Often, zoom binoculars are quite demanding to make and have several problems with synchronization of the focusing system. Leica managed to solve this problem simply by allowing only two possible magnifications on the Duovid binoculars and not a continuous magnification range. The two models 8+12x42 and 10+15x50 entered the Leica binoculars family in 2001.
These premium binoculars with two possible magnifications can be used with 8x (10x) or 12x (15x) magnification and all that can be seen in between is unclear and blurred. Set your diopter value (ADC Automatic diopter) and switch between the lower and the higher magnification. When switching, the image remains in focus so re-focusing will not be needed.
Leica Duovid binoculars are compact and offer an excellent optical performance, which is contradictory to the maxim that zoom binoculars are of lower quality and bulky. There should be no doubt about the quality of the product when buying one of these, since they are Fully Multicoated and have roof prisms with phase-correction coatings P40, HDC coating (Highly Durable Coating) for increased resistance of external lens surfaces and HighLux-System HLS™ for the ultimate image brightness, vivid colors and a high-contrast. The optical performance given by these binoculars is unique and versatile at the same time. They boast a large field of view.
They are solidly made, but very elegant and classic-looking, with a smooth, ergonomically shaped armouring. They are completely sealed and filled with dry nitrogen to prevent internal fogging. They have multi-positioned eye cups offering 3 click-stops.
At very high magnifications (12x or 15x), it is advisable to mount them on a tripod for steady images. Leica's stable tripod adapter will prove to be an excellent accessory for these high power binoculars.
All Duovid models are made in Germany.
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