Leica 8x42 Ultravid HD-Plus Binocular

Leica 8x42 Ultravid HD-Plus Binocular

Leica 8x42 Ultravid HD-Plus Binocular

B&H # LE8X42UHDP MFR # 40093
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Product Highlights

  • SCHOTT HT Glass
  • Phase-Corrected Roof Prisms
  • HDC and AquaDura Lens Coatings
  • Nitrogen Filled, Water/Fogproof
  • Closed-Bridge Configuration
  • Magnesium-Alloy Chassis
  • Protective Rubber Armor
  • Center Focusing
  • Tripod Mountable
  • Twist-Up Click-Stop Eyecups
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Leica HD-Plus overview

  • 1Description

Building on the success of the original Ultravid HD, Leica's 8x42 Ultravid HD-Plus Binocular adds improved technologies and materials to create an optic with bright and clear images across the entire field of view. The HD-Plus delivers enhanced contrast and true color fidelity, with virtually zero distortion, even in low-light conditions.

Leica upgraded the glass to specially formulated SCHOTT HT glass, which increases light transmission especially in the blue-violet light band, improves color fidelity, and enhances low-light performance. Scratch- and abrasion-resistant High Durable Coating (HDC) and hydrophobic AquaDura coating on the outer lenses protect surfaces and cause water and oil to bead off for easier cleaning and clearer vision. The roof prisms feature P40 phase correction and proprietary High Lux System (HLS) coatings. These coatings virtually eliminate chromatic aberration for enhanced color rendition and increased contrast.

Complementing the optical performance are uncompromising construction details. To reduce user fatigue during long glassing sessions, the chassis is made of a lightweight yet durable magnesium alloy, with a titanium center hinge axle. The optical tubes are nitrogen filled for fogproof performance and sealed to make the binocular submersible to 16.4' or 0.5 bar of pressure. Ergonomic thumb indents on the bottom of the binocular coupled with protective rubber armoring provide a comfortable slip-resistant grip. A lubrication-free focus system provides fast and precise focusing, with PETP-Discs to provide smooth movement throughout the broad operating temperature range.

Optical Performance
  • 8x magnification
  • 42mm objective lens diameter
  • Compact roof prism optical path
  • High-quality SCHOTT HT glass increases light transmission, especially in the blue-violet band, improves color fidelity, and enhances low-light performance
  • P40 and proprietary High Lux System (HLS) prism coatings
  • High-temperature plasma lens coating depositing system for precise optical coating placement
  • Phase-corrected prisms reduce chromatic aberration for enhanced color rendition
  • Scratch- and abrasion-resistant High Durable Coating (HDC) and hydrophobic AquaDura coating on outer lenses protect surfaces and cause water and oil to bead off lenses for easier cleaning and clearer vision in bad weather
Use and Handling
  • Lubricant-free center focus system with PETP-Discs provides smooth movement throughout the operating temperature range
  • ±4 right-eye dioptric correction
  • Locking center diopter adjustment wheel
  • Twist-out two-stage click-stop eyecups
  • Flip-down tethered objective lens caps
  • Tripod mountable with optional adapter
Construction Details
  • Light and durable magnesium chassis
  • Titanium center hinge axle
  • Slip-resistant protective rubber-armored body
  • Nitrogen filled, fogproof and watertight to 16.5'/0.5 bar pressure
  • Broad -13 to 131°F operating temperature
  • Ergonomic thumb rests for added comfort and a better grip
UPC: 799429400934
In the Box
Leica 8x42 Ultravid HD-Plus Binocular
  • Cordura Nylon Case
  • Contoured Neoprene Strap
  • Eyepiece Rainguard
  • 2 x Objective Lens Caps
  • 3-Year Leica No-Fault "Passport" Warranty
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Leica HD-Plus specs

    Prism Type Roof
    Magnification 8  x
    Objective Lens Diameter 42 mm
    Angle of View 7.4° (Actual)
    Field of View 388.5' @ 1000 yd / 129.5 m @ 1000 m
    Minimum Focus Distance 10.2' / 3.1 m
    Exit Pupil Diameter 5.25 mm
    Eye Relief 13.3 mm
    Interpupillary Adjustment 9 to 11.5 mm / 22.8 to 29.1"
    Dioptric Correction ±4
    Focus Type Center
    Tripod Mount Yes (Adapter Optional)
    Dimensions 5.6 x 4.8 x 2.6" / 14.2 x 12.1 x 6.7 cm
    Weight 27.87 oz / 790 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.3 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.5 x 8.4 x 6.6"

    Leica HD-Plus reviews

    8x42 Ultravid HD-Plus Binocular is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 2.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unmatchable in humid jungle rainforest I had been carrying a 8x50 Steiner Merlin which served me very well. Love the glass and its ergonomics. However, they were too big. Additionally, I needed binoculars which could handle extreme humidity, sudden monsoon type rains, river crossings and not fog up. I also needed a lighter smaller form factor to carry on foot and in my Maxpedition Falcon-III backpack. I was also unwilling to compromise on the glass after making substantial investment to get on location. I was pleasantly surprised to find the Ultravid 8x42 HD Plus highly compact, yet rugged, and crisp glass under diminishing light. Thrilled to get them into the field.
    Date published: 2016-07-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Uncompromising Clarity & Construction After much research and trying Swarovski; Zeiss; Vortex; and Nikon, these were hands down the best binoculars for me. They are light, well built, and really bright. The clarity and color rendition is truly amazing! The ability to see birds in thick foliage and pick out fine details in the feathers is also nothing short of amazing. My wife and I were looking for binoculars to travel with, and I felt these best met my criteria for ruggedness, light weight, and optical clarity. We like to hike and climb (Yellowstone, Glacier, Yosemite, etc.). I looked at both the 8X and !0X versions of the brands previously noted, and settled on the 8X. The 8X were easier to hold steady. The other brands mentioned were also incredible and buyers really will not go wrong with any of them. However, for myself the Swarovski binoculars were too heavy, the Zeiss too big, the Vortex and Nikon were nice but didn't feel as well balanced as the Leica Ultravid HD Plus. It is great to have so many high quality choices! Also the eye relief on the Leica binoculars was perfect, especially for those who wear glasses. They are rather expensive, but worth it to me.
    Date published: 2015-09-15
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