For adventurous individuals who are always looking for something new to discover, nature is their realm of constant challenges. They set out to search for unforgettable impressions and images. It is for these individuals that Leica develops binoculars and spotting scopes, optical instruments that embody the full technological know-how of the brand.
Many outstanding Leica binoculars based on this premise have already been created, but now, Leica has succeeded in establishing an entirely new category : The line of Ultravid binoculars. Logically tailored to the intended use, every technical and ergonomic detail was painstakingly examined, perfected or completely reinvented.
A housing made of magnesium, a central hinge shaft of extremely sturdy titanium which materials could possibly be more robust and lighter at the same time ? The optical system Leica HLS which optics could be more brilliant ? The new shape with its outstanding ergonomics what could possibly be more pleasant to use ? It is the sum of all these qualities that qualify every Ultravid as a binocular for individuals with the highest demands.
LEICA ULTRAVID BL: The classics catch up with modernity : With their high-grade leather covering, the LEICA ULTRAVID BL models look particularly elegant and extremely compact. The are deliberately remindful of the binoculars and cameras that made the name Leica famous around the world. They weigh less thsn 700 g/ 25 oz making them (42mm) the choice of true purists. The housings of LEICA ULTRAVID BR models are equipped with shock-absorbing rubber armoring that protects them from damage. The handy armoring also eliminates slippery handling and the ergonomic shape of the binocular ensures a firm and steady grip, even in damp weather and while wearing gloves. The thumb rests on the back of the binocular are an added orientation aid for holding LEICA ULTRAVID BR models correctly without encumbering the user.
The multi-function center drive on LEICA ULTAVID BR and BL binoculars is a central operating element for focusing and diopter compensation conveniently positioned for user-friendly operation. Because of the short focusing path the setting from close-up to infinity takes just over one turn the optimal sharpness point can be found very quickly. The selected values are visible and clearly legible at all times in a newly styled diopter window.
The newly designed rotating and sliding eyecups on LEICA ULTRAVID BR/BL models can be pulled out to two different click-stop positions and their softly cushioning rubber rims provide an optimal placement at the eyes. This also significantly improved their user-friendliness for eyeglass wearers. The eyecups can be removed for easy cleaning.
LEICA ULTRAVID binoculars are - like those in the LEICA TRINOVID BL line watertight to a depth of 5 meters (16.4 ft), they are nitrogen-filled and functional in cold temperatures down to -25° C (-13° F).
Reviewed by 2 customers
Side by side I compared these Leicas to the Zeiss Victory HT 8x42, and the Swarovski 8.5x42 EL Swarovisions. Let's just say it took me NO time to pick the Swaros. Zeiss was the brightest by a small margin, but the sharpness fell off near the edges, and chromatic aberration was also noticeable at the edges. They also had the worst ergonomics of the 3. The Swaros were astonishingly scalpel-sharp to the edge and I saw no chromatic aberration even at the edges when looking at a thin dark tree branch in front of a bright mid day sky. They fit perfectly in my hands and the angle of the eyecups matched the anatomy of my eye sockets so they just melted into my body and disappeared. The view is absolutely 3D with wonderful depth of field. The only thing I preferred about the Leicas was their smaller size. There's nothing 'wrong' with them ... till you look through the Swarovski. The Leica's edge sharpness and chromatic aberration was inferior to the Swaros. I also read a pro review you can google up, in which two Leicas failed the water proof test. Sorry, I realize this review sounds like a Swaro ad, but my personal experience quickly told me there really is no reason to buy the Leicas, except for the lower price and they are shorter.
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