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Swarovski Cls or Leica Geovids HDs?
May 21st, 2018 at 7:14pm
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Hi I,m looking at getting either a swarovski or leica 10x42 binoculars with the built in rangefinder, any recommendations on one over the other? just seeing what anyones opinions might be? might be a help to my decision making, any help greatly appreciated cheers
  
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Reply #1 - May 22nd, 2018 at 9:31am
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Don't waste your money...keep kit separate and save $$$$$$$$$$$...get same quality that way and more $$$$ to spend on hunting trips...
  
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Reply #2 - May 22nd, 2018 at 11:35am
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Recently got some Leica HD-B Geovids, love them. Having ballistic data and rangefinder all in one is pretty bloody handy.

If you google reviews there is heaps of info online, reviews etc. Will help make your decision.

I sold my Swaro's and my rangefinder and only had to front up up with $1000 to buy the leicas, so was a relatively cheap upgrade for me.
  
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Reply #3 - May 23rd, 2018 at 9:21am
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JoshC wrote on May 22nd, 2018 at 11:35am:
Recently got some Leica HD-B Geovids, love them. Having ballistic data and rangefinder all in one is pretty bloody handy.

If you google reviews there is heaps of info online, reviews etc. Will help make your decision.

I sold my Swaro's and my rangefinder and only had to front up up with $1000 to buy the leicas, so was a relatively cheap upgrade for me.


Totally agree. Did the same thing and have never regretted it. Leica HD B's tare the second best bit of kit you will ever have for hunting
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Reply #4 - May 23rd, 2018 at 9:47am
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Everyone to their own...I see how once set up be easy to use and get very accurate day a for long shots...one thing I have never understood though is people carrying around a rangefinder with 1200+yards beam on animals...who is going to shoot one out past 600yards...I person all think son kit is too much and hunters are getting carried away with technology...too many NZ Hunter fanatics i rekon...by I bet the hunting distributors are lapping it all up!
  
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Reply #5 - May 23rd, 2018 at 7:24pm
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My mate has the Leica bino/ rangefinders. They are good but very big and heavy in my opinion. You will also pay a lot more for a combo unit than buying good quality separate units. I use Swaro binos and carry a small range finder. They are great and weigh and cost less. If you are shooting at a million km you will nearly always have time to pull your range finder off your belt. I don't and I still have time. I have been told that Swaros are more robust but can't comment. I don't like binos that are too big and heavy. Why pay extra for the privilege of having your neck strained? I guess I am a bit different from many hunters these days though. I actually hunt in the bush as well as the open  Wink Grin
  
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Reply #6 - May 23rd, 2018 at 8:25pm
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Secret to carrying heavy bino's is NOT to to use your neck to swing them off. Use your pack straps instead and that way you can carry them all day every day
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Reply #7 - May 25th, 2018 at 1:16pm
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I always thought weight would be a negative with them. Buy a decent bino bivvy, I have a Sitka at the moment. Don't even notice they're there. And I'd say the weight is actually helpful with steadiness in wind or for glassing bigger country for long periods of time.
  
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Reply #8 - May 29th, 2018 at 8:03am
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I have brought a few things in my life that have given me buyers remorse but my Leica HDB's are not one of them. Brilliant bits of kit and take them everywhere except the bush hunting trips.
Very quick and easy once set up to range and shoot, very clear glass and build quality and fit the hands perfect.
Weight is not an issue as I use a harness and dont notice them.  The only issue for me are those stupid front lense covers that are easy to loose or dont stay in place (I now have them taped on)
  
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Reply #9 - Jun 10th, 2018 at 9:33pm
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Funny how people find things and what bugs them.  I lucked onto a set of affordable to me Leica Geovid 8x42R's.  They are superb, and I have seen more game in the last 3-4 years since I had them than in the 10 prior to that.

I carry mine round my neck, never given me a problem.  I'm as slim a 6' bloke as you ever did see (although with a bulge near the middle now I'm closer to 60 than 50).  I tuck them inside whatever my outer layer is and only use the eyepiece lens caps.
  
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Reply #10 - Aug 7th, 2018 at 8:29pm
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I can't speak for the combo set ups.

I have been using a pair of Swaro EL 10X42 and a separate Leupold range finder for around 6-7 years now.

I based my decision on wanting to have a dedicated quality set of binos which will outlast me, and a set of electronics that I may want to upgrade over time as technology changes. May not be the right decision, but thats the call I made Smiley

I carry my binos in a badlands magnetic case, and I would highly recommend these cases to anyone with heavy or quality binos! Binos are always right there, and always being used.

If you go with the built in rangefinder option. My broad brush approach would be; firstly finding which glass works best for your eyes; and then reviews from those who have experience with the service from the two companies to look after any faults (whether it be range finder or the binos themselves).
  
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