Good things come to those who wait and now Leica rewards its customers with the Televid APO spotting scope. Starting with a six-percent increase in light yield, the result is a distinctively clear image even while viewing in low light conditions. The four-part objective lens maximizes color fidelity and resolution. The protective layer of Leica AquaDura™ guarantees the beautiful images will not be diminished by annoying fingerprints, dirt, or rain. Leica protects new products with a limited lifetime warranty, plus a three-year Passport Protection Plan. Leica demos come with a limited 10-year warranty.
Enhances resolution, color, and contrast.
Offer maximum image quality and durability in a traditional design.
Angled Body Design
Is favored by users of different heights for viewing without adjusting the tripod height as frequently. The angled design works well when viewing at an upward angle.
Allows for precision with coarse and fine adjustments.
Magnesium Alloy Body
Is sturdy and resistant to corrosion.
Provides a secure, non-slip grip.
Twists up and down for comfortable viewing with or without eyeglasses.
Reduces glare and shields the objective lens from raindrops.
Rotating Tripod Ring
Allows greater flexibility when positioning the spotting scope.
Optics are sealed with O-rings to prevent moisture, dust, and debris from getting inside the spotting scope.
Barrel is filled with nitrogen gas to inhibit internal fogging.
I know that my APO 77 spotting scope is an older model but it still works great. I had the Eye Ring on the 20x60 eyepiece repaired once but the scope is still fantastic.
This weekend I was birding with some friends, one of which had the newer Leica APO 82 mm Angled scope with a 25x50 eyepiece. I really could not tell the difference looking through the scope. That is until a few digiscope images were compared later. From the 77 model there was more fuzzy edge. On the 82 the image was in clearer focus out to the edge.
However, since I crop my images to remove the Circle Effect, I don't compose with something close to the edge. So I don't see how that really can affect the final images.
Also the APO 82 is lighter, but depending on the tripod used, the difference could be made up.
The 77 is a rugged scope that still works great and the APO 82 is another FANTASTIC scope from Leica. I just cannot bring myself to buy it, mainly because I cannot afford it at the moment.
I'll have to write another review about the Swarovski 80mm scope I was able to peer through this weekend as well.
Now everyone reading this review should also take into consideration that the casual use of any optical equipment is limited. Carrying something around all the time and getting the feel of it on an everyday basis is the best way to review anything. Side by Side comparisons however are interesting. Especially now that the OPTICS are so GOOD in so many brands and models.
Guess the real decision when buying a scope is how much can you afford and is the difference in cost really worth it.
Now that Swarovski has introduced yet another scope, I'm kind of glad I waited to buy another scope. Will the new ATX model change things that much- time will tell.
DigiScoping with the Leica Televid APO 82mm Angled Spotting Scope
Donald from Warrenton, Virginia 20187
I purchased an entire Leica DigiScoping system (with the exception of tripod & tripod head) from B&H in December 2009. The three parts were: Leica Televid APO 82mm Angled Spotting Scope; Adapter (for D-LUX 4 Camera); and a Leica D-LUX-4 Camera. Total cost for the 3 items: $4,794. I've been using the three components with a Manfrotto tripod and Wimberley head since Dec 09. I've had two issues with the spotting scope: First, the eye ring piece that twists out to set the distance between camera lens and scope lens has three small plastic friction stoppers that break off fairly easy (I've replaced this component twice - simple repair). The second issue was a broken band used to mount the scope to the tripod. Both issues were fixed (for free) by Leica. Only one, the broken band, required the spotting scope to be sent back to Leica. Bottom Line: The spotting scope is outstanding. A bit pricy, but certainly comparable with other top-of-the-line spotting scopes. Would I buy it again? Yes, especially because the price has come down to compete with Swarovski, Zeiss, and Kowa; and the fact that Leica stands behind what they sell.