Leica Noctivid 8×42

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Objective diameter:  42 mm
Magnification:  8 x
Exit pupil: 5.25 mm
Eye relief (acc. to spec): 19 mm
Usable eye relief (measured from rim of eyecup): 17 mm
IPD: 56  – 74 mm
RFOV:  7.7  degrees = 135 m
AFOV (measured, rounded): 59.5 degrees
Minimal focus distance (measured): 1.85 m
Focus type: CF (direction of rotation from close to infinity: > clockwise)
Degrees of rotation of focus wheel from 3m to infinity (measured): 380 degrees
Range of diopter adjustment (acc. to spec.): +/- 4 dpt*
Excess travel of focus wheel beyond infinity position (estimate): 4.5 dpt*
Prism system:  Schmidt-Pechan
Waterproof: yes
Weight (measured, with eyepiece cover and strap): 924 g
Made in: Germany
*range of diopter adjustment not affected by position of focus wheel



The Noctivid, available in 8×42 and 10×42, is currently Leica’s top glass. Optically, it tops even the Ultravid HD+ – better central sharpness and contrast, better peripheral sharpness, a Leica-typical color saturated and bright image, good color fidelity, little distortion but nevertheless almost no perceptible globe effect, good stray-light control. CA correction may be slightly below Ultravid HD+ standards, but reports in the internet about “strong CA” are totally beside the reality. Mechanically, everything works well. The Noctivid is clearly one of the very best binoculars currently available, at par with the very best instruments from Zeiss or Swarovski. In terms of ergonomics, however, “Binoculars Today” prefers the single hinge design of the Ultravid.



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

and here:

and an English language one here:

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