Swarovski Habicht 8×30

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Objective diameter:  30 mm
Magnification:  8 x
Exit pupil: 3.75 mm
Eye relief (acc. to spec): 12 mm
Usable eye relief (measured from rim of eyecup): 10 mm
IPD:  56 –  72 mm
RFOV:  7.8  degrees = 136 m
AFOV (according to spec.):  60 degrees
Minimal focus distance (measured): 2.85 m
Focus type: CF (direction of rotation from close to infinity: > clockwise)
Degrees of rotation of focus wheel from 3m to infinity (measured): 275 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): 597 g
Made in: Austria



It tells you a lot that Swarovski’s Habicht still carries a 30 year manufacturer’s warranty. This binocular has been improved a great many times over the years, and it is now not only so robust that you can expect your grandchildren to still use it one day, but also its optics are so refined that many believe this is the best 8×30 porro binocular on the market (see also remarks under the separate post “Nikon E II 8×30”, https://binocular.ch/nikon-e-ii-8×30/). Listen to somebody who has spent quite some time studying the Habicht, Tobias  Mennle: “The Swarovski Habicht 8×30 W is my favourite binocular“, see http://www.greatestbinoculars.com/allpages/reviews/swarovski/swarohabicht8x30w/swarohabicht8x30w.html
Even if the design of the Habicht is a bit dated and areas like edge sharpness or straylight control are not its strong points, central sharpness/contrast and image brightness are outstanding. Plus: the Habicht is one of a few excellent porro binoculars with central focus that are truly waterproof.
See also separate posts about the Habicht models 7×42, https://binocular.ch/swarovski-habicht-7×42/  and 10×40 W, https://binocular.ch/swarovski-habicht-10×40-w/


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