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Nikon 800 and 1200 Laser Range Finders

Post by Guest on Sun Aug 12, 2007 9:29 pm

Take a look at the Nikon 800 and 1200. Both would be a step up from the 500g

Nikon 500G vs Bushnell Rangefinders

Post by FrankIV on Tue Aug 07, 2007 11:34 am

I have tried the Nikon 500G, Bushnell Medalist, and the Bushnell 1500 Tournament rangefinders. After trying all of these I purchased the Nikon 500G. My biggest reason for selecting the 500G is that it is by far the smallest of the 3, with the 1500 being the largest. My biggest concern with picking the 500G (until I tried it) was that it may not be able to measure the flags from far enough out. Nikon states that it can measure a pin up to 160 yards away. Keep in mind that is just the pin, not the flag. We have reflectors on the pins on our course and I have been able to get the yardage on both the flag and the reflectors on the pins at well over 300 yards. I have also been able to read trees as far out as I need. I am an 8 handicap and I hit my drives 260-270 yards, and I have had no problems determining any distances that would come into play with my game. Both Bushnells also handled all of the yardages that I needed.

About the only drawback to the 500G over the Bushnells is that I found it harder to get a yardage reading on the Nikon when trying to keep the crosshairs on a very distant object. I am not sure why, but I think that the yardage numbers are displayed higher above the crosshairs with the Nikon than with the Bushnells. This requires you to take your eye off the crosshairs that are on the target in order to read the distance, and at long distances it is not always easy to keep the crosshairs on your target (due to slight movement in your hands).

Another concern with the Bushnell was how long the battery would last, as it is not a common battery that you can get at any store, but I did see them at Walgreens. I have used my Nikon G for 5-6 rounds, and several practice sessions on the range, and it still shows a full battery charge. By the way, the Bushnells do not have a battery gage on them, they just tell you when the battery is low. That happened to me in a tournament and I didn't have a replacement battery with me.

The last comment on the 500G (and the Bushnell Medalist) is that they are near target priority only rangefinders. That means if you have 2 objects in your line of sight, it will only give you the yardage to the closer object. This is what you typically want for golf, i.e. you want the distance to the flag and not to the tree behind the green. The Bushnell 1500 can switch between near and far target priority.

Waterproof - The Nikon 500G and Bushnell Medalist are Water Resistant. The Bushnell 1500 is Waterproof.

Bushnell Elite vs Nikon 500G

Post by on Fri Jul 20, 2007 7:38 am


The Bushnell Elite has a slightly greater ranging capability, more modes and is waterproof, making it a better choice if you also want a field laser rangefinder, but the Nikon 500G is smaller and more compact. Both execellent golf LRFs.

Bushnell 1500 vs Nikon 500g Which is better for golf??

Post by Jono on Thu Jul 19, 2007 5:09 pm

I was wondering if anyone can give me advice, which range finder is better?? :?: