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Leica Geovid HD-B 10×42 Rangefinder Binocular is definitely one of the best optical-cum-rangefinding devices available in the $2,000-$2,500 price range. Though its MSRP is $3,249, its street price is below the $2,500 price mark. Leica 40049 Geovid HD-B 10×42 is apt for target observation right from short range to long range. It especially comes handy for accurate ranging up to 1 mile. This Germany-made ranging-cum-optical device comes with advanced technology and hardly has any poor aspect associated with it.
There’s nothing ugly here… Everything is almost all good
Leica Geovid HD-B rangefinder binoculars have HD fluoride glass that come with advanced Perger-Porro prism system, which helps you get the best long range viewing of the target and surroundings.
Users will get excellent 1 mile ranging performance from Leica Geovid HD-B rangefinder binoculars on 2 MOA targets. If the target size is bigger, ranging performance of this device will be more than 2000.
What I like most about this rangefinder-binocular combo is the great ergonomics.
Another important aspect that is superior in this device when compared to other similar products is the field of view. Wide field of view is surely one of the USPs of this binocular. You can therefore keep a watch on a wider surrounding than any other similar 10x binocular.
If you are a shooter, you can use this Leica Geovid HD-B device for finding customized ballistic curve of the load. You can also put important atmospheric conditions such as temperature, pressure, and inclination in the external ballistic app for getting a more reliable and weather-condition specific reading.
Is there anything that I didn’t like?
Yes, I would have changed a few things in the Leica Geovid 10×42 HD-B Yards Binocular 40049, if I was one of the engineers of Leica. I would have lowered the price of this product a bit, say below $2000. You may say that the current price is justified in accordance with quality, I would still say that I would have gone for a sweeter below-$2,000 pricing, if I was in charge.
There are two buttons. While one button is for ranging calculation, the other is secondary menu button. When on field, the user may find these two buttons confusing.
Another aspect that’s bugging me is the slippery lens cover, which easily slips off, giving you more pain in covering the lens than usual.
Both Optical and ranging performances are great
New Geovid HD-B is a better and redesigned version of Geovid HD. Instead of the previous roof prism design, it now comes with Perger Porro prism. As already mentioned, wide field of view is surely one of the best aspects here, which is 374 inches per 1000 yards.
What makes Leica 40049 Geovid 10×42 HD-B Yards Binocular Rangefinder so special is the ranging performance of this device. I was going through a Leica Geovid HD-B review and found out that accurate ranging for a 2 MOA target can be done up to 1950 yards, which is really impressive when compared with its peers. It also said that the accurate reading of a larger target was beyond 2200 yards, which is definitely encouraging for long range shooters. While testing this product, I was elated to find that the extent of accuracy in range measurement is around 90 per cent, which is nothing less than awesome. The ranging performance at low light condition is also appreciable.
Leica Geovid HD-B Specs
Important specifications of Leica 10×42 Geovid HD-B Rangefinder Binocular 40049 are –
Weight: 34.5 oz.
Dimensions: 4.9″ x 6.9″
Field of View: 374′ @ 1,000 yds.
Exit Pupil: 4.2 mm
Range: 1,825 meters
Objective Diameter: 42mm
Laser: Invisible, safe for eyes in compliance with EN and FDA class1
Angle Compensation: yes
Measurement Units: Yards
Beam Divergence: 2.7 x 1.0 mrad
Battery Type: 1 x 3V/lithium circular cell CR2
To know more on Leica Geovid HD-B, you may have a look at the features, Leica Ballistics programme, ABC- Function 1, Function 2, Function 3, and many more here. You may also check the entire Leica Geovid range and decide to choose the one that suits you best.