Objective diameter:  42 mm
Magnification:  8 x
Exit pupil: 5.25 mm
Eye relief (acc. to spec): 18 mm
Usable eye relief (measured from rim of eyecup): 16 mm
IPD: 55  – 73 mm
RFOV:  7.4  degrees = 130 m
Focus type:  CF
Prism system:  PERGER
Waterproof: yes
Weight (measured, with eyepiece cover and strap): 1‘082 g
Made in: Germany



Leica launched the original “R”-series laser rangefinder binocular in 1992 and updated it several times over the years; it is still available today and is now Leica’s “entry level” rangefinder. In 2013, a new model with a very different shape and a much extended laser range was introduced, the Geovid “HD-B”, followed in 2015 by the Geovid “HD-R”, a slightly downgraded version of the HD-B. The HD-R (and the HD-B) feature a new prism type never used before in a binocular, invented by Dr. Andreas Perger. The Perger prism combines the advantages of the Porro prism – only 4 reflections, no roof edge, no need for reflecting coating – with the advantage of the roof prism, i.e. straight and slim design with no (or much less than the porro) lateral offset. The “banana” shape of the tubes seems odd when the Geovid HD-R is put flat on a table, but it is actually quite comfortable to use (less radial abduction of the hands than with traditional binoculars when holding the Geovid horizontally). In the latest versions available, the range of the laser has been extended up to 2’500m (for the HD-R 2700) and 2750m (for the HD-B 3000). Optically, the Geovid HD-R is at a level roughly comparable with the Ultravid HD binocular line. In two samples tested by BINOCULARS TODAY, the rangefinder function proved slightly less precise than that of competing rangefinders (see separate posts “Zeiss Victory RF 8×42” and “Swarovski EL O.-Range 8×42”).



A brief review (in German) can be found here:


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