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Leica Monovid 8x20 Monocular

B&H # LE8X20M Mfr # 40390
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You Pay: $499.00
Product Highlights
  • Roof Prism
  • P40 Phase Correction Coating
  • Close-Up Lens Included
  • Waterproof
  • Fogproof

Destined to be chosen as an ideal take-along optic for anyone traveling light - the Monovid 8x20 Monocular from Leica will delight all-sorts of viewing enthusiasts with style, elegance, and a remarkable level of optical performance.

Sporting 8.0x magnification, the Monovid's optical system features a high-grade roof prism, AquaDura lens coatings, and nitrogen purging for clarity in any climate - it's fully fogproof and submersible to a depth of 5.0 m/16'.

Depending upon your point of view - The Monovid can be used as a mini-telescope, 1/2 a binocular, or a macroscope. Its light, small, stealthy, and quite luxurious - whether you're scoping a performer on stage, glassing the treeline for the Lord God bird, or investigating the intricate subtleties of a Nautilus shell - you'll be glad you didn't leave home without it.

Inside the Monovid's elegant leather carry case there's a special pocket for a very special attachment - the close-up lens. Installing this accessory onto the monocular allows viewers to achieve 8x magnification at distances as close as 9.8"/ 25 cm - this macro-effect viewing is excellent for observing the finest details that are often impossible to see through larger optics.

Optical Performance
  • Roof prism with P40 phase correction coating
  • AquaDura & HDC optical coatings repel water and dirt
  • Close-up accessory lens: focuses to 9.8-11"/25-30 cm
  • Multicoated lens surfaces minimize flare, glare for clear viewing
Construction Details
  • Submersible to 16'/5.0 m
  • Nitrogen purged aluminum housing is water and fogproof
Use and Handling
  • Internal focusing via central focusing knob
  • Leather case with silent magnetic fastener and close-up lens compartment
Magnification 8.0x
Objective Lens Diameter 20 mm
Exit Pupil 2.5 mm
Angular Field of View 6.3°
Linear Field of View 331' @ 1000 yd / 110 m @ 1000 m
Eye Relief 15 mm
Minimum Focus Distance Normal: 5.9' / 1.8 m
With close-up lens: ≈ 7.9-9.8" / 20-25 cm
Waterproofing Submersible to 16.5' / 5.0 m
Length 3.9" / 97.9 mm
Diameter 1.4" / 35.5 mm
Weight Monocular: 4.0 oz / 112 g / Close-up lens: 126 g w/close-up lens
Leica Monovid 8x20 Monocular
  • Carry Case with Belt Loop
  • Close Focus Lens
  • Hand Strap
  • Eyepiece Cover
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
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    LeicaMonovid 8x20 Monocular
     
    5.0

    (based on 22 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (21)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (20)
    • Strong construction (20)
    • Quality lenses (18)
    • Accurate ranging (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Bird watching (14)
      • Hunting (8)
      • Security (6)
      • Astronomy (4)
      • Hiking (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual/ recreational (12), Avid adventurer (7)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (18)

      Reviewed by 22 customers

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      5.0

      Great Monocular

      By Jca345

      from Pennsylvania

      Comments about Leica Monovid 8x20 Monocular:

      A+ to Leica for this optical marvel. Super sharp, bright, contrasty images. Weatherproof, ergonomic, and just plain cool-looking. I also really find that the classy fitted leather case and macro lens complete the package. Simply put, great quality is always worth it. Also, B&H really took great care of me here. To date, they have been professional, efficient, and very fair with their pricing and policies.

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      5.0

      Handy and easy to take anywhere

      By JIM6577

      from Tinley Park, IL

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate Ranging
      • Easy To Use
      • Quality Lenses
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Bird Watching
        • Hiking
        • SPORTS EVENTS

        Comments about Leica Monovid 8x20 Monocular:

        The case easily attaches to my belt which allows me to take everywhere. Less cumbersome than full size binoculars.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Nice Compact Optic

        By GeorgioS

        from Redding, CT

        About Me Avid Adventurer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Quality Lenses
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Hunting
          • Portable Observation

          Comments about Leica Monovid 8x20 Monocular:

          I ordered this monocular while on a five month motorcycle trip, having forgotten to take my small Leica binoculars. This unit is in keeping with the optical quality of my other Leica sport optics. The Monovid is very compact and rugged. It will easily fit in a shirt pocket. Additionally, its waterproofness and hydroscopic lens coating mean it will make an excellent mobile hunter's tool, and I will likely use it as such in lieu of my green 7x42 Ultravid binoculars. It is easy to hold stable using both hands or just one hand when the elbow is supported.

          I would highly recommend the dedicated neck strap, which should be included with this product, especially at its high price.

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          4.0

          Lens cap?

          By rlapporte

          from Northbrook, IL

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Quality Lenses
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Leica Monovid 8x20 Monocular:

              There's only one thing that's keeping me from giving this 5 stars and it would cost Leica about 5 cents. I wish it had a lens cap for the front element. I don't always want the bulk of the leather carrying case and I don't want to carry it with a lens that's not protected. Anyone know where I could get a cap that would fit?

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              5.0

              Perfect for hunting

              By Sonny

              from Shell Beach, CA

              About Me Avid Adventurer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Quality Lenses
              • Secure Focus Ring
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Expensive

              Best Uses

              • Hunting

              Comments about Leica Monovid 8x20 Monocular:

              I have owned and used several pair of binoculars for hunting. They performed well, but were heavy and big - even the little Nikon 10x25. Just too much bulk and weight under a hunting coat or in a side pocket. I bought the Leica 8x20 monocular as an experiment, to see if I could use it some of the time. It has performed so well that I now carry only it into the woods.

              In any legal hunting light, I am able to clearly see my quarry and make quick, informed decisions. A neck strap lets it stay warm under my coat, and allows access with one hand, thus with low apparent motion. The low light performance of this monocular is astounding, especially considering its small exit pupil (2.5). The focus ring is easy to use, yet doesn't move out of focus while in a pocket.
              This monoculars light weight, high quality,and small profile ensure that you will never hesitate to take it along. We've all gone out for a "short" walk, and left our heavy binos behind because we didn't expect to need them. This cures that. I will probably never again carry bulky, heavy binoculars for hunting, sports viewing, etc.

              Usage Notes: If your optics needs extend out to 200 yards or so, and your time of use is no more than 10 minutes at a time, then these are perfect for you in any light that you would find yourself in. Hunters use their eyes to see what is suddenly different, and use optics to more clearly see what that difference is.
              This monocular fulfills that need brilliantly.
              OTOH, if your optics needs involve high magnification and long hours of viewing, look elsewhere. This monocular is not made for that.

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              5.0

              Quality product

              By ELYLAS

              from Las Vegas

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Quality Lenses

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Bird Watching
                • Hunting

                Comments about Leica Monovid 8x20 Monocular:

                Light weight, easy eye piece adjustment for glasses, easy to focus and works as expected. Use for outdoor working with dogs and wildlife viewing

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Gorgeous

                By Ozmo

                from San Francisco

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Light
                • Optics
                • Quality Lenses
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Bird Watching
                  • Galleries

                  Comments about Leica Monovid 8x20 Monocular:

                  This is a gorgeous piece of equipment, with wonderful optics and small enough to take everywhere: concerts, birding, galleries, whatever. And the leather case is very classy. The included close-up lens has very limited range, but just right for magnifying flowers or engravings. The only thing missing is a decent neck strap.

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                  5.0

                  Very Pleased with Puchase

                  By in the outdoors

                  from Virginia

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Quality Lenses
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Concerts Events
                    • Seeing Your World
                    • Spotting Critters

                    Comments about Leica Monovid 8x20 Monocular:

                    Walking my dogs in a wooded area every morning and most evenings, I often hear owls or herons and wished I could get a good look at them. I had a pair of decent-quality binoculars, but this Leica Monocular is worlds better. It is compact, very high quality, and I now carry it with me each time I go. I love it, and wished I had bought one years ago. Took it to the symphony yesterday and, again, so glad I purchased this take-along!

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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great monocular

                    By NC birder

                    from Raleigh, NC

                    About Me Casual/ Recreational

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Close-up Lens
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Leather Case
                    • Quality Lenses
                    • Small Size
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Hiking
                      • Nature
                      • Travelling

                      Comments about Leica Monovid 8x20 Monocular:

                      I am a long-time user of the Leica 8x20s, and they are my choice for hiking and travelling because of their size, weight, and optical excellence. I wanted an even smaller optic to carry when the 8x20s didn't seem warranted, and the 8x20 Monovid fit my requirements perfectly. It has the same optical and build quality as the 8x20s in a single barrel, small package, as well as the same eye cup and relief, which works for me and my glasses. I hold it cupped in the palm of one hand and use the other to focus.

                      The case is great and has to contribute to the price. It is leather, pops the Monovid up when it is opened, has a magnetic clasp, and stores a screw-on close-up lens.

                      Very high quality optics and case, small, lightweight -- it is easy to carry and very handy. I also got the longer strap so I can wear it around my neck.

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                      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great Little Birdwatching Tool

                      By Birdwatcher

                      from Medina, OH

                      About Me Casual/ Recreational

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Accurate Ranging
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Quality Lenses
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Bird Watching

                        Comments about Leica Monovid 8x20 Monocular:

                        My husband and I enjoy birdwatching. This monocular is a great addition to our pack. I find it easier to use than binoculars and have been able to spot birds that I previously missed. The quality of the product is excellent, and I would recommend it highly.

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                        5.0

                        Love it

                        By Ellen

                        from Pasadena, ca

                        About Me Avid Adventurer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Accurate Ranging
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Quality Lenses
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Bird Watching
                          • Security

                          Comments about Leica Monovid 8x20 Monocular:

                          I used it when I went hiking. It is really clear, I love it.

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                          • No

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                          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          An Outstanding Glass

                          By RCB in Wyoming

                          from Rock Springs, Wyoming

                          About Me Casual/ Recreational

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Light and portable
                          • Razor sharp optics
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Hiking
                            • Hunting
                            • Law Enforcement

                            Comments about Leica Monovid 8x20 Monocular:

                            I don't care for compact binoculars and have long considered a quality monocular. It came down to Leica vs. Zeiss and, after a good deal of research, Leica won. I couldn't have made a better choice. The optics and resolution are razor sharp and I easily get a full field of view, even with eyeglasses. Even the case is clever; the macro lens stores right inside the lid.I would buy the Monovid again in a heartbeat and recommend it highly. [...]

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                            5.0

                            Incredible tool

                            By Scout Witt

                            from Santa Rosa, CA

                            About Me Avid Adventurer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear
                            • Perfect size for carry
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Bird Watching
                              • Scouting
                              • Security
                              • Yachting

                              Comments about Leica Monovid 8x20 Monocular:

                              I use this for bird watching and for checking on my son while he is sailing. It is absolutely flawless. Bright, clear, solidly built, it is expensive but totally worth it. I saved for a year for it, and I'm glad I did. I don't use the case, because that makes it too big. Just slip it in my jacket pocket and its always ready, and perfect size for everyday carry. You will be happy you got it. I can't think of anything bad about it.

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                              (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Will last for another generation.

                              By Bob

                              from Del Mar, CA

                              About Me Casual/ Recreational

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Quality Lenses
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Astronomy
                                • Bird Watching

                                Comments about Leica Monovid 8x20 Monocular:

                                So well made that my grandson will find it useful in his old age.

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                                • No

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                                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Marvelous views

                                By jgc

                                from Switzerland

                                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Quality Lenses
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Astronomy
                                  • Bird Watching

                                  Comments about Leica Monovid 8x20 Monocular:

                                  This device delivers exactly what you pay for - ease of use, clear views and elegant design. Wonderful for travels anywhere.

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                                  (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Quality and Elegance!

                                  By The Chief

                                  from Florida, USA

                                  About Me Avid Adventurer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                  • None

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Bird Watching
                                  • Hunting
                                  • Security

                                  Comments about Leica Monovid 8x20 Monocular:

                                  This little gem simply exudes quality and elegance! From the moment that I opened the perfectly fitted packaging, I could see that this was a truly superior instrument. The build quality is outstanding, and the image is crisp and clear from edge to edge; color rendition is excellent The view while wearing glasses is no problem due to the well-designed retractable eyecup.
                                  The included leather case is also extremely elegant…perhaps too elegant to take into the field. It is also rather bulky which somewhat defeats the purpose of buying a compact monocular. I simply aquired a small nylon pouch which I find to be much more practical.
                                  The close-up lens is an interesting feature, but I really foresee no practical use for it. Something not mentioned in the product description is that a nice wrist strap is included, but I ordered the optional neck strap which I find to be much more useful.
                                  Some reviews that I have read about monoculars mention that they are hard to hold steady, but this is not true as long as they are held properly. Any 8X instrument requires two hands to hold…monOCULAR means one eye, not one hand!
                                  Overall, I find this to be a highly useful glass for the vast majority of my viewing needs…It fills a previously empty niche in the world of optics. As capable as the Monovid is though, I whish that Leica would offer one with a larger objective, like 32mm... this would not add much to the size and weight, but would result in performance equal to the full-size binoculars.
                                  One other thing not mentioned in the product description is that the Monovid is made in Portugal…I knew that Leica has production facilities there, but was a bit surprised. I have read though, that some consider the Portuguese Leica optics to be sharper than those produced in Germany.
                                  I consider the price of the Monovid to be a real bargain for a piece of this quality!

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                                  (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Monovid simply works.

                                  By Jack

                                  from Washington, DC

                                  About Me Professional Guide

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Quality Lenses
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Astronomy
                                    • Bird Watching
                                    • Hunting
                                    • Security
                                    • Yachting

                                    Comments about Leica Monovid 8x20 Monocular:

                                    This is a very high quality item that is simple to use with excellent optics. I am a professional photographer and tend to review glass with a critical eye. The Leica doesn't dissappoint and its weight and size are just about perfect. Image stability at 8X isn't an issue if you brace your fingers to your forehead and palm the Mono in the webbing of your thumb and index finger. Mine came with a neckstrap even though I read that it didn't, so I purchased one separately and now have two...

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                                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Well made and a pleasure to use.

                                    By Whaler Lover

                                    from Atlanta

                                    About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Quality Lenses
                                    • Strong Construction

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Hunting
                                      • Security
                                      • Yachting

                                      Comments about Leica Monovid 8x20 Monocular:

                                      The close up lens and the beautiful leather case just add to the experience.

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                                      5.0

                                      Well worth it.

                                      By Walt

                                      from San Diego

                                      About Me Avid Adventurer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Accurate Ranging
                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Quality Lenses
                                      • Strong Construction

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Astronomy
                                        • Bird Watching

                                        Comments about Leica Monovid 8x20 Monocular:

                                        An expensive extremely high quality monocular. It is worth the money.

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                                        (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Leica Monovid 8 x 20

                                        By chao888888

                                        from Brea, CA

                                        About Me Avid Adventurer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Accurate Ranging
                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Quality Lenses
                                        • Strong Construction

                                        Cons

                                        • Pricy

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Bird Watching
                                        • Trail hiking

                                        Comments about Leica Monovid 8x20 Monocular:

                                        This little gem filled all my expectation, plus more! I bring this along for my weekly trail hikes. No more heavy and bulky binoculars. Clarity and sharpness can't be beat in a small monocular configuration. It's pricy, but worth all the cost.

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