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Leica Ultravid HD-Plus 8x42

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Leica
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Hubertus Pro Hunting
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Specifications
Manufacturer Leica
Model Ultravid HD-Plus 8x42
Lens diameter [mm] 42
Magnification [x] 8
Angular field of view [deg] 7.4
Linear field of view [m/m] 130/1000
Exit pupil [mm] 5.25
Eye relief [mm] 15.5
Min. focusing dist. [m] 3
Twilight factor 18.33
Brightness 27.56
Prisms BaK-4/roof
Dimensions [mm] 142x121x67
Weight [g] 790
Waterproof Yes
Nitogen filling Yes
Argon filling No
Image stabilization No
Tripod exit No
Focusing central
Warranty [years] 10
Accesories contoured neoprene carrying strap, front lens caps, eyepiece caps, cordura case
Price 6800
Additional information Announced: September 2014.
Schott HT glass.
Waterproof up to 5 m.
Magnesium body.
AquaDura coatings.
9 optical elements woth HDC Plus coatings.
Average rating (2 owners reviews)
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Owners reviews (2)
  1. NickC
    NickC 22 February 2017, 01:36
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    IP 131.107.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 2499
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Focus throw is a tad long but not bothersome to me personally. Price is high but quality (compared to others) is top notch. You can get very close optics at a much lower price but the longevity may not be there.

    Pros: Excellent image quality and color. Very bright and vivid imagery compared to more \"clinical\" views. Full image is truly edge-to-edge sharp. Focus knob is silky smooth. Incredibly compact for its optical features. Truly the \"take anywhere\" full-size binocular.

    Summary: Compared to Swaro and Zeiss -- the UV HD Plus was the clear winner for my tastes personally. Not using with glasses so the traditional short eyepiece distance was definitely preferred to my eyes. This model suits my \'take anywhere\' philosophy. This is my \"compact\" binocular compared to my 12x and 20x Vortex models. I use them for completely different applications however. The UVHD 8x42 can be used for those applications but are far from ideal. (e.g. Astronomy, Hunting, etc.)

  2. Moses
    Moses 18 February 2016, 15:59
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    IP 69.73.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: $1,899 Dem
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: 1. You drive a surprisingly long distance to focus these down. You get used to it. 2. Need just just a hair more space than is available to get the eyecups far enough out without glasses. I prefer the mechanism on my Ultravid 10X20's - you just pop them up and pop them back down, no fuss. 3. Stinking play (slop) in the focuser robbed me of the ever-so-rare revelational complete experience. But they were demos, and the dealer traded them out for a perfect pair.

    Pros: 1. The 'sparkle' we hear about in reviews is for real. Really stunning image. 2. The detail of what can be seen is impressive. 3. They pan very smoothly. 4. Very revealing of what's in the shadows, reaches right in to deeply shadowed woods. 5. Warmer and more natural colors than my Zeiss or Swaro. 6. Ergonomically very pleasing. I was a little worried they might seem too small since my glove size is XL to XXL - no worries. 7. Love the industrial design and build, there is a real feel of quality. 8. Love the diminutive build for an 8X42. 9. And this is huge - they were worth the $1,900 and would be worth the $2,400 had I paid full tilt!

    Summary: Arugably the best Alpha 8X42 option if compactness matters. Compared to an SF Victory Zeiss they lack the SF's FOV but have a more pleasing image as the colors are more natural. And, the Victory SF's, like the Swarovski EL's are just big compared to the Leica with no dramatic advantage(s) to justify the additional size. While the images between the Alpha Zeiss, Swarovski, and Leica are all incredibly sharp and good, the Leica's edged out the competition for size, industrial design, build, and color reproduction.

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