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Over 100 years of craftsmanship culminates in the impressive performance of the Leica Ultravid HD binocular. State-of-the-art design incorporates fluoride glass with anti-reflective coatings to enhance color resolution and increase light transmission. The optimized Leica focus knob functions smoothly regardless of temperature extremes. The AquaDura™ lens coating forces rain to roll off the lens surfaces, makes it easier to remove dirt and smudges, and provides better protection against scratching. Leica covers new products with a limited lifetime warranty, plus a three-year Passport Protection Plan. Leica demos come with a 10-year limited warranty.
High-definition (HD) Glass
Enhances resolution, color, and contrast.
Fully Multi-coated Lenses
Increase light transmission with multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces.
Enhances resolution and contrast through roof prisms.
Awesome service. I received an overnight shipping notice 2 hours after placing my order. As for the glass, the contrast and color rendition are superb! The depth of field is massive- to save weight they should just remove the focus knob, lol. The bright view is awesome, it is almost like having night vision. Yes the price is criminal, but once you have looked through this glass, you will want it. As for the 7 power, the view is steady and sharp, not much difference from 8 power, but the view is sharper and much easier on the eyes. I own 2 other alphas in a higher power, but this might be my favorite.
7x42 HD's are PRISTINE
DEER HUNTER from GEORGIA
I cannot find fault with these binoculars. Extremely bright, and SHARP that goes across most of the image. 7x has great depth of field and I hardly re-focus. The image is electric and colors jump out at you. Could not get CA (color fringing) except at edge and I had to look for it. THis is do to the FL lenses. You will love the image.
Leica also is known for excellent contrast and these are intense. Leica build quality is legendary. I dropped mine the 2nd day i owned them about 3 feet, landed on eyecup. Nothing wrong! I am confident that no one makes a tougher binocular than Leica. These are lighter and more COMPACT than the swaro and zeiss offerings. The real competition for these will be the Nikon EDG when they are released.
I wouldnt change a thing, go Leica and don't look back.
Leica could emulate Swaro on the warranty though!
The Ultimate Comfortable View
Patrick Hanly from Long Island NY
If you watch in the field, you will be amazed to see how many top birders and other folks who know binoculars well carry a 7x42 binocular. The assumption by folks is often that more magnification is better but that is clearly not always the case and many experienced field birders know it. Hold up two binoculars, a 7x42 and a 10x42 in front of you and look into the eyepiece lenses and compare the size of the light circle you see on the eyepieces lenses on both pairs.
You will immediately notice how much larger the light circle is on the 7x42 bins. Having a larger light circle has the effect (one that many people don't understand) of minimizing hand shake because your eye does not fall outside of the light circle even if your hand is shaking. This results in a brighter, more color apparent, steadier view and is easier to maintain for longer periods of watching that distant hawk or looking in that leafy tree for that stealthy warbler. Also, having a bin with a lower mag makes dawn and dusk birding brighter and more comfortable as well.
The trade off used to be the weight because you also want the larger objective of the 7x42. With the new Ultravid HD and the new housing materials, that problem is gone. This is a bin that fits the hand very comfortably and feels like it has the same weight as the older 32 objective bins.
I did a comparison and definitely preferred the Leica HD over the Swarovski or Zeiss models in the same class (with the 42 objective) but this is a personal preference and mileage may vary. I think the Leica view is a bit more edge to edge clear with a more 3d like view. I also like the way it focuses and adjusts better than the others.
To me, a combination of the Leica HD 7x42's with the killer Swarovski 8 or 10X32 EL's (the Swarovski EL's with the 32 objective is an amazing field bin) as a second pair is a match made in heaven. For an entire day in the field, wear the Leica's in the morning and again in the later afternoon and use the EL's in the mid part of the day. Throw in the Leica 10x25 Ultravid's for a travel pair and you are so good to go. That's what I did.