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Tale of 8x32s ~ an enthusiast's celebratory exclamation (2 Viewers)

ZDHart

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No earth-shattering news here, folks. This is merely an enthusiast's celebratory exclamation over the Leica 8x32 UVHD Plus.

I had a pair of these, for a short while, numerous weeks ago, and regretfully returned them in favor of keeping a different pair of alpha bins. Ever since returning them, I have missed having them! And while I also have the twin sister UVHD+ in 10x32, I still yearned for the 8x32 version.

I corrected my error. The 8x32s arrived today. I used them viewing wildlife all afternoon, and could not be more thrilled with having them!

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The barrels fill the palms wonderfully, without being overly bulky. The armor feel and "stiction" are second to none.
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As you can see, they're compact. Fairly lightweight, too. But quite ample enough in size and weight to avoid the compromises involved with smaller, lighter binoculars. And, they feel like they were built by Rolls Royce - incredibly dense/solid feeling - quite substantial in feel.

Regarding performance - as I compare these to other late-model alpha binoculars that I have (Zeiss, Leica, and Swarovski NLs which I recently had), they leave absolutely nothing to be desired. They deliver absolutely razor sharp clarity, rich color quality, and punchy contrast, along with mechanical build and materials quality that is unsurpassed. These exhibit the finest build quality I have experienced from Zeiss SF, Swarovski NL and CL, and Leica.

Thank you, Leica, for creating the UVHD+ line of binoculars! I could not be more pleased. These are more than worth the $2100 asking price, and even at that, they seem somewhat of a bargain, compared to the pricing of the Johnny-come-lately alpha models on today's market.

I've been through a good number and variety of binoculars (8x32 Conquest HD, 10x42 conquest HD, 8x32 Terra HD, 10x42 SF, 10x32 SF, 8x32 SF, 7x42 UVHD+, 10x32 UVHD+, 8x32 UVHD+, Pocket CL 8x25, Pocket CL 8x10, Trinovid 8x20, and a few more!), on my way to arriving at these. With the exception of three of those, I'm still using this collection of bins. It's been a very interesting, educational, and enjoyable journey, for sure. Though not an inexpensive one. But... it is so well worth arriving at this destination!

If you may be considering a compact pair of 8x32 or 10x32 binoculars, I can wholeheartedly recommend the Leica UVHD+ models to your consideration - they are absolutely top-of-the-mark! I will cherish using these until my eyes will no longer allow.

Cheers!
 
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ZDHart

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Interesting physical comparison to another excellent pair of binoculars, the 8x32 SF. Wow, what a difference in form factor. Optically, I find them neck-and-neck in performance.

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I quite appreciate the SFs, as well, in 8x32, 10x32, and 10x42. But the compact Leicas have stolen my heart. Such superb optical performance, wrapped up in this wonderfully compact form factor is quite impressive. I've also learned, over time, that I could be perfectly content without my three x42 bins, wonderful as they are. The 32mm objective format seems to suit my needs and interests ideally.
 
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ZDHart

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We all know that the UVHD+ are not the "latest" line of premium alpha bins brought to market. And therefore, they are not on the top of the current "interest heap" - they are not "new".

But while these UVHD+ models may not receive a lot of the hoopla associated with the "newest" formulations to hit the market... they suffer not in comparison with any other option available to man - in my personal experience.

I tried my best to evaluate, just from a simple "user" experience, the Zeiss 8x32 SF, Swarovski 8x32 NL, and Leica 8x32 UVHD+. Owned them all for at least a short period of time. Gave them all my extended, personally owned, closely compared, consideration.

My conclusion is that these three are all quite comparable, optically. The differences in user's optical experience is not significant. While each may differ optically, in minor ways, in this aspect or that... all in all, they are all at the top of the heap with regard to optical quality of "view".

Where they differed quite substantially, in my experience, was in form factor, feel in the hand, and ergonomics. None were poor, in that regard. But my preference clearly came down to preferring Leica UVHD+ and Zeiss SF. It was the pinched-waist, slick-feel of the NL barrels and armor that positioned the Swaros, in my view, in third place. Optically - they all were quite exceptionally pleasing!

If you are perfectly pleased with any of these three options, once you have lived with them for at least a few days... you are GOLDEN! None are anywhere CLOSE to being a poor choice! (How could they be, given their prices?)

The only option I did not evaluate is the Leica Noctivid, as they don't make one -yet- in the 32mm objective format.

We are quite fortunate, are we not? Given how wonderful these alpha options, available to us, are? This is truly the GOLDEN age of optics!
 
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ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Columbia
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Colombia
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Colombia

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