Originally Posted by skyhead
some hefty prices on those rangefinders.. (at least to me) what would be the disadvantages of buying a cheaper rangefinder? such as the bushnell 1,000 or 1,200 in the $250-$350 range
My observation has been accuracy, consistancy, and ability to function - return an accurate reading - in less than perfect conditions.
On a clear day with a target providing a good reflection and within the advertised range of the particular rangefinder, most rangefinders will provide a useable range solution. When visibility conditions are less than perfect, the cheaper units give up first. particularly at longer distances.
I've bought several rangefinders over the years. Today I have a Leica 1600CRF. That unit is as much as I could afford and it works. I trust it. The earlier units I bought were a waste of time and money.
The same could be said for the Scope. Do your homework. Decide what features work for you and than get the best you can comfortably afford.
How was it put to me once... Buy good stuff once and cry once or buy cheaper stuff and cry more often.