My Favorite Binocular – Alvaro Jaramillo

I Leica My Binocular – Alvaro Jaramillo

As a teenager birder I always had crummy binoculars, it was all I could afford, the realities of life. I convinced myself that if I could identify birds with optics that distorted the image and colors, well that was great training. In other words, the challenge of not seeing the birds well was good for me – gain through pain! I was so wrong.

Eventually I took a great leap forward. I was able to buy a used pair of Leicas, but not the traditional ones, instead these tiny compact 8 x 20 which had not been designed for heavy birding use. Still those little suckers were so bright, so amazing, I could finally see! They were also durable, and you could hide them easily when non-birding teenagers came close, a very important feature in those days. From that day on, the little red dot had a soft spot in my heart, and it has never let me down. I am not a bino-junkie, I don’t enjoy reading about specs, and learning the names and models. It is just not how I am wired. To me a great binocular is like a superb waiter/waitress, you should almost not notice they are there, they are facilitators in your fun, enjoyment, in your pleasure. Nothing does this better than my Ultravid 10 x 42s, they are a part of me, I don’t even notice they are there – they make the world a joy to look at.

Alvaro Jaramillo © Jeff Gordon

Alvaro Jaramillo © Jeff Gordon