Swarovski Habicht 10×40 W

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Objective diameter:  40 mm
Magnification:  10 x
Exit pupil: 4.0 mm
Eye relief (acc. to spec): 13 mm
Usable eye relief (measured from rim of eyecup): 11 mm
IPD:  56 – 72 mm
RFOV:  6.2  degrees = 108 m
AFOV (according to spec.):   60 degrees
Minimal focus distance (measured): 4.2 m
Focus type: CF (direction of rotation from close to infinity: > clockwise)
Degrees of rotation of focus wheel from 4.2 m to infinity (measured): 300 degrees
Range of diopter adjustment (acc. to spec.): +/- 5 dpt*
Excess travel of focus wheel beyond infinity position (estimate): 8 dpt*
Prism system:  Porro I
Waterproof: yes
Weight (measured, with eyepiece cover and strap): 679 g
Made in: Austria



Like its “siblings”, the 8×30 and 7×42 models of the Swarovski Habicht (see separate posts, https://binocular.ch/swarovski-habicht-8×30/ and https://binocular.ch/swarovski-habicht-7×42/), the 10x40W has a long tradition. Early models had been targeted at the hunting market and had a strong blue AR coating on their objective lenses, which led to a typical yellow tint of the image, but excellent contrast in hazy weather. Later models were constantly updated, and this recent version comes with the best materials and coatings available at Swarovski. Over the years, the Habicht 10×40 has almost become an icon.

In 2010, allbinos reviewed the Habicht 10×40, and the following statements can be found in their review:
“This text won’t be impartial at all because I must admit I am simply in love with the look of these binoculars, the way they lie in your hand, the way they smell… It is the classic look epitomized – just beautiful.
Writing here about too small eyecups, too high distortion or truncated pupils is like demanding from a 1966 Ford Mustang to comply with the contemporary requirements for emission of exhaustion fumes and to do 100 kilometers to five litres. It’s not possible for the obvious reasons. For as obvious reasons the 60-year-old Habicht construction won’t correct the distortion well and won’t have a field of view sharp to the very edge but it is not the point, after all…
Have I already mentioned that this set of binoculars is beautiful? I think not. Let’s say it, then. It is beautiful!
P.S. The binoculars are really beautiful!

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