Re: Leica -vs- Swarovski
After a couple of min of playing with the Swaro 1500, I immediatly sold my less than a year old LRF 1200s and bought the Swaro.
I would have to say that it depends on how far you plan to shoot as to if the Swaro is worth the additional money. With my Leica's I could get them to range about anything at 600 to 800 yards, cedar trees and other large objects were pretty good to 1000 to 1200 yards, anything over that forget it. With my swaro's 1000yds is pretty easy to get readings and I can range things at 1800 to even 2000 yards that the leica's had trouble with at 1000. Yes, I did keep my leica's long enough to do a side by side comparison. Hands down the swaro's will outrange them by 500 to 800 yards.
I do agree with GG though about the large aiming circle and the button. I hate them both (but not as much as I like being able to range whatever I want). As far as the peice of junk they give you to carry them......I threw that away and bought a Fieldline brand belt pouch from Wall Mart (a good Arkansas company [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]) for about 7 or 8 bucks. It fits perfect and keeps the rangefinder protected.
The only other bad thing is..........there is no doubt someone will introduce one better and cheaper. But if you keep waiting for the next better and cheaper one, you will never buy one!