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. It's better than the Nikon 8x25 that I used for a couple of decades.
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.
Summary: The Leica Monovid is the ultimate in convenience and performance. I am an avid birdwatcher, but I don't always have my binoculars around when I need them and I have to guess at birds that are just out of my range of vision - no longer! The Leica Monovid is with me ALWAYS...it is small enough to get carried in my car's glove box, briefcase, pocket. So lite I carry it on my morning run and I find I use it all the time! Leica quality is in full stride with the Monovid..
Summary: I've been using this gem daily as a professional Naturalist for over a month now. I love that I can wear the case on my belt and be un-encumbered for daily naturalist duties such as carrying nets and buckets, wrangling wildlife and children during programs, and hiking the trails for research. In such situations I often felt burdened by my full size Swarovski Els.
Summary: I absolutely agree with everything Chris from California has to say about this monocular. This Leica is so very convenient to carry around and use- 8x20's seem bulky and cumbersome by comparison. I take mine everywhere. The case can fit in any bag or purse and is a marvel of design. I can go from in the case to observing in less than 5 seconds! Try that with any binocular. The optics are unbelievably bright and sharp.
Summary: Absolutely the most useful, highest quality, compact observing tool I have every had the joy of looking through. Top notch Leica quality. Crystal clear. Beautifully and ruggedly crafted. Includes an incredibly functional carrying case. I find close focus attachment to be an unexpected joy. Now on my hikes all of the insect world is also available for observation. I have found that it is even possible to digiscope through this with an ultra compact camera.
Conclusion: Genialt enkel, ganske enkelt genial. Dessuten er den en real sjarmklump, som smelter alle jeg har vist den til.
Pros: En «halv» kikkert med tilhørende forsatslinse kan virke som en spøk, rent umiddelbart. Et enkelt rør, litt sånn som Galielo Galilei brukte, bare kortere, lettere og mindre. Går i klokkelomma på vesten. Aluminium hus, solid som bare fy. Nitrogenfylt, dugger ikke. Vanntett ned til 5 meter. Nærlinse til å skru på, slik at du får en kikkert med nærgrense på 25-30 cm og kan studere insekter og blomsterdetaljer. Et vidunderlig verktøy som utvider naturopplevelsen. Eller, br...
Cons: Ingeting. Ikke engang prisen, til tross for at det er en Leica kikkert. Verd hver eneste krone. Eller euro.