| NDhunter wrote:|
Your take on the Swarovski binoculars is interesting, but I am wondering about
why you are questioning the construction of the CL and how strong it is.
The CL is a small binocular, and so does not need a large hinge, and I have not heard
of any reports of problems at all, with any issues.
I own the CL, and the EL you have pictured, they both are very nice optics, and I am
thinking Swarovski has designed all of these with strength and quality in mind.
Have you had some problems with yours, and have you even tested them?
I can find no reason for an armchair engineer to come on hear and spout off nonsense.
Jerry, i don't need to defend my opinion, as it's a reasonable one considering their use of the double bridge construction in the EL 8X30 and similar. Obviously there IS a reason for that 2nd lower support.
It's not rocket science here,....and unfortunately i am either blessed, (or cursed :-), with the ability to see things some may never consider. Critical, exacting allignment of 2 separate columns wil never be as secure with just one short connection verses two. Just simple physics. It's placement to the top area leaves a lot of leverage and twisting "potential" possible at the lower objective end.
Over time i suspect you will see these going out of allignment on a regular basis, precisely because they are so small and handy. They probably won't fit in a rear pants pocket, but being small they are less likely to be noticed if placed on a seat, and could inadvertantly be sat on. But even in normal and regular use i see a longterm problem. Time will tell......but I submit that is far more likely to cause a misallignment with these, than their EL 8X30 and similarly constructed double bridge constructed binoculars.
And no,....i don't own these, nor have I tested them. Frankly,....i would never consider buying them for precisely the reasons i posted in this thread.
Not recommended, .....but I can almost guarentee that if you were to hold these in you hands and applied just a little sideways pressure, you will feel some "flex". That will not happen with their double bridged models!
Your quote: "I can find no reason for an armchair engineer to come on hear and spout off nonsense", while a bit insulting,....i find it a bit amusing also.
BTW, both of my children attended 4 years at a well known engineering college in the northeast (RPI, aka "Rensellaer Polytechnic Institute") , on full academic scholarship. My daughter was valedictorian of her high school senior class, and my son salutorian 4 years earlier in his. (he missed valedictorian by a few hundreths of a point!)
I can't say it was all my doing,....their mom is no slouch either! But you can't pass on what you don't have!