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Leica's New Geovid HD-B

 
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Old 08-24-2013, 10:54 PM
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Re: Leica's New Geovid HD-B

Per the instructions custom loads will be corrected from 100-1000 yards and 100-875 yards for the 12 loads that come with the binos. No support for archery yet.

"When using ballistics curves from the memory card,
ranges up to 925m/1000yds are displayed."

"Ballistic output values are only specified up to a
range of 800m/875 yards on safety grounds. In
addition, only the range actually measured is
specified."

I did notice when I was using them that it still showed the angle of incline further than 1000 (but didn't check when I ranged at 1760) so ballistic programs like Shooter can be used. I think leica knew that correction further than this was a waste since the binos do not correct for spin drift or coriolis effect and no wind correction (so a wind meter is still needed and possibly a cheat sheet).

I personally would limit distances in hunting situations to a second or less of bullet flight time since a lot can change in even a second. This puts most elk rifles in the 700-850 range anyways, so I think these binos would cover all rifle ranges used by most hunters.
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Old 08-31-2013, 10:41 PM
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Re: Leica's New Geovid HD-B

come on guys lets get some reports out on these!!!!
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Old 08-31-2013, 11:19 PM
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Re: Leica's New Geovid HD-B

the problem is there just isn't enough of these out there yet. honestly I would buy some right now, but I am not going to cabelas or sportsmans wharehouse (only people I know that have them) and paying 3 grand and another $200 in sales tax. if I could buy some for 10% off with free shipping and no sales tax I would do it. I suggest others are in the same boat. the usual companies that will sell for this don't have stock and if they do why would they discount it. I would love to test them out just can't get a deal on them yet.
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Old 08-31-2013, 11:30 PM
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Re: Leica's New Geovid HD-B

Yeah that's the boat I'm in but I want to play with them so bad!!
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Old 09-03-2013, 11:47 AM
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Re: Leica's New Geovid HD-B

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?
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Old 09-03-2013, 12:03 PM
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Re: Leica's New Geovid HD-B

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Originally Posted by lefty15 View Post
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.
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Old 09-10-2013, 05:29 PM
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Re: Leica's New Geovid HD-B

The hd-b's that I received have worked great so far. No problems with the ballistic corrections out to 1000yds.
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