranty.

Optical Features
High-density (HD) Glass Enhances resolution, color, and contrast.
Fully Multi-coated Lenses Increase light transmission with multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces. Swarotop coatings.
Dielectric Prism Coatings Optimize light transmission.
Phase Correction Enhances resolution and contrast through roof prisms. Swarobright coatings.
Construction Features
Roof Prisms Appreciated for a streamlined shape and durability.
Magnesium Body Is sturdy and resistant to corrosion.
Rubber Armoring Provides a secure, non-slip grip.
Multi-position Eyecups Twist up and down for comfortable viewing with or without eyeglasses.
Center Focus Wheel Adjusts both binocular barrels at the same time.
Locking Right Eye Diopter Adjusts for differences in a user's eyes. Located by the center focus wheel.
Design Features
Waterproof Optics are sealed with O-rings to prevent moisture, dust, and debris from getting inside the binocular.
Fogproof Barrels are filled with nitrogen gas to inhibit internal fogging.
Swaroclean Lens Coating Repels oils on outer glass surfaces.

Demo products do not always include the same accessories as new products. Contact us with questions.

Magnification 8.5x
Objective Lens Diameter 42 mm
Field of View 399 feet/1000 yards
Eye Relief 20 mm
Close Focus 4.9 feet
Weight 28.0 ounces
Dimensions (HxW) 6.3 x 4.8 inches
Weatherproofing Waterproof/Fogproof
  • Rainguard
  • Tethered objective lens covers
  • Neck strap
  • Case

Demo products do not always include the same accessories as new products. Contact us with questions.

Total Reviews: 52

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Most Excellent Compromise - 07/19/2012

by Ted from Arizona

My old 8X32 Nikon Premiers were my all-time favorites, but when I sent them in for warranty service Nikon replaced them with their new-at-the-time EDG 8X32s. Those never quite caught my fancy. Though they are light weight, small, sharp and clear, they have problems with diopter adjustment and what I perceive to be very shallow/narrow depth-of-field. Their objective covers were the worst I've ever seen and were unusable. So I've been in search of my last pair of binoculars... and get them in time for my next birding trip. Enter the SWAROVISIONS. These are lightweight for their size, trim, very sharp and bright and the eye relief is perfect for me as a glasses-wearer. I get no "rolling-ball effect" that some have reported. I just a sharp view from edge-to-edge and very good depth of field. Additionally, the diopter adjustment is excellent. The only slight downside I've found is with the focus ring which is not real smooth throughout its long journey from near to far. I intend to send it to Swarovski for tweaking when I return from Costa Rica. The icing on the cake was paying a bit less by getting a Demo model from Eagle Optics. Other than a little wear on the box, there wasn't a mark, blemish, or smudge on these pristine-looking binocs.

a love affair - 05/08/2012

by Amy from long island

My old bins broke just before a birding trip to Belize, so I needed to buy fast without a lot of agonized weighing of pros and cons. The easiest and smartest purchase (though a bit painful in the pocketbook) was these guys and I have to say I'm thrilled. It took a day or so to get friendly with them in the field, and then I was hooked. They feel so good in my hands--they lay easily and well balanced and do not seem heavy in the least. So friendly--such a fast, easy, sharp focus. Big, light filled image. Especially good for scanning through foliage for obscured birds, and for birding at dusk. I'm looking to create a tether arrangement for the objective lens covers--one has already fallen off but I noticed and recovered it. That's the only mildly critical thing I can come up with. I love these bins and hope to have them at my side for years to come.

Swarovision - 03/24/2012

by Gerald from Chesterfield, Mo.

Excellent service from Eagle Optics, ordered 8:30 AM, delivered before noon next day.
Outstanding optics, bright, crisp, clear with great color. The birds seem to pop out of the background. Improved ergonomics, smoother focus wheel, full field of view with glasses, easy to hold steady. Protective covers actually fit and stay on to protect lenses. Neck strap is easy to adjust with new locking system that works great.
Highly recommended

Thrilled - 02/09/2012

by MP Day from Corrales, NM

My new bins arrived yesterday afternoon in time to take a late afternoon walk in the Bosque along the Rio Grande, what a difference in the sharpness and clarity of my sight (especially on sparrows) in late afternoon light on a gray day!! I have been having difficulty with my early morning and late afternoon birding due to light, everything appeared to have a gray wash, then again I have been birding with my 12 year old 8 x 42 Bausch & Lomb Elites. That is, until yesterday!

The the binoculars fit well in my hand, setting the diopiter a breeze, eye cups comfortable, the focusing smooth, but it really is the optics that make these stellar! Even better, I was able to purchase a demo pair at a reduced price, and other than the seal on the box being broken, they are brand new, not a scratch or blemish.

I had planned on purchasing the Leica Ultravids. The last 4 years I have been looking through fellow birders optics trying to decide if I wanted the Ultravids or Zeiss Victory FL LT's, and was certain I wanted Ultravids after a week birding with them in Brazil. When I talked with Mike, he recommended I also consider the 8.5 x 42 Swarovision, so I earnestly began my research. I am truly thankful he steered me in the right direction! I am so excited, it is a treat to have such excellent optics! The service at Eagle Optics is outstanding. It is always pleasure to do business with you, Thank you.

The Swarovision is spectacular - 01/31/2012

by CJ from St. Petersburg, FL

I love my new binoculars. I can see so much better.
Easy to find the birds...lots of light even in low light as the sun comes down. Really the best binoculars I have ever used.

Superb binoculars - 12/22/2011

by Paul from Greenville, SC

I have absolutely NO complaints about the new bins.
The brightness, sharpness, definition, field of view are excellent and I find no image distortion. Depth of field is also very good and I find adjustment with the central knob to be easy and "natural".
These bins replace my 1997 vintage Zeiss 10X40 and the improvement is immediately obvious in every area, but particularly in short distance focus (one area where the older Zeiss were unacceptable).
Shipping time was only 32 hours - great service!

Nice but heavy - 11/30/2011

by Steve from San Ramon CA

I have had these about six months now. They are really sharp but I find myself just about always going to my 8 x 32 ones as these are extremely heavy and you get tired of holding them up to your eyes after awhile. Also the eye cup settings are not as smooth working as in many cheaper models. Swarovski can do better. If I had the opportunity I would trade these in for something else which is lighter. The weight kills them for me.

Swarovski EL 8.5X42 bins - 11/19/2011

by Bob from Marietta, GA

Amazing! I did not think that I would notice that big a difference between my older 10X42 Swarovski bins and the new 8.5 Swarovision bins. I was wrong! I just got back from a trip to Florida and must say that this is the best pair of binoculars I have ever owned! The close focus is a big plus compared to my old EL's and the new coatings make images extremely bright in low light. I love the new bins!

Birding binoculars - 11/18/2011

by karen from redwood city, ca 94062

Tried many brands of binoculars. Also, reviewed many online. Swarovski are the absolute best!
Could not figure out neck strap that came with binoculars. Took to sport shop that sells Swarovski, and they could not figure out the strap. Had to purchase another type of Swarovski strap. Not too pleased about that.

Great Companion - 11/01/2011

by J.B. from Austin, TX

I purchased the EL 8.5 X 42 prior to a Spring gig in the East doing a Breeding Bird Survey for the U.S. National Park Service. Used every working day for 3 months (which started at 0430) I was especially impressed with the low-light capabilities, clarity, resolution and relative light weight. I was using the Nikon Premier and not unhappy with it; however the Swaro EL is simply better quality in my experience. Teamed with the Swaro scope it was a great resource in my volunteer work with the NPS. The CS team @ EO has always been a joy to work with.

Slim and Sexy - 09/30/2011

by Terri from Sherwood, WI

My Nikon Premier 8x42 and I have been inseparable for the past 12 years. When the time came to consider replacing them for a slightly lighter and newer, the Nikon Premier was my only consideratoin. My husband surprised me with the Swarovski EL. My greatest concern in changing brands was the narrow diopter requirement I have, followed by low light detail as I love birding before sunrise. This bin did not disappoint. Excellent light gathering, flat field, eye relief and yes, they scrunch down to my very narrow eyeset and then some. The small details are especially nice; ergonomic shape to each handhold eases strain on longer views; the diameter of the handholds is a size a petite hand will appreciate; eyecup shield fits snugly, and the main objective has built in caps that remain attached when opened. The only negative I can think of is that I am constantly concious of where that bin is at all times because of the high investment. Do I think I'll have these for 20 years? Oh yes, unless Swarovski comes up with an upgrade I simply must have.

didn't know the EL could be improved. - 05/17/2011

by jwk from Illinois

After looking through someones EL's years ago, I knew that is what I wanted. Now that I could afford it, I tried 3 different models. The Condition A 8.5 x 42's, the new 8.5x42's, and the 10x50's. The new 8.5x42's were brightest and clearest. They seemed to have better resolution if that is possible and were the best in poor lighting. The increased 10 power really didn't bring the bird much closer and wasn't worth the loss in light and extra weight. These are just great. Lighter, smaller, clearer, VERY close focus. Great field of view.

Happy - 05/05/2011

by Greg L. from Dunedin Florida

I was told that these binoculars were among the best in the world and I believe it. The optics are amazing!

Great Bins - 04/15/2011

by Eugenia C. from Dauphin Island Alabama

I was a confimed B&L Elite birder, but my bins were getting old . I was afraid I would be without good optics in the near future. I purchased the new Swarovski EL Swarovision 8.5x42 Binocular. These are without a doubt the best optics I have ever seen or used! The clarity and colors are magnificent. They are expensive but well worth the cost.

Excellent in every way - 11/10/2010

by Sraddha from Northern California

I can't say enough good things about this binocular. I wanted to upgrade last year and spent time looking at binoculars in the mid to high price range, hoping to find something in the mid-range price that really wowed me. The Swarovski was the binocular that I kept coming back to, even though it is in the high price range. This binocular has exceptional clarity for detail even at long range. It is well balanced and well designed to be comfortable to use all day long. The diopter adjusts in increments small enough to get perfect focus from right to left eye. The only thing I would change if I could, is the ability to focus on close objects. Overall I recommend this without hesitation. If you want a lifetime binocular that you will enjoy time you use it, this is the one.

Best of the Best - 09/15/2010

by scott from Alabama

First off, I'd like to commend Eagle Optics for their great customer service.
I traded my 10 yr. old 8.5 ELs in for the new Swarovision 8.5 ELs. Overall, I'm quite pleased with my decision. These new ELs are simply the best binoculars I've ever looked through, with noticeable improvement over the older style ELs, which are fantastic binos. Most noticeable is the improved brightness in low-level light situations. Optically, the image is razor sharp, with more clarity. Colors seem to be richer and more natural. Minimum focusing distance is improved also. Optically, I don't think that there are better binoculars available.
Focusing is fast, but the mechanism is not exactly silky smooth, but not a detraction either. The image doesn't seem to be quite as "flat" as that of the older model ELs, but that's more a matter of personal taste.
I highly recommend the new Swarovision 8.5 EL Binoculars if you want the "Best of the Best".

Excellent Binoculars - 09/02/2010

by 4Wilderness from Hilton Head, SC

I purchased these as a gift for my avid birder spouse. Optics are extraordinary. Details of color and feather pattern not otherwise readily visible in other binoculars become apparent. Image is clear to edge of lense. These are expensive, but hopefully will last a lifetime.

Excellent optics - 07/22/2010

by Craig T from Chicago, IL

I traded my old 8.5 x 42 EL binocs for the new Swarovisions . So far I am very pleased with my decision. As an eyeglass wearer I appreciate the improved eye relief. The close focus capability is great especially for butterflies. What surprised me the most comparing the old to new binoculars is how much brighter the Swarovisions are in low light
Ironically my only minor complaint is that Swarovski no longer provides a samll compact case for these binoculars . The field case that accompanies the binoculars is very nice but not too practical for a carry on bag on an airliner

Birds look beautiful through Swarovision - 06/04/2010

by Barbara Felkins from Austin, Texas

My husband and I attended Featherfest in Galveston during the month of April. The Eagle Optics rep there was a very hard working and helpful person. She carefully showed us the optics sold by Eagle, including the Swarovision 8.5X42. My husband bought one first from another source. But, I placed my order with Eagle Optics and the service was excellent.
The color and contrast are excellent--the white on the White Wing Dove is white, white and the blue around the eyes is more beautiful than I remember before. The view is wide and the depth of field is excellent. The focus wheel is smooth. I love the close focus which is great for looking at wildflowers and butterflies. The clarity is amazing. I had a Nikon Monarch 8X42 which has served me well and is a great binocular for the price. But, the view through the Swarovision 8.5 is another dimension.

Swarovski EL 8.5x42 Swarovision - 05/08/2010

by Jerry Lenhard from Baton Rouge, LA

I've had these new binocs for one month now and have been using them regularly during our Gulf Coast spring migration. I have absolutely no reservations about saying that I have never used or looked through a pair of binocs better than these. Besides the superb optics I love the way you can easily remove the ocular eye cups making cleaning as easy as can be.

New Swarovski EL binocular - 04/28/2010

by John from El Paso, TX

I recently had the opportunity to try out the new 8.5 x 42 EL's that were at the Eagle Optics booth at High Island and all I can say is WOW!! I was complaining to the sales rep that Swarovski needed to increase the eye relief on the EL's. He told me to try these new ones. Again, WOW! the apparent eye relief was plenty for my deep-set, bespectacled eyes. He drew my attention to the massive lens diameter of the eyepieces. I had no sensation of tunnel vision at all. Next, I looked up at a fruiting mulberry tree about 30 yds away. I looked at an individual berry and saw detail that far surpassed my own very good bins. The resolution was astounding--the best I have ever experienced. These are quite simply the best bins out there. I am ordering them tomorrow!

Superlative Optics - 03/17/2010

by Patrick from California

The 8.5x42 Swarovski Swarovision binoculars are quite possibly the apex of the premier bins. They are a pleasure to use and well worth the cost.

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