The clouds never moved in so I had to wait until the sun was low enough in the sky to prevent any direct sunlight on the trees. I then took the unit out and ranged some spruce trees this evening. Bingo! The farthest tree I ranged was 1797 yards twice in a row
. I didn't even try anything any farther than that. That's 300 yards farther than my minimum ranging requirements. The unit was hand held with my elbows resting on the hood of my vehicle.
I turned the other direction and got repeated readings on some spruce trees at 1647 and 1649 yards. This one's putting a smile on my face. It's ranging a good 300 - 400 yards farther than the first one I tested.
I talked with a staff-person with Camera Land last week. He said he tried the unit I returned and the other demo units they had in stock and they would all range a building at about 900 yards, but no further. So he said he waited until they received some additional demo units and then began testing some of them. When he tested this one, it ranged a building at 1600 yards, so he set it aside and confirmed I wanted a replacement rather than a refund. After hearing he had a unit ranging out to 1600 yards, I said YES!
, please send me that one. Sure enough, it's a killer!
The moral of the Leica CRF 1600 story seems to be, you better test drive them prior to purchase. Otherwise, it's a crap shoot.
I got the feeling I'm the first one that's gone through this process with the Camera Land staff. I provided my test results - the same ones I posted in this thread - in an e-mail communication. I printed out the e-mail message and shipped it to them with the returned CRF 1600. I talked to them before returning the first one and they said they would test it out for functionality when they received it. I think they learned something from this experience/experiment, just as I have.