Excerpt: Some years ago, a friend got a pair of Leica Binoculars, 8 x 42, Trinovid and I had the pleasure of viewing birds with them. The optics were excellent.
My girlfriend was put off by the weight of the binoculars and the prescription between her left and right eyes made it difficult for her to use...
Excerpt: A+ to Leica for this optical marvel. Super sharp, bright, contrasty images. Weatherproof, ergonomic, and just plain cool-looking. I also really find that the classy fitted leather case and macro lens complete the package. Simply put, great quality is always worth it.
Excerpt: I ordered this monocular while on a five month motorcycle trip, having forgotten to take my small Leica binoculars. This unit is in keeping with the optical quality of my other Leica sport optics. The Monovid is very compact and rugged. It will easily fit in a shirt pocket.
Excerpt: There's only one thing that's keeping me from giving this 5 stars and it would cost Leica about 5 cents. I wish it had a lens cap for the front element. I don't always want the bulk of the leather carrying case and I don't want to carry it with a lens that's not protected.
Summary: It's the real thing. I think it's overpriced; But if you want a superb sharp image. It's the best monocular money can buy. Compared to the Zeiss instrument (8x20) I just lost: It's a slightly better image and easier to adjust, but a bit tight in the action. Maybe it will losen up in a year or two.
Summary: I purchased a very inexpensive monocular before deploying to Afghanistan so I would have something very portable and convenient on hand if I saw any birds. While at a stop on the way in I had a chance to use it near a retention pond, and after the first use I threw it in the nearest garbage can.