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Zeiss RF vs. Swaro RF

 
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Old 02-14-2010, 03:18 PM
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Zeiss RF vs. Swaro RF

Hey guys, for those of you that have used or tried both of these Rangefinders can you give me yours thoughts. I am in the market for new Rangefinder and was wondering which I should go with. I know the swaro's are great but was wondering how the zeiss compare?

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Old 02-14-2010, 03:25 PM
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Re: Zeiss RF vs. Swaro RF

Zeiss is great to 1300 yrds. The Swaro ranges farther (if that's important to you).
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Old 02-14-2010, 07:24 PM
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Re: Zeiss RF vs. Swaro RF

Is the Zeiss as reliable as the Leica or Swaro? I've read some things about the Swaro that said it wasn't as reliable close in but did much better farther out. 1300 would be far enough for me, I care more about reliability over 700 yds.

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Old 02-15-2010, 12:50 PM
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Re: Zeiss RF vs. Swaro RF

I have the Zeiss 8X26T PRF monocular. I has the great Zeiss glass, the BIS (ballistic information system) which is kinda nice. I've read that the Zeiss reads faster than the Swaro and has a more precise aiming reticle. I haven't read of any reliability problems with the Zeiss.

If I had my first choice, I'd defy my wife, and get the expensive binocular model, so I'd have a great binocular and RF in one instrument.

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Re: Zeiss RF vs. Swaro RF

I did some research on the beam divergence of all three units once. Plus I have used all 3 in the field.

Here are the size of beam of each unit at 1000 yards.

Leica.... .5 x 2.5 m rad. or a 1 1/2 ft tall by 7 1/2 ft wide beam at 1000 yards.

Swaro.... 2 m rad in all directions or a 6 ft circular beam at 1000 yards.

Zeiss..... 2x4 m rad or a 6 ft tall by 12 ft wide beam at 1000 yards.

This info will be more usefull if you plan to use the unit on flat ground. Pretty easy to see which one will be more precise at returning accurate numbers of exactly what you need the range on.

Hope this helps.

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Re: Zeiss RF vs. Swaro RF

The beam divergence numbers on the Swarovski rangefinder are 2.5 x 2.5 and on the Leica Geovid they are 2.5 x 0.5. At 1.6 x 0.5, the Zeiss Victory RF 10x45 Rangefinder Binocular beam divergence numbers are the lowest I know of for a consumer level rangefinder.

Here's a good reason to splurge on the Zeiss binocular RF (if your wife will let you).
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Re: Zeiss RF vs. Swaro RF

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The beam divergence numbers on the Swarovski rangefinder are 2.5 x 2.5 and on the Leica Geovid they are 2.5 x 0.5. At 1.6 x 0.5, the Zeiss Victory RF 10x45 Rangefinder Binocular beam divergence numbers are the lowest I know of for a consumer level rangefinder.

Here's a good reason to splurge on the Zeiss binocular RF (if your wife will let you).
At $3,000 for the Zeiss my Swaro seems like a better idea all the time. Funny how I was complaining when I laid out the $900.
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