I, being a hunter, have used many different pairs of binoculars through the years, and though I’ve been a great admirer of Leica for years, I’ve just now become one of its biggest fans. It’s been a couple of months since I have bought Leica’s second generation binos, Leica Geovid HD-B (10 X42) and since then, my hunting hobby turned into a binocular passion.
What makes them stand apart from others in their league?
I’m not saying that it has no drawbacks, but the Leica Geovid HD-B (10 X42) is superior to all other rangefinder binoculars on market, and is practically in its own league. In this review, I am going to explain why these binoculars are the best in their class and the wonders that you can do with these amazing hunting optics.
Leica Geovid HD-B is arguably better than its counterparts. You can successfully aim at anything in its range without much fuss. The high-performance built-in optics provide bright, sharp images.
With the help of its Advanced Ballistic Compensation (ABC) technology, Leica Geovid HD-Bs are capable of producing exact holdover readings. Apart from this, their ability to program customized data regarding the bullet and the ballistics gives them an edge over other models.
Magnification: As mentioned earlier, Leica Geovid HD-B (10 X 42 Model) binoculars have some outstanding features. They have 10X magnification that makes everything look ten times bigger, thanks to a 42 millimeter diameter objective with 4.5 millimeter exit pupil, and the 20.49 twilight factor caters to wide range. The 1300 yard range and a close focus of up to 10 feet make them stand out from other binoculars. Their 19.3 mm eye relief with shutters to block excessive light makes it easy for you to target your favorite potential targets even in broad daylight without straining your eyes. They have a 6.3 degree angle of view and are water resistant up to 5m or 16ft. They weighs 900gm and the battery life is approximately 500 readings.
The Positives of this Model:
Optical Performance: Leica Geovid HD-B Binoculars have an optical performance that is second to none. They are equipped with the new Perger Porro prism system which is capable of producing great views. The built in optics are capable of a wide field view of up to 1300 yards and the new prism technology that is incorporated into these optics is capable of transmitting more light for effective operation.
Ergonomics: These binoculars are built with magnesium and armored with resilient rubber which is rugged and very light-weight for a better grip. The bridge construction is engineered in such a way that it does not fatigue the eyes. They are very easy to operate with a two button system that has wide functionality. The eyecups are adjusted with a five click automatic stop.
Unmatched Ballistic Calculations:
Leica Geovid HD-Bs are the only rangefinder binoculars that fully support ballistic and angular holdover calculations. This is made possible with patented Advanced Ballistic Compensation (ABC) technology that incorporates 12 pre-programmed ballistic curves that cater to the needs of most hunters.
Additionally, they allow users to manually feed the ballistic data through a micro SD card. This is a relatively unique feature among binoculars. Shooters who have strict requirements can manually feed the data into these high-end binoculars. User can calculate their exact ballistic information using the Leica online calculator and then load all the information into a micro SD card.
Users can then insert this micro SD card into a slot in the waterproof battery compartment and the rest will be done by the Leica Geovid HD-Bs! With no additional programming required, the intelligent automated system reads the data from the card and sets itself accordingly. Shooters who use a variety of weapons can carry many different micro SD cards and set their binoculars accordingly.
AquaDura hydrophobic coating / HDC scratch-resistant coating on exposed lenses:
AquaDura hydrophobic coating gives Leica Geovid HD-B the ability to resist water in most situations. The repellent coating also plays an important role in keeping fog, dust and dirt off the binoculars. HDC scratch-resistant coating on exposed lenses serves as a shield and keep the lenses from getting scratched.
The Negatives of this Model:
Some say it’s heavy and costs much more than the other models of the same type, but with the large price tag comes quality that is probably unparalleled. I haven’t seen any drawbacks yet.
People on the lookout for some state-of-the-art hunting optics, look no further. Leica Geovid HD-B Binoculars will be second only to your rifle!