Leica 8x42 Noctivid Binocular (Black)

Leica 8x42 Noctivid Binocular (Black)

Leica 8x42 Noctivid Binocular (Black)

B&H # LE8X42NB MFR # 40384
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Product Highlights

  • SCHOTT HT Glass and 12 Lens Elements
  • P40 Phase-Corrected Roof Prisms
  • Anti-Reflection Fully Multi-Coated
  • HighLux and AquaDura Optical Coatings
  • Wide 62° Apparent Angle of View
  • Nitrogen Filled, Water and Fogproof
  • Dual-Hinge, Open-Bridge Configuration
  • Magnesium Alloy Chassis
  • Large Center Focusing Knob
  • Twist-Up Click-Stop Eyecups
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Color: Black

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Leica 40384 overview

  • 1Description

Leica's black 8x42 Noctivid Binocular represents the perfect combination of form and function in a single optic. It is designed with an array of complementary technologies to produce bright and clear color-neutral images, while fitting comfortably in the hand for long, fatigue-free glassing sessions.

The Noctivid's performance starts with the use of SCHOTT High Transmission glass with a 12-element lens configuration and their HighLux-System anti-reflection multi-coatings, followed by phase-corrected compact roof prisms. These features produce bright and clear high-contrast images with accurate color rendition across the entire visible spectrum. Internal baffles limit scattered light in the optical tubes, which can affect clarity and contrast, while an innovative lens design and internal field flatteners ensure edge-to-edge clarity across the entire wide-angle field of view. The wide viewing angle and relatively low 8x magnification provide sweeping panoramic views that draw you in for a truly immersive observational experience.

The Noctivid is made with a dual-hinge/open-bridge that provides added gripping surface area while reducing the overall weight without sacrificing strength or stability. Its chassis is made of a lightweight and strong magnesium alloy that, when combined with the bridge configuration, further reduces the weight while shifting the center of gravity to the natural hand position, which translates to an improved handling experience with greatly reduced fatigue, allowing you to hold the binocular for extended periods of time. To withstand the rigors of extensive outdoor use, all of the metal surfaces are treated with a proprietary varnish coating to resist corrosion and wear and the optical tubes are nitrogen filled and O-ring sealed to be fogproof, waterproof, and submersible.

Optical Performance
  • Moderate 8x power magnifies views while helping to maintain a wide exit pupil and long eye relief
  • 42mm objective lenses improve light-gathering ability for enhanced low-light performance such as at dawn and dusk or when peering into dense brush
  • SCHOTT HT (High Transmission) glass and 12 lens elements ensure accurate color rendition with limited distortion
  • Multi-layer high-temperature plasma anti-reflection lens coating deposition process ensures balanced light transmission across the entire visible spectrum
  • P40 phase-correcting prism coatings increase light transmission while improving contrast and clarity
  • HighLux-System (HLS) maximizes light throughput to improve color rendition and contrast
  • Internal baffle system reduces scattered light, which can interfere with contrast, color, and clarity
  • Hydrophobic AquaDura coatings on external optical surfaces allow dirt, dust, and fingerprints to be removed easily
  • Lens design and integrated field flatteners reduce spherical aberration and distortion across the entire field of view for edge-to-edge sharpness
  • Wide 62° apparent angle of view produces a spacious view and an immersive observational experience
  • Generous 406' field of view at 1000 yards
Use and Handling
  • Open-bridge/Dual-hinge configuration provides additional gripping surface area for better handling
  • Large slip-resistant center focusing wheel is easy to manipulate in cold and wet weather, or while wearing gloves
  • 56-74mm adjustable interpupillary distance allows easy use for a wide variety of people
  • ±4 right-eye dioptric correction range enables users to compensate for individual optical prescriptions for tack-sharp images
  • Twist-out 4-position click-stop eyecups for comfortable use with or without eyewear
  • Long 19mm eye relief ensures comfortable use with reduced eye strain, especially during long glassing sessions
  • Wide 5.25mm exit pupil will completely cover pupils when they are open and fully dilated in low light to ensure the entire scene stays in view without vignetting
Construction Details
  • Bridge design helps to reduce overall weight without sacrificing strength or stability
  • Lightweight and durable magnesium alloy chassis
  • Protective black rubberized armoring provides a slip-resistant grip in all weather conditions
  • Nitrogen filled for fogproof performance, especially when moving through extreme temperature changes and environmental conditions
  • O-ring sealed to be submersible to 16.5' (5m)
  • Proprietary varnish coating protects metal surfaces from corrosion and wear
UPC: 799429403843
In the Box
Leica 8x42 Noctivid Binocular (Black)
  • 2 x Objective Lens Caps
  • One-Piece Eyepiece Cover
  • Cordura Carrying Case
  • Contoured Neoprene Neck Strap
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
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    Leica 40384 specs

    Prism Type Roof
    Magnification 8  x
    Objective Lens Diameter 42 mm
    Angle of View 7.7° (actual)
    Field of View 406.6' @ 1000 yd / 135.0 m @ 1000 m
    Minimum Focus Distance 6.2' / 1.9 m
    Exit Pupil Diameter 5.25 mm
    Eye Relief 19.0 mm
    Interpupillary Adjustment 56 to 74 mm / 2.2 to 2.9"
    Dioptric Correction ±4
    Focus Type Center
    Tripod Mount None
    Dimensions 5.9 x 4.9 x 2.7" / 15.0 x 12.4 x 6.8 cm
    Weight 30.3 oz / 860.0 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.27 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.45 x 8.3 x 6.5"

    Leica 40384 reviews

    8x42 Noctivid Binocular (Black) is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 9.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the 8x42 Noctivid After using 8x32 Trinovids for 18 years, I decided it was time for a change. I tried the Svarowski 8.5 x 42 but found them too clunky and didn't like the green color. I also tried the Leica Ultravid 8x42 HD plus and liked them. Then enter the 8x42 Noctivid! Coming from 8x32's, any 8x42 would look brighter, but these Noctivids blew me away. Crisp, sharp, bright and beautiful! I was very worried about the weight, the 8x32 are so light and I have some neck and shoulder issues. But the Noctivids are so well balanced that it took me minutes to get used to them. Btw the case it comes in is beautiful. I would highly recommend these.
    Date published: 2017-03-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from NOCTIVID 8X42 IS THE CURRENT STATE OF THE ART Traveling to Africa at least twice a year since 2001 the Noctivid (NTV) 8X42 is my latest effort to carry the best glass available. Before the NTV, one would consider the Zeiss (HT and SF), Swaro (EL), or Leica (UVHD+), and each could make credible claims to being the best image available. Enter Noctivid released around 9-2016, and for the first time in years, one product is out in front of anything else available. I held a pair, and immediately ordered my own. I'll just mention this is the clearest most breath-taking image money can buy at the moment. Much has been made of Leica's claims to a 3D image with the new Noctivid. To my surprise, it is there, it is more than greater depth-of-field. The image is blisteringly sparkling, resolving power huge, the image natural. As far as industrial design and finish, the NTV simultaneously exudes beauty, premium quality, and ruggedness and has the best most even focus available. So for the moment anyway, here is the best binocular money can buy, and by a margin we haven't seen for years. I would commend the Leica NTV to you in 2017 with the same enthusiasm I would have commended the Zeiss Victory FL back in 2004. It is that good among current technology.
    Date published: 2017-02-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best binocular ever Have been a Leica owner for 15 years and these are hands down the best binoculars I have ever used. They are more comfortable to hold, lighter, closer focusing and, most importantly, the view is incredible. Everyone who has looked through them has had a 'wow' or 'oh my gosh' moment. They are bright, sharp edge to edge, and have a great depth of field (almost 3 dimensional, which is very unusual in a roof prism binocular). I absolutely love and recommend them to anyone ready to step up to a premium (alpha) binocular.
    Date published: 2017-12-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Binoculars Quite impressed, especially with the $350 discount B&H offered recently. These replaced my Trinovid BA 8x32s which served well for 18 years. Not a fair comparison, but the most striking improvement is the radical edge to edge sharpness. The center image is a slight but clear improvement over the classic trinovids, but this sharpness holds all the way to the edge of the view! Amazing. Focus is extremely fast and snappy, with excellent depth of field- less focus hunting than any other bino I’ve used. Great ergonomics, excellent lens caps, and a top shelf case and strap that you’d be happy to pay extra for if they weren’t included. Using side by side with the trinovids, looking towards the sun, the glare control really stands out - not even a hint of glare in situations where the trinovids were unusable. Not sure how they do this, but the results are incredible - opening up a variety of angles you previously could not dream of viewing. Since I haven’t used any of the other current generation alpha binoculars, I can’t speak to a comparison, but at this price, and with Leica’s warranty and service, it’s hard to imagine a better tool.
    Date published: 2017-12-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good birding binoculars I recently replaced a pair of 15 year old 8 x 32 Nikon binoculars with the� Leica 8 x 42 Noctivids.� The new binoculars are all that was promised--bright, clear, and sharp all the way to the edges of the view.� They are larger than my Nikons but feel lighter because they are more comfortable to wear around my neck.� This is due to the way the strap is engineered.� I am very pleased with my purchase. � I will say, however, I do not see the extreme difference in the optics that I expected.� I guess my old Nikons are much better than I realized.� I will be keeping them for backup.
    Date published: 2018-03-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible image clarity :: What you would expect from Leica For years, I tolerated a cheap pair of binoculars I bought when I was younger, and money was tight. When I scouted hunting trips in Wyoming, I endured a lack of image quality, and the inevitable headaches if I used the inexpensive glasses for any length of time. Having invested in the Leica camera system, I know the value of Leica glass and decided to treat myself to a pair of Noctivids. Like so many things, looking back, I wish I had done this sooner. Even with older eyes, I do not need corrective lenses; the diopter differential between eyes is 0. I guess that makes me a neutral tester? In any case, focus is spot-on, the binoculars are easy to hold and steady, and edge-to-edge image clarity is remarkable. As the name implies, the image 'pops' in low light. I have one minor complaint. The focus wheel is extremely smooth, but it is too far back and too narrow. That is a common criticism among reviewers, and the comparable Zeiss binoculars do not have this limitation. Still, I am committed to Leica, and I am willing to put up with a minor inconvenience. I'm sure I will get used to and forget it over time. I debated olive green vs. black, and I like the look of the olive green. They disappear in the surroundings and don't scream binoculars like the black case glasses I used to have. The included case is ... weird. It clearly is designed for transport and storage and not quick deployment. But that's fine. I see the wisdom of it. These glasses either are around my neck or stowed. I have to remember water is not a problem, so they don't need the same protection as do my M- cameras or lenses. One final thought: The 8X Noctivid binoculars are not compact. I already am pondering a smaller pair of Leica binoculars that would fit a jacket pocket and be a logical adjunct similar to the Leica Q I carry when the M- or SL- cameras are too much.
    Date published: 2018-06-08
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Unexpected problems with Leica products I ordered two pairs of Leica binoculars and for both items received a sub-standard product. I was lucky that I had ordered them through B&H who made it good for. me. I will not order Leica products in the future sight unseen as I believe Leica has QC problems. Again B&H is the best.
    Date published: 2018-08-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful detail in the image Short version: �Recommended. �The image is wonderfully detailed. �Excellent contrast and resolution of fine detail, �“presence” of the image. �Only drawback is off-axis chromatic abberation. Longer version: �If researching this, I’d suggest a side by side comarrision with this binocular, the Swarovski 8.5x42 EL, and the Zeiss 8x42 SF (something I could not do). �When I comparied the image between the Noctivid and my Swarovski 8x32 EL Field Pros and Zeiss 10x42 Victory HD’s (this is not a comparrison of equals), I’d see details and textures with the Noctivid immediately that I would then notice in the EL’s and HD’s upon second glance. �Also the glare suppression/stray light in the Noctivid’s is better. �It is also brighter (as expected by the larger exit pupil). �The only drawback that I can see is higher off axis CA levels in back lit situations than the others (they all have some CA visible - best controlled by Swarovski). �Ergonomics are fquite pleasing, and I find the look attractive. �Otherwise, these three compaines seem to have different design strategies in how they address the numerous �characteristics. � �For me, the Leica image (which I think they call plasticity) is the �most pleasing to my eyes. More depth and less “flat”. �It is my first choice for detailed observations. Note: The Leica website shows the Field of View as 443 feet at 1000 yards. B&H states 406.63 feet at 1000 yards, and other retailers also state 406 or so feet at 1000 yards, so there is some confusion about that.
    Date published: 2018-05-30
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