Leica 1000 r Review
First of all I want to thank everyone on the site for helping me in my search for a laser rangefinder. I had several questions, and was giving some good information that helped me make a decision. I got sick of looking at reviews and trying to find a nice used one. I went to Cabelas yesterday and got there showcase Leica 1000 r for $560. I really wanted the G7 or the Leica 1600b, but couldn't afford the G7 and didn't like the fact that I couldn't use the 1600b for angled bowshots (angle comp doesn't start until 99 yards on 1600b). I liked the fact that the 1000r was a little bit more reasonable and it still has angle compensation from 10-600 yards. Before I bought it, I took a Nikon riflehunter 1000 and Leica 1000 r and compared them side by side. Lets just say, there is no comparison. I hit a silo within .5 second at 1104 yards, building at 904. I tried the Nikon with no return on either. The Nikon seemed to perform pretty good out to about 700 yards. The optical quality of the Leica is superp and fits in your hand nicely. For bowhunting, I could actually get away with using its' 7x power monocular alone. I will do a better review after I get out of work and do some field testing. One thing I did figure out that isn't out in the specifications or overviews on this unit is that when you press the red secondary button once; it gives you your angle in degrees plus or minus. So if your concerned about making a shot past 600 and want to know the true horizontal range you can figure it out by reading the angle from the unit. (very nice and accurate). While the nikon was half the cost, I really like the tight beam divergence of the Leica and consistancy. I'm sure I will buy a G7 some day, for now I am very happy with this little unit. I will follow up. Thanks again for all of the help. Any else try these out or have any feedback?