The Leica 10+15×50 Duovid Binocular features a couple of magnifications each. This model is able to switch between eight and twelve magnifications and it can also switch between 10 and 15 x. These binoculars offer two magnifications that you can experiment with. A tradition model with zoom focus will allow you to zoom in at every intermediate setting that’s between the highest and lowest setting. One of the pricier models we have reviewed, their impressive performance comes as no surprise. However, we were delighted with the innovative design, setup and perfect viewing experience and felt that the pricing reflected this type of quality.
Leica Duovid Performance and Specs
Zoom binoculars usually yield poor optical performance, which is the price you pay for the zoom feature. This model is able to be dialed to intermediate magnifications, however, they aren’t calibrated in a manner that allows matching of the eyepieces. If you attempt to use them with magnifications that are mismatched you’ll only end up straining your eyes and getting a headache. Because of this the manufacturer strongly discourages doing so.
In order to switch the magnification just twist the rubber armored ring located on both of the oculars. You may find the rings to be somewhat stiff, however, this is intentional and helps to prevent accidental magnification switching. Switching requires that you lower the binoculars and adjust each ring, then lift them up again.
So how do these Leica binoculars test out in the field? This model is completely sealed and nitrogen purged, which means that they’re totally waterproof and fog-proof. They can be submerged safely, in up to sixteen feet of water. This is a huge bonus for people who live in a rainy climate. The phase coated prisms work to minimize color aberration and the fully multi-coated lenses work to increase scratch resistance while also maximizing light transmission. The image they provide is tack sharp, with no detectable edge effects like you’ll find on other quality models. Both of the magnifications offer the kind of high contrast, bight optical performance that most professional birdwatchers need and expect. The color fidelity can also be described as excellent and completely distortion-free.
Birding with your new 10+15×50 Binoculars
Birdwatching can be done just about anywhere. Some people travel to far off countries in order to satisfy their birding addiction and spot the rarest of the rare birds, while others spend vacations or weekends driving around town or out of state to catch sight of a rare bird on their list. And some birders are happy to turn their backyards into a haven of sorts and relax in a more comfortable environment as they spot common and rare birds alike. As a new birdwatcher, it can take a week or two to get the hang of using your new binoculars, figuring out how to adjust them and how to sight birds quickly before they fly off. This hobby can be fun and challenging, but it’s also one that takes a lot of patience and a little research.
Learn more about the birds found commonly in your part of the state, and find local hot spots that promise the best birding experience around. Online birding forums have blown up in the last few years, so it shouldn’t be too hard to connect with local birders who can recommend places where you can check some species off your list.
When you first spot a bird, try to refrain from breaking out your field guide and flipping through pages in order to identify it. Every second of viewing time is precious. Try to quickly study the details of the bird’s plumage and note any patterns and prominent colors. You can take notes or even sketch what you see, but try not to focus too much on writing stuff down and instead just enjoy the time you have the bird in your sights. It won’t be long before the bird flies off.
It can be easy to forget to listen for a bird’s vocalization. You can easily miss out on one of the best bird ID tools if you don’t make a conscious effort to listen. In addition to the bird calls you hear look for bill movements. This ensures that you’re correctly associating the song with the birds you’re trying to ID.
Determining the approximate shape and size of a bird can give you several clues when it comes to correctly identifying them. Start off when an assessment of the bird’s appearance. Consider the size. It’s pretty easy to estimate size in relation to common birds. As an example, is the bird you’ve spotted around the size of a pigeon? A robin? Or maybe a sparrow? Try to get an inkling for the general shape of its body and think in terms of silhouettes.
Advantages & Disdavantages
- Very comfortable to hold
- Extremely durable
- Comfortable eyecups
- A common issue with these binoculars is their weight, however, it didn’t deter consumers from purchasing these binoculars or giving them a high rating for excellent performance.
Check out our Buyer’s guide to see which are the best birdwatching binoculars.