Leica 12x50 Ultravid HD Plus Binocular

Leica 12x50 Ultravid HD Plus Binocular

Leica 12x50 Ultravid HD Plus Binocular

B&H # LE12X50UVHDP MFR # 40097
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Product Highlights

  • Extra-Low Dispersion SCHOTT HT Glass
  • Phase-Corrected Roof Prisms
  • HDC and AquaDura Lens Coatings
  • Wide 68° Apparent Angle of View
  • Nitrogen Filled, Water and Fogproof
  • Closed Bridge Configuration
  • Magnesium Alloy Chassis
  • Large Center Focusing Knob
  • Tripod Mountable with Optional Adapter
  • Twist-Up Click-Stop Eyecups
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Magnification: 12x

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Building on the success of the original Ultravid HD, Leica's 12x50 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 full-size HD Plus delivers enhanced contrast and true color fidelity, with virtually zero distortion, even in low-light conditions. Helping to compensate for the visually distracting hand-shake common with using 10x and greater optics, is a wide angle 68° apparent viewing angle. This allows the use of high magnification binoculars without the need for stabilization equipment like harnesses or tripods; although high powered binoculars could always benefit from these devices.

Leica uses specially formulated SCHOTT HT extra-low dispersion (ED) 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 outer lens protect surfaces and causes water and oil to bead off for easier cleaning and clearer vision. The roof prisms feature P40 phase-correction and the proprietary High Lux System (HLS) coatings. These coatings virtually eliminate chromatic aberration for enhanced color rendition, and increased contrast and overall image sharpness.

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 wear-resistant 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
  • 12x magnification
  • 50mm objective lenses
  • Roof prism optical path
  • SCHOTT HT extra-low dispersion glass increases light transmission, especially in blue-violet band, improves color fidelity, and enhances low-light performance
  • P40 phase-correcting and proprietary High Lux System (HLS) prism coatings reduces internal light scatter for sharper images with improved contrast
  • High temperature plasma lens coating depositing system for precise optical coating placement
  • Scratch and abrasion-resistant High Durable Coating (HDC) and hydrophobic AquaDura coating on outer lens protects surfaces and causes water and oil to bead off lenses for easier cleaning and clearer vision in bad weather
  • 301.2' field of view at 1000 yards
  • Wide 68° apparent angle of view
  • Long 13mm eye relief
  • Comfortable 4.2mm exit pupil
Use and Handling
  • Lubricant free center focus system with PETP-Discs provides smooth movement throughout the operating temperature range
  • 58-75mm interpupillary adjustment range
  • ±4 right-eye dioptric correction with locking center diopter adjustment wheel
  • Twist-out 2-stage click-stop eyecups
  • 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' (5m)
  • Flip-down tethered objective lens caps
  • Broad -13 to 131°F (-25 to 55°C) operating temperature
  • Ergonomic thumb rests for added comfort and a better grip
UPC: 799429400972
Prism Type Roof
Magnification 12x
Objective Lens Diameter 50 mm
Angle of View 5.7° (actual)
Field of View 299.2' @ 1000 yd / 99.7 m @ 1000 m
Minimum Focus Distance 10.5' / 3.2 m
Exit Pupil Diameter 4.2 mm
Eye Relief 13.0 mm
Interpupillary Adjustment 58.0 - 75.0 mm / 2.3 - 3.0"
Dioptric Correction ±4
Focus Type Center
Tripod Mount Yes (Adapter Optional)
Dimensions 4.7 x 7.1 x 3.1" / 12.0 x 18.0 x 7.8 cm
Weight 36.7 oz / 1040.0 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 4.25 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.6 x 8.4 x 6.8"
12x50 Ultravid HD Plus Binocular is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sticky Focus I have owned this binocular for about ten years, originally purchased from B&H. The optics and image quality are excellent as one would expect however the focus mechanism is sticky making quick and accurate focusing difficult. I have been advised that the focusing would smooth out with use. Unfortunately it never has and remains as sticky as the day I took it out of the box. Very disappointing. The advertised "smooth focusing" is untrue. I would not buy this online but instead at a shop where you can test the focus before purchase.
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best These are incredible binoculars! Glad I splurged so worth it
Date published: 2018-06-19
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