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Televid 62 APO

Manufacturer
Leica

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Overall rating
4.33 star(s) 9 ratings
Recommended
No
Price
0$
Pros
  • Lightweight and optically excellent
Cons
  • Customer Service is terrible. Poor objective coatings
My first one was bought brand new but got stolen in Costa Rica. I bought a second hand one after I returned. Great scope while everything was working ok. In 2015 the objective lens started fogging up so I sent it to Leica in Germany. Their estimate to replace the lens was 511 euros which I paid. Fourteen months late while seawatching in Oz I noticed speckling on the lens. This increased after cleaning and it was obvious the coating was coming off. Returning back to the UK I sent it off to Leica who stated the coating is fine and that the lens was scratched and it would be 280 euros to replace. Bearing in mind this is the same job that they had charged me 511 euros for. I replied that I couldn't afford to run a scope that needed a new objective lens every 18 months. Talking to fellow birders four have had similar experiences. I would never touch a Leica product again the customers service is dire and the price for repairs seems to be a random guess.
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Recommended
Yes
Price
0$
Pros
  • Sharpness and with great lens cuality and light compact body
Cons
  • Snaps off in the center, apparent manufacture defect.
I purchased my Leica Televid 62 following the recommendation of a birding fellow/guide, only 2 months after he bought his. After using it for about 2 1/2 years with extreme care my scope broke in 2 pieces just like my friend's Leica did 5 months before mine broke, pure causality?? It appears to be a manufacture defect, particularly when the body is made of some sort of plastic??!!! Wow, that was cheap of Leica. Still it was a great scope I loved the close focusing distance and the dual focus system.
Recommended
Yes
Price
0$
Pros
  • Lightweight, compact, image quality
Cons
  • Expensive but worth every penny
Excellent all-round scope. I spent several hours comparing different scopes in this category, preferred the warm image compared to the cool (blue) image of the Swarovski 65HD. Also the zoom at 16-48x is better for digiscoping than the Swarovski 20-60x, plus the wider FOV makes it easier to initially lock onto your subject. I think the APO is a must for digiscoping. I also have the 32x eyepiece but have barely used it, the zoom is so good. The resolution of detail never ceases to amaze. Should last me for the rest of my life.
Recommended
Yes
Price
0$
Pros
  • Lightweight, compact, easy to carry
Cons
  • If you use a filter the lens hood can't be used
Excellent scope. I like the compact size and weight. Can be easily carried in a rucsack along with a digital SLR and big lens. I would not be bothered using a bigger scope now. This Leica suits me well
Recommended
Yes
Price
0$
Pros
  • quality of image, water proof, light weight, overall quality
Cons
  • none
Fantastic bit of kit - probably the best thing I've ever bought. Downside is that I take it everywhere when out in the countryside and that makes the g/f a bit unhappy!
Recommended
Yes
Price
0$
Pros
  • Awesome
Cons
  • Cost
I had been looking at similar ED glass type scopes including Kowa, Opticron and Nikon until I had the luxury of testing this at Leighton Moss on a cold misty morning. To say it was staggering is an understatement. It completely out performed everything else including top of the range models from Zeiss and Swarovski. Despite the far from ideal conditions the image was simply stunning. Expensive for a small scope but worth every penny.
Recommended
Yes
Price
650$
Pros
  • Superb optics, light weight
Cons
  • Lens cap
Absolutely super bit of kit, the image is bright, and quality and finish of this product is fantastic, only let down by the awful lens cap, why didn\'t Leica stick with the snap on type lens cap that they use on the 77!!!!
Recommended
Yes
Price
0$
Pros
  • Brilliant, natural colours and razor sharp image. Nice and light to carry.
Cons
  • Awful front lens cap.
A very compact telescope that performs superbly. I\'ve just bought one and took it out for a trial on a dull day and the images were very pleasing. It is much lighter that the APO 77 but the images are just as sharp. It shares the dual focussing contrls of its larger cousin but on my 62 scope they were stiffer than my 77.

The case is very good quality but is longer than the telescope so the front end is inside the case.

My only gripe is the front lens cap which is rubber and held in place by four lugs. I found it difficult to remove and, if you put a protective filter on the front of the scope, the lens cap won\'t fit because the lugs are too long. My advice is to discard it and get a cheap 62mm front lens cap from a photo shop.
Recommended
Yes
Price
0$
Pros
  • Light weight, well built and optics to die for
Cons
  • I\\\\\\\'m trying very hard to think of one!! Well it could be cheaper!!
The APO Televid 62 is a well made lightweight scope.

The 16-48 zoom has a decent fov and provides a very useable view all the way up to 48x. On a very dull day at Welney it picked out the Purple Heron that others couldn\\\\\\\'t get. It was like turning on headlights!!

The 26ww is like moving 26 times closer to the birds. Colours are very natural.

The case is expensive but well made. The scope is unreservedly recommended and should be on anyones shortlist if they are after a top of the range 60mm scope.
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