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Brand: Swift Sport Optics
Located in: Binoculars & Telescopes
Swift 8.5 x 44 BWCF Audobon ED, Water Proof & Rubber Armoured Porro Prism Binocular with 8.2 Degree Angle of View.
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Avg. Customer Rating:
 
4.7 stars
(based on 3 reviews)
100% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:
Quality lenses(3)
Best Uses:
Bird watching(3)

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Brilliant
By MichaelVerified Reviewer from Australia on 6/19/2009
Pros:
Close Focus, Lightweight, Quality Lenses
Best Uses:
Bird Watching, Hunting, Sporting Events/Concerts, Wildlife Viewing
Describe Yourself:
Avid Adventurer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Swift Sport Optics Swift 8.5 x 44 BWCF Audobon ED, Water Proof & Rubber Armoured Porro Prism Binocular with 8.2 Degree Angle of View.:

I collect and use binoculars. My main focus is Zeiss binoculars old and new. Swift have been making an Audubon model for over forty years. This Swift model has had nothing but praise ever since it first came out. This 'new' model Audubon has been around for a few years now. Unlike previous Audubons it has the added advantage of weatherproofing and nitrogen filling. The resolution, contrast and colour correction of the ED model is superb. I have compared this model against those of Zeiss and Leica. Not in a shop or a casual afternoon swapping among friends but from owning the binoculars concerned. I was astounded at the performance of the Swift. It equals that of the European roof prisms. Sure it is not as sleek as a roof prism. But it does not need phase correction to brighten the view and the stereoscopic viewing effect and wide field from a porro prism is far more pleasing.
If you don't require the space savings of a roof prism model and want the best possible image. The Swift Audubon 820ED is the best new porro prism buy out there. The price is an added bonus.

[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
Superb Optics!
By Todd the Bird WatcherVerified Reviewer from New Castle, DE on 5/12/2009
Pros:
Quality Lenses, Strong Construction
Cons:
Bulky
Best Uses:
Bird Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Describe Yourself:
Casual/ Recreational
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Swift Sport Optics Swift 8.5 x 44 BWCF Audobon ED, Water Proof & Rubber Armoured Porro Prism Binocular with 8.2 Degree Angle of View.:

A wonderfully crisp and wide image with great apparent depth-of-field.
I have since retired a much more expensive pair of 10x Zeiss binoculars because I like the view in these better.
These are somewhat bulkier than roof-prism models and the focusing is a little slower... but if you enjoy that almost "stereo" look of porro-prism binoculars... this is the pair for you!
Adorama's price is great deal!

[3 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

 
For the money, more than I had expected
By aom22Verified Reviewer from Fort Stockton, TX on 9/5/2008
Pros:
Handling, Quality Lenses, Strong Construction
Cons:
Binocular Case
Best Uses:
Bird Watching, Plane Spotting
Describe Yourself:
Casual/ Recreational
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Swift Sport Optics Swift 8.5 x 44 BWCF Audobon ED, Water Proof & Rubber Armoured Porro Prism Binocular with 8.2 Degree Angle of View.:

I use my Swifts for birdwatching and plane spotting.
In these applications, these binoculars have exceeded my expectations.

The ED option is well worth the slight additional cost.

For what I paid, I would have accepted less performance. Instead, the image quality is better than I had expected.

However, the binocular case is too tight.
Inorder the stow the instrument, I must collapse the entire unit.

In the process of doing this, all of my adjustments are disturbed - interpupillary distance and eyecup distance.
This simply creates unnecessay wear of these elements.

And, the objective lens caps are often stripped off while being placed in the case.

A slightly larger case would be nice.

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