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Optics Apprentice
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Has anyone compared the discontinued Swaro 8.5x42 EL (pre-Swarovision) to the 8x42 SLC HD?

Optically speaking, is the older 8.5x42 giving up much to the newer 8x42 with HD glass?
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I happen to think that the new SLC-HD is the best binocular out there.  Having said that, if you have an original EL and it suits you, then keep it.  When we get to the optical level of the alpha glass any differences become minute, nearly indistinguishable, and entirely dependent on personal preferences.  One of those "preferences" seems to be our desire to always have the best "stuff".  I'd be perfectly content with an original EL.
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