Leica's high-end middle class

Leica’s high-end middle class

The Magnus models from Leica with 6.3x zoom enjoy a good reputation as high-performance riflescopes – but their price is correspondingly high. The Visus series with 4x zoom is cheaper. In between, Leica placed the Fortis series with 6x zoom, we tested the 2 – 12 x 50.

The Fortis 6 series includes the models 1 – 6 x 24, 2 – 12 x 50 and 2.5 – 15 x 56. Their specifications included the combination of puristic, classic design with a top visual performance. The control element of the illuminated reticle is on the left side of the tube, so not on the back of the eyepiece as with the Magnus. When it comes to optical values, the Wetzlar company dig deep into the box with high-quality optical components, so the driven hunt lens has a field of view of 43.4 m!

Leica's high-end middle class

However, we took a closer look at the Allrounder 2 – 12 x 50, which with a field of view of over 20 m still cuts a fine figure on driven hunts, but with its 50 mm lens still provides sufficient light for twilight hunting. With 12x final magnification, even long shots should not be a problem for hunting purposes.

Fortis 2 – 12 x 50

The aluminum tube body is made from one piece and coated with a hard black anodized surface that is very abrasion-resistant. The nitrogen filling prevents fogging within the lenses. With a total length of 335 mm and a weight of 700 g, the Fortis is a compact, albeit not necessarily light, rifle scope. Its view is 20.4 m to 100 m at double magnification and 3.5 m at 12 times. Eye relief of 9 cm allows relaxed shooting even with high-recoil calibers.

Finely dimmable illuminated reticle

In the second image axis, the reticle is located, so it does not enlarge when you zoom up – useful when shooting at small targets over long distances; otherwise, a too thick reticle would obscure the target. Thick bars make no sense in a riflescope with an illuminated reticle because the red illuminated dot in the middle of the reticle is still visible. The brightness of the illuminated dot can be adjusted over nine levels, with Leica focusing on hunting in poor light. The lowest levels are very dark, and the brightness can be regulated down so far that the point is by no means overexposed and can just be seen in the dark. D.he light unit of the Magnus covers a much larger space but is technically much more complex, which of course, is reflected in the price.

On the other hand, the automatic shutdown has been adopted from the Magnus – an inclination and acceleration sensor registers when the ZFR is not in an appropriate position and switches off the illuminated reticle after three minutes. If you move the weapon, it is switched on again immediately – it works without any problems; even when you hit it quickly, the illuminated dot has long been on when you look through the target optics. This technology extends the battery life and does not require any additional manipulation. As soon as the illuminated reticle is needed, it is available.

Every click on the height or windage adjustment changes the point of impact by one centimeter at 100 m. The adjustment works very reliably and can be set to zero; neither tools nor aids are required for operation. The adjustment towers are clearly labeled; the adjustment range is 150 cm laterally and 140 cm in height.

Optical qualities

Before the new riflescope was allowed into the area, it had to endure a few measurements in the optics laboratory. We were particularly interested in the day and night transmission and the resolving power. At maximum Vergrobe -rung, the Fortis came to a resolution of 3.4 arc minutes – a first-class value. It was also able to score fully in terms of transmission – 92.8 % by day and 90.2% by night are in no way inferior to the Magnus series.

The test glass was placed on a Blaser R 8 in .308 Win. Mounted, zeroing in on the 100 m track was done with just a few shots. In the area, the new optics were mainly used for boar hunting in poor lighting conditions. It was consistently rainy and cloudy – not pleasant, but that’s when the sows are particularly active and quite suitable for testing the optical quality.

Even in light rain and at dusk, the Fortis delivers a very bright and clear picture. The edge sharpness is very good, and the contrast makes it possible to see even the smallest details. The coating of the outer lenses with Aqua Dura proved to be very practical – this nano-coating simply lets water droplets roll off, leaving no stains on the lens. The lens is also well protected if you wipe your jacket sleeve over it when there are no glasses cleaning cloth at hand, and things have to be done quickly.

The magnification adjustment works smoothly and without jerks; slow zooming up while the camera is in position is no problem. A well-palpable knob at 6x helps to feel the set magnification when you touch it and is also practical when wearing gloves. The reticle is easy to keep in the target.

Fortis’s large eye box is very convenient. A good image is immediately available even when pressed quickly, even if the eye is not exactly centered behind the eyepiece.


With the 2 – 12 x 50 Fortis for $ 1,995 (without rail, without quick reticle adjustment), Leica remains well below the price of the Magnus series, in a way its middle class at the top German-Austrian level. Direct competitors are the Zeiss Conquest V 6 and Swavski’s Z 6i. In terms of optics, there are hardly any visible or non-measurable differences to the more expensive Magnus series. Die Coating technology is identical; the illuminated reticle not as finely adjustable. The Fortis is a very shapely and elegant riflescope that cuts a fine figure on fine rifles.

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