Leica 8x42 Ultravid HD-Plus Binoculars

BH #LE8X42UHDP • MFR #40093
Leica 8x42 Ultravid HD-Plus Binoculars
Key Features
  • SCHOTT HT Glass
  • Phase-Corrected Roof Prisms
  • HDC and AquaDura Lens Coatings
  • Nitrogen Filled, Water/Fogproof
Building on the success of the original Ultravid HD, Leica's 8x42 Ultravid HD-Plus Binoculars add improved technologies and materials to create an optic with bright and clear images across the entire field of view. The HD-Plus binoculars deliver enhanced contrast and true color fidelity, with virtually zero distortion, even in low-light conditions.
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Leica HD-Plus Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Optical Performance
  • 3Use and Handling
  • 4Construction Details

Building on the success of the original Ultravid HD, Leica's 8x42 Ultravid HD-Plus Binoculars add improved technologies and materials to create an optic with bright and clear images across the entire field of view. The HD-Plus binoculars deliver 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 binoculars submersible to 16.4' or 0.5 bar of pressure. Ergonomic thumb indents on the bottom of the binoculars 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

Leica HD-Plus Specs

Prism TypeRoof
Performance
Magnification8x
Objective Lens Diameter42 mm
Angle of View7.4° (Actual)
Field of View389' @ 1000 yd / 129.15 m @ 1000 m
Minimum Focus Distance9.84' / 3 m
Exit Pupil Diameter5.2 mm
Eye Relief15.5 mm
Interpupillary Adjustment55 to 75 mm / 2.2 to 3"
Diopter Adjustment-4 to +4
Focus TypeCenter
Features
FogproofYes, Nitrogen Filled
Water ResistanceWaterproof
General
Dimensions5.6 x 4.8 x 2.6" / 14.2 x 12.1 x 6.7 cm
Weight27.87 oz / 790 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight3.045 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)10.6 x 8.4 x 6.65"

Leica HD-Plus Reviews

Love my Leica 8x42 Ultravid

By Robert
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-08

Only used them for one birding walk but I’m extremely happy with my choice. The image is crystal clear despite my think eyeglasses.

Great binoculars!

By Awa Camilo
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-09-15

Just upgraded from my previous birding binoculars. These are awesome. Had some low profile ones but now I had the chance to buy this pair and I love them. They are light and compact, with awesome close focus to watch birds at close range. Ready for more birding adventures during and after covid2019!!!

Unmatchable in humid jungle rainforest

By paul
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-07-21

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.

Uncompromising Clarity & Construction

By Ronindog
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2015-09-15

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.

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