Leica Trinovid 7×35 2019 („Retrovid“)

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Objective diameter:  35
Magnification:  7 x
Exit pupil: 5 mm
Eye relief (acc. to spec): 16 mm
Useable eye relief (measured from rim of eyecup): 13.5 mm
IPD:  55 – 75 mm
RFOV:  8.0 degrees = 140 m
AFOV (measured, rounded): 57.5 degrees
Minimal focus distance (measured): 4.0 m
Focus type: CF (direction of rotation from close to infinity: > clockwise)
Degrees of rotation of focus wheel from 4m to infinity (measured): 510 degrees
Range of diopter adjustment (acc. to spec.): +/- 3 dpt*
Excess travel of focus wheel beyond infinity position (estimate): 4.5 dpt*
Prism system:  Schmidt-Pechan
Waterproof: splash-proof
Weight (measured, with eyepiece cover and strap): 633 g
Made in: Portugal
*range of diopter adjustment and excess travel of focus wheel beyond infinity are mutually exclusive



In 2017, Leica announced the re-launch of the iconic “Leitz Trinovid” from the 1960s and 1970s with the same historic design and in the same configurations (7×35, 8×40, 10×40), but with improved glass types  and coatings and therefore an optical performance in line with today’s standards. What happened thereafter is not part of public knowledge (see remarks under separate post “Leica Trinovid 8×40 2019 (“Retrovid”), https://binocular.ch/leica-trinovid-8×40-2019-retrovid/).

The Retro-Design-Trinovids (we take the liberty of calling them “RETROVID”) are perhaps not what Leica fans expected, but they are actually very decent binoculars. In particular, in BINOCULARS TODAY’s opinion, the 8×40 model is one of the nicest 8×40/8×42 binoculars that have come onto the market lately, despite what looks on paper like an unexciting field of view. The 7×35 features a FOV more in line with today’s expectations, but exhibits a bit more CA than the 8×40. Still, this 7×35 is well made and performs very nicely in the field.

See further remarks under separate post “Leica Trinovid 10×40 2019 (“Retrovid”, https://binocular.ch/leica-trinovid-10×40-2019-retrovid/).



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