Swarovski NL Pure 8×32
Objective diameter: 32
Magnification: 8 x
Exit pupil: 4.0 mm
Eye relief (acc. to spec): 18 mm
Useable eye relief (measured from rim of eyecup): 16.5 mm
IPD: 54 – 72mm
RFOV: 8.5 degrees = 150 m
AFOV: 65 degrees
Minimum focus distance (measured): 2.0 m
Focus type: CF (direction of rotation from close to infinity: > clockwise)
Degrees of rotation of focus wheel from 3m to infinity (measured): 385 degrees
Range of diopter adjustment (acc. to spec.): +/- 4 dpt*
Excess travel of focus wheel beyond infinity position (estimate): 5 dpt*
Prism system: Schmidt-Pechan
Weight (measured, with eyepiece cover and strap): 783 g
Made in: Austria
*range of diopter adjustment not affected by position of focus wheel
To glare or not to glare – that seems the question. As already on the x42 NLs, the waves surge high on the subject of glare and stray-light. While some users maintain there is little to no glare in the 8×32, others claim that there is virtually no observing without serious stray-light effects. Even renowned experts such as Holger Merlitz found the NL to be wanting in terms of stray-light suppression.
BINOCULARS TODAY’s verdict: it all depends on how you hold and use the binocular. Depending on factors such as your face anatomy, you may need to pay a bit of attention to the proper positioning of your eyes behind the eyepieces. Testing the binocular over many days, we found that you can trigger lots of glare when observing e.g. against a low-standing sun, but you can also totally eliminate glare by adjusting eyecups and properly positioning your eyes behind the eyecups. Compare the NL to a pure-bred racehorse or a sophisticated racecar: learn how to get the best out of it, and you will be highly rewarded with wonderfully wide, crisp, edge-sharp images with an excellent panning experience, superior contrast and color fidelity. The best 8×32 BINOCULARS TODAY has ever held in hand (we found the otherwise excellent Zeiss SF 8×32 to be a bit “uninspiring” when compared side-by-side with the NL), but perhaps not a binocular for the indiscriminate user who cannot be bothered to adjust eyecups and IPD appropriately.
see also remarks under separate post “Swarovski NL Pure 8×42”, https://binocular.ch/swarovski-nl-pure-8×42/
An initial brief review can be found here:
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