Swarovski vs Leica; or Zeiss?

To: Nevil Lazarus <>, "'Tony Russell'" <>, "'Simon Blanchflower'" <>, <>
Subject: Swarovski vs Leica; or Zeiss?
From: Syd Curtis <>
Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2005 09:06:31 +1000
Endorsed.  Many years ago I was advised that the extra cost of Zeiss was worth it for the quality of the optics.  I opted for Dialyt 8 X 30B, needing portability more than magnification.  Now 20 years on, and I'm still very happy with them.

My only slight dissatisfaction is that minimum focus is  (guessing) about six metres and I sometimes get closer to a rainforest S(mall) B(rown) B(ird).


From: "Nevil Lazarus" <>
Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2005 00:17:48 +1100
To: "'Tony Russell'" <>, "'Simon Blanchflower'" <>, <>
Subject: RE: [BIRDING-AUS] Swarovski vs Leica

Just to add another contender, why have you ruled out Zeiss?

I have a pair of quite old Zeiss, which are fantastic.  I have just spent a couple of weeks birding and game viewing in the Kalahari with a South African mate who has a new pair of Zeiss ­ I naturally tried them and was most impressed,

Nevil Lazarus

-----Original Message-----
From: [ On Behalf Of Tony Russell
Sent: Wednesday, 19 January 2005 12:00 AM
To: 'Simon Blanchflower';
Subject: RE: [BIRDING-AUS] Swarovski vs Leica

I¹m in about the same position Simon, having decided that my 10x42 BA¹s are eligible for retirement ­ how about a big brass and glass case over the mantelpiece?

I tried out some Swaros vs Leicas just before Xmas and thought the Swaros definitely collected more light. It¹s going to be a difficult decision though.

Tony Russell

-----Original Message-----
From: [ On Behalf Of Simon Blanchflower
Sent: Tuesday, 18 January 2005 8:15 PM
Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Swarovski vs Leica

Hi everyone, I know this discussion has been around for a while but has anyone recently purchased / compared the Swarovski 10x42EL with the relatively new Leica Ultravid 10X42BR. I'm looking at getting a new pair in the not too distant future, I currently use an old pair of Leica 10x42 BA's which I've had for about 16years and they have been great, but not sure which way to go this time round...can anyone help!


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