The SLC line received a major upgrade to its 42mm models back in 2010 with the release of the SLC 42 HD. Available in both 10×42 and 8×42 configurations, the SLC HD is my binocular of choice, and is an outstanding all-round binocular for birding and wildlife observation (see my review of the 10×42 here).
Details are pretty sketchy for now on the internal / optical changes to these new SLC models. From the photographs it looks like the 42mm model is almost identical in shape / form factor to the SLC 42 HD — with subtle updates to the external styling.
“Whether you are looking for amazing views in the wilderness or observing breathtaking images of the primitive beauty of nature, the rugged, proven SLC 42 binoculars are perfect for capturing those intense experiences of nature. The new SLC 56 models have been added to the range, and they are particularly suitable for use at night, for example for watching owls, or observing over long distances. Both of these binocular lines belong to the new generation of the SWAROVSKI OPTIK SLC family.”
It looks like the 56mm models are brought bang up-to-date with a complete re-design to bring them in line with their 42mm siblings.
The new SLC will be available from October 2013 in 8×42, 10×42, 8×56, 10×56 and 15×56 configurations.
It will be interesting to discover just what magic the Swarovski engineers have weaved into this update of this, it’s long-time workhorse binocular line — and perhaps to get hold of a pair to review here on the Ireland’s Wildlife website in due course.
Check out the Swarovski Optik Nature blog for more details… or at least, as much as we have for now.