Leica Binocular 10x42 Trinovid Binocular
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- New lightweight materials make for adurable binocular of lighter easy handling.
- Superior new glass types make for sharper, brighter, and superior performance
- New improved lens coating for better clarity and contrast.
- New light weigh tmagneusiam metal parts keep traditional design with lighter weight .
- Improved design and performance with traditional classic performance. The Trinovid is proven for optical performance and durability expected from Leica.
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The new 10x42 Trinovid is Leica's newest full size binocular. The new binocular represents a new entry level into the premium level product arena. Built to Leia quality
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I took these out for a twelve mile backpacking trip, using a Vortex chest harness to keep these strapped so they didn't swing and hit things. We faced some dust, then rain. Throughout the trip these binoculars performed admirably under a variety of conditions:
The image is clear, contrasty, and bright. The view is free of barrel distortion and chromatic aberration is kept to an extreme minimum, although it is slightly present under the most demanding of circumstances. Most people who buy these will never notice the slight CA, because their eyes aren't trained for noticing it, but if you are very selective (I am a pro photographer) and very slight CA drives you nuts then you will just have to fork over the extra $600 for something that halves that but probably still has some, as even the best manufacturers haven't solved it completely yet. ;-) I am happy with these.
IQ is AMAZING. I cannot imagine better. Boughs of trees on the horizon several miles away, under the right optical conditions, can be individually distinguishable. I find zero pincushion or abnormalities in daylight--I have yet to try these at night. My eyes are not good enough to resolve the highest detail these binocs offer, and I'm young. You get the sense you're sitting in the image. Yes, dear birders, the Trinovid 10X42s have a slightly narrower field of vision than some 10 powers, but I prefer this as I usually am raising these to my eyes to zoom in on something happening, or glassing big country. I live in the western US, and binoculars in my opinion are for letting you really see things. I've had 8 powers (in other brands) before, and was always left with a significantly underpowered feeling.
I used these binocs to glass for wildlife under misty and cloudy conditions in the day--birds hundreds of yards away popped from the background under lower light. I happen to love a contrasty image, and it helps to isolate animals from their cover. Resolving detail in deep shadow is good.
On an especially bright and clear evening, I sat in my tent and glassed a hillside a mile away. Looking towards the sun (obviously not into it), flare was surprisingly minimal--the lens coatings really reduce glare, and I wasn't blinded by stray flashes of reflected light. I could walk these binocs in to a point very close to the sun and have no problems. Speaking of lens coatings, I am curious how they hold up as I continue to get them dirty. I will update this post if anything goes wrong. One good point--the lenses are fairly recessed in the armored body--good for extra protection for that inevitable time when you put them down on dirt and forget to put the covers on.
I walked with these in the pouring rain, with the covers on, and no wet got on the lenses or entered any of the body as I could see. We got soaked, and they were fine. When I got home, I ran the faucet over a lens and tested the waterproofness of the body. I looked through the binocs with the water on the lens and could not tell the difference, so would probably not worry about using these in the pouring rain, would just plow ahead and do it--it's that sticky dust and mist I would be careful of. No wet entered, but the lenses don't have the supposed anti-water coating the Ultravids have. I carefully cleaned the water drop marks off once they had dried, with the special lens wipe that comes with these binocs attached.
The Trinovid's lenses are NOT fluoride-ion. I have found reviews online saying that the Ultravid glass and the glass of the Trinovids are the same--after deep research I found they are not. Despite this, after carefully reviewing optical differences between the Ultravids and Trinovids, I think the differences are so slight as to be moot. If there is someone out there who owns both of these binocs in 10X42, I welcome your comments below considering the effectiveness of their water resistant lens coatings, IQ, and brightness. I am not convinced that Leica's waterproof lens coatings would make that much of a difference on the Ultravid--prove me wrong.
These binocs are a joy to use, and with the proper adjustments with the central diopter I'd be happy using these for long periods on a hunt. One caveat, they are fairly bright. I found, under bright sun, my eyes tiring after about thirty minutes, and had to switch to sunglasses.
Ergonomically, I like the one rib on the underside. I find my thumbs curling around it--very grippy. The pop-up eye cups stay in place, and come out far enough that I can press my forehead to them to stabilize the image. I have long eyelashes, and at the fully extended setting the eyecups allow me to not annoyingly wipe the lenses with my lashes every time I blink. The focus wheel moves smoothly--I hope it stays this way over the years. Leica doesn't have as good a warranty as Swarovski or Zeiss do, so when the wheel inevitably starts to loosen thirty years from now I'll probably be out some money getting it replaced. The rubber armoring is solid and tough. These are binocs I will want to pass to some lucky grandkid of mine one day.
These are usually regarded as low or mid-alpha binocs, somewhere along that incremental bell curve of price and quality between Conquest HDs and the highest of the high end of the lofty heights of the Zeiss Victories, Swarovskis, and Leica Ultravids. I researched the heck out of each of these models for weeks before coming to the conclusion that, for $600 less, the Trinovids are what I wanted, and I am very happy I got these. If I had another 600 or 800 dollars lying around, I probably would have sprung for the Zeiss Victory HTs because of the claimed low light capability, but then they also would be blinding me even more during the day.
Fine mid-range alphas--get them if you can afford them.