Specifications:

Objective diameter:  42 mm
Magnification:  10 x
Exit pupil: 4.2 mm
Eye relief (acc. to spec): 16 mm
IPD:  56 – 74 mm
RFOV:  6.3  degrees = 110 m
AFOV:   61  degrees
Focus type:  CF
Prism system:  Schmidt-Pechan
Waterproof: yes
Weight (measured, with eyepiece cover and strap): 870 g
Made in: Austria

  

Remarks:

The SLC is Swarovski’s “second tier” line of binoculars, with models in sizes 8×42, 10×42, 8×56, 10×56 and 15×56. But as you would expect with Swarovski, “second tier” doesn’t mean compromises on either optics or mechanics. Differences to Swarovski’s flagship EL Swarovision are rather marginal in most areas; the largest may be the slower focuser and the fact that the image is not as flat-field as in  the ELs. Also, the image of the SLC may just be a tad less bright – something you may only notice in a side-by-side comparison -, and the eye relief is a bit less generous. But otherwise, the SLC is one of the best choices if you yre looking for excellent optical and mechanical performance but don’t want to spend the kind of money needed for an EL SV or Zeiss Victory. It is also more compact and lighter than the EL SV. Early samples had much discussed issues with the evenness or even stickiness of the focuser (something Roger Vine seems to omit in his otherwise excellent review of the SLC 10×42) or sounds coming from the focusing mechanism, and BINOCULARS TODAY had to claim service from Swarovski in one case. Still, the 10×42 SLC – and eve more so the 8×42 model, see separate post – are some of our favourite general purpose binoculars in the entire collection.

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