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How do they make high-end binoculars?

I stumbled across this video on Twitter yesterday. It offers a bit of insight into the manufacture of high end binoculars and optics for birding and nature watching from the perspective of a pair of Swarovski Optik’s flagship binoculars — the EL Swarovision range.

While this is a Swarovski video, I’m sure there are parallels with all of the leading optics manufacturers like Zeiss, Leica and Nikon. Fascinating stuff… and perhaps some clue as to why the best-of-the-best cost so much.

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