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Leica 8x20 BL Ultravid Binocular w/Brown Leather Case
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Truly fine binoculars

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, WA Written on September 16, 2011
Having owned Leica 8x20B Trinovids for almost 20 years with great satisfaction, when my wife demanded we get another pair of compact binoculars I was quite willing to pay for these Ultravids, which promised to be even better. In fact, they are better.

The short minimum-focus distance is nice. The new lens coatings seem highly effective--the view is very crisp, there are no detectable reflection problems, and color rendition seems quite neutral. The new "diopter" adjustment mechanism, which is linked to the center-focus knob and engaged by pushing a little button, seems harder to set properly than the old "twist one of the eyepieces" system on the Trinovids. I wonder how well it will hold up. However, it is acceptable and overall I strongly recommend these binoculars.

Since I wear eyeglasses, I appreciate the better eye relief on these than on competing binoculars.

Though I would not trade any optical performance for a nice case, the Leica brown leather case supplied with these is awfully fine. It's better-made than most Italian designer purses. An optical enthusiast would recognize the Leicas as topnotch-- but any schlub who sees them lifted from this case will know they are something special.

I expect my wife will leave me to carry the old (but still excellent!) Trinovids most of the time. When I want that extra smidgen of performance, I will pull these out of her hands.
Pros: Wonderful clarity (and very classy leather case)
Cons: Finicky eye-balance (diop...
Would recommend: Yes
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