The ‘LIFE edition’ of the Leica Trinovid 8 x 40, Leica Camera AG presents a unique, special edition from the Leica Trinovid range of binoculars. The special edition model has been created in collaboration with the Icelandic-Danish artist Olafur Eliasson, who lent the binoculars their unusual look. With its neon green leather trim and colour-matched engraving, the Leica Trinovid 8 x 40 ‘LIFE edition’ is a striking eye-catcher and a work of art in one. In a worldwide edition of only 250 examples, the uniqueness of this model makes it a highly desirable object for lovers of rarities and exclusive collector’s items.


The strictly limited Leica Trinovid 8 x 40 ‘LIFE edition’ was created as an homage to Olafur Eliasson’s installation ‘Life’, which was shown at the Fondation Beyeler (Switzerland) in 2021. ‘Life’ presented a model of ‘naturalcultural’ landscape that explored how nature and culture are inseparable; how humans are entangled with the elements, structures and systems in our environment. For the installation, Eliasson removed the glass façade of the Fondation Beyeler that separated the inside from the outside world in order to invite human and non-human visitors into the space, including the natural elements – plants, microorganisms, wildlife and climate. Bright green water, coloured by a nontoxic dye, filled the space to give the impression that nature had taken over, but also to simultaneously present a profoundly sculpted experience.


Overcoming borders and broadening horizons – this is also symbolised by the uniquely special Leica Trinovid 8 x 40 ‘LIFE edition’. As a painstakingly crafted tool, the binoculars establish a connection between the observer and the observed and inspire a change in our perception of how we encounter the world around us.

‘Life has begun. It is a liveable environment for humans and non-humans alike. Life is never the same! It comes to Life through the co-existence of everything and everyone that meet up in it. Life is cyclical and welcomes all living beings day and night. Life is not about human exceptionalism – we humans, might in fact be “upright mammalian weeds”, mostly up to no good. Let us vegetalize our senses and conspire with Earth’ said Olafur Eliasson.


In addition to the neon green leather trim, a further eye-catching feature of the binoculars of the special edition is their engravings filled out in green. Each example also features the special engraving ‘LIFE’ and a unique serial number indicating that it is one example from a limited edition (1/250). The Leica Trinovid 8 x 40 ‘LIFE edition’ will be supplied in green packaging in binocular-style and emblazoned with the logotype ‘Life’. The scope of delivery includes a certificate of authenticity and a folding card with a personally signed quote from Olafur Eliasson.

 Order No. Product 40724 (black with neon green leather)
Scope of delivery binocular, certificate of authenticity, card with quote from
Olafur Eliasson, special ‚LIFE edition‘ packaging
Magnification 8 x
Front lens diameter 40 mm
Exit pupil 5.0 mm
Field of view at 1,000 m 123 m
Field of view at 1,000 yds 396 ft
Objective angle of view
Diopter compensation ± 3 dpt
Automatic diopter compensation ADC™ yes
Focusing internal focusing via central focusing device, diopter
compensation at the lower end of the bridge
Coating HDC® multicoating and AquaDura® coating
on outer lenses
Prism system roof prism
Watertightness splash-proof
Housing aluminum
Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.41 x 5.75 x 2.09 in
Dimensions (W x H x D) 112 x 146 x 53 mm
Weight 640 g / 22.57 oz

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