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Manufacturer Leica
Model Ultravid 10x42 BR
Lens diameter [mm] 42
Magnification [x] 10
Angular field of view [deg] 6.3
Linear field of view [m/m] 110/1000
Exit pupil [mm] 4.2
Eye relief [mm] 15.8
Min. focusing dist. [m] 2.95
Twilight factor 20.49
Brightness 17.64
Prisms BaK-4/roof
Dimensions [mm] 147x121x67
Weight [g] 765
Waterproof Yes
Nitogen filling Yes
Argon filling No
Image stabilization No
Tripod exit No
Focusing central
Warranty [years] 30
Accesories Neoprene carrying strap, contoured, eyepiece cover, protective front lens cover, Cordura case
Price 6449
Additional information Manufactured in 2003-2007.
Waterproof up to 5 m.
9 optical elements.
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  1. Borealis
    Borealis 1 October 2011, 16:16
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    IP 107.3.x.x
    Owner since: 6 years
    Price: US$1650
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: One and only one complaint - there is a small degree of "play" when moving the focus knob from one direction to the other. Leica was able to eliminate most of it when I returned them to fix that problem, but it is still there to a small degree (Supposedly Leica fixed that with the HD version). I call attention to this because birders do a lot of focusing and any glitch in the focus system is magnified (hunters may not even notice this... but I'm a birder and I do). My CZ Victories, don't have this problem at all. Leica shouldn't either. I I had to name one more "con" it would be the tight rainguard caps.

    Pros: Bright, clear, sharp, great color rendition, a dream to hold; very comfortable to use with eyeglasses; a true "alpha" binocular; dioptric adjustment is the best of any binocular - there is no detent at "0" that would otherwise make near-0 settings difficult - with Leica you can set it right next to "0" with no problem.

    Summary: When I purchased these, it was between the Swaro EL 10x42 and the Leica Ultra 10x42. The few dollars price difference didn't matter. They were very evenly matched, but I purchased the Leicas for on reason, the Swaros made greens look dull grey and with the Leicas they looked natural. For a birder who views a lot of subject surrounded by foliage this was and is important. I use these for shore birding and eagle spotting and when I just need the extra reach of a 10x over my 8x. I have no regrets. They are lifetime binoculars that I will not replace.

  2. Rumdoodle
    Rumdoodle 21 February 2010, 14:00
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    IP 86.144.x.x
    Owner since: 4 years
    Price: GBP £
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: a) objective caps wore out b) rainguard too tight, retains condensation and contributes to wear on the protective eyepiece shrouds c) I don't know how I'm going to replace them, if I should ever need to

    Pros: a) marvellous combination of ergonomic design and usability b) unparalleled visual acuity and lack of 'distracting optical physics' when watching birds c) solid back-up service and long guarantee d) the more one uses them, the better they become

    Summary: Leica quality and assuredness contribute to a binocular that's a pleasure to own and use - I couldn't imagine NOT using them.

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