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Leitz Trinovid 10 x 25 review
on October 11, 2011
I have owned the Leitz Trinovid 10 x 25 binoculars for many years and rate the item highly. The optics are first-rate, and I enjoy the feature that allows the user to adjust the eyepiece for those who wear glasses. The binoculars are quite small and light and easily fit into a moderately-sized shirt or jacket chest pocket. Unfortunately the binos provide only a string-loop that can be worn around the neck. The loop is attached to only one of the binocular barrels, ruling out being able to wear the binoculars via a binocular strap. This is not a major concern, and there may be strap manufacturers that offer straps that can easily be attached to the center of the Trinovids so that they can be worn outside clothing on the chest area for easy retrieval. Fortunately, my hunting jackets have fairly large chest pockets that easily accommodate the Trinovids.
I had dropped the binoculars about a year ago and was concerned that the alignment might have been affected. I sent the unit back to the company; it took about two months to complete a re-alignment and recheck of the lenses, etc., at a cost of about $125. The binoculars now operate like new.
Would I buy another pair of Trinovids? Probably. If the user doesn't require particularly sharp optics, a less expensive pair might be a consideration. I wanted the best binoculars I could find for around $300 (the price has increased just a bit since I purchased the Trinovids) and decided on the Trinovids after comparing other binoculars of similar specifications. I like the compactness and quality of this model, but would probably want to add another pair that offer a wider field of view for sports car races, etc., even though it means I would have to settle for something larger and less compact.
I am a person who doesn't like to skimp on quality, since my experience has been that if I buy something cheap, I end up wanting to eventually replace the item, thus wasting money. One more thing: I purchased the Leitz's over the Zeiss 10 x 25 binos merely because the Leitz binoculars seemed to have an easier center focus-adjust. Other than that, I found both brands to be identical in visual quality. I had purchased both from one of the camera companies on the east coast just to be able to compare the two, kept the Leitz's and sent the Zeiss's back.
I gave these binoculars four stars only because I wish the company had provided a fixed attachment loop at the center of the binoculars, or attachments on both barrels, so as to provide for attachment of straps to keep the binoculars in place on the chest when walking. The single loop attached to only one barrel is fine, but only if the user is standing still or sitting. Walking with the loop around the neck allows the binoculars to swing all over the place, making it almost mandatory that they be worn in a pocket or hand-carried when walking.