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Swarovski EL Range binoculars - first field tests

 
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:15 PM
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Swarovski EL Range binoculars - first field tests

I've been playing with a pair of the new Swaro EL Range 10x42's for a week now. I've been comparing them to the previous benchmark ranging performance wise - the Zeiss RF binos, and also the Leica Geovids. I spent a few days with Richard Kramer, Swaro International Sales Manager while he was visiting New Zealand. He said they had wanted to beat their competitors models in every way, and that's why it has taken so long to get their new model on the market.

Well, optically, the Swaro's are definitely better than the RF's and the Geovid HD's. Their lowlight performance is amazing for a combo unit with the optical compromises incorporating a rangefinder entails.
Range wise, I've got 2250 yards to a grassy face out of them continually in late afternoon, and they'll do 2050 yards to the same face even in bright light. They'll do 1700 yards every time to a pine tree in bright light that the RF's will only get occasionally, 1 in 10 tries at best. The Geovids are limited to about 1440 yards, and even less in bright light.
In light misty rain which is really hard on rangefinders, as usual the Geovids wouldn't read at all, while the Swaro's and RF's managed about 1600 yards.
The Swaro's have an inclometer built in, and a good True Ballistic Range feature.
On top of this they are only the size of the old EL binos, with two bumps out the bottom to house the electronics. They are far less bulky and lighter than the opposition.
So it looks like the Swaro EL Range was well worth the wait!!!! They have the best rangefinder with the smallest beam divergence, the best inclometer features, the best optics, and all in the smallest package. We have a new bench mark in bino rangefinders!!!
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Re: Swarovski EL Range binoculars - first field tests

What is the beam divergence spec?
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Re: Swarovski EL Range binoculars - first field tests

1.5mx.5m at 1000m.
The next best is the Zeiss RF's at 1.6x.5m. But the RF's have a range limiter or display limiter or some such as they will never read beyond about 1720 yards even to a highly reflective target. The Geovid HD's are limited to 1440 yards or thereabouts.
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Re: Swarovski EL Range binoculars - first field tests

I've been digging for some info on the angle compensation feature on these. Maybe you could help out a bit if you don't mind. Is there a range limit to how far that feature will work and does it give both the actuall and corrected shooting distance?
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Old 10-23-2011, 05:13 PM
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Re: Swarovski EL Range binoculars - first field tests

It displays both actual range and TBR when on corrected ballistic range mode which works to about 1000 yards. Beyond that it just displays just the range, with 3 dashes where the TBR usually is. It can also just display the range and the angle in degrees if you'd rather, or for angled shots beyond 1000 yards. Or just the range of course!
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Re: Swarovski EL Range binoculars - first field tests

Ok thank for the help
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Old 10-24-2011, 09:34 AM
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Re: Swarovski EL Range binoculars - first field tests

If you get any more info let us know, especially if you test it against any other LRFs. I'm considering the CRF1600, PLRF05, and the Swaro EL Range. the Leica is the least expensive. The Vecrtonix only has a 1yr warranty, and the Swaro is the most expensive, and not a ton more than the Vectonix. The EL-R comes with a Swaro warranty and a pair of EL's attached. I need something that ranges farther and more consistent than my Geovids. I can get out to 1200yds right at dawn and dusk, but I'm lucky to get 500yds in the middle of the day. They are going back to Leica, but I'd like something with the capability to get to 1mile.
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