Will someone please share my enthusiasm for the new Swarovski El 8,5x42’s I bought a few weeks ago?? ... cos my misses just doesn’t get the excitement nor understands why I take them everywhere now… they are from the wrong division of Swarovksi for her to get excited about she reckons
I first bought Minox HG 8,5 x 43 binoculars before passing my DSC1 in 2010 as used & recommended by many on here, but having now compared them side by side over a few weeks, I’m utterly blown away by the EL’s performance.
As my staking technique develops and gets ever so slightly better, I find my bino use has increased dramatically nowadays, especially as I have really slowed down to actually take in all that surrounds me and the end result is also improving because of this.
That little flick of an Roe’s ear in cover, or a fox sneaking through a glade in the twilight doesn’t go amiss so much now.
During foxing hours is where the EL’s really seem to come into their own, the light gathering and picture quality is simply stunning, I find I can now often leave the lamp off til the last few seconds when switching over to my scope/rifle during tracking foxes and calling them in, even in the dark and on some of the not-so-clear nights.
I’m by no means knocking the Minox HG’s, for value they are very hard to beat, I’m also not trying to justify the price of the EL’s, it’s an individual choice but one I really wish I’d made before now.
Even the misses has to agree that “they are actually pretty clear aren’t they”…
I also picked up a few extra’s like the bino guard, the winged eye cup set & harness which all come together & make them into a very useable package. The new carry case is also very well made and the cleaning kit just tops it all off.
So one happy chappie, see the unseen eh !!!