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Ranges out to 1000 m without difficulty. Past 1200 is hit or miss. Glass ...
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Good range and glass, but that's it.

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, AZ Written on August 17, 2013
It seems high quality. It is large and heavy, but that may not matter. I wish it had an option to display horizontal distance to target like other range finders that are much less expensive than this one.

The glass is clear and bright as you should expect.

I bought this for ranging out to over 1000 yd. I was hoping it would meet that requirement. I was very happy when I was able to range out to over 1 mile. It did take a few tries, but in a few seconds, I had a reading.

The auto dim feature is the worst part. Many times it dims down way too much so that the display is not legible. You have to get the reading, then quickly move it to a different background so that you can read it. It should just have a manual brightness setting.
Pros: Clear, bright image. Longest range at price point exceeds rating. Ranged hillside at over 1700 yd (1 mile).
Cons: Auto dim feature works poorly. No inclination readout or correction to horizontal distance. Big and heavy. ...
Would recommend: Yes
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Swarovski Laser Guide 8x30

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner Written on February 25, 2013
I purchased this for longer range hunting and target shooting. Thus far, I have encountered no problems using this out to 1,000 yards.
Pros: Clarity, operating distances, legible display, ruggedness
Cons: Price (although one could argue you get what you pay for)...
Would recommend: Yes
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Good piece of equipment

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, TX Written on December 19, 2012
I am really pleased with the quality of the glass and the equipment overall. At extended ranges on smaller targets
Pros: very good ranging at the longest ranges
Cons: dont like the odd battery choice...
Would recommend: Yes
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Not worth the money. Buy the leica!!!!

by Legacy Reviewer, Written on January 5, 2012
I was very disappointed with this range finder. I love my swarovski binos and my ATM 80 spotting scope because they are amazing glass but swarovski needs to do better on their electronics before placing a $1000 price tag on it. It's much heavier than the leica and my biggest problem with it is the readout. The readout has bold letters which actually makes it hard to read. The color is an almost transparent red which makes it very hard to read when looking into the brush or on broken up backgrounds, even when the battery is brand new.
The glass is excellent. The construction is descent but it's allot bulkier and heavier than the leica.
The electronics aren't as good as the leica either. It's very hard to get readings over 1000 yards even while holding still. It has some cool features and options but in the long run it doesn't hold up to the Swarovski name and definitely isn't worth the price tag.
I hate to say this because I love swarovski, but I would not recommend this product. The leica glass is just as good and the leica electronics are much better. But I guess thats what you would expect since Leica has been making survey equipment for about 100 years.
Long story short, I bought the swarovski and then gave it to my brother and bought the leica. Since then I have been much happier
Pros: Good glass, that's about it
Cons: bulky, can't see the readout, heavy for the size, expensive, doesn't seem as accurate as my leica...
Would recommend: No
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Swarovski Laser Range Finder

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, HI Written on August 13, 2011
Use this range finder for work. Because this range finder has 8x magnification, I can use it as a monocular to identify targets without the need to use another binocular. I have been able to acquire range estimations as far out as 1350m on reflective targets.
Pros: Clarity of optics
Cons: button sometimes gets depressed in a pack...
Would recommend: Yes
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Swarovski = Quality

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, GA Written on April 29, 2011
I confess up front that I am an avowed Swarovski fan. I have 5 Swarovski Rifle Scopes, mounted on Weatherby Rifles. My mid range range finder optics were so poor compared to Swarovski optics so I bought the 8x30 Laser Range Finder. The quality allows the range finder to also serve the roll reserved for binoculars. Clear, sharp optics with flawless color. Works as advertised and is outstanding at dusk....
Would recommend: Yes
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Best Civilian Rangefinder Out There

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, TN Written on February 1, 2011
After using an entry-level rangefinder for several years that wasn't reliable past about 200 yards, I finally decided to research then buy the best I could find. I am definitely happy with my purchase. The 8x monocular is extremely clear and has replaced my 10x binoculars for hunting. The range is amazing. These hit very small targets at 700 yards with no problem. They hit trees at 1200 yards with no issue. They even go further than that if you are aiming generally at a tree line, hill, or the ground. I have no complaints.
Pros: Amazing Range, Crystal Clear Optics
Cons: Pricey, but probably worth it...
Would recommend: Yes
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I made the right choice

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on October 18, 2010
I purchased a Z6 1.7-10 rifle scope some while back and have been very impressed with both the quality and performance. Therefore, when it came time to purchase a new range finder, it didnt take me long to decide between the leica and swaro. I'm not typically a brand whore but i do read lot's of reviews and do quite a bit of research before making a purchase. Trust me on this one.......this rangefinder is nothing less than incredible.
Pros: Simple yet elegant in disign and simplicity
Cons: spot/target reticle could be a bit smaller...
Would recommend: Yes
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Accurate range finder and bright as Leica Trinovid

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, NY Written on September 30, 2010
Compared the optics of this range finder with models from Zeiss and latest from Leica. This Swarovski is a tad brighter and has shorter focusing distance; roughly 9 feet in actual usage.
Pros: Small, tough and easily a bino replacement
Cons: Maybe a little heavy versus similar models from Leica and Zeiss...
Would recommend: Yes
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Premium range finder

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner Written on September 19, 2010
Also own Nikon Monarch Laser 800 and other then size advantage, there is no comparison between the two! Swarovski is far superior in range, clarity, and accuracy.
Pros: Clear optics; quick reading
Cons: A little large...
Would recommend: Yes
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