The new SLC series binoculars from Swarovski.
I had heard rumblings about this a few months ago and it is an obvious next step in product evolution so this was somewhat expected. It is positive but not earthshaking.
Here is what they say specifically about the 15s.
“SLC 56 – uncompromising binoculars
The binoculars in the SLC 56 range offer a brand new, pioneering optical system that guarantees excellent performance even in the most difficult conditions. Both the SLC 8×56 and SLC 10×56 stand out in particular when observing at twilight and during the night. SLC 8×56 binoculars allow you to see details on owls, nightjars, and potoos late in the evening. Even nature lovers can count on the SLC 15×56 binoculars for observing animals or birds that are far away when on their travels across distant landscapes, such as plains or deserts. They were made to be used for observing birds of prey in the prairie or a flock of water birds in close detail. These binoculars display important details that have remained hidden until now. Thanks to their extended depressions for improved grip, the SLC 56 binoculars have the perfect ergonomic design for observing wildlife for long periods, and also impress with their absolute stability both at night and when observing over long distances.”
Like I said, this is good news I guess but they are not using the Swarovsion glass that is so good in the ELs which simply means I will have to reserve judgement until I see how they work in the field. It is Swarvoski though, I am sure it will be high quality but I’m not getting rid of the current SLC 15x56s I have anytime soon I can tell you that. In fact, I might buy another pair as an investment.
A couple of other comments…
I don’t care about the grips on a pair of 15×56 binos because I don’t hold them in my hands long enough to make any difference, optics of that power are made for tripod use. The grips are a non-issue for me and besides the old grips were just fine.
I am curious why they use the word “range” when they have actual products called Range that don’t have anything to do with these. Seems like that could be confusing to consumers.
The ones I have now are about a year old and are designated SLC 15×56 NEU according to the label on the box. Are these new ones going to be called SLC 15×56 NEW or SLC 15×56 NEU NEW or SLC 15×56 NEW NEU or just SLC 15×56? And where do the SLC HD models fall in this naming regime? Hmmm, I smell non-user marketing dipdunk involvement here somewhere.