Leica Ultravid 8×20 BR



Objective diameter:  20 mm
Magnification:  8 x
Exit pupil: 2.5 mm
Eye relief (acc. to spec): 15 mm
Usable eye relief (measured from rim of eyecup): 14 mm
IPD: 34  – 74 mm
RFOV:  6.5 degrees = 113 m
AFOV (measured, rounded): 50 degrees
Minimum focus distance (measured): 1.9 m
Focus type: CF (direction of rotation from close to infinity: > clockwise)
Degrees of rotation of focus wheel from 3m to infinity (measured): 325 degrees
Range of diopter adjustment (acc. to spec.): +/- 3.5 dpt*
Excess travel of focus wheel beyond infinity position (estimate): 5 dpt*
Prism system:  Schmidt-Pechan
Waterproof: yes
Weight (measured, with eyepiece cover and strap): 252 g
Made in: Germany

*range of diopter adjustment and excess travel of focus wheel beyond infinity are mutually exclusive




This is almost unanimously rated the best 8×20 pocket binocular currently available. While some years ago, it had some competition from same size binoculars made by Swarovski and Zeiss (see separate posts, https://binocular.ch/swarovski-habicht-8×20-pocket/, and https://binocular.ch/zeiss-victory-8×20-t-compact/ ) these companies have in the meantime stopped making 8×20 instruments and have been making binoculars of size 8×25 instead (see separate posts, https://binocular.ch/zeiss-victory-pocket-8×25/  , and https://binocular.ch/swarovski-cl-pocket-8×25/ ). Leica continued making both the Ultravid and the slightly less ambitious Trinovid in the format 8×20 (see separate post https://binocular.ch/leica-trinovid-8×20-bca/ ) and seems to still have good market success with both of them. The Ultravid provides a slightly brighter image than the same size Trinovid, with good contrast and sharpness for this size instrument.



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