The history of Ultravid goes back to 2003 when the Ultravid BR models were launched. In 2007, Leica introduced the HD models. These already had the AquaDura coating applied to the external parts of the lenses. Also, some antireflection coatings were applied onto the surface of the lenses, and the field of view was slightly increased. Ultravid HD-PLUS was launched in 2014 when it replaced the Ultravid HD series. The biggest innovation that these series brought was the inclusion of SCHOTT HT lenses which improved the light transmission rate.
Just like all Leica products from the premium class, the Ultravid HD-plus binoculars are coated with AquaDura coating. Developed by Leica, this unique coating, applied to the lenses, will protect the surface from scratches and abrasion. Additionally, water droplets will roll off since the coating is hydrophobic, and dust particles will be simple to wipe away. The prisms used are of the roof type.
These binoculars are designed to withstand rough handling – the housing is made from quality magnesium. The focusing mechanism runs smoothly and the ergonomic construction allows the user to observe the surroundings comfortably. The weight is nicely distributed throughout the binoculars – the center of the mass is in the middle of the user’s palm, which is optimal for observing. Leica is known for using quality eye-cups on their binoculars and Ultravid HD-plus models are no exception.
This series was designed for demanding users. The combination of SCHOTT HT glass and the coatings applied to the lenses provides for a sharp, crisp, bright image. In the series, there are many different models to accommodate various demands: 8x32, 10x32, 7x42, 8x42, 10x42, 8x50, 10x50 and 12x50.
All Ultravid HD-Plus models are made in Germany.
The 12x50 is one of the available models in the Ultravid HD-Plus series. Compared to the 8x and 10x magnification binoculars, the 12x50 provide even more detailed images – the combination of the 12x magnification and 50mm objective lens makes them great for any situation where an image full of details is highly important (birdwatching, observing something far away, etc.) The size of the objective lens makes these binoculars heavy and bulky – because of the size and weight, they are most suitable for situations where not much movement is necessary (raised hide hunting, observing from a specific spot, etc.) The 12x magnification binoculars are more susceptible to hand shaking than the 10x and 8x magnification binoculars, which is why it is highly advisable to mount them on a tripod or to lean them against something fixed for a steadier image. These boast a field of view of 100 m on 1000 m.
The product comes with 10 years of warranty. You can read more about the warranty policy here.