Swarovski EL SV 8.5×42 (2016 model)

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Objective diameter:  42 mm
Magnification:  8.5 x
Exit pupil: 4.9 mm
Eye relief (acc. to spec): 20 mm
Usable eye relief (measured from rim of eyecup): 17 mm
IPD:  56 – 74 mm
RFOV:  7.6  degrees = 133 m
AFOV (according to spec.):  60  degrees
Minimal focus distance (measured): 1.75 m**
Focus type: CF (direction of rotation from close to infinity: > clockwise)
Degrees of rotation of focus wheel from 3 m to infinity (measured): 345 degrees **
Range of diopter adjustment (acc. to spec.): +/- 5 dpt*
Excess travel of focus wheel beyond infinity position (estimate): 6.5 dpt*
Prism system:  Schmidt-Pechan
Waterproof: yes
Weight (measured, with eyepiece cover and strap): 944 g
Made in: Austria
*range of diopter adjustment not affected by position of focus wheel

** from 2021, the spec for the EL SV states 3.3m as minimum focus distance



The Swarovski EL SV (“SwaroVision”) series of binoculars was Swarovski’s top line of binoculars until 2020, when the „NL Pure“ was introduced as the new top line. Esp. with the 8.5×42, 10×42 and 10×50 models, Swarovksi set the standard very high even for the premium segment of binoculars with bright, flatfield, very edge-sharp images. The 8.5×42 is regarded by many as one of the best general purpose binoculars around.



A 2015 comparative review (in German) can be found here:

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