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Old 01-29-2012, 04:37 AM
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I stand firmly by everything else I posted, unless NZ Longranger says otherwise.
Hey, steady on, you'll swell my head!

Anyway, it will be good if you can find out more about just how they've done it. I've asked Swaro's international sales manager, but haven't heard back yet. All I know is it works in the field, as I s'pose that's really all that matters!
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They are very limited in availability, and unless you have already placed an order for one, you are unlikely to get your hands on one until late in the year.
Kilmer:

Can you elaborate on the delivery situation? I've had a pair on order since late December, and the retailer can't even estimate when they'll be in...

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Re: Swarovski EL Range binoculars - first field tests

They were announced in September 2011, and SONA started taking orders from dealers in October 2011. There are still a good number of those October orders that have not yet shipped.

Worldwide demand has far outpaced supply, and they are being shipped to dealers on an allocated basis.

Your dealer can't estimate when they will be in because SONA is having to manually allocate the small shipments they are recieving.

The last I heard, initial orders (Oct 2011) should be caught up late March, but that is a guess.

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Anyway, it will be good if you can find out more about just how they've done it. I've asked Swaro's international sales manager, but haven't heard back yet. All I know is it works in the field, as I s'pose that's really all that matters!
Greg

From the Swarovski Optik website:

"The relative deviation of the flight paths between horizontal shot and angle shot is almost identical for different calibers. Due to a correction factor, calculated from distance and angle, the corrected shooting distance can be displayed.

The EL Range with SWAROAIM, equipped with a radically new angle-shot programme developed by SWAROVSKI OPTIK, enables you to accurately ascertain the correct distance for a precise shot, even in the most difficult terrain."
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From the Swarovski Optik website:

"The relative deviation of the flight paths between horizontal shot and angle shot is almost identical for different calibers. Due to a correction factor, calculated from distance and angle, the corrected shooting distance can be displayed.

The EL Range with SWAROAIM, equipped with a radically new angle-shot programme developed by SWAROVSKI OPTIK, enables you to accurately ascertain the correct distance for a precise shot, even in the most difficult terrain."
Thanks Kilmer, yea, that's what Richard told me, which certainly sounds like they have come up with a new calculator that applies a correction to the level range that is not cosign based. Hard to be sure exactly what that means as the translation from Austrian to English confuses things to be sure. Anyway, as I said, it works in the field and that's all that matters!

We've been told we won't see any more other than the original shipment until July maybe, but I've got mine. Longest shot with them so far, Sika deer on Saturday at 1180 yards!
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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!!!
Greg
Good advise, just bought a set... lost my lieca 1200 range finder in some hole I was hunting in. It gave me a great excuse to sell the ELs. I was really torn between these three... especially since i found Geovids for 2k and Rfs for 2200... figured I'd own'em for the rest of my life, made it an easy D! I'm looking forward to seeing dead animals through them!
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