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Title: Swarovski binos
Post by: mossyoak arrow slinger on December 14, 2019, 06:25:22 PM
Well, I am finally looking at purchasing some new binos and I am set on buying swarovskiís.  Looks like there is quite a bit of price difference between the elís and the SLCís.  My question to those of you that have a pair of swaroís is there a huge difference between the two? 


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Title: Re: Swarovski binos
Post by: Taco280AI on December 14, 2019, 06:45:12 PM
Never looked through SLCs, but ELs are the best glass I've looked through. Just bought some new 10x42s since I've been hunting more open country. The 8.5x42s are great, just wanted a little more mag.





Selling mine for $1800 once they get back from Swaro for a checkup and cleaning. 
Title: Re: Swarovski binos
Post by: hogslayer on December 14, 2019, 07:14:38 PM
Hard to say because I have 10x42 EL and 15x56 slc. SLC are really nice.  But big.  I donít have two of the same size.  But clarity between the two seem the same. 
Title: Re: Swarovski binos
Post by: mossyoak arrow slinger on December 14, 2019, 07:38:02 PM
Thanks for the replyís so far.  I have been doing a ton of research through out the years but I would rather hear it from those of you that actually use them in the field. 


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Title: Re: Swarovski binos
Post by: jrebel on December 14, 2019, 07:43:52 PM
Tagging

I use an older pair of SLCís and love them.  They are heavier than the new models.  I have never used the ELís.   Not 100% sure, but went the lenses cut differently on each and designed for different viewing.
Title: Re: Swarovski binos
Post by: elkaholic123 on December 14, 2019, 08:08:57 PM
I had Elís for several years and a few years ago upgraded to EL range, hated carrying 2 optics.
Title: Re: Swarovski binos
Post by: huntnphool on December 14, 2019, 08:43:23 PM
 Your best investment would be a pre owned set of EL 10x42ís, never look back after that. Pay once, cry once...done! :twocents:

 If you need a set to borrow and try out, you can borrow mine anytime. ;)
Title: Re: Swarovski binos
Post by: BULLBLASTER on December 14, 2019, 08:44:08 PM
I spent an hour or so near dusk ish looking through both el and slc  10/42 last fall. Ended up leaving with the slc. I actually like them better in the time I used them.
Title: Re: Swarovski binos
Post by: Magnum_Willys on December 14, 2019, 08:45:05 PM
I got the SLCís to save a grand and avoid potential ďfield flatteningĒ issues some people have with ELís.  I do wish SLCís offered 12 power like ELs. 

Some people do like SLCís better. 
Title: Re: Swarovski binos
Post by: Rainier10 on December 14, 2019, 09:00:28 PM
I just recently bought a set of 10x42 elís. I havenít looked through SLCís but love the ELís.

I got them on sale and used my cabelas points to get them for almost the same price as SLCís.
Title: Re: Swarovski binos
Post by: blackveltbowhunter on December 14, 2019, 10:23:12 PM
I went through a bunch of glass before deciding on the 10x42 el. The difference seemed negligible in optical clarity to my eye. The El was slightly brighter to me, and the overall brightest I used. That and the edge in ergonomics and weight lending to longer and better glassing sessions, all led me to choosing the top dog. Both will serve well tho!
Title: Re: Swarovski binos
Post by: Magnum_Willys on December 15, 2019, 08:57:43 AM
Slcís are 1.6 oz lighter than ELís. 
Title: Re: Swarovski binos
Post by: boneaddict on December 15, 2019, 10:31:22 AM
Your best investment would be a pre owned set of EL 10x42ís, never look back after that. Pay once, cry once...done! :twocents:

 If you need a set to borrow and try out, you can borrow mine anytime. ;)

It only cost me about 2 grand to borrow his binos.  :chuckle:
Title: Re: Swarovski binos
Post by: b23 on December 15, 2019, 11:01:37 AM
Your best investment would be a pre owned set of EL 10x42ís, never look back after that. Pay once, cry once...done! :twocents:

 If you need a set to borrow and try out, you can borrow mine anytime. ;)

It only cost me about 2 grand to borrow his binos.  :chuckle:

Yep, once you start using awesome glass, you are pretty much screwed because it makes everything else seem like you're looking through a friggen screen door.  Good optics will ruin you from ever using cheap stuff again.  :bash:
Title: Re: Swarovski binos
Post by: Taco280AI on December 15, 2019, 11:10:10 AM
 :yeah:

I never should have looked through Swaros
Title: Re: Swarovski binos
Post by: Bob33 on December 15, 2019, 11:50:28 AM
The differences are minor but may be significant to some users. They both have some of the best glass in the world.

Here's a good article: https://blog.sandsarchery.com/swarovski-slcs-or-els-which-are-the-best-hunting-binoculars/ (https://blog.sandsarchery.com/swarovski-slcs-or-els-which-are-the-best-hunting-binoculars/)
Title: Re: Swarovski binos
Post by: trophyhunt on December 15, 2019, 12:28:49 PM
Everyone's eyes are different, I went to sportco and looked threw both models. My eyes for some reason liked the slc's better, I'm sure they have the exact same glass, but each pair is different.  I ended up buying a used pair of 10x42 slc's and love them.  I'd go look threw both and go with what your eyes see. 
Title: Re: Swarovski binos
Post by: ellensburgpo on December 15, 2019, 12:34:23 PM
Everyone's eyes are different, I went to sportco and looked threw both models. My eyes for some reason liked the slc's better, I'm sure they have the exact same glass, but each pair is different.  I ended up buying a used pair of 10x42 slc's and love them.  I'd go look threw both and go with what your eyes see.

Agreed, I also went with a pair of SLCís. Both great, one was just a little better for my eyes.
Title: Re: Swarovski binos
Post by: hogslayer on December 15, 2019, 03:12:50 PM
I can get some pretty good pricing on them from a place in Montana so no sales tax.  Let me know if you want me to check it out.  I picked up a pair of 15x56 SLC for 2k TYD.
Title: Re: Swarovski binos
Post by: Skyvalhunter on December 15, 2019, 04:05:26 PM
I thought Swaro had a price that their binos could not be sold below regardless of the seller
Title: Re: Swarovski binos
Post by: hogslayer on December 15, 2019, 04:38:06 PM
Everyone has that.  Some companies list them as Demoís and other ways to get around it. I get them from a dealer.
Title: Re: Swarovski binos
Post by: Harbor_hunter on December 15, 2019, 04:50:00 PM
Never looked through EL's so I can't speak for those, but I have had a pair of 10x42 SLC's for about 10 years now and love them.  I don't think you can really go wrong with the SLC's plus a little cheaper too. 
Title: Re: Swarovski binos
Post by: Bob33 on December 15, 2019, 06:25:18 PM
The ELs have greater eye relief, slighty different color rendition, and a flat field of view edge to edge. If none of those matter the SLCs are less expensive.
Title: Re: Swarovski binos
Post by: mossyoak arrow slinger on December 15, 2019, 07:27:34 PM
Your best investment would be a pre owned set of EL 10x42ís, never look back after that. Pay once, cry once...done! :twocents:

 If you need a set to borrow and try out, you can borrow mine anytime. ;)

It only cost me about 2 grand to borrow his binos.  :chuckle:
Must mean you went out and bought some after you borrowed them?   


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Title: Re: Swarovski binos
Post by: Magnum_Willys on December 15, 2019, 07:53:30 PM
$1539 SLCís  wally world vs $2689 ELís. 

If I was spending $ for EL might as well get with rangefinder. 
Title: Re: Swarovski binos
Post by: Taco280AI on December 15, 2019, 08:36:45 PM
Were some demo EL 10x42s for $2029 recently. Looked new to me.
Title: Re: Swarovski binos
Post by: Buckjunkie on December 15, 2019, 09:21:16 PM
I currently own Zeiss, Leica and Swarovskis and my money is currently on Swarovski.

The 8x42 EL range on a tripod are the best glass I have ever looked through. I also own 15x60 Zeiss and bought 15x56 SLCís seven years ago and made the mistake of looking through newer 15x56 SLCís three years ago and had to sell and buy the newer ones. Crazy clear, but still not as good as the ELís.
Title: Re: Swarovski binos
Post by: M_ray on December 15, 2019, 11:38:22 PM
Your best investment would be a pre owned set of EL 10x42ís, never look back after that. Pay once, cry once...done! :twocents:

 If you need a set to borrow and try out, you can borrow mine anytime. ;)

It only cost me about 2 grand to borrow his binos.  :chuckle:
Must mean you went out and bought some after you borrowed them?   


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Exactly! I hunted with phool a lot and I would grab his binoís at low light just so I could count points  ... He cost me a pair of Elís too! I sold them a couple years back in favor of Rangefinders cause I got tired of carrying two different pieces of equipment... Iíd never go back to not having rangefinder binoís again except for 15x56ís on a tripod
Title: Re: Swarovski binos
Post by: Skyvalhunter on December 16, 2019, 05:05:27 AM
Hunted is past tense.
Title: Re: Swarovski binos
Post by: boneaddict on December 16, 2019, 05:15:05 AM
Your best investment would be a pre owned set of EL 10x42ís, never look back after that. Pay once, cry once...done! :twocents:

 If you need a set to borrow and try out, you can borrow mine anytime. ;)

It only cost me about 2 grand to borrow his binos.  :chuckle:
Must mean you went out and bought some after you borrowed them?   


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That is correct. 
Title: Re: Swarovski binos
Post by: Bob33 on December 16, 2019, 07:52:49 AM
Itís a lot of money, but if hunting is your primary activity/hobby it can be worth it. $2500 amortized over 25 years of hunting is $100 per year. If you go the less expensive route and buy a $500 binocular, will they last you 25 years? If not how many more pairs will you end up buying?
Title: Re: Swarovski binos
Post by: OltHunter on December 16, 2019, 08:04:22 AM
 :yeah:

And I've said it before, you could probably sell them for $1,000 too after 25 years!
Title: Re: Swarovski binos
Post by: boneaddict on December 16, 2019, 08:25:50 AM
The only real downside is if you let your wife go with you and borrow them.  It takes them about 10 seconds to figure out they like your binos better than theirs.   You then eith share the same binos, or you are out another 2k.  :)
Title: Re: Swarovski binos
Post by: Pinetar on December 16, 2019, 08:50:19 AM
The only real downside is if you let your wife go with you and borrow them.  It takes them about 10 seconds to figure out they like your binos better than theirs.   You then eith share the same binos, or you are out another 2k.  :)

Yep been there, but the upside to that is you end up with a backup pair when needed :chuckle:
Title: Re: Swarovski binos
Post by: Mtnwalker on December 16, 2019, 08:53:10 AM
The only real downside is if you let your wife go with you and borrow them.  It takes them about 10 seconds to figure out they like your binos better than theirs.   You then eith share the same binos, or you are out another 2k.  :)

If your wife is anything like mine then itís a worthwhile investment, she has outglassed me on more than one occasion  :tup:
Title: Re: Swarovski binos
Post by: blackveltbowhunter on December 16, 2019, 09:26:27 AM
The difference between the SLC and the EL is overall negligible in my mind. Both are top of the heap along with leica and zeiss. I preffered the edge to edge clarity and the way they held while glassing So I bought EL. Money is an object for me, and yes I could have saved money and got the SLC, but had the funds budgeted for EL I didnt want to look back and think "what if".

That said, I have made do on leupy Cascades for ten years. I have chosen to upgrade other gear, or buy out of state tags rather than upgrade the binos. So the jump was huge, I spent more time glassing this season and the enjoyment out of glassing was out of this world no comparison. If I had upgraded sooner to a less expensive pair  the struggle over the extra grand would have been tougher Im sure. But to me I had saved for the EL budget and going into testing with the money not an issue really helped me to objectivley look through all the upper end stuff. All are truly great If I owned SLC I would not buy EL, not owning any good binos made the decision easy for me. 
Title: Re: Swarovski binos
Post by: M_ray on December 16, 2019, 11:19:33 AM
Hunted is past tense.

Ahh yeah? Whatís your point or are you just trolling? I hunted a lot with Phool before I purchased Swaroís   :dunno:
Title: Re: Swarovski binos
Post by: Nate Ortloff on February 05, 2020, 06:20:25 AM
What model did you end up Buying?  Did you find a decent deal? I am currently going through the same process and looking at both options.