The new generation of binoculars with improved optical performance
Leica Camera AG, Wetzlar, presents a new generation of the Leica Ultravid HD 42 binoculars. In comparison with earlier models, the optical performance of the new Leica Ultravid HD-Plus 42 with respect to light transmission has been significantly improved again.
A decisive role in this is played by new coating methods that deposit thin films of special substances on the lens surfaces under ultra-high vacuum in a so-called high temperature plasma process. In addition to this, the prisms of the new binoculars are made from specially formulated SCHOTT glasses with exceptional transmission characteristics (SCHOTT HT glasses). The significantly increased light transmission, particularly in the blue-violet band, ensures not only higher image brightness, but also better colour transmission and considerably improved twilight vision.
In addition to a brighter viewing image, the Leica Ultravid HD-Plus 42 binoculars therefore also offer increased contrast performance in all viewing situations, and particularly in unfavourable light.
The Leica Ultravid HD-Plus 42 models are available with 7×, 8× and 10× magnification and are identified by an engraved ‘HD’ in red on the strap lugs of the binoculars.
Otherwise, all the proven features of the Leica Ultravid HD family remain unchanged in the new HD-Plus 42 binoculars – first and foremost, high-quality optics, mechanical excellence and user-friendly design. The binoculars feature exceptionally high-quality lenses that reduce flare to an absolute minimum. This guarantees excellent colours and contrast, outstanding image brightness, clarity and optimum resolution of details. Here, innovative AquaDura® coating ensures a crystal-clear view in all weathers and protects the lenses against scratching and abrasion. In terms of handling, the binoculars are ideally matched to their users’ needs and frequent use under even the most extreme viewing conditions. The shock-absorbent armouring protects the binoculars against damage while also providing excellent grip for safe and steady handling.
The new Leica Ultravid HD-Plus 42 binoculars will be available from authorised Leica dealers from November 2014. Each model is supplied complete with a padded, high-quality Cordura case for optimum product protection. Also included are front lens and eyepiece caps and a contoured neoprene carrying strap.
The models of the 42 HD-Plus series are among the most compact binoculars available on the market in their class but their light-gathering power can compete with the larger 50 mm models. Leica Ultravid 42 HD-Plus binoculars are available with a magnification factor of 7x, 8x or 10x.
The 7x magnification is a true leading light and so is ideal for use in the hours approaching darkness. In addition, the 7x magnification offers a steady image, because hand trembling or engine vibrations, e.g. on a boat, are not transmitted.
The 8x magnification binoculars are real all-rounders. Despite the lower magnification factor they offer sharp and detailed images and thanks to their good exit pupil they keep performing for a relatively long time in fading light. The excellent field of view of the 8x magnification also offers a good overview, especially in wooded regions. The 10x magnification shows fine details even at long distances – without burdening you with too much weight.
|Delivery scope||Neoprene carrying strap, contoured, eyepiece cover, protective front lens cover, Cordura case|
|Front lens diameter||42 mm|
|Exit pupil||4.2 mm|
|Field of view at 1,000 m / Field of view at 1,000 yds||112 m / 336 ft|
|Objective angle of view||6.4°|
|Close focusing distance||approx. 2.9 m/9.5 ft|
|Diopter compensation||± 4 diopters|
|Automatic diopter compensation ADC™||yes|
|Eyepieces for eyeglass wearers||yes|
|Adjustable interpupillary distance||55 – 75 mm|
|Focusing||Internal focusing via central focusing device|
|No. of lens elements (each side)||9, all with HDC™ coating and Leica AquaDura™|
|Prism system||Roof prism with phase correcting coating P40 and HighLux-System HLS™|
|Watertightness||Watertight to a depth of 5 m/16.5 ft|
|Housing||Die-cast magnesium, nitrogen-filled|
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||120 x147 x 68 mm
4¾ x 5¾ x 2¾ in
|Weight||approx. 750 g / 26.5 oz|
|Order No. Accessories|
|Neoprene carrying strap, contoured||included|
|Floating carrying strap, orange||42 163|
|Tripod adapter||42 220|