Swarovski CL Companion (pre 2017)

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Objective diameter:  30 mm
Magnification:  8 x
Exit pupil: 3.75 mm
Eye relief (acc. to spec): 15 mm
Usable eye relief (measured from rim of eyecup): 13 mm
IPD:  56 – 72 mm
RFOV:  7.1  degrees = 124 m
AFOV (according to spec.):  55 degrees
Minimum focus distance (measured): 3 m
Focus type: CF (direction of rotation from close to infinity: > clockwise)
Degrees of rotation of focus wheel from 3 m to infinity (measured): 295 degrees
Range of diopter adjustment (estimate): +/- 3 dpt*
Excess travel of focus wheel beyond infinity position (estimate): 6 dpt*
Prism system:  Schmidt-Pechan
Waterproof: yes
Weight (measured, with eyepiece cover and strap): 571 g
Made in: Austria
*range of diopter adjustment not affected by position of focus wheel



For years, Swarovski produced the CL Companion as a compact 8×30 roof prism binocular, beside the porro line „Habicht“ and the more ambitious SLC and EL roof models, and if you had to say what the special characteristics of the CL were, the only answer that came to mind was often that the CL had no special characteristics. It was very satisfactory in almost every discipline – field of view, central sharpness, etc. -, it had no terrible shortcomings, but it lacked everything that would make it outstanding in some respect. It was „nice“, but was probably not a commercial success and often purchased only thanks to the „Swarovski“ label.

All of this changed with the introduction 2017 of the new CL Companion, see separate post „Swarovski CL Companion (2017)“, https://binocular.ch/swarovski-cl-companion-2017/


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