Today is Black Friday and everyone knows the age-old adage — you get what you pay for. This is particularly true for anything that comes with glass in it, like binoculars. If you want the best binoculars and money is no object, you can save a few hundred bucks on the Leica 10x42 binos in this Amazon Black Friday deal — $629 of them, in fact.
We're yet to upload our full review, but during our time with them, we thought they had fantastic sharpness and exceptional light transmission. They have the most generous eye relief we've ever seen — 19mm, so they'll be perfect if you wear glasses, although we did note that there was no tripod adapter, which seems like an odd omission. They provide good views of the stars and nearby planets, but their wide-field views mean you won't see much more than that.
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There's nothing out of the ordinary in terms of extras in this Leica 10x42 Noctivid Black Friday deal, just the usual suspects — 2 x objective lens caps, a one-piece eyepiece cover, neckstrap and carry case. They do however come with a Leica lifetime warranty, (which, for the price, we should think so!) for added peace of mind should anything happen to them.
Not only are they beautiful, but they're also incredibly functional. We thought they produced bright, clear views with excellent color reproduction, even on cloudy days. They're not the lightest binos we've ever held (30.4 ounces (862g), but they don't feel overly heavy and they're slim enough to fit into a large jacket pocket. They're one of the very few binoculars we've tested where we saw no chromatic aberration (color fringing) or coma whatsoever around objects with high contrast.
Key Specs: Roof prism design, 10x magnification (8x also available), 42mm objective lens diameter, 6.4-degree field of view, 19mm eye relief, 1.9 lbs / 862g, 4.88 x 6.06 x 2.68-inches (124 x 154 x 68 mm).
Consensus: These are possibly a pair of our favorite-ever binoculars. They have outstanding sharpness and exceptional light transmission, not to mention they are absolutely gorgeous. But the price may be out of reach for beginners.
Buy if: Money is no object and you want the best of the best.
Don't buy if: You're on a budget, or you want to view deep-space objects.
Alternative models: If you want some of the best binoculars money can buy but can't quite stretch to the Leica, try the Canon 10x42 L IS WP binoculars — they have image stabilization and use some of the finest glass we've seen. If you're on a budget, the Celestron TrailSeeker 8x42 is a great all-rounder and is lightweight enough to travel with. For dedicated astronomers, the Celestron SkyMaster 25x100 has high magnification for stunningly detailed views of the night sky.
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Kimberley Lane is a landscape & seascape photographer living in South Wales. Originally using photography as a way to cope with health issues, she aims to portray a feeling of calm and peace through her images. Her work has been featured in a number of national photography magazines.