Leica 8x42 Noctivid Binoculars (Black)

BH #LE8X42NB • MFR #40384
Leica 8x42 Noctivid Binoculars (Black)
Key Features
  • SCHOTT HT Glass and 12 Lens Elements
  • P40 Phase-Corrected Roof Prisms
  • Anti-Reflection Fully Multi-Coated
  • HighLux and AquaDura Optical Coatings
Leica's black 8x42 Noctivid Binoculars represent the perfect combination of form and function in a pair of binoculars. They are 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.
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Leica Noctivid 8x42 Overview

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

Leica's black 8x42 Noctivid Binoculars represent the perfect combination of form and function in a pair of binoculars. They are 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 binoculars' 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 binoculars are made with a dual-hinge/open-bridge that provides added gripping surface area while reducing the overall weight without sacrificing strength or stability. The binoculars' 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 binoculars 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 5.2mm 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

Leica Noctivid 8x42 Specs

Key Specs
Prism Type
Roof
Magnification
8x
Objective Lens Diameter
42 mm
Angle of View
7.7° (Actual)
Field of View
406.6' @ 1000 yd / 135 m @ 1000 m
Exit Pupil Diameter
5.2 mm
Performance
Magnification
8x
Objective Lens Diameter
42 mm
Angle of View
7.7° (Actual)
Field of View
406.6' @ 1000 yd / 135 m @ 1000 m
Minimum Focus Distance
6.2' / 1.9 m
Exit Pupil Diameter
5.2 mm
Eye Relief
19 mm
Interpupillary Adjustment
56 to 74 mm / 2.2 to 2.9"
Diopter Adjustment
-4 to +4
Focus Type
Center
Features
Fogproof
Yes, Nitrogen Filled
Environmental Protection
Water-Resistant (Unrated)
General
Dimensions
5.91 x 4.88 x 2.68" / 15 x 12.4 x 6.8 cm
Weight
30.3 oz / 860 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
3.27 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
10.45 x 8.3 x 6.5"

Leica Noctivid 8x42 Reviews

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I know these have custom winged eyecups as a ...

I know these have custom winged eyecups as a separate accessory. My question is, do they have a matching rainguard like my Swarovski "WES" (Winged Eyecup Set) ?
Asked by: Jose
It does not look like they have an option like the Swarovski Pair. My apologies for that.
Answered by: Alex S
Date published: 2023-04-13

What country are these made in?

What country are these made in?
Asked by: Steven
I just purchased new (Nov. 2021) and "MADE IN PORTUGAL" is printed on the bridge. I contacted Leica customer support in the US and they said yes, the Noctivid 8x42 (and other Leica Sports Optics) is now made by Leica in Portugal. For the record, I have a 25+ year old pair of Leica binoculars made by Leica in Portugal that still work like new.
Answered by: David
Date published: 2022-09-08

Does the carrying case have a shoulder strap?

Does the carrying case have a shoulder strap?
Asked by: Jose
The carrying case for the Leica 8x42 Noctivid Binoculars does not have a strap, rather it has cutouts to allow the binocular strap to be used while they are in the case
Answered by: Yaakov
Date published: 2022-09-08

Does this include the 3 year Leica impact and ...

Does this include the 3 year Leica impact and water warranty?
Asked by: Michael
Yes. The Noctivids include Leica's Passport warranty which is valid for purchases made from authorized retailers like B&H in the USA only and claims must be also through Leica's USA repair center only. This is not an international program.
Answered by: Richard
Date published: 2022-09-08

Are these labeled made in Germany or Portugal?

Are these labeled made in Germany or Portugal?
Asked by: Todd
The Leica Noctivid 8x42 (Green) I purchased in January 2024 show Made in Portugal on the binocular and box.
Answered by: David
Date published: 2024-05-08

Is it best (why?) for birding than the Leica ...

Is it best (why?) for birding than the Leica 40094 Ultravid 10 x 42 HD Plus ?
Asked by: Agustin
In the Ultravid HD PLUS line, for its size (smallest premium full-size bins available) and massive field of view, the 8x32 or for its brightness and again, massive field of view, the 7x42 would be the best choices. For the absolute best optics available, the Noctivid 8x42 would be the best choice. 10x is generally considered too much power for birding. If you have to have 10x42, the Noctivid would be the best choice as it has the best optics (best sharpness, contrast, resolution and color rendition) of any 10x42 on the market.
Answered by: Richard
Date published: 2022-09-08

What does open box mean? Is this a refurbished Or ...

What does open box mean? Is this a refurbished Or returned item? Thanks
Asked by: John
This Leica 8x42 Noctivid Binocular is not refurbished nor is it an Open Box. These are brand new in the box as they came from the factory.
Answered by: John
Date published: 2022-11-22

Does this model have locking diopter adjustment?

Does this model have locking diopter adjustment?
Asked by: Eric
Yes the Leica 8x42 Noctivid Binoculars (Olive Green), does feature locking diopter adjustment.
Answered by: Leonard E
Date published: 2023-09-27
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