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Leica Trinovid HD | Optics Trade Debates

Hello and welcome to another Optics Trade Debates video. Lately, these debates have all been focused on classic binoculars manufactured by the German company Leica. Today, we will talk about one of the series in more detail. Namely, Leica Trinovid HD series. Let’s begin. 

Leica Trinovid HD are full-sized binoculars. They are the backbone of Leica’s production, definitely among one of the most famous series in optics as a whole. It was first introduced in 1957 and so well-known for its quality, a pair of them was used during the Apollo 11 mission of lunar exploration in 1969.

The name Trinovid stood for the 3 novelties at the time of their launch in 1957: waterproof concept, compact design and superior quality of optics.

Leica Trinovid HD series offers full-sized, entry-level binoculars. There are 4 models in this series: 8×32, 8×42, 10×32 and 10×42. Compared to the 2012 generation, they have the ‘HD’ addition at the end of their name.

There were about 4 generations of this series and at the time the first model was launched, the company still went under its original name Leitz Optik. The example used in the video is the latest HD model, launched in 2016 and made in Portugal.

The build quality is probably the most outstanding feature of Trinovid HD. Leica focusing system is top-notch. Thanks to its lubrication-free design, adjusting it will work just as smoothly at extreme weather conditions as it does at room temperatures.

This series is not as expensive as Ultravid and Noctivid (as of 2018, the price ranges from 850 to 1000 euros, depending on the model) and therefore lacks some of the features like AquaDura lens coating.

But unlike with the other two series, 2 of the Trinovid binoculars (8×42, 10×42) come with an adventure strap by default and not with the standard Leica neoprene bag. Some customers love it while others hate it.

Although it might not seem so at a first glance, the adventure strap is very practical and has a double function. It’s a carrying strap and a bag in one.

For a more detailed demonstration on how to use the adventure strap, please watch the video from the 7:25 mark onwards. Note that this strap can be purchased separately and used with all other Leica binoculars, no matter the series.

There are some other accessories that come with the purchase like the objective lens cover, eyepiece cover and user manual.

The warranty period of the Trinovid HD series is 10 years. However, this German company is known for their laudable customer service.

As a part of the company’s policy, Leica continues to accept all of its products – no matter if the warranty period is still valid or not – and sends them back to the factory for repairs.

Truly, Leica binoculars are made to last.

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