Leica Trinovid 8×42 HD
Objective diameter: 42 mm
Magnification: 8 x
Exit pupil: 5.25 mm
Eye relief (acc. to spec): 17 mm
Usable eye relief (measured from rim of eyecup): 14.5 mm
IPD (according to spec.): 58 – 74 mm
RFOV: 7.1 degrees = 124 m
AFOV (measured, rounded): 54 degrees
Minimum focus distance (measured): 1.7 m
Focus type: CF (direction of rotation from close to infinity: > clockwise)
Degrees of rotation of focus wheel from 3m to infinity (measured): 335 degrees
Range of diopter adjustment (acc. to spec.): +/- 4 dpt*
Excess travel of focus wheel beyond infinity position (estimate): 5 dpt*
Prism system: Schmidt-Pechan
Weight (measured, with eyepiece cover and strap): 812 g
Made in: Portugal
*range of diopter adjustment not affected by position of focus wheel
For a number of years before the Trinovid came out in an updated “HD” version, people have been wondering whether it was worth purchasing the much more expensive Ultravid or the then Trinovid (non-HD), since the much cheaper Trinovid was very close to the Ultravid in terms of optical performance, and many seem to have purchased the Trinovid. Malicious gossip had it that Leica would have to make the performance gap to the Ultravid larger, by downgrading the Trinovid, so that they could sell their Ultravids again. Then the “HD” version of the Trinovid came out. It got quite good ratings, but BINOCULARS TODAY actually likes the old version of the Trinovid better (see separate post “Leica Trinovid 8×42”, https://binocular.ch/leica-trinovid-8×42/). This new “HD” version exhibits at least the same amount of CA as the previous model, if not more, and it has less FOV. But this is still a solid, nice upper class binocular with a good name and a reputable customer service behind it.
A comparison with the earlier model, the Trinovid 8×42, and the Zeiss Conquest HD 8×42 can be found here:
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