Leica APO-Televid 82 spotting scope review

Leica APO-Televid 82 is a range-topping spotting scope for all-weather wildlife watchers, with zoom eyepiece, and premium performance

Leica APO-Televid 82 review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Premium look, feel and cost spotting scope intended for nature watching and low light observation. If you want to do either – or both – and have the cash to spare, then the Leica APO-Televid 82 should be right up there on your wish list. It’s not the most portable scope ever, but it has heft where it counts – namely bringing the faraway closer and, thanks to its expert optical construction and set up, delivering image quality so sharp it’s almost overwhelming while doing it.


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    Razor sharp close ups from a distance

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    Sturdy build

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    Large field of view

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    Two focus wheels for both ‘rough’ and ‘fine’ tuning of image sharpness


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    Relatively expensive

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If you’re looking to achieve sharp clarity in otherwise poor conditions, including low or failing light at the day’s end, then this 45° angled Leica APO-Televid 82 scope with a huge 82mm objective lens will be high on your wants list. That’s if you are keen enough to stomach the asking price that a premium brand such as Leica warrants. If you are, then, on paper at least, this very much resembles a German crafted precision device that has sophistication in spades and sufficient ‘scope’ for fine-tuning and additional functionality that should ensure that it delivers years of good service. Let’s investigate how that promise turns out in practice…

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Gavin Stoker

Gavin has over 30 years’ experience of writing about photography and television. He is currently the editor of British Photographic Industry News, and previously served as editor of Which Digital Camera and deputy editor of Total Digital Photography

He has also written for a wide range of publications including T3, BBC Focus, Empire, NME, Radio Times, MacWorld, Computer Active, What Digital Camera and the Rough Guide books.

With his wealth of knowledge, Gavin is well placed to recognize great camera deals and recommend the best products in Digital Camera World’s buying guides. He also writes on a number of specialist subjects including binoculars and monoculars, spotting scopes, microscopes, trail cameras, action cameras, body cameras, filters and cameras straps.