Leica has compacted the size and shape, making them very comfortable to use. They’re lighter than my old pair of Geovids at 945g, even with the added technology and the new ergonomic design – that’s the shape to me and you. They really do fit into the hand like a glove and the operating buttons are easy to use without losing the stability of the view. They have superb optical performance as would be expected from a company that has been producing quality optics since 1907.
The laser range finder is top in its class, being able to range from 10m up to 1,825m depending on conditions.
They now have a multi-function computer on board where the internal data base has ballistics for most standard calibre ammunition. There is even a Micro SD memory card and your own ballistic performance of your load can be on-board too. For those of you shooting at long ranges the data, once loaded, is something that could be expected in a Star Wars film rather than a pair of binoculars. It is even possible to enter home load data and the drop of the bullet at a particular range can be displayed through the lenses.
As if that is not enough, calculations can also include angle, temperature and barometric pressure.
The LED display is bright and clearly visible, which was a problem with some earlier manufacturers attempts. The Geovid binoculars are a serious piece of kit.
How do they perform?
For me the clarity of the lenses is probably the most important attribute of any optics I use, and the Geovids do not disappoint. They produce a very clear picture with the colour reproduction to match.
As a hunter I am often out until I lose the light, which is about the time when it becomes illegal to shoot deer – one hour after the official sunset and one hour before dawn. It is a time when identifying
H: 17.8cm x L: 12.5cm x D: 7cm
Objective Lens Diameter: Maximum Range: Nearest Range: Measuring Accuracy:
Field of view:
1m to 500m, 2m to 1000m, 0.5 per cent beyond 1000m
130m the animal with the naked eye is sometimes impossible. With regard to optics, we often call this the twilight factor. On picking up the Leica Geovid in these conditions, the light absorption is first rate with 8x42 being a perfect magnification to objective lens ratio.
If you are thinking about a top quality pair of binos then take a look at the
Leica Geovid HD-B 8x42. You will not be disappointed.