I just love binoculars but I don’t like all the suffer you go until you find the best. I’ve tried quite a few of them and now I can tell which one are the best but it’s hard to say which one are the worst.
After 3 years of extensive birdwatching my favorite brand is Swarovski. Don’t be confused, it’s subsidiary company of famous crystal products manufacturer. Swarovski Optik binoculars are beautiful mix of cutting edge technology, great design and incredible functionality.
For instance, one of their models is dust proof, sealed in solid but light magnesium housing, waterproof up to 13 feet deep, can close focus on 5 feet, etc… You can focus, adjust binoculars diopter and you can adjust your necklace and all that with one hand.
And image quality is the next story: after I’ve tried Pentax, Olympus, Bushnell, Minolta and Nikon, birds I saw with Swarovski seemed to be completely new. I mean, you can see every detail, every feather, every spot in crisp sharp resolution. And colors are amazing. In dusk or dawn, when regular binoculars can offer only gray silhouettes, Swarovski offers you bright and clean colors.
And it’s same with shades. Your object can be in strong shade and your Swarovski binoculars will still provide you best image and colors. Plus, lifetime warranty is something that can offer only best manufacturers.
Unfortunately, the price is high. Compared with other available binoculars in Croatia, its price is usually 10 times higher. It’s definitely not for amateurs due to it’s high price, but every advanced birdwatcher should consider getting one!
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