Re: Swarovski EL Range binoculars - first field tests
Yes, I have used both Zeiss RF and Leica Geovid HD binocular rangefinders extensively, both here when I'm doing my optical comparisons etc for my reviews in the magazine, and in the field hunting. I hunt over 150 days every year, so really get the chance to give gear a real work out. I have all three sitting in front of me now, as well as most of the monocular rangefinders. I have very extensive field experience with most rangefinders, including my LRP-3 Russian naval rangefinder that does 35km in a blink. I don't have any experience other than looking thru them at a show of the Vectronics, but Shawn and co can tell you about them.
I have no bias at all, just report things as I find them. That way I retain credibility with my readers, and with all the distributors. If a product is BS, then I say so!
YoungBuck, The 10x42 EL Range weighs 34 oz ready to go including battery, objective and eyepiece covers, the 10x45 Zeiss RF's 40 oz, and the Leica HD's 36 oz.
They will range to 1500 yards to almost any target in any light conditions I'd say, but drizzly rain and cloud will pull them back the same as it does any rangefinder. I've just ran some more comparisons now in drizzly rain and the EL's are doing a comfortable 1300 yards everytime, the Zeiss RF's a scratchy 1200 yards 50% of the time, and the Leica HD's only 800 yards, all to grassy hill faces. Without a doubt the EL's have the best ranging capabilities of the three, and way better than the Leica HD's!
I haven't checked up the electronic warranty on the EL's yet, but I will do so.