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Leica Geovid 10x42 R (NEW 2022) Laser Rangefinder Binoculars Review | Optics Trade Reviews

Leica is renowned for its precision optics and the new Leica Geovid 10x42 R Binoculars are no exception. With a sleek design, crystal clear optics, and lighting-fast LRF function that make it stand out from the crowd, these binoculars will help you see more of nature in all its glory.

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Leica Geovid 10x42 R
Leica Geovid 10x42 R

Leica Geovid Series

Since its debut in 1992, Leica Geovids has endured for three decades and undergone several iterations of redesign. Most recently in 2020, the entire Geovid R series went through a massive design overhaul that eliminated its recognizable pear-shaped body style from earlier models.

The first mass-produced Geovid design of the 00s had straight, rectangular lines. The barrels no longer tapered out toward the objective lens. The latter models went through some updates in terms of LRF properties - most notably, the maximal range was extended to 1800 and the EHR mode was implemented. But from the design point of view, the basic Geovid shape did not change until 2022.

Leica Geovid R Models:

  • Leica Geovid 8x42 R
  • Leica Geovid 10x42 R
  • Leica Geovid 8x56 R
  • Leica Geovid 15x56 R
Leica Geovid 10x42 R (2022), Leica Geovid 15x56 R (2022), Leica Geovid 10x42 R (2018)
Leica Geovid 10x42 R (2022), Leica Geovid 15x56 R (2022), Leica Geovid 10x42 R (2018)

2022 NEW Leica Geovid R

When I heard the news about Leica's updated Geovid R line, my excitement was palpable. Not only had they lowered the price from 1900 to 1700 euros for their 2022 model 10x42 binoculars, but also stayed true to their legacy of manufacturing them solely in European factories. Even though most companies these days appear to be compromising on quality when outsourcing production and simply adding a logo at the end as a 'finishing touch', it is gratifying that Leica resisted this route.

The 2022 Geovid Rs are much more similar to all the Geovids that came after HD-B - those with the Perger-Porro prism. Also, the Geovid R eyepieces are now basically the same as classic Geovids without laser rangefinding features. The focusing knob is in design the same as that on other Geovids as well. So there have been quite a few changes implemented to separate this model from the 2018 version.

Leica Geovid 10x42 R
Leica Geovid 10x42 R

Physical Properties

This Leica device is an engineering marvel, composed of die-cast aluminum and draped in a protective layer of thick rubber for easy gripping. As you would expect with such a prestigious name as Leica, the construction quality and design are second to none - nearly impeccable.

Size and Weight

The second generation Geovid R model maintains the same size and width as its predecessor: a total length of 17 centimeters, 13 centimeters in width, and 6 centimeters deep. At 950 grams this unit is packed with features yet still lightweight enough to take on all your outdoor adventures.

Leica Geovid 10x42 R - Single Hinge DesignLeica Geovid 10x42 R - Single Hinge Design
Leica Geovid 10x42 R - Single Hinge Design

Focus

Even though the knob on both models moves for about 1.75 turns, the focus feels different. The focus is now even softer and, in my opinion, slower than before. It's more hunting orientated.

Ultimately, selecting between fast or slow focusing is up to personal preference. But I believe that the majority of customers will prefer the new focus to the old one. With significantly less effort required to turn the wheel knob, operating it is now simpler than ever.

Optical Properties

With regards to optical performance, Leica Geovid R 10x42 binoculars provide 10x magnification through a 42-millimeter objective lens composed of superior Schmidt-Pechan prisms. This fusion of elements creates a powerful and clear view that will not disappoint even the most experienced observer.

Image Quality

The image resolution shows no change. That's not to say that there is no difference in the view-through between 2018 and 2022 Geovid 10x42 R. The new model has better colors, the tone is more true-to-nature. With the 2018 model, there's a barely noticeable color tint.

Leica Geovid 10x42 R - EyepiecesLeica Geovid 10x42 R - Eyepieces

Multi-Position Twist-Up Eyepieces

As already mentioned, the eyepieces are now superior to what we've ever seen before. They resemble those of Leica Geovid models which cost considerably more money than these binoculars at €1700. It's practically impossible not to be impressed by how comfortable and user-friendly these optics truly are.

Eye Relief

What's also very interesting is that based on the technical specification of the 2018 model and this model, the 2022 model appears to have a shorter eye relief. It's only 14 millimeters. I wear glasses, so I was curious to test the difference. But frankly, I don't see any change. The distance from the eye to the ocular feels no shorter, just the same as always. So don't expect any problems or discomfort if you have glasses too. 

Leica Geovid 10x42 R - Eyepiece Lens
Leica Geovid 10x42 R - Eyepiece Lens

Field of View

The field of view on the new Geovid R is 110m/1000m, which isn't quite up to par with classic binoculars from premium brands like Swarovski NL Pure, Zeiss Victory SF, and Leica Noctivid. However, Leica Geovid 10x42 R it still provides a more than satisfactory level of performance for an LRF bino.

Lens Coating

The lens coatings are better on the new 10x42 R version. The colors are much nicer. Leica doesn't specify whether they still use the famous hydrophobic AquaDura varnish on the external glass surfaces.

AquaDura is used to protect the lenses against water droplets, speckles of dirt, and mild abrasions. Additionally, this coating also guards against fogging when you exhale hot air into your binoculars - a must-have on cold winter mornings!

Leica Geovid 10x42 R - 42mm Objective Lens
Leica Geovid 10x42 R - 42mm Objective Lens

LRF Properties

Let us now discuss the laser rangefinder properties of the 2022 Leica Geovid R 10x42 model. An impressive advancement has been made to reach a maximum LRF range of 1800 meters.

The Geovid LRF system is exceptionally swift, and that trait has helped make Leica Geovid so renowned among hunters and outdoorsmen. With lightning-fast performance, this application will undoubtedly prove to be a valuable asset for all users.

Distance in Meters AND Yards

What's interesting is that prior Geovid models only presented metric and yard measurements separately, not in the same instrument. This is why older models had the unit written next to the 10x42 configuration right on the focusing knob. 

With this 2022 Geovid R model, there is no meter and yard version anymore. You get one single binocular and you're able to set the measurements in either meters or yards. That means that a single pair of binoculars can be sold either in the markets where they use imperial units or in the rest of the world, which uses a decimal-based system. A smart move.

Leica Geovid 10x42 R - Laser Rangefinder Lens
Leica Geovid 10x42 R - Laser Rangefinder Lens

1800m Range

As mentioned, the maximal LRF range is now extended to 1800 meters. The additional 700 meters of the range will be of some use to many users. But since most hunters mainly hunt from a distance of 300 to 400 meters, the previous LRF range of 1100 meters was already plenty.

Equivalent Horizontal Distance

Leica Geovid R 10x42 also offers the equivalent horizontal range. This is everything that an average user needs. It doesn't offer ballistic software in this 1500-euro model, which is understandable because Leica sells more expensive Geovids like 3200.COM that offer ballistic software.

Accuracy of Measurement

The accuracy of the measurements depends on an array of conditions, such as distance and environmental factors including precipitation, humidity levels, or natural terrain elements.

At a range of up to 300 meters, there can be up to a 0.5-meter error in readings. However, from 350-700 meters, this increases slightly with the potential for 1-meter discrepancies. None of that matters much in practice, though.

Leica Geovid 10x42 R
Leica Geovid 10x42 R

Scope of Delivery

Let's discuss what comes with the package. You will receive rubber lens covers, a cleaning cloth, and a Varta CR2 battery along with a tool to open up the battery compartment as bonus items. Most importantly, you get a soft carrying bag and a shoulder strap to safely store the Leica Geovid 10x42 R wherever you go.

The Leica Geovid R manual was updated from the previous instructional booklet. It's printed black-on-white (not white-on-black around as before). That makes the instructions easier to read in poor light. The manual offers a comprehensive explanation of the LRF menu, and it reveals everything you need to know—including how to adjust your display brightness, switch between measurement systems, and more.

Lastly, you'll receive a Leica factory certificate hand-signed by the last quality-check employee who was responsible for ensuring your Leica Geovid 10x42 R binoculars are good to go. This personalized touch adds value to Leica user experience.

Leica Geovid 10x42 R - Scope of Delivery
Leica Geovid 10x42 R - Scope of Delivery

Pros

Why should you select the Leica Geovid 10x42 R binoculars? Leica has a long-standing reputation for quality, and they were actually pioneers in introducing laser rangefinding technology to regular outdoor enthusiasts. Before the 1990s, this kind of equipment was only accessible to those employed in the high-tech and military sectors. The brand assurance which comes with these Leica binoculars is unrivaled.

The second thing is the build quality and the design. You immediately see that it's a Leica. The thumb rests on the back of the unit are very nice. They certainly make holding the bino easier. The side attachment notches for the carrying straps too. The eyecups are also a big step forward compared to the previous model. The 2018 Geovid model had only 2 eyecup positions - down and up. The redesigned twist-up eyecups offer 4 or 5 settings.

Leica Geovid 10x42 R - Thumb Rests on the Back
Leica Geovid 10x42 R - Thumb Rests on the Back

The lowered price of €1700 for LRF binoculars made in Portugal is an incredible deal. In the price category of €1500 to €1800, all competitor brands have long outsourced their production to Asia. The superior quality and craftsmanship of Leica Geovids are undeniable - proof that European manufacturing still matters!

Okay, some miscellaneous things worth mentioning: all accessories you could possibly need are included in the package. Leica efficient repair services in Europe. Additionally, I am delighted with the usability and swiftness of its laser technology. The speed of Leica LRF binos is truly next to none. As if that were not enough, 1800 meters is a solid range to work within.

Pros Summary:

  • elegant and ergonomic design
  • multi-position eyecups
  • LRF speed
  • many accessories included
  • great deal
  • made in Europe
Leica Geovid 10x42 R - Side Notch for Carrying Strap
Leica Geovid 10x42 R - Side Notch for Carrying Strap Attachment

Cons

What could have been done better? I think still the placement of the focusing knob is not the best. Compare that to the Steiner Ranger 10x42 LRF, which has the focusing wheel closer to the center of the unit. When you're holding the Ranger, the knob is always within your fingertips.

I also think that Leica could come up with a model that's 200 euros more expensive, which would have ballistic software inside. But it is true that then Leica would self-sabotage - eat away the market share of their more expensive Geovids.

Apart from that, there is not much to complain about. I think that 1800 meters are more than enough of a range, even though some competitors offer 2800 meters or at least they claim that. But I don't think that the Leica Geovid 10x42 R measuring range is a real flaw. I would even dare say that in terms of price, this product is even too cheap for what it offers.

Cons Summary:

  • the placement of the focus knob
  • flimsy objective lens caps
  • no ballistic software
  • some rivals measure up to 2800m

Where is Leica Geovid 10x42 R Made?

Like the Geovids before it, this Leica Geovid R 10x42 model is made in Lisbon, Portugal. Leica has a state-of-the-art facility there that was established in the 1970s. The Portugal facility went through 3 major updates in terms of technical capabilities but the core staff remained the same.

An inspirational video was posted by Leica Sport Optics in time for the 2022 Geovid re-release. You can see that most of the staff has worked for the company since the early 80s and 90s. The investment in the Portuguese branch certainly paid off. Leica Portugal produces the same quality optics as the main Leica factory in Wetzlar, Germany.  

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Leica Geovid 10x42 R Price

The Leica Geovid 10x42 R binoculars are available for purchase at the price of 1700 euros. This is a significant price drop from the previous model, which was priced at 1900 euros. With this price reduction, Leica has made its LRF binoculars more accessible to nature enthusiasts everywhere.

How did Leica manage to keep the costs down? They completely redesigned these binoculars in the outer appearance and lens varnish. But the core optical design inside remained the same.

Leica Geovid 10x42 R
Leica Geovid 10x42 R

Similar Products

So now let's go through the competitors. What else is on offer if you're looking for 10x42 binoculars under €2000?

Steiner Ranger 10x42 LRF vs. Leica Geovid 10x42 R

Steiner Ranger 10x42 LRF is a bigger, more extended device. Ergonomically, Steiner is even better than Leica but in terms of optics, it just doesn't compare. Leica is so much better than every other competitor. Steiner also has good customer service but it's likely made in China and doesn't offer the same brand prestige as Leica.

Minox X-Range 10x42 LRF vs. Leica Geovid 10x42 R 

Then we have Minox X-Range 10x42 LRF, another Chinese-made product. Optically, it's not even close to this most affordable Leica LRF 10x42 bino. The same goes for Kahles Helia RF, Vortex, Sig Sauer, Bushnell.

Leica Geovid 10x42 R
Leica Geovid 10x42 R

GPO 10x50 Rangeguide vs. Leica Geovid 10x42 R

GPO doesn't have a 42-millimeter model. It has a 50-millimeter model, GPO 10x50 Rangeguide, which is made in China. Optically this one is one of the best Chinese-made models. It comes close to the Geovid, but not quite.

Meopta MeoPro Optika LR 10x42 HD vs. Leica Geovid 10x42 R

Then we have Meopta, also a European producer, which is a little bit more expensive. But with Leica, you are also buying the premium-positioned brand. Leica has been doing the LRF binoculars for 30 years.

So all in all, if we look at all the measly competition Leica is undercutting them in price despite costing 200 euros more. With just some extra investment, you're getting a European product with far superior optics, a better warranty policy, and brand prestige for just 200 euros.  

What's even funnier, if you look at Vortex, Kahles, and Sig Sauer, they're not even 200 euros cheaper. Price-wise, they're in the same bracket as this Leica but the quality doesn't match. 

Leica Geovid 10x42 R
Leica Geovid 10x42 R

Final Thoughts on Geovid R 10x42 Binos

What's the conclusion? Leica Geovid R 10x42 is the Best Buy under €2000 if your priorities are optical performance, build quality, and brand prestige. For hunters who need a ballistic calculator, Sig Sauer of Vortex are a viable choice. But in every other regard, the 10x42 Geovid R is the go-to product in this price range.

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