Leica's 2017 Safari Edition of their 8x32 Ultravid HD-Plus Binocular is limited to just 100 individually-numbered pieces and features stylish green leather armoring, a custom hand-crafted Aneas leather-trimmed canvas carrying case and two leather straps to present an elegant look while maintaining the impressive performance their flagship series is known for.
Like the standard versions, the Safari edition delivers bright and clear high-contrast images across the entire field of view with true color rendition and virtually zero distortion. The smaller objectives reduce the overall size and weight for better portability and less muscle-strain during long-duration viewing sessions, while still delivering competent low-light performance. Keeping the magnification to 8x provides sweeping wide fields of view with reduced visible hand-shake that, when combined with the optical performance, produces an immersive observational experience.
Leica employs specially formulated SCHOTT HT glass, which increases light transmission specifically in the blue-violet light band, improving color fidelity and enhancing low-light performance. Scratch and abrasion-resistant High Durable Coatings (HDC) and hydrophobic AquaDura coatings on the outer lens surfaces protect them and causes water and oil to bead off for easier cleaning and clearer vision. The roof prisms feature P40 phase-correction and the proprietary High Lux System (HLS) coatings. These coatings virtually eliminate chromatic aberration for enhanced color rendition and increased contrast.
Complementing the optical performance are uncompromising construction details. To reduce user fatigue during long glassing sessions, the chassis is made of a lightweight yet durable magnesium alloy, with a high-tensile titanium center hinge axle. The optical tubes are nitrogen-filled for a fogproof performance, and are sealed to make the binocular submersible to 16 feet. Ergonomic thumb indents on the bottom of the binocular coupled with the upgraded textured leather armoring provide a comfortable slip-resistant grip. A lubrication-free focus system provides fast and precise focusing, with PETP-Discs to provide smooth movement throughout the broad operating temperature range.
Prism Type Roof prism with phase-correcting coating P40 and HighLux-System HLS™
Objective Lens Diameter 32mm
Angle of View 7.7 degrees (actual)
Field-of-View 404' at 1000 yd / 135m at 1000 m
Minimum Focus Distance 2.1m / 7.2 ft
Exit Pupil Diameter 4mm
Eye Relief 13.3mm
Interpupillary Adjustment 52-74 mm
Dioptric Correction ±4 diopters
Focus Type Central focusing device
Twilight Factor 16
Automatic diopter compensation ADC Yes
Eyepieces for eyeglass users Yes, removable with two 2 click stops
Lens Coatings HDC™ multicoating and Leica AquaDura™ lens coating
Watertightness Watertight to a depth of 5m/16ft
Housing magnesium, nitrogen-filled