Swarovski NL Pure 8×42

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Objective diameter:  42
Magnification:  8 x
Exit pupil: 5.25 mm
Eye relief (acc. to spec): 18 mm
Useable eye relief (measured from rim of eyecup): 16.5 mm
IPD:  56 – 74 mm
RFOV:  9.1 degrees = 159 m
AFOV: 69 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): 395 degrees
Range of diopter adjustment (acc. to spec.): +/- 4 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): 990g
Made in: Austria
*range of diopter adjustment not affected by position of focus wheel



Competition is a good thing. It guarantees that innovation and cost efficiency are part of the factors which drive business. But sometimes, competition can be annoying, and we could imagine that Zeiss – who in early 2020 had been announcing their new x32 Victory SF line and then had to postpone market introduction due to the Covid-19 crisis – must have felt quite annoyed in fall of 2020. Not only did Swarovski push the premium market beyond then current limits with its new flagship NL Pure line (with models 8×42, 10×42, 12×42, 8×32 and 10×32), Swarovski also managed to bring the NL to the shelves of the dealers before Zeiss could launch their new Victory SF. – The NL Pure shows that Swarovski is  capable of driving bino specifications even beyond the high level that it had already achieved with the EL SV. A market leading field of view, an excellent flat-field performance and a superb edge sharpness combined with very good ergonomics are the characteristics of the NL line of binoculars. In the sum of its properties, the NL Pure 8×42 is the best 8×42 binocular that BINOCULARS TODAY have ever seen, despite its considerable weight for this size of bino.

See also separate posts “Swarovski NL Pure 10×42”, https://binocular.ch/8120-2/, and “Swarovski NL Pure 8×32”, https://binocular.ch/swarovski-nl-pure-8×32/



Initial impressions of the NL Pure (8×42 model) can be found here:

https://www.juelich-bonn.com/jForum/read.php?9,447904 (in German)

and here:

https://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=393180 (in English)

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