I am trying to decide between Swarovski's EL 10x42 and 8.5x42 Swarovision binoculars. I primarily view while walking in fairly open spaces along the shoreline at distances typically greater than 300 feet. Can you advise me of the advantages and disadvantages of the 10x42 versus the 8.5x42?
A: Thanks for contacting Eagle Optics regarding the choice between the 10x42 and 8.5x42 Swarovski binocular.
In general, the 10x42 will get you a bit closer to your subject, but with the higher magnification, there are a few trade-offs. First, the field of view is more narrow: 336 ft./1000 yds (the 8.5 has 399 ft/1000 yds. Second, the 10 magnification will be a little harder to hold steady; and third, the 10x42 will not be quite as bright in low-light conditions as the 8.5x42 will be.
Congratulations on your decision to purchase a Swarovision! You will never regret this fine optical investment. We do offer a 30-day return policy, so whichever magnification you choose, you will be able to try it out for a month before making your final decision.