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Leica's new TRINOVID (a tribute series)


Much is expected of Leica's each new product introduction – For a company as renowned as Leica, launching something uninteresting is out of option. To satisfy its target audience, Leica has to be innovative and ingenious.

After a long wait, Leica finally announced the release date of their Trinovid binoculars – a tribute to the iconic binoculars introduced in the 1960s. They were scheduled for release in 2017 but have never made their appearance on the market (up to now).

The name 'Trinovid' is very popular among Leica fans. These compact, ergonomic binoculars with great optical performance have often been used by hunters, birdwatchers, hikers and wildlife enthusiasts. Furthermore, the first generation presented in the 1960s was incredibly good, one of the best binoculars of its time.

Leica Trinovid (2019)

Leica Trinovid (2019)

The newly-released models won't succeed the existing Trinovid HD series, though – as mentioned above, this series is a tribute. The name lacks the 'HD' mark – the series is a tribute to the first models of the Trinovid series. In 1969, they were the only binoculars good enough for the historic flight of Apollo 11 (NASA modified the binocular to a single eyepiece unit before the legendary journey). They were one of the first binoculars to feature high-quality optics, slender prism design and internal focusing.

On 28th August 2017, Leica planned to have three models introduced under the name Trinovid: 7x35, 8x40 and 10x40 – they haven't made any changes regarding the configurations.

Leica's new TRINOVID

Leica's new Trinovid (as it was planned to look in 2017)

Leica Trinovid (2019)

Leica Trinovid (2019)

What is so great about the 'new-old' Trinovid binoculars?

The newly-introduced Trinovid binoculars are slim, elegant and lightweight, so they can be easily carried around. The field of view is not that impressive, but we have to keep in mind that these binoculars are more about style than optics. Nevertheless, they are coated with AquaDura, something that even the Trinovid HD models lack. The housing is made of aluminium. The looks of these binoculars are sure to attract those who root for a vintage design.

Below, you can see the specifications of each of the three models.


Objective lens diameter (mm)354040
Light transmission (%)888888
Field of view (m/1000 m)140 m on 1000 m123 m on 1000 m104 m on 1000 m
Shortest focusing distance (m)45.55.5
Dioptric compensation (dpt)+/-3+/-3+/-4
Eyepieces for spectacles wearersyesyesyes
Submersion tightnessSplash-proofSplash-proofSplash-proof
Weight [g] 550600600

In 2017, Leica announced three versions of Trinovid binoculars (rubber armored, black; leathered, black; leathered, silver). It seems now that they chose to stick with the standard version leathered, black – as it is the only one listed in the promotional booklet.

The appearance is iconic, and these will undoubtedly attract the attention of optics enthusiasts & collectors. Even though they feature high-quality optics, many will place them in a showcase and only use them occasionally.

Leica's three new TRINOVID models

Leica's three new Trinovid models (as they were planned to look in 2017)



Leica makes amazing optics and we are always on the lookout for their new products. They boast a rich history in the manufacturing of optics, which is why series such as this one (paying tribute to one of their most famous models) is sure to attract the attention of the most devoted Leica fans out there.

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Leica's new TRINOVID (7x35, 8x40, 10x40)
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Andraž Gradišnik

is an optics enthusiast who writes articles and reviews in the field of binoculars, riflescopes, NV optics etc. for the blog. Currently, he is a member of the Optics Trade team.

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