Leica Ultravid 8x50 HD-Plus binoculars review

The Leica Ultravid 8x50 HD-Plus are binoculars that sit on the high end of observing and views are premium, but so is the price

Leica ultravid binoculars on a white table
(Image: © Jase Parnell-Brookes)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Not for the faint of heart, these Leica binoculars are large and weighty but are not bulky in any way. Generous 50mm objective lenses drink in light which benefits low light observing.


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    Good for observing in twilight

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    Sharpness in spades

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    Waterproof up to 5m

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    Focus wheel contains locking diopter


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    Heavy and large

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    Minor vignetting around edges

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    Hard on the wallet

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The Ultravid 8x50 HD-Plus reviewed here are also available in seven other model variants: 8 and 10x32, 7, 8 and 10x42 and 10 and 12x50 options. The 8x50 model that we've tested are best suited to wide-field observing due to the 8x magnification, so groups of birds or larger night sky constellations and close-up aviation shows are easier to see in detail.

Leica Ultravid 8x50 HD-Plus: Specifications

Design: Roof prism

Magnification: 8x (10 and 12x also available)

Objective lens aperture: 50mm

Angle of view:  6.6 degrees (115 m / 1000 m)

Eye relief: 17 mm 

Weight:  1.01 kg

Dimensions: 120 x 68 x 182 mm

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Jase Parnell-Brookes

Jase Parnell-Brookes is an award-winning photographer, educator and writer based in the UK. They won the Gold Prize award in the Nikon Photo Contest 2018/19 and was named Digital Photographer of the Year in 2014. After completing their Masters Jase has spent a good chunk of two decades studying and working in photography and optics shooting and writing all over the world for big-name brands and media outlets. Now the Channel Editor for Cameras and Skywatching at Space.com their speciality is in low light optics and camera systems.