Swarovski Optik are renowned the world over for their excellence in producing the highest quality premium binoculars, telescopes and riflescopes.
Aimed at the professional or serious sports enthusiast, Swarovski often set the standard and produce some of the highest quality optical instruments incorporating highly ergonomic designs, functionality, versatility and optical excellence. This ensures that despite their relatively high prices Swarovski binoculars are still one of the most used on the market today.
Class that is Built to Last.
One of the principal ideas behind their quest for quality is that once you buy Swarovski binocular, you have a pair for life. A sign of this philosophy is that almost all their binoculars come with lenses that incorporate their easy-to-clean external coating that increases longevity.
In 2012, Swarovski updated their portfolio of binoculars and they now offer a larger selection of binoculars covering a slightly wider price range, although all are at still at the top end of the market:
EL = Ergonomic, Light
The most popular of their range are the Swarovski EL series binoculars that have been the benchmark of ultra-premium optics for a while. There is no question that these are some of the very best. Not many other binoculars can produce an image with the sharpness and natural color reproduction of the EL binocular. The open-bridge design is a favorite for birders as they are lightweight and easy handle. Included in their whole host of features is the easy to clean external lens coatings called Swaroclean making them not only simple to take care of, but longer lasting. Swarovski EL binoculars also include the new SnapShot adapter for simple connection of a digital camera through your Swarovski lens. Available in 42mm and 32mm objective lens sizes, the Swarovski EL could easily be the last pair of binoculars you will ever buy.
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Compact binoculars, that still offer an impressive performance, yet also at a competitive price point and make some of the best value for money binoculars in the Swarovski range.
Introduced in July 2011, the CL Companion models come in two different magnifications (8x30 and 10x30) and are available in three different colors: green, black and sand-brown (Traveler). Read my full review of the 8x30 CL Companion.
The distinctive new design of the new binoculars combines a modern look and feel with the compact construction and proven ergonomics typical of this long established Austrian manufacturer. At only 500 g (17 oz), they are the lightest binoculars in the premium class.
CL Companion Highlights
Video of Swarovski Optik presenting the new Cl Companion 30 Mm Binoculars:
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Depending on the model and where you buy them, Swarovski CL Companion binoculars cost about $950 / £730
These high end compacts come with a water and fogproof body, small 25mm objective lens and the double hinge roof prism design that make these very compact, especially when folded for a true pocket binocular that can be taken anywhere.
Available in two different configurations (8x25 and 10x25) and are available in three different colors: black, green and sand-brown, the CL Pockets include many of the high end features of their larger siblings:
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Depending on where you get them and the model, the Swarovski CL Pocket binoculars cost around $800 / £600:
SLC = Slim, Light, Compact
Swarovski SLC binoculars have recently undergone an upgrade and now includes the use of Swarovski's HD optical system. The range is characterized by their reliable and high-quality optics and tough construction. They now also feature the new easy to clean external lens coating called Swaroclean which makes it considerably easier to clean ocular and objective lenses. This is more important than it sounds as it means that they need less intensive attention to cleaning to to achieve maximum clarity, this in turn has the effect of considerably increasing the longevity of optics.
The whole range are well balanced and feel comfortable to hold and the attention to small details is impressive. For example there are thumb rests on the underside as well as depressions on the top side of the binoculars, that combined with the rubber armouring ensure they are secure and comfortable in the hand.
The wide range of models in the SLC series means that you can find a binocular for every purpose.
SLC 56 Binoculars
SLC 42 Binoculars
With a massive saving of $376.68 (29%) in the US and over £250 in the UK, now has never been a better time to buy a real quality pair of Mid-size birding binoculars, and you cannot get much better than the Swarovski SLC 8x30 binoculars. More Information:
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Swarovski spend a huge amount of time, effort and money ensuring that all their coatings are perfectly applied as small errors can produce a big difference in image quality between binoculars. Dale Forbes, the Marketing Manager Nature of Swarovski Optik mentioned to me that "electron microscopic images of their coatings vs those of our competitors, is very enlightening".
They have four major groups of coatings:
The newest versions of Swarovski binoculars boast that they have Swarobright, but what is it? Well in a sentence, Swarobright is Swarovski's own unique prism coating, designed for optimum color fidelity across the whole light spectrum.
So the next question is what is "color fidelity"? Well, the term “color fidelity” refers to the successful interoperability of color data, from image creation to output across multiple targets, such that color reproduction quality consistent with the user’s intent can be achieved.
As you can see the terms just get more and more complicated, I guess the most important question is, does it work. Unfortunately I have not been able to compare for myself a pre-swarobright pair of binoculars with the same model that has the Swarobright coating. But from research that I have done, the people that have reckon that the newer models are even clearer than the already excellent older versions. Below is an example, that I found on an optics forum:
"I once had a chance to compare three different Swaro SLC binoculars: pre-Swarobright, Swarobright with black body (transitional model) and Swarobright with green body.
While all three were pretty nice, the pre-Swarobright binoculars were not as good and I good comfortably see it. Considering all the new binoculars introduced since then, I would not buy a used pre-Swarobright SLC for $800."
So how do you tell if you binoculars are the Swarobright version? Take a look at the color of the light reflected by the objective lenses, they will be greenish on Swarobright versions, whist will be purple in the pre-Swarobright binoculars You can also take a look at the first two digits of the serial number, if it is 68xxxxxxxxx or higher, they are the Swarobright version. Pre-Swarobrights binoculars from Swarovski tend to be more flare prone in difficult light.
These anti-reflection "multi-layered wide-band" coatings were developed by Swarovski Optik which they say combines the physical durability of a conventional anti-reflection coating with even higher levels of transmission.
This is achieved by vaporizing the glass surfaces of the prisms and lenses with exceptionally thin coatings that minimize reflections. Thus they are able to reduce surface reflection over the whole light-wave spectrum, which is usually about 4 to 6%, right down to 0.2% - producing visibly brighter images with much better contrast.
A outer lens coating that according to Swarovski reduces the "energy on the surface" and makes cleaning them much simpler. So now cleaning both the objective and eyepiece lenses is much easier, especially when taking off things like water marks, insect repellents and tree resin. The overall effect is that the lenses require less vigorous cleaning which will significantly increase the life of your optics.
Founded by Daniel Swarovski in 1895, they began life as a crystal cutting company.
If you have a problem with your product, Swarovski recommend that you do the following:
USA Swarovski Binocular Repair
First make sure you have your model and serial number handy, then call 800-426-3089 for the service repair department. They will then give you an order number and give you instructions on how to return your product.
If under warranty, Swarovski Optik will then carry out repair without charge. If not under warranty, Swarovski will give you an estimate of the cost of the binocular repairs. No repairs will be performed until they have authorization.
International Customers, including Europe
The initial advice from them is to take the binoculars to your local dealer or you can send the product directly to the factory in Absam. I personally would contact them first before sending the binoculars, the contact details are below:
If under warranty, Swarovski will send back your repaired bin at no cost to you. If the repair is not covered by the warranty, you will receive a cost estimate for the binocular repair before commiting to the work.
Contact: Andreas Haider
Leiter Kundendienst & Reparaturen / Head of Customer Service Department
Telephone: 43 5223 511 6204
Contact: Verena Haidegger
Sachbearbeiterin Kundendienst & Reparaturen / Repair Service
Telephone: 43 5223 511 6191
For more information on repairing binoculars in general and where you can get your optics repaired, take a look at my section on Binocular Repairs.
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Telephone: (+41) 1 925 71 11
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Incorporated: 1895 as Daniel Swarovski & Co.
Sales: SFr 1.99 billion (2000)
NAIC: 339911 Jewelry (Except Costume) Manufacturing; 333314 Optical Instrument and Lens Manufacturing; 333515 Cutting Tool and Machine Tool Accessory Manufacturing
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