Leica Ultravid 42 BR - Binoculars: Reviews

Why They're CoolThe body is magnesium, the center axis shaft is titanium, there's not a scrap of plastic in the focusing mechanism, and the whole works is rubber-armor-coated. » They're good to go from minus 13 degrees all the way up to 131. Binoculars don't come any more durable, and Leica backs that up with a no-fault lifetime warranty. » The supersize lenses belie the Ultravids' weight (27 ounces). » You get an image that's Imax crisp at any time of day, in any light. They're especially adept at plucking color-true detail out of darkly shaded scenes: a bobcat lurking in the chaparral, for instance.

Hmmm . . .With my glasses on, I was consistently plagued by a partial image-blackout ring. » The objective lens caps are attached via a thin rubber band, pretty certain to fall off or break in less than a month of hard use.

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