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Leica Ultravid Review in 2022 (ALL Sizes)

leica ultravid binoculars

This is a comprehensive Leica Ultravid review!

A premium coating protects the optical systems from damage, dirt, and water. It allows you to see crystal-clear, sharp, and bright images during all light conditions, be it birding, hunting, or sightseeing. You can use these binos in rainy conditions to see bright images with great color fidelity.

The price is slightly high, but you get full value for money. 

In this review, we will look at all the features, specs, and sizes of these quality binoculars by Leica.


Leica Ultravid Overview

All Ultravid binoculars come with Schott HT prism to ensure the balance between contrast and light transmission. It means you can see closer-to-life images with a reduced flare due to the high-quality lenses. 

The Leica Ultravid HD Plus binoculars also have a very ergonomic design to guarantee a fatigue-free observation. The binoculars also feature shock-absorbing armor for steady handling, and with the help of patented twist-up eyecups, you will get the best viewing comfort ever.

leica ultravid binoculars

The price is on the higher side, but these binoculars are equipped with quality materials to ensure the best viewing comfort and experience. 

All Leica Ultravid Binoculars are made in Wetzlar, Germany. Therefore, you can expect top-notch performance and sturdiness from them. These binoculars are coated with AquaDura to protect the lens from abrasion and scratches. You can use them for bird watching, exploring, sightseeing, camping, and hunting.

There are 10 different sizes available in the Ultravid model.

The most popular size in all Leica Ultravids is the 10×42 because these binoculars provide you with a balance between magnification and wide-view. It means that you can use them for a wide variety of outdoor activities. 

The next two sections of this review will highlight common features in all Leica Ultravid binoculars. In the later sections, we will talk about the individual features of all these sizes briefly.

Optical Performance

The overall optical performance of this model is phenomenal due to the Schott HT glass prisms for exceptional light transmission and contrast while its Fluoride lenses reduce flare for comfortable and clear viewing.

leica ultravid binoculars

Lens quality

The Leica Ultravids have used Fluoride lenses to fit Ultravids models, which effectively reduce flare. You can enjoy crystal-clear and bright images. 

The Schott HT glass prism system improves light transmission even further, so you can have a better viewing experience even in low light conditions. 

You can use these binos in weather conditions like rain and fog because Leica has applied AquaDura coating to keep the optical system safe from water and dirt.

Image quality

Leica’s fluoride HD lenses and the Schott HT glass prism work together to produce quality imaging results in all light conditions. 

The contrast and clarity that this optical system produces are second to none in quality because you can even see bright images in lowlight conditions. You won’t have to deal with any flares when there is plenty of light available. 

You won’t have to deal with any color fringing as these binoculars can handle colors accurately and produce precise imaging results.

Construction and Design

Ultravid binoculars feel comfortable in your hand due to their compact and ergonomic design that doesn’t cause any fatigue.

leica ultravid binoculars

Body and grip

These binoculars are built robustly to handle all terrains with their shock-absorbent rubber armoring over magnesium chassis for comfortable holding. With the rubber armoring, you can comfortably hold your binoculars and won’t have to worry about any wet conditions either. 

Leica has also purged the binoculars to ensure that the optical system remains fog and moisture-free no matter how wet the conditions are. As these binoculars come with powerful optics, therefore, they also come with tripod adaptability. 

I found them a bit heavy so you will need to either steady your hands or go for a tripod for proper viewing through the lenses.

Focus wheel and focusing

These binoculars are pretty comfortable to focus on with the help of the central focus knob that is present right in the middle of the two barrels.

The knob itself is pretty ergonomic in design, and you can conveniently move and adjust the focus according to your needs and with your one finger, even with your gloves on. The focusing operation is smooth and satisfying.

Focusing itself is pretty smooth and fast. Its 1.25 turn system guarantees accurate, fast, and secure focusing whenever you need it. It’s a pretty standard focusing system that works quite well in these binoculars with such optics.

Eyecups and lens covers

The binoculars come with a patented design twist-up eyecup. You can comfortably view through your binocular with and without your eyeglasses without any problem. You can also lock the eyecups into place securely so you can quickly view your target again and again without having to adjust and readjust your binoculars. 

You can also remove the eyecups entirely for cleaning purposes. These binoculars come with standard eyepiece covers, and they are pretty comfortable to attach and detach when you need to. These covers are not too heavy, and they stay in their place pretty conveniently.

Ultravid Model Sizes

There are ten different sizes available in this model, and the most popular one of them all is the 10X42. It offers the perfect balance between magnification and field of view. Basically, you are having the best of both worlds, and it is great for explorers, bird watchers, and hunters. 

The following table will provide you with a detailed overview of each available size in this model.

8×20 BR10×25 BR8×32 HD10×32 HD7×42 HD8×42 HD10×42 HD8×50 HD10×50 HD12×50 HD
Magnification8x10x8x10x7x8x10x8x10x12x
Objective lens diameter20 mm25 mm32 mm32 mm42 mm42 mm42 mm50 mm50 mm50 mm
Eye relief15 mm15 mm13.3 mm13.2 mm16 mm15.5 mm16 mm17 mm15 mm13 mm
Exit pupil2.5 mm2.5 mm4 mm3.2 mm5 mm 5.25 mm4.2 mm6.25 mm5 mm4.17 mm
Linear field of view361 feet/1000 yards295 feet/1000 yards404 feet/1000 yards352 feet/1000 yards419 feet/1000 yards389 feet/1000 yards336 feet/1000 yards352 feet/1000 yards352 feet/1000 yards299 feet/1000 yards
Angular field of view6.8 degrees6.5 degrees7.7 degrees6.7 degrees8 degrees7.4 degrees6.4 degrees6.7 degrees6.7 degrees6.8 degrees
Close focus7.2 feet10.5 feet6.9 feet6.6 feet10.8 feet9.84 feet9.51 feet11.5 feet10.8 feet10.5 feet
Dimensions (height/width)4.4×1.5 inches4.4×1.5 inches4.6×2.2 inches4.6×2.2 inches4.8×2.6 inches4.6x 2.2 inches4.8×2.7 inches4.72×2.68 inches4.92×2.76 inches4.72×3.07 inches
Weight8.48 oz9.44 oz18.87 oz19.93 oz27.16 oz18.9 oz26.46 oz35.27 oz35.3 oz36.7 oz
HandheldPocket carryPocket carryGreat for on the goGreat for on the goGreat for on the goGreat for on the goBetter to be used when stationaryUse a tripod with shaky handsBest to use with a tripodBest to use with a tripod

Leica Ultravid 8X20 BR

Leica Ultravid 8X20 binoculars come with a lightweight design and are pretty comfortable to hold in the hands. Therefore, these Leica compact binoculars are perfect for using on the go. 

The Ultravid BR 8X20 is not that great for you if you wear eyeglasses and don’t handle light that well due to the small exit pupil of 2.5mm.

Still, they are fully built to take on the outdoors and come with a wide field of view of 361 feet @ 1000 yards. The Leica compact, sleek, and lightweight design makes it an ideal pocket carry binocular. You can take it with you anywhere on the go without any harness or carrying strap.


Leica Ultravid 10X25 BR


The Leica Ultravid 10×25 binoculars come with slightly better magnification and an objective lens than the previous size. It means that this size will provide you with more observational details. I found it much better than the 8×20 in terms of color production and light handling. 

Due to better optics, the Ultravid BR 10×25 is a bit heavier but nothing to cause fatigue in your hands. FoV gets slightly reduced here due to higher magnification, but it stills is 295 feet @ 1000 yards. The rest of the specs are pretty much similar to the 8×20 size.


Leica Ultravid 8X32 HD

The Leica Ultravid HD 8X32 binoculars have a wide field of view of up to 404 feet @ 1000 yards which means that this is the size ideally suitable for the explorers. 

There is a huge jump in weight here from the BR models, but it is still quite comfortable to hold in your hand weighing in around 19 lbs and using it on the go. 

Eye relief on Ultravid 8X32 HD Plus gets a further shrinkage to 13.3mm, but the exit pupil gets bigger, which means this size can handle light transmission way better and provide brighter images.


Leica Ultravid 10X32 HD

The Leica Ultravid HD 10X32 binoculars are great due to their wide FoV of 352 feet @ 1000 yards. With this magnification, you can clearly view your target objects in great detail. So these binoculars are great for exploring and birding.

Due to the small exit pupil (3.2mm), the Ultravid 10X32 HD Plus won’t handle light that well. It means that you will need to use them in brighter conditions or broad daylight. They also come with 13.2mm eye relief, so it would be better to use them without eyeglasses.

Leica Ultravid 7X42 HD

The Leica Ultravid HD 7X42 binoculars come with a better eye relief of 16mm, and you can use these binoculars with your eyeglasses on. These binoculars also have a bigger exit pupil of 5mm, so light transmission is excellent, and you can use these binoculars in gloomy conditions. 

The Ultravid 7X42 HD Plus also comes with a wide FoV of 419 feet @ 1000 yards, so those wide views will not be a huge problem here.

The Ultravid HD Plus 7x 42 is one of the most famous sizes for birding. It gives bright and clear images even during dawn and dusk low light conditions.

Leica Ultravid 8X42 HD

The Leica Ultravid HD 8X42 binoculars are good for their 15.5mm eye relief so that you can use them with your eyeglasses up to some extent. An exit pupil of 5.25mm is great for viewing in slightly darker conditions because these binoculars can handle light pretty well. 

You get a decent wide FoV of 389 feet @ 1000 yards so you can see the sights and capture more areas in your frame. I have seen crisp and clear images in the wooded region from a good 1500 yards distance. The Ultravid 8X42 HD Plus is slightly lightweight, and you can use it on the go up to some extent without getting fatigued hands.

Leica Ultravid 10X42 HD

The Leica Ultravid HD 10X42 binoculars offer decent magnification power and a pretty good 336 feet @ 1000 yards of FoV. Due to this reason, the 10X42 Leica Ultravid is excellent for various outdoor purposes like hunting, exploring, camping and sightseeing. 

The Ultravid 10X42 HD Plus size also features an exit pupil of 4.2mm, so it can handle light well and provide you with clear and bright views. Moreover, you can also use these binoculars with or without your eyeglasses due to its 16mm eye relief.

Leica Ultravid 8X50 HD

The Leica Ultravid HD 8X50 binoculars come with a long eye relief of 17mm, which means that you can comfortably use them with or without your eyeglasses. They also come with a larger exit pupil of 6.25mm, so you can experience brighter and sharper images at any distance. 

The Ultravid 8X50 HD Plus binoculars also come with a wide FoV of 352 feet @ 1000 yards to enjoy a wider view with better scenic details and color accuracy. These binoculars are great for hunting, bird watching, and exploring. You can even use it for stargazing on a clear night if you want.

Leica Ultravid 10X50 HD

The Leica Ultravid HD 10X50 binoculars are better suited for stargazing and viewing distant objectives with more details because of their powerful optics. These binoculars come with a field of view of 352 feet @ 1000 yards, so you can enjoy some wider views at high magnification too.

The Ultravid 10X50 HD Plus binoculars come with an eye relief of 15mm, so you can use them with your glasses on. But with an exit pupil of 5mm, it will provide you with maximum light available to brighten up the image. However, these binoculars are not that great handheld due to their weight. So, you will need to use a tripod or a window mount for sure.

Leica Ultravid 12X50 HD

The Leica Ultravid HD 12X50 binoculars are suitable for stargazing and astronomy because they come with powerful optics. With a large exit pupil of over 4mm and a field of view of 299 feet @ 1000 yards, this size is great for various types of sky observational purposes and research. 

These Ultravid 12X50 HD Plus binoculars are pretty heavy. You need to use them with a window mount or an adaptor; otherwise, you will find it difficult to focus on your target with shaky hands.


Leica Optics Warranty

All binoculars by Leica Optics come with a limited lifetime warranty and a 3-year no-fault passport warranty. No-fault coverage means that if you manage to break your binoculars somehow, Leica will repair them for you without any additional cost. 

I like the NO-FAULT part in this warranty, and it shows that the company really seems to take care of its customers. But this could have been longer than a mere 3-year period. Companies like Vortex and Leupold offer lifetime warranties on their products. 

To get your warranty claims, the owner must send in the registration card within 30 days of purchase. You also need to present a sales receipt to claim the warranty.

Downsides

The Leica Ultravid binoculars are great for their low-light performance. But I found the eyecups too short for the stated eye relief in the 8X32 size. The eyecups do not offer enough eye relief for me to use them with eyeglasses on. 

This is something you need to consider if you use prescription eyeglasses. But it’s not a dealbreaker for a user without eyeglasses. The rest of the models don’t have this issue. Apart from this, I didn’t find any issues with Ultravid binos.

What’s In the Box?

All the stuff included in the box by Leica is good, and you will be more than satisfied with it.

However, Leica could have slipped in a tripod or a window mount in this box at least for the sizes with heavier optics like 8×50, 10×50, and 12X50.

Because these are the sizes with which you will have to buy a tripod separately for sure.

  • Leica Ultravid HD binoculars
  • Contoured strap made of neoprene
  • Nylon case (Cordura)
  • Rainguard eyepiece
  • 2 objective lens covers
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • 3-year Leica Passport No-Fault Warranty

User Reviews

The average user rating for the Leica binocular devices is 5.0 stars, which is perfect. And most people have loved using them because they are pretty compact and have robust designs. Another advantage of using them is that they handle light transmission very well. The slightest of the issues with them is that these Leica Ultravid binoculars don’t come with long eye relief.

The quality of the optics is superlative in such a small but tough package, even in situations where light isn’t as bright, so much so that I choose this small Leica over my other 10-15×50 Duovid I own.
Pros: small, superlative optics, rugged
Cons: halfway around the world and I still can’t find any cons

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Alternatives

If you think that you need something other than a Leica bino for some reason, here are the best alternatives for you to consider.

Leica Noctivid

The Leica Noctivid are great because they come with a long eye relief of 19mm, and they also feature a large exit pupil of 5.25mm. Even at 10x magnification, these binoculars can provide you with an FoV of 376 feet @ 1000 yards. So it’s a pair of binoculars that will provide you with some sensational viewing experience with its high-powered optics.

Zeiss Victory SF

The Zeiss Victory SF binoculars come with a long eye relief of 18mm, and you will love using them with your eyeglasses on. They come with a decent enough exit pupil of 4.2mm and have a linear field of view of 360 feet @ 1000 yards.

Vortex Razor UHD

The Vortex Razor UHD binoculars are very close to Leica Ultravid HD binoculars in terms of features, but if you are interested in UHD images, you can go with these binoculars. These come with Vortex’s proprietary XR PLus lens coating that ensures clarity and highlights transmission even in gloomy conditions.

Our Verdict

There you have it. The Leica Ultravid HD binos come in too many sizes to cover almost every aspect of outdoor activities. You’ll find a suitable size for hunting, birding, sporting events, and even for stargazing. 

They produce clear and sharp images due to their quality optical system and coating. It produces accurate colors and ensures better light transmission. 

The most popular size of them all is the 10X42 because it balances out magnification and FoV provisions better than any other Leica Ultravid binoculars. 

You can buy Leica Ultravid binoculars directly from the company, either in-store or online. Apart from that, you can purchase from the brand’s authorized dealers located across the country.

1 thought on “Leica Ultravid Review in 2022 (ALL Sizes)”

  1. I think there is a slight error on the 7×42 review: the exit pupil is 6mm not 5mm as stated. An excellent and well balanced article all the same.

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