Objective diameter:  30 mm
Magnification:  8 x
Exit pupil: 3.75 mm
IPD:  38 –  73 mm
RFOV:  8.6  degrees = 150 m
Focus type:  IF
Prism system:  Porro I
Waterproof: yes
Weight (measured, with eyepiece cover and strap): 598 g
Made in: Switzerland



Introduced in the mid 1980s as the new main binocular of the Swiss army (its predecessor: see separate post “Kern 8×30 (double hinge)”). It featured a revolutionary single hinge which made life easier for the logistiscs and repair departments: in a repair or replace situation, any left and right tube could be put together without the need to recollimate. The new Kern had the same optical qualities as its double-hinge predecessor, but was lighter and came with a laser filter that gave the image a green hue. After Wild-Leitz took over Kern, this binocular continued to be produced unchanged for a brief time but was now labelled “Leica” (see separate post “Leica Swiss Army 8×30”).


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