the swarovski EL 10x50-12x50 and 15x56 hd.

Ryan Avery

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One of my BIG gripes with the Swaro EL is NO tripod adapter-
You would think for a set of $2800 glass it should have it.......

I'm thinking of sending mine in to Outdoorsman's
for the stud install but then I have to switch to there pan heads/plates
and I have all manfrotto tripods/heads so it would be $1- 2 K to switch.
You can just screw their bino adapter into any 1/4x20 plate. Used mine on a Manfrotto head for a couple of years before buying one of there heads.
 

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Thanks 223dude thats pretty high praise for the Nikons

As far as the Outdoorsman plates go, I could be wrong but I run the bino adapter with my Manfrotto and Slik tripod plates.
 

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Your biggest expense with the studs in the els is the actual stud install which is about $90. Next biggest expense is insured shipping to get them there. Return shipping is included in the $90 install price.
Quarter inch adapter plates run about $20 and the bino adapter is about $70.
Call them and they will tell you exactly what you need.
I highly recommend the tall adapter and I own both.
I had my 10x42 set done last summer and turn around time was less than 2 weeks and I live in Pennsylvania.
 

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15 don't give me enough over my favorite binos the 12 ELs, plus I like the bigger FOV

Now the new Maven 18s.... Amazing how much of a difference 3x can make.
Ryan, any updates on the maven 18s? Haven’t heard much about them since you mentioned them on your podcast? How do they compare to say the swaro 15’s?


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The Nikon HG for its size and cost is the best I have seen.
wide field of view,
light weight,
92% sweet spot.
bright,

I would rate them with the swaro slc
If you like the HG's...you should check out the EDG's....best glass I've personally seen. I think Nikon stopped making them as their $2400 price point was a little stiff.
 

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I love threads like this. YES to a review. How do we subscribe to a thread on this new system?

I have a bit of a glass problem as well but I just stick with Leica/Zeiss/Swarovski. I’m confident any top end unit from them will do me fine. Do not have the time to experiment with the contenders Maven/Kowa/ect.

I’ve cut down on extra pairs by having 10-15 Duovids rather than 15SLCs. If Leica would do a refresh on them with some Noctovid glass I could more than likely sell everything else. Some complain about the field of view; if you can tell 20’ difference at 1000 yards I’m skeptical. That’s a problem only on paper not in the field IMO.

Really interested in the 12 ELs and your comparison.

As far as tripod adapters, I am not going to ever use any Outdoorsman products and found once you get over the general ugliness of the Leica tripod adapter, in use it is really a handy gadget. I’d imagine the Swarovski is of the same ilk is as well.
 
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Here are some on my thoughts
on the 10X -

The most relaxed view,
98% sweet spot,
Brighter than the 12X but not the 15X,
The easiest to hand hold,
Does not need a heavy tripod for a stable image,
Zero eye strain,
The largest FOV,
These are the best all around
bino for 1 mile and in.


 
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And the 12X-


More relaxed view than the 15X-
but not the 10X,
95% sweet spot,
Not as bright as the 10 or 15X,
Not as easy to hand hold as the 10X-
but doable unlike the 15X.
Eye placement is more critical then 10X-
but not as picky as 15X,
Needs a more stable tripod for a stable
image then the 10X,
Less eye strain than the 15x but more then the 10X,
These are the best all around western hunting binos.
 
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And 15X-


More eye strain than Swao EL's-
but not to bad,
87% sweet spot,
5% less sharp then Swar EL's
Brighter then the Swaro EL's,
can't hand hold,
Needs a really stable tripod for a quality image,
Picky eye placement vs the Swaro EL's,
15X has a quality factory tripod adapter,
Heavier then the Swaro EL's,
Considerably better than the Swaro EL's-
for looking 2 miles and out,
The best for looking through trees/brush & shadows,
The best for finding smaller game at long range.
 
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The Nikon HG for its size and cost is the best I have seen.
wide field of view,
light weight,
92% sweet spot.
bright,

I would rate them with the swaro slc
223dude I am very interest in your Nikon Monarch HGs you have for sale in the classifieds. For some reason I can’t PM you. Can you pm me please or text me at 320-766-1116

Thanks
 
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