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Old 02-18-2008, 08:05 AM
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Leica Geovid

I like the idea of two in one to cut down on wait. But are they good for long range? That's a lot of $$$$$. Dose anyone use them? How do they perform for long range for you? I'm not made of money but If they work and last I can save up. I like the 10x42.
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Old 02-18-2008, 11:10 AM
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I will admit to not using one, but from others I have learned that they have the same range finder as the CRF 1200. The extra $$$ is on the glass only. IMO there are better or similar range finders for a lot less cash like the Swaro or the CRF. I'm not really sure what the advantage is of the Geovid over the CRF. Geovid is 10 power and has a greater FOV I believe.
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Old 02-18-2008, 06:17 PM
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I too thought it would be nice to have bino's and range finder in one unit:o
The problem is they are heavy and the glass on mine will not keep up with even a NikonATV. Not quite ready to get rid of them yet but am looking into different alternatives. For shootin prairie dogs the Geovids work great but would like better glass for antilope and deer.
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Old 02-18-2008, 08:04 PM
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I love them!! I have the 10x and the 15x. Out to 1300 yards they are fantastic. U wont be disappointed!
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Old 02-18-2008, 08:41 PM
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JP Hunter, I originally bought the 10x42's leica geovids for the same reason - to combine the rangefinder and binoculars in order to save some weight. Had some problems with ranging with my first pair so I sent them back for repair. Ended up costing me $400 for a new pair (they kept the old ones and charged me the $400 for new ones - took several months to resolve and not without a few headaches). I tried ranging a 5x5 elk last fall at around 1000 yds in the early morning light with the leica's and could not get consistent readings. I ranged the same bull that afternoon in better light at 1175 yds and did not have any problem. Good glass with the leica's though. I'm planning to buy the swaro's next to see what they'll do. Reports I've read give the swaro's higher marks for the longer range readings. Good luck with your decision. -- Don
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Old 02-18-2008, 11:35 PM
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I've only had mine for one season but am very happy with them. This past season I had a chance to sit in a stand with a friend who had the Swarovski 15x56's. I found the Swaro's to have a little better color definition and were a little brighter but the Leica's had a greater depth of field. Seemed to put you right out there where you were looking and get you involved more than the Swaro's. Very comfortable for extended viewing.

They are a little heavy but with a bino harness like these



they are not a problem at all.

Mine would range almost anything out to 1000 yards without fail as long as you could find a reflective surface. Finding a good reflective surface is something you have to do with any of them.
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Old 02-19-2008, 08:16 PM
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I will admit to not using one, but from others I have learned that they have the same range finder as the CRF 1200. The extra $$$ is on the glass only. IMO there are better or similar range finders for a lot less cash like the Swaro or the CRF. I'm not really sure what the advantage is of the Geovid over the CRF. Geovid is 10 power and has a greater FOV I believe.
Britz,
In IYO what is better than the Leica 1200 (either model) or the Swaro ???????? I dont understand that at all.
As for the Geovid I dont like it , too heavy and too expensive.
I love the Leica and Swarovski binoculars and rangefinders as separate units but the Geovids miss the mark IMO.
UB
ps britz I mis read your post I think we are on the same page
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