From Olivier in VA:
As a conservation professional and keen birder I spend a considerable amount of time with binoculars around my neck. For the past 15 years I have had a Leica Trinovid 10x42 BA that has been overall excellent. I decided to upgrade to the Leica Ultravid HD 10x42 to benefit from the lighter weight of this model and the new treatment of the optic that makes the image brighter and sharper without mentioning the rain repellent effect that is also greatly appreciated. I also like better the ergonomic design of this model that the previous one.
I am entirely satisfied with my Leica Ultravid HD 10x42 and I am sure that I would have been equally satisfied with the equivalent models proposed by the two other top brands based in Germany and Austria. I have several pieces of Leica equipment and I have always been satisfied by their products and by the service provided to clients when a problem arises.
I decided to buy this piece of equipment from Eagle Optics as the Leica Ultravid HD 10x42 were in stock, which was not the case in the other places where I regularly source optics, because the price was the same as elsewhere, but also because of the partnership that exists between the American Birding Association (ABA) and Eagle Optics. I like the idea that the purchase of this great pair of binoculars also benefits a bird conservation organization.