Originally Posted by dickens
Yes I would look at the Zeiss way better for all around conditions.I sold my Leica because it was too temperamental.Light mist or fog did not work very off and on past 600 yrds. In my area weather is always bad in Nov.I have had NO problem at all with the Zeiss.I have went to1542 ydrs on a dull day works great for $549.00.Better than $800.00 for the Leica.
Glad to hear you found one that fits your needs. The Leica CRF 1600 is selling for $650 on several internet sites. I field tested a Zeiss and didn't like the hard to see display at times and the thick crosshairs. That is dependent on you target sizes and taste. But the big problem with the Zeiss is the Beam Divergence. It is Huge and even larger than the Swaro. As we have learned this will get you in trouble in some areas, especially with sage brush, rocks and trees like we have where I hunt. Sure the large beamed units return numbers easier, but the problem is it may not be from what you are intending to range.
I was doing a little more playing with my Leica 1600 yesterday on a herd of elk. This was over a completely snow covered grain field. The elk were on the hill side and I ranged the closest at 950 yards. The farthest ones were skylined and the unit did real well out to 1050. Then it did struggle on some at 1150 but would range them about 1 out of 3 tries. The day was overcast but with very fine light snow in the air. I felt it did pretty good. All the reading were correct as I used my Vectronix PLRF10 to verify. I trust the Leica for my back up unit.
Guys I am not looking to argue. Just hoping to help some readers understand that just because you get a reading easier does not make a unit "better". Nor does it mean that the reading is accurate and off what you are intending to range. Many of us on here now have seen the issues and have learned to better use our rangefinders as well. Get that unit on a solid rest, I like sand bags. Remember the beam has to go out and then return. Most of us would not shoot a rifle at 800 or 1000 with no rest. If you want a precise, accurate reading, a large percentage of the time, it is like this. You will need to use a small beamed unit and a rest.