Exclusively at Eagle Optics. Purchase a NEW Swarovski 42mm or 50mm EL Swarovision or SLC 42mm HD binocular from Eagle Optics and send your working condition older EL (non-Swarovision) or older SLCNew 10x42 (non-HD) binocular to Eagle Optics for $700, $850, or $900 back! Trade-in values are as follows:
$700.00: 10x42 SLCNew Binocular
$850.00: 8.5x42 EL Binocular
$900.00: 10x42 EL Binocular
Want to try out a Swarovision before sending in your old EL? After you purchase a Swarovision, you will have 30 days to trade in your old, working condition 42mm EL binocular.
Questions? Call Eagle Optics at 1-800-289-1132.
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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 virtually even images with razor-sharp clarity and outlines. 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.
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.
Enhances resolution and contrast through roof prisms. Swarobright coatings.
Appreciated for a streamlined shape and durability.
Is sturdy and resistant to corrosion.
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.
Locking Right Eye Diopter
Adjusts for differences in a user's eyes. Located by the center focus wheel.
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.
I kept saying to myself that one day I would bite the bullet and by a set of Swarovskis when someone said if you intend to buy them one day, you should do it now as they last a lifetime and they will dramatically improve your birding enjoyment. That they did. I love using my 8.5 x42s and could not have asked for anything better. I can't wait to take them on my first trip.
Manfred K. from Winters, California
After wearing out my excellent Leitz 8x42 over a period of nearly 40 years of bird and wildlife watching I was ready for a new and, most likely, final pair of top performing binocs. After trying out a few models I settled on the Swarovski EL Swarovision 8.5x42 despite its exorbitant price. I was persuaded by its stunning light gathering capabilities and its feel in the hand. While my Leitz had served me well and was clearly the equivalent of binocs one price level beneath this one, like the Zeiss Victory series, the Swarovski delivers detail and resolution in low light conditions I had never experienced before. Watching birds in dim underbrush or late in the day gives one at first the impression of looking through night vision goggles. Pretty impressive. The close focus is also a bonus in many situations my Leitz had to pass up. Of great importance to me was also the feel and balance of these binoculars.I like to wrap my hands around the barrels of the binocs to steady and point them accurately. I tried, for example, a pair of Zeiss Victory binocs but found them uncomfortably chunky and difficult to steady.The rubberized textured surface is perfect, the indentations for the thumbs, while not essential, serve as a nice tactile reference point. The focusing wheel works extremely smoothly, without free play,and focusing is quick and accurate. The adjustable eye cups work well and are comfortable. One little quibble. When I received the binocs one of the eye cups became unscrewed when I tried to twist it into the proper position. I was able to fix this, but it probably should not happen with an expensive item such as this. Overall, however, despite having hesitated for a while because of its steep price, I am very happy to have taken the plunge. I use it every day around my place in the country and am looking forward to taking it on my next trip into the South-American rainforest. It delivers what I had hoped for.
Couldn't be happier!
Linda from Albuquerque, NM
I am new to the birding community and originally purchased Nikon Monarch 5's which I was quite pleased with. When my husband started joining me, I quickly realized that sharing a pair of binoculars might end a 25 year marriage. The focusing knob on the Nikon's felt a bit smoother to the touch, however I have noticed that my Swarovision's need much less adjustment. Despite the criticisms I have read, I have no issues with the focus knob. I did not have an opportunity to try out various binocular's since there are no high end optic stores in my area. After searching online, I found Eagle Optics and opted for buying online. I received my binocular's within two days as promised and couldn't be happier with them. The main advantage for me is I now see colors much better particularly in low light. The field of view is fantastic. I am so pleased with these binocular's.
Just do it!
Laurie D. from United States
This is the best birthday present I ever bought myself. It has increased my enjoyment of birding immensely. There is no comparison to all my other binos. The comfort of holding the Swarovskis, the clarity and brightness are striking. If even considering purchasing expensive binos like these, JUST DO IT! You will never regret the decision when you are out in the field.
Sraddha from Nevada City, CA
My husband bought these binoculars for me for my birthday from Eagle Optics a couple of years ago. I love everything about them, and have enjoyed birding even more now that I can see even minute details in the magnificent creatures that we share this earth with. These binoculars offer exceptional clarity, ease of focus, great in low light situations. The one small thing I would change if I could is the focus in close situations, I'd like that range to be closer. You will never need another pair of optics if you go with Swarovski. It is an investment in a lifetime of birding enjoyment. I do highly recommend a harness with these.
Bucket list item
Robert S. from Bloomington, Illinois
As long as I can remember I wanted these world class binoculars. Now retired I am at awe with the quality that I can watch birds.
Swarovision 8.5x42 Binocular
Ned B. from MS
It took a bit of soul-searching to spend so much. But these, my third pair of Swarovski's, are certainly the best binoculars I have owned in my seventy+ years of birding. They are a delight for aging eyes and highly recommended. Most particularly appreciated is the much improved speed of focus. One quibble. After spending more than I did for the first new automobile I ever bought, I would have expected a lens cover system better than something one might find on a child's cheap toy. Certainly Swarovski could come up with some sort of positive lock system particularly for the objective lens.
J Johnson from Northern, CA
You need these binoculars. They are BRIGHT, CLEAR and have a huge Depth of Field. The birds will have no chance of escaping you. I have played with the various high end brands for hours and these are the best for me. Try them and buy them. Eagle Optics is a terrific company to buy from. They are not always perfect.. The snap shot adapter is not listed as part of the EL package and I was told on the phone that it was not included. It is included (it came with the binoculars).
Linda M. from Sherburn Mn
I love the Bins. They are the best I have ever looked through. Eagle Optics is the best! Two days for them to get here.
I never write reviews.....
Anthony from Australia
but here goes......
These are the first binoculars I have owned since the ones my grandpa gave to me when I was 10 (his ex-army WW2 field glasses). As such I am no expert in comparing these to other brands and models. I do however have many years shooting wildlife/sports with Canon’s 400 + 500 + 600mm primes and so have an appreciation for great optics. The Swarovski 8.5 x 42 Swarovision clearly fall into the same elite glass category as the high quality lenses mentioned.
First up I should say that these binoculars are not heavy. They are sturdy but they are easy to use for extended periods. Construction is first rate and they fall into the hands nicely. The thumb indentations make them very comfortable. I assume that all high end binocs have similar ergonomics but even so I wanted to make this point as they just feel so nice to hold.
The quality of the image is spectacular! I have never seen anything like it. I had read a lot about them before deciding to spring for them and they exceed everything I had read and come to expect in the IQ department. Sharp, sharp, sharp. In fact what I attributed to edge fall of was actually only noticeable when things on a different plane where in the edge of the frame. Sharpness is actually excellent edge to edge if looking at something on the same plane/distance.
Depth of field was impressive and they are very bright. One of the first things I did with them was glass a canyon wall (recent trip to Yellowstone National park) and the light gathering capabilities were highlighted by the fact that it made it possible to see deeply into rock overhangs; way back there in the shadows! Within a short while I had spotted a coyote in deep cover under some low bushes.
Even tonight (back here at home) I used them to watch trout and small birds (swallows) feasting on a chironomid hatch in the failing light. Like I said at the beginning, maybe all x42 binocs are as bright, I don’t know. But these were exceptional at gathering whatever light was available.
Focusing is very fast and I have no trouble tracking most birds or my sheep dogs on the run. The only thing I would suggest is that the focusing mechanism could be smoother. This is something noticeably different from my big white Canon lenses. However as I am not an enthusiast and in real terms it makes no difference to my enjoyment of using them; it doesn’t bother me. If there was an area they could improve on it would be this.
I read all I could on both this site (reviews) and everywhere else I could find courtesy of google. I was a skeptic as the reviews all seemed to be overly positive and the price of these binoculars is significantly more than that of the competition. So purchasing them sight unseen had risks. I knew of Eagle Optics guarantee but wanted to make the right choice off the bat as I needed them for a three week trip and getting the wrong ones, even if they could be swapped, would have been a problem as they had to be shipped to Montana in the first place.
I just want to say that I couldn’t be happier with these Swarovskis. This pair will go everywhere with me be it in the car or on the river for work every day. I still have to pinch myself when I look through them as the IQ is stunning. Several of my friends are hunters and they all have fallen in love with them. They are simply superb.
Lastly I want to mention something I wasted many hours reading up on. The rolling ball effect. I did initially see this phenomenon when I put them to my eyes without any adjustment and panned! To me it looked like there was mercury moving about in the frame. I immediately adjusted them and I have never noticed it again. I really sweated on this oft heard complaint but luckily for me and the people I was traveling with, this was not a problem.
I can highly recommend these binocs for their amazing IQ, great ergonomics, robust build quality and relatively small size. Coming from high end telephoto photography I was shocked by the IQ, depth of field and light gathering abilities of the 8.5x42 and cannot recommend them highly enough.
Even though this is a glowing review I hope this helps others to make the appropriate decision. I am not a salesman’s dream as I am unlikely to spring for some 10x and something more compact down the track. These are a one off for me. But I wanted to write something to express just how impressed I am by them.
Most Excellent Compromise
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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. Eugenia
Excellent in every way
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
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".
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.
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
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
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.