There's nothing new about integrating a laser rangefinder into a binocular, but no one has done it nearly as competently or as elegantly as Swarovski. The EL's rangefinder includes an angle-compensating feature, making it ideal for mountain hunters and archers. Our 8x42 model acquired targets as distant as 2,000 yards. Optically bright and crisp, and ergonomically balanced, the EL is a joy to use. It's expensive, but its performance justifies the price.