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How good are the Leica lrf 1200 Scan Rangefinders

 
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Old 10-22-2003, 10:58 PM
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Re: How good are the Leica lrf 1200 Scan Rangefinders

Reading this makes me all the happier with my Newcon. I have yet to test it on live game, but it will range a pine tree well beyond 1500 yds in any light condition--even when held freehand.

Can't wait to hunt with it this year....
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Old 10-23-2003, 05:07 AM
 
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Re: How good are the Leica lrf 1200 Scan Rangefinders

What's the price on one of them Newcon's?
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Old 10-23-2003, 08:45 AM
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Re: How good are the Leica lrf 1200 Scan Rangefinders

on our Antelope hunt this year all we used was my Leica 1200 we ranged Antelope from 10 yards to 1200 yards ( 1221 was our max ) all day every day with no problems what so ever.. it does have a norrow beam so you need to be stready but and rock or log will do....

I am not sure about the scan models.. I hear they run down batteries real quick like!!
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Old 10-23-2003, 03:18 PM
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Re: How good are the Leica lrf 1200 Scan Rangefinders

I have a Newcon 1500 I would happily sell for $250. I have used it on elk out to 600. It will range rocks and such at 1000 or so and reflective things (buildings etc) at 1600.
In all honesty though I would apply that money to a Leica 1200. I like to carry my rangefinder where it is handy and the Newcon is kinda big for that.
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Old 10-23-2003, 07:09 PM
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Re: How good are the Leica lrf 1200 Scan Rangefinders

Ripper, I have the LRB 7X50's binoculars that go for a bit over $600. My experience so far has been mixed as you can read in this thread:
http://www.longrangehunting.com/cgi-...c&f=2&t=000331

I'll wait until I've hunted with it to give my final conclusion, but right now I'm pretty sure the latest unit I have will work well. I certainly can't complain about Newcon's customer service. They've been great.

I don't have any experience with their cheaper monoculars. I have a theory that may be totally BS but maybe somebody out there who knows more about how rangefinders work (where has S1 been lately?) could add a little. I'm thinking the performance difference between this unit and the various monoculars might be due to whatever is "looking" for the reflection of the laser is looking through a 50mm objective instead of a 20-something and might be larger/more sensitive itself--even if the actual laser is the same. Most of the new rangefinding binoculars on the market in this price range still use a separate, smaller lense. I don't know, it's just something I've been wondering about.

It's interesting that peoples' experiences with the Leica 1200 have varied so widely--from really good to really crappy. Maybe I was a bit hard on Newcon when my first one didn't work worth a damn--maybe one should expect this variation in performance from all rangefinders in this pricerange? [img]images/icons/confused.gif[/img]

In any case, I think my idea of buying one from a place with a money-back guarantee and testing it quickly might be a good idea for any rangefinder you buy if you don't want to send it back to the manufacturer and complain like I did.

One more note:

Assuming these things work on real fur as well as I think they will, about the only complaint I can think of is their size and weight. Being roughly the same size as a Geovid, I had just accepted it until I saw this:



Newcon has a new one out--the LRB 7X40. It's over two inches shorter, a bit narrower and thinner and almost a pound lighter (basically more "normal binocular sized"). They sell for a little less than the 7X50. Hmm, if they prove to range as well as the ones I have now I may have to swap for them someday. [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]

In any case, I'll know more about the ones I have now after this hunting season. I just ranged a pine tree at 1604 yds today, I really hope they'll consistantly range deer to well beyond the range I'll shoot. I think they will but time will tell....
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