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Ultravid HD Plus vs Noctivid a beginners raw account (2 Viewers)

My background is as a beginner. Here is my opinionated and raw commentary as to why I chose the Noctivid’s over Ultravid’s.

The testing was 1 week with each the Trinovid HD 8x42, Ultravid HD Plus 8x42 and Noctivid 8x42.

Why I chose the Noctivid’s over the Ultravid’s

1. Close focus - The Noctivid can focus down to 1.9m compared to 3m. For me this is a big deal. Allowing me to see things I simply couldn’t with the Ultravid. Interestingly the cheaper Trinovid’s also beat the Ultravid’s with 1.8m close focus.

2. Smooth focus - While the Ultravid has an accurate focus, I found it wasn’t nearly as smooth as the Noctivid’s or Trinovid’s. The Ultravid’s focus is a little crunchy and noisy, but accurate and durable. Pickup the Noctivid and you notice the difference. Silky smooth. Perhaps not as smooth as the Trinovid which uses a different technology, but a close second place.

3. Diopter - Both the Ultravid and Noctivid are very functional with a center diopter focus. For me the Noctivid has the edge on design. Allowing for the same knob to change both focus and diopter settings. Very impressive!

4. Distortion - The Noctivid produces a flatter image in my eyes, while maintaining no “rolling ball effect”. The Ultravid’s produces more pin cushion distortion on the edges when compared to the Noctivid’s.

5. Accessories - The Noctivid comes with superior accessories. This includes a much nicer case, much nicer objective covers and rain covers. I’m not sure why Leica doesn’t include the same accessories throughout their range?

6. Comfort/ Style - The Noctivid’s look excellent with their open design. Being compact it is difficult to grasp between between both barrels with larger hands. The Ultravid’s perhaps have a slight edge on comfort. Though this would depend on the individuals hand size and placement. Overall a wash here, both preform well, are extremely comfortable and look excellent.

7. Image Quality - Both bin’s preformed really well here. With the Noctivid’s having the edge. I found it more difficult to focus the Ultravid’s pin sharp, especially in low light conditions. The Noctivid’s immediately produced “wow” image in most conditions. Perhaps due to the smoother focus or better low light performance.

8. FOV/ Brightness - I’ve paired both of these together because most will not notice any difference without doing a side-by-side comparison. The Noctivid are brighter and wider, though the Ultravid still hold’s it’s own here.

So are the Noctivid worth paying 20% more? Yes. I would even consider upgrading if I was an Ultravid HD Plus owner with spare cash.
 

Mike F

Well-known member
As an owner of two UVHD+ (7x and 12x) and one NV (10x) I would agree with you 100%. I love them all though and the 7x and 12x are only available in the UV. Great summary though - I sometimes feel that the NV gets unfairly slated here.

Right, I’m off to fetch the popcorn....... ;) :eat:
 

chill6x6

Well-known member
I tend to agree with you Tom. No doubt the Noctivid is Leica's best binocular. But I sure do like the handling qualities of the UVHD+. I can't recommend against either.
 

Mac308

Well-known member
The 7x42 Ultravid and 8x42 Noctivid are the two finest binoculars I’ve ever looked through.
 
Glad to see you guys love your NV’s and UV’s as much as I do. I literally take my NV’s everywhere, even if I don’t even have the opportunity to use them.

Not sure if I’m ready to graduate yet eitanaltman3:) Not with 3 bins under my belt.

I would reckon you’ve officially graduated beyond “beginner” status. Congratulations and nice review :)
 

lmans66

Out Birding....
Supporter
United States
When I was going thru the same process of looking at these three....I would have to say I agree with your account 100% ...with number 1 & 2 standing out to be as being fairly obvious over the UV, while numbers 3 and 6 are also important. I might add that the UV is no slouch and the ergonomics of it equal that of the Noctivid. Nice write-up.... I didn't see this until now, months after the fact but reading it, I had to take a double check to make sure " I didn't write it! " And to boot, I got my Noctivid at the same price as a UV due to my binocular being used in an international birding competition for a week, jim
 

dries1

Member
I have both the UV HD 8X42 and Noctivid 8X42, while the Noctivid is ahead on the optics, I find find the UV HD wins in the handling ergonomic department, it packs like a large 8X32 to me.

Andy W.
 

Llandudnoboy

North wales coast Peter
I know the Noctovids are supposed to be a step up in optical quality, to the Ultravid HD+, but looking through a pair of 7x 42 HD+ Ultravid, and 8x 42 Noctovid, i thought the image quality of the Ultravids slightly clearer.

This was my perception, other's no doubt will beg to differ, but the definition and image clarity, was slightly better with the Ultravids.

All i can offer, is that the slighter smaller 7x magnification, lends to a slightly better image clarity and defibition.

It was the main reason i bought the Ultravids over the Noctovids, and i suppose its down to each owners eyes, and the way they perceive a image.
 

dries1

Member
While the NL 8X42 is the latest and for some the greatest, I really enjoy the NV 8X42 and the UV 8X42, and were the NL not to have the wide FOV, I would have already sold it, I use it as much at night for astro as the day. Yes the NL is a nice glass, but different than a NV or UV in viewing. I much prefer the colors to my eyes from Leica during the day.

Andy W.
 

Conndomat

United States of Europe
Europe
I know the Noctovids are supposed to be a step up in optical quality, to the Ultravid HD+, but looking through a pair of 7x 42 HD+ Ultravid, and 8x 42 Noctovid, i thought the image quality of the Ultravids slightly clearer.

This was my perception, other's no doubt will beg to differ, but the definition and image clarity, was slightly better with the Ultravids.

All i can offer, is that the slighter smaller 7x magnification, lends to a slightly better image clarity and defibition.

It was the main reason i bought the Ultravids over the Noctovids, and i suppose its down to each owners eyes, and the way they perceive a image.
Hi,

I see it similarly!
The Ultravid is not necessarily better than the Noctivid, but I think it's equivalent!
Both are excellent binoculars, a 7x42 is always a bit different from an 8x42, a direct comparison is not possible!
Put both binoculars in a sack, you will always pull out the right one.

means,
Andreas
 

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