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Leica Ultravid 8x42 HD-Plus

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Leica Ultravid 8x42 HD-Plus Details

  • The combination of 8x magnification and 42mm objective lens makes these an excellent all-rounder (hunting, traveling, hiking, etc.)
  • The ergonomic design (great distribution of weight, quality twist-up eyecups) provides for an excellent user experience.
  • Leica used SCHOTT HT™ glass for their Ultravid HD-Plus binoculars. This glass contributes to an outstandingly high light transmission rate.
  • The AquaDura coating will make sure that the external parts of lenses are dust and dew free, contributing to the overall optical experience.


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.

About the Ultravid HD-plus series

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.

About the model (8x42 HD-Plus)

The 8x42 is the most versatile model in the Ultravid HD-Plus series. It is primarily used for all kinds of hunting but will also serve as a hiking and traveling companion. Not only are these binoculars great for daytime hunting; they will also perform well in twilight because of the 5.25mm exit pupil and the 42 mm objective lens. The 8x42 configuration is a great choice for both seasoned hunters and beginners – The 8x magnification binoculars are not as susceptible to hand shaking as the 10x magnification binoculars, resulting in a more comfortable use. Because of this, it is easier to achieve a steady image; mounting them on a tripod or leaning them against something fixed is not as necessary as with the 10x magnification models. These boast a greater field of view than their 10x magnification counterpart (130 m on 1000 m) and will perform better in twilight but will not provide an image as full of details because of lower magnification.

  • Highly versatile because of the combination of 8x magnification and 42mm objective lens
  • Great for all kinds of hunting; can also be used for travelling, camping, hiking, etc.
  • 8x magnification
  • A field of view of 130 m on 1000 m
  • Features Leica’s AquaDura lens coating
  • SCHOTT-HT glass for an improved light transmission rate
  • Ergonomic design
  • Quality magnesium housing


The product comes with 10 years of warranty. You can read more about the warranty policy here.

Leica Ultravid 8x42 HD-Plus Specifications

Binoculars seriesLeica Ultravid HD-Plus
Made inGermany
In production since2015
Warranty10 years
Type of prism Roof - Schmidt/Pechan
Variable magnification No
Magnification. 8x
Diopter adjustment -4 / +4 dpt
Lens size diameter. 42 mm
Exit pupil. 5.3 mm
Field of view - FOV... 130m/1000m
Field of view (angular). 8.36°
Apperent FOV (angular).
Eye relief distance. 15.5mm
Closest focusing distance. 3m
Twilight Factor 18.33
Light transmittance No
Relative Brightness 28.1
Lens coatings Fully Multicoated
Length.142 mm
Width.136.55 mm
Height.75.61 mm
Working temperature rangeNo
Filled with Nitrogen
Focusing system Central
Diopter setting locationCentral
Minimal interpupillary distance.84.15 mm
Maximal interpupillary distance.61.71 mm
Type of BodySingle hinge
Water proof Yes
Fogproof Yes
Tripod compliantNo
Built-in Compass No
Built in Range finderNo
Image stabilization (IS) No
Able to float No


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