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Trinovid 8x42 HD (1 Viewer)

jafritten

LEO at the gates of dawn
Hi there, I've been looking around for a pair of 8x42s as I hope, they will give me a better ease of view and better low light qualities than my standard Ultravid HD 10x32. I'd like the 8x42s for use at dusk and dawn and while most people would probably say a pair of 8x42s are bound to give me a better image at dusk and dawn I am not too sure.
I find that flare suppression can be decisive. Now I'm wondering how well the Trinovids would fare in that respect compared to my Ultravids, which I find to have a great flare suppression. Can anyone say anything about The HDs and flare at dusk or dawn?

I've read a lot of rather negative things about the Trinovid HDs on this forum. More often than not, however, people don't expound upon what they think the problem is. Is there a reliable review of the 8x42 HDs somewhere on the internet?

I'd appreciate your comments and replies. Thank you.
 

Nivado

Well-known member
I havn't compared Trinovid HD with Utravid HD+, but I did compared with my Trinovid non-HD.
They are both very good if you ask me, with the HD's having an edge in sharpness and contrast.
The non-HD have a more true to life, more neutral color fidelity and larger field of view.
I didn't checked on glare but I have a Trinovid HD 8x32 and it shows more than my Trinovid non-HD 8x42.
Most of the time there is no problem but it happened to be bothersome in a few occasions.
Maybe you can see if you can still find some previous Trinovid non-HD model, I think they are very good.
 

jafritten

LEO at the gates of dawn
Leica Trinovid 8x42 HD

Linear field of view [m/m] 124/1000
Hi master5! Is that what you think the problem is?
This does not really answer your question but the link below takes you to a very favourable review of the 10 x 42 Trinovid which may give a hint as to the qualities of the 8 x 42:

http://scopeviews.co.uk/LeicaTrinovid10x42.htm
Thank you for the link. Very interesting.

It seems, they're quite all right as for flare / veiling glare. Will the 8x42s be similiar or the same in that respect? I'm not an expert on optics but I suppose the only difference between the 8x and the 10x in terms of construction will be the eyepiece which I think has little to do with veiling glare / flare. Am I right?
 

jafritten

LEO at the gates of dawn
I havn't compared Trinovid HD with Utravid HD+, but I did compared with my Trinovid non-HD.
They are both very good if you ask me, with the HD's having an edge in sharpness and contrast.
The non-HD have a more true to life, more neutral color fidelity and larger field of view.
I didn't checked on glare but I have a Trinovid HD 8x32 and it shows more than my Trinovid non-HD 8x42.
Most of the time there is no problem but it happened to be bothersome in a few occasions.
Maybe you can see if you can still find some previous Trinovid non-HD model, I think they are very good.
Thank you for your reply. I've got the impression that smaller diameters tend to be more prone to glare than larger ones. It's only a very subjective impression. It might account for your x42 non-HDs being better than you x32 HDs.
 

jafritten

LEO at the gates of dawn
124 meters for 8x42 suits you?
Should be acceptable for my purposes. Quite generally, I'd agree with you in that 124m are a bit narrow. If it was to be my only pair of binococulars, I probably wouldn't put up with that.
 

jafritten

LEO at the gates of dawn
I bought the Trinovid and returned it. If anyone is interested why, the reasons are as follwows. Build quality and stray light control were very good. CA was acceptable. While I thought the FOV was sufficient for my purposes, I found the sweet spot a bit too small when making short distance observations (~15m and less). I also own a Victory FL 8x32 and even though I found the Leicas to be brighter in twilight situations, the difference didn't seem to justify the buy. Neither did the improved ease of view I expected to gain with the Trinovid; it just wasn't any better.... Eventually, I brought my self to spend twice as much for a UVHD+ 7x42. A very wise decision.
 

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