Originally Posted by lefty15
I too am in the market for a good range finding bino. I have narrowed it down to 2. I will either be buying the Swarovski EL range 10 x 42 or the Leica 10 x 42 HD-B. In you guys opinion which is the better set of binocular/range finder combo?
I tried the Swaro at store (outside) when they came out and was hugely disappointed. They were the same old rangefinder that had been available for years from Swaro--meaning a huge aiming circle and slow refresh time. Ranging capability did not seem any better than the comparable Leica Geovid HD's that I have been using. The Swaro also would not do anything shorter than about 30 yards, which is an issue for bow hunting. Also did not like the feel or the poor readout visibility in the sun. Glass was great, as expected, but rangefinder part was nowhere near the Leica.
I have loved my original Geovids, then the HD's that I used for last year or so, and now I have upgraded to HD-B. I'd take any Leica over swaro rangefinding model (even though until HD lenses came out, Swaro may have had slight edge in glass). I had some frustration at first with HD-B, but think they will be great for hunting. Good enough for modest range alone, and good, quick data for longer shots.