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To some decent binoculars. 

After many years of I have no idea how many pairs of binoculars, today I took the plunge and bought a set of Swarovski EL 10x42's.

The difference really is pretty amazing.  It's more like I am transported "there" rather than looking through binoculars. 

I look forward to hunting season, with some new eyes!

Nice forum, BTW...
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Welcome aboard, this is a great place with lots of knowledgeable and fun people.  By the way, I hope you don't go through with drawls, because your bino shopping days have pretty much ended.
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All the money I spent over the years, makes these seem inexpensive!!


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One of the best statements I ever saw in a hunting magazine concerning the cost of alpha optics - "Once they've used them, nobody complains that they spent too much on them". 
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: June/20/2010 at 08:31
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Swarovski.... Swarovski... Swarovski.... thats one of them cheapo walmart brands right?  You dont need them junkers. Send them to me and Ill get rid of them for ya.Wink
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Welcome to OT, napawino!  Your user name sounds familiar.  Haven't you and I had conversations over email before?
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Not that I remember, RifleDude.

Thanks for the welcome!
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Sure....I get my dream binos, and it RAINED ALL DAY LONG!!!!!!!


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Old or new EL's? 
I bit the bullet and bought the new Swarovision 8x42 ELs last month. My eyes weep with joy every time I use them. The world looks so much better through top shelf optics. 
Comparing them to my old 8x42 mid range models doesn't show a that much of a difference during the middle of the day, but dawn and dusk are soooooo much better through the ELs. 

PS- I shoot my Sako 85 300WSM under a Swarovision Z5 scope too. Great optics. 

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Reading these stories about the Swaro's took me back.  When I first started squirl hunting with my dad I bought a cheap pair of Binoculars at K-mart.  After one season with those I bought a less expensive pair of 10 X 25 Nikons.  They were OK but I noticed after using them all day on saturday to skim the trees I would have a headache the next day.   After two seasons with those I had enough.  I was at my local camera store looking at a lens for my camera when I started talking to the manager of the store about binoculars.  He said the top of the line they carried was Swarovski.  I had never heard of them.   He handed me a pair and when I looked through them I was so blown away I actually started laughing.  He wasn't sure why I was laughing and said what's so funny? I said I never looked through anything like this in my life.  I told him it looked three dimensional.   Well I bought a pair of 8 X 30's. That was in 1994.   Still to this day I just laugh when I look through them.  I've looked through every other high end brand and nothing looks any better to MY eyes than Swarovski.
 
Good luck and many years of laughing.  One day I'll buy the EL's.
 
Bill
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I went through 3-4 pairs of binoculars myself before I bought a pair of Swarovski 7x42 SLCs.  I owned Nikon Monarchs, Kahles, and Bushnell 8x42s and they don't even compare to the Swarovski.  It makes me laugh as well when I think about how much I spent of the three pairs, time looking and purchasing each of them and never being really satisfied.  If they make the ELs in 7x I'll buy a pair of them.  My current project is to buy a Swarovski scope for my hunting rifle.  Hope you enjoy them for years to come.
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I have had the same kind of "learning curve" as those mentioned above, except my binoculars of choice were Leica's.  Once you use quality bino's, you can't ever go back!  I spent so much money on lesser optics, thinking I was getting "just as good"... but they never were. Finally I whipped out the Visa, paid them off over a years time and now I have them!  It took me a while to figure that one out -  You get what you pay for!    



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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: June/24/2010 at 11:56
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You guys are horrible, you should be  ashamed of yourselves. Coming in here telling everyone how awesome these optics are.  Making everybody one here want to upgrade to the best. Guys like you make guys like me broke. You know how many wives your gonna make hate their husbands cause they went out and spend more on optics than they spent on there wives inthe last 5 years.
All i can say is...... she'll have to get over it.
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Congrats on the purchase.  I went through the very same journey a couple years back.  I played the cheap to a bit better to mid grade till finally going with Swarovski (SLC).  Loved the EL's just couldnt pull the trigger, but i am VERY happy with my SLC's.
Never a complaint about the money, worth every penny and then some.
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