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Laser rangefinder binoculars?

Postby Mikewin on Sun Feb 08, 2009 4:49 pm

I'm considering buying either one quality rangefinder (such as the Leica CRF 900) and a pair of good binoculars, such as the Nikon Monarch series. I know, however, that when hunting I prefer fewer pieces of equipment. That's why I have considered the Leupold RXB-IV Digital Laser Range Finding Binoculars, but I haven't been able to see them IRL. I did see the earlier version (in the Wind River series, I believe) and I didn't like it at all. What's the difference between these two? Any experiences? I'm after good quality optics and a good rangefinder, not top-of-the-line things. Does this product have these qualities? Any suggestions would be welcome.

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Postby Jne_K on Mon Feb 09, 2009 8:07 am

Hi

No real difference and if you used the earlier Wind River version, you will be diasappointed. Mostly a change in software on the LRF, not the optics.

Most hunters carry an LRF monocular, since these are small enough these days to fit in a pocket and you will only be using one a very small percentage of the time. You will be using the binocular far more. Why lose handling qualites, reliability and settle for a weaker warranty (you also get get a shorter warranty whenever you add electronics to a binocular) on the binocular by adding an LRF?
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Postby Mikewin on Mon Feb 09, 2009 11:14 am

Jne_K wrote:Hi
Why lose handling qualites, reliability and settle for a weaker warranty (you also get get a shorter warranty whenever you add electronics to a binocular) on the binocular by adding an LRF?


Thanks for your answer. Well, I'm into this essentially because I want to minimize the number of gadgets on my person when hunting and because I'm right-handed but left-eye dominant (which makes small upright monoculars such as the Leica CRF 900/1200 very awkward). I had the earlier version of the Leica LRF before and liked that one much better, since it had the eyepiece on the left and was not an upright. I lost this one in a recent burglary and they are not made anymore. Since the optics were not at all as good as in a bino I wanted to explore the combination thing. I've tried the Leica Geovid as well but at three or four times the price of the Leupold - and twice the weight - I'm not convinced that that's the way to go either.
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Postby Jne_K on Mon Feb 09, 2009 11:28 am

Hi

I understand. Basically a choice of convenience versus performance. No way will the RXB-IV compare in terms of handling or optics to a conventinal bino at the same price. Your call.
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Postby Mikewin on Mon Feb 09, 2009 11:41 am

Jne_K wrote:Hi

I understand. Basically a choice of convenience versus performance. No way will the RXB-IV compare in terms of handling or optics to a conventinal bino at the same price. Your call.


Well, I know that it is a compromise product.... :(

but what combination would you suggest instead? I want a rangefinder that is not of the small wobbly Leica style and a good, smallish bino (Nikon Monarch or the like). Total price may be somewhat higher than for the RXB-IV. Let me know.
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Postby Jne_K on Mon Feb 09, 2009 11:47 am

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