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In case you were wondering (Leica hacka) (4 Viewers)


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So I think about binocular eyecups way too much. But then again they touch my face more than most things.

Many binoculars have substandard eyecups for my tastes. But Leica Ultravids, they are the best. Perfect shape with nice taper, but not too narrow... perfect supple smooth rubber.

I have a pair of 8x32 BA now. I like them, but as I’ve opined elsewhere I think the Ultravid is better in most respects, at least those that I care about. One of those is those eyecups! The old Trinnie has these harder, sharper edged eyecups that are approximately the same shape and comfort level as the 15 year old Monarch ATB’s.

I’ve tried the bicycle inner tube thing, and it works, but who wants to ruin that elegant Leica industrial design? And the Ultravid eyecups are just more comfortable in texture and feel.

So while mulling these things, I was inspecting the eyecups and noticed that they seemed to not just be glued on with cheap adhesive, but rather affixed with a small lip that gripped a ridge on the eyecups barrel.

A small prayer and a bit of prying and a few minutes later, voila!

Lo and behold.... The eyecup rubber of the Ultravid 7x42 is a near perfect fit to swap with the original eyecup of the Trinovid BA!

To me this makes for a significant improvement in comfort / ergonomics. I may contact Leica and see if they will sell me an extra pair of UV eyecups so I can play more (and keep the 7x42 UVHD intact)!

(note that the UV eyecups are just a teensy tiny bit looser, so a more permanent change would likely require a bit of adhesive, or else they could pry loose when removing the rainguard)

This makes me wonder now about finding an eyecup that would serve as a “slip cover” on top of the Meostar 8x32 too small eyecups...... hmmm.....


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