Leica Binoculars Review
AVAILABLE LEICA BINOCULARS SERIES
Leica Duovid binoculars, as the names suggests, offer a choice of two high-performance magnifications, effectively changing from standard binoculars to a binocular-spotting scope with a simple adjustment of the eyepiece rings. The housing is made from aircraft-grade aluminum, so the binoculars are fairly lightweight yet durable. The center axis pin is made from solid titanium. These binoculars offer nothing but quality.
The Duovid series external lenses have High-Durable Coatings (HDC), which increase image clarity, and protect the lenses from scratches and other harmful effects. The twist-up eyecups have three different settings, and can be easily removed for cleaning. The Automatic Diopter Compensation (ADC) keeps the diopter setting constant, even when switching between magnifications. They're waterproof, fog proof, and submersible up to 16.5 feet. Leica Duovid binoculars come with a tripod adapter, a Nappa leather carrying case, a neoprene neckstrap, and a one-piece rainguard to protect the ocular lenses. The binoculars are covered by a three-year Passport Protection Plan, and a limited lifetime warranty.
Leica Geovid binoculars are so named because of their internal rangefinder, the industry's most accurate. The rangefinder measures up to several hundred yards, ± two yards, depending on the model. Combined with the high-performance binoculars, this rangefinding feature makes the Geovid a unique and desirable optics model.
Geovid series binoculars are waterproof, with a submersion rating of 16.5 feet. The aircraft-grade aluminum housing is durable and lightweight, and the center-hinge design with its solid stainless steel axis pin makes the binoculars easy to adjust. The rangefinder is easy to read, offering a bright red LED readout that automatically adjusts to ambient light, thereby always being legible. Soft rubber eyecups have three positions, and are easily removed for cleaning. Leica Geovid binoculars come with a cordura carrying case, a cushioned neckstrap, objective lens caps, a one-piece rainguard to protect the ocular lenses, and a CR2 battery to power the rangefinder. Both the binoculars and the rangefinder are covered by Leica's five-year limited warranty.
Leica Trinovid binoculars pack a big punch in a compact package. Despite their size, these binoculars offer superior detail recognition, even at far distances. At less than nine ounces, they're very lightweight, making them ideal to carry while hiking or birdwatching. They're best for daytime viewing as they're not really constructed for high levels of light transmission. But the images they provide are sharp, clear, and highly contrasted.
The Trinovid series is made from a tough metal casing, covered by a rugged black rubberized armor which protects the housing from bumps and scrapes. They're waterproof, so there is no concern about using them outdoors during inclement weather. Their closest focus range is 16.4 feet, so they're a great choice for wildlife observation. Leica Trinovid binoculars come with a carrying case and neckstrap, and are covered by Leica's limited lifetime warranty.
Leica Ultravid binoculars are rugged, high-performance optics. Their compact size and lightweight body make them ideal for outdoor enthusiasts taking part in activities such as hiking and birdwatching. Their 100 percent aircraft-grade aluminum housing is what keeps them light, yet adds to their durability. The aspherical lens design allows for a full-sized binocular experience.
The Ultravid series features Leica's High-Lux System, which is a 42-layer coating on the prism that provides almost 100 percent light transmission. This gives the viewer sharp image contrast, and true color interpretation across the spectrum. The binoculars are also waterproof, with a submersion rating of 16.5 feet. The eyecups slide up, offering comfort and eye relief for nearly any user. Leica Ultravid binoculars come with a cordura carrying case with belt loop, a woven neckstrap, and eyepiece covers. They are covered by a three-year Passport Protection Plan, and a limited lifetime warranty.
Ultravid HD Binoculars
Leica Ultravid HD binoculars are a step above the Ultravid series, with 200 improvements on the previous series. New fluoride lenses, and new coatings, increased light transmission by three percent. One of those is the AquaDura lens coating, which repels moisture and fingerprints. Fluoride lenses are made mostly of calcium fluoride, which is a crystalline structured mineral. Unlike traditional lenses, the crystalline material greatly decreases the level of light dispersion, and corrects aberrations like color fringing, resulting in more natural and clearer images, even in low-light conditions.
The Ultravid HD series is made to function well in harsh weather. In addition to being waterproof, the high-performance Teflon disks inside the focusing mechanism allow the focusing knob to turn smoothly and easily, with little lubrication, and even at temperatures as low as minus 25 degrees Fahrenheit. Leica Ultravid HD binoculars come with a cordura carrying case, a neckstrap, as well as optical and objective lens covers. They are covered by a three-year Passport Protection Plan, and a limited lifetime warranty.
In 1925, a gentleman named Oskar Barnack conceptualized and created a small format 35mm camera that would ultimately revolutionize the world of photography. From the very first steps along the path of this creation, a company was born.
Leica Camera AG has always been on the forefront of optical technology and have the proud distinction of being the first company ever to produce an accurate range finder, a spotting scope fitted with angled eyepieces, and the use of ridge prisms.
Leica AG as a company now produces a wide range of products that include some of the best binoculars available on the market. Leica binoculars are used in any location where there is a requirement for premium quality optical equipment.
Leica binoculars come in a variety of ranges including: Ultravid HD Range Binoculars, Ultravid Binoculars, Trinovid Binoculars, Duovid Binoculars, and Geovid Binoculars.
There are many binoculars available from Leica that offer varied ranges of magnification. You will have the option of choosing 7X, 8X, 10X, or 12X, with the highest level of magnification available on the Leica Ultravid HD 50mm model. There is also a line of dual magnification binoculars known as Duovid, which offer combinations of 10X/15X, and 8X/12X.
Leica binoculars are available with objective lenses ranging in size between 20mm and 56mm. The largest objective lens can be found on the Goevid BRF 52 series binocular.
FIELD OF VIEW (F.O.V.)
The Leica binocular lineup features a range of F.O.V from 208 ft. to 420 ft., with the largest viewing angle associated with the Leica Ultravid HD 42 model of binocular.
Leica offers a wide range of binoculars for every need. With 15 models available to choose from, all made to exacting standards, you will have no problem finding one to suit you.
In addition to binoculars, Leica also manufactures range finders, televid spotting scopes, digiscopes, and high end camera equipment.
The binoculars manufactured by Leica are definitely in the higher price range as far as optical devices go. The company offers a superior product and prices range between $499.00 and $2,895.00, with the most expensive model being the Leica 15X56 Geovid BRF Range Finding Binocular.
Leica AG offers two levels of protection when you purchase a set of binoculars from them. The first is "Limited Lifetime Warranty," which covers the standard range of issues that you might expect. The second type of protection is referred to as a "No-Fault Passport Protection". With this particular coverage you will have complete no-fault coverage for the first three years you own the device, and then complete coverage for life with a $35 deductible fee for maintenance.
POPULAR LEICA BINOCULARS
One of the more popular models of Leica binocular is the Ultravid 10X25 BR which achieved a rating of Excellent by the German consumer organization "Stiftung Warentest".