Black Gold Sights
Rangefinder or Rangefinder Biinocs
Equipment
Contributors to this thread:
bighorn 26-Sep-18
daleheth 26-Sep-18
Waterfowler 26-Sep-18
smarba 27-Sep-18
OFFHNTN 27-Sep-18
Glunt@work 27-Sep-18
Dale06 27-Sep-18
BTM 27-Sep-18
BOHNTR 27-Sep-18
Lee 27-Sep-18
Elkhorn 27-Sep-18
thedude 28-Sep-18
Scar Finga 28-Sep-18
Trial153 28-Sep-18
Kurt 28-Sep-18
GotBowAz 28-Sep-18
nmwapiti 28-Sep-18
sticksender 28-Sep-18
kentuckbowhnter 28-Sep-18
DMTJAGER 28-Sep-18
Tracker 28-Sep-18
Pat Lefemine 28-Sep-18
Moose2367 28-Sep-18
ohiohunter 29-Sep-18
nvgoat 29-Sep-18
Dale06 29-Sep-18
DMTJAGER 29-Sep-18
nvgoat 30-Sep-18
Matt 30-Sep-18
Buffalo1 30-Sep-18
From: bighorn
26-Sep-18
What do you think is better the rangefinder or the rangefinder binocs pros & cons.

From: daleheth
26-Sep-18
I really wanted to like rangefinder binoculars but bought a pair last year and didn't like them at all. I returned them after deer season. For now I will stick with rangefinder and binoculars because they are more versatile and better optics

From: Waterfowler
26-Sep-18
I just lost all my hunting gear in a flood and had to replace my optics . I initially intended on buying the Leica Gevoids but after playing with them and reading reviews , I bought a pair of 10x 42 Swarovski and a good Leupold range finder and saved money. The weight difference and the fact that I rarely use the rangefinder option made it a easy decision. Unless you're long range rifle hunting how often do you really need to range objects?

From: smarba
27-Sep-18
I like separate units. Even though I occasionally rifle hunt I don't feel it adds any effort to have a separate rangefinder unit for times when I'm using binos.

When I'm on final stalk mode with bow I hang my rangefinder from my shirt collar and quickly snap it up for a reading with one hand. Much less movement and easier than trying to range with binos one hand at close range during final stalk.

From: OFFHNTN
27-Sep-18
I tried the rangefinder binocs early this year, did not like them at all and went back to separate units. It was far too slow and cumbersome to get the bulky binocs up and get a range. I am far more discreet and quicker having the rangefinder on my belt in it's pouch. When it's go time I take it out of the pouch and let it hang from a lanyard that is around my neck. It is always within inches of my hand this way. If I was a guide, the rangefinding binocs would be the way to go as you can watch the animal and give constant ranges to the client. My .02

From: Glunt@work
27-Sep-18
Yep. For rifle hunting the combo units are the way to go. I don't use a rangefinder for bowhunting but if I was shooting past 40 I would use a small range finder. I have shot a couple things past that over the years but I'm generally looking for under 30.

From: Dale06
27-Sep-18
I have swaro binocs, 10x32 and a Leica 900 RF. I like them separate and in the ones I own, light. Recently I toyed with the idea of getting a Leica RF/binocs combination. Looked at it at cabelas and decided to not drop that huge amount of money.

From: BTM
27-Sep-18
Been using a Bushnell Fusion ($900 or so) for the last five years and would NEVER go back to dealing with separate units.

From: BOHNTR
27-Sep-18
Leica Geovid BRF with angle compensating rangefinder built in......will NEVER go back to two separate units.

From: Lee
27-Sep-18
I’d love a pair of Leicas - I have used a pair of Leicas and they are awesome. I’d love a pair.

Lee

From: Elkhorn
27-Sep-18
I really like my vortex binorange for rifle hunting.

From: thedude
28-Sep-18
If I didn’t get a free pair of leupold wind rivers and a dealer cost vortex 1500 I’d have a RF bino. When I buy my next pair of optics it will be a RF bino to cut weight and streamline my optics setup.

From: Scar Finga
28-Sep-18
So three weeks ago I bought the Leica Geovid R, they are the older model of RF Bino. They are still sold new at many outlets and stores (about $1400.00). The optical clarity was up there or better than Swaros, but the range finder sucked! In bright light it was almost impossible to see and this was at both close and distant targets. It has an auto light sensor and it does not work that well. especially if you are in the shade and glassing into bright areas. At least that was my experience. I sent them back and will stick with Swaro 10X42 and my Leopold range finder. I think the new models ($2800.00+ or so) have this corrected, but I am not spending $3K.

Good Luck!

From: Trial153
28-Sep-18
I had the swaro EL range, I have also used the Geovids HG B quite a bit, last week in fact for several days,side by side with ELS. Of the two the swaro was way nicer glass, in fact not even close. Way better edge to edge clarity, brighter and less CA. No comparison to either my Els for SLCs as well. As far as ranging in binos, for us bowhunters I am not 100% sold on it. Yes, its nice to one unit, however in spot and stalk situation I found it easier to use a traditional handheld range finder then pulling the binos out of my chest pack. One handed there is no comparison, the traditional hand held is easier to use.

IF I was guiding or if I was a gun hunter I would use go back to the EL range and call it a day. However for bowhunting I am sticking to my Lecia CFR2700 and whatever binos I decide to bring.

From: Kurt
28-Sep-18
I came away with a different perspective than Trial153 on Leica Geovid glass (was a unit with Perger prisms....banana shape to the barrels and micro-SD card programming, but don’t know model number as Leica has so many these days).

The Leica Geovid I tested next to my Swarovision EL binos (both 10x42) had better depth of field and excellent sharpness. The owner was a guide in the NWT and thought they were better glass than Swaro and I didn’t disagree based on viewing Dall sheep. Just goes to show everyone has different eyes and what works best for one may not for another. I still love my Swaro binos combined with a Leupold RX1600i rangefinder.

From: GotBowAz
28-Sep-18
Im with BOHNTR. I have a pair of Leica Geovids with angle compensator thanks to BlackTail Bob. I love the things and wouldnt go back to a range finder but then again im left handed. The range finder button is on the left side so I am able to hold my bow and range with the bino's at the same time. IMO, the clarity in these things are as good as any Swarovski i have ever looked through. I range everything at all distances including tree stands. I've never had an issue with pulling them out of my chest pack eithier. I can also let them go and hang no different than a range finder and they dont get in the way.

From: nmwapiti
28-Sep-18
Have Leica Geovids and love them. Use for archery and rifle. Used to have separate Leica binocs and rangefinder.

From: sticksender
28-Sep-18
For mountain hunting, I carrry the Leica Geovid HD-R’s with angle compensation. I carry them in a fast-opening Rick Young cover, along with his ultralight harness that weighs about 1 ounce. Works well for me and saves from carrying another electronic device.

28-Sep-18
separate units, that way if you have one malfunction or become inoperable you don't lose both if you have to send to shop.

From: DMTJAGER
28-Sep-18
^^^^^^^^^^What he said. Plus if the RF feature fails but he bino's still are OK, you loose your binos to get the RF fixed, not a good situation a month before you're leaving for a major hunt 1000+ miles away from home.

From: Tracker
28-Sep-18
SLC 8 X 42 ND LEICA 1600R THE PERFECT Combination. If I was just gun hunting the combo might work but I sure don't want to be lifting a big pair of binos as a big bull comes in at 40 yards.

From: Pat Lefemine
28-Sep-18
Steven Ward had a pair of Swarovski ranging binocs last week. I didn’t like them at all. First, they cannot range inside of 35 yards. And second. The ranging button was on the left side. Impossible to hold your bow and range with them. Terrible design for a Bowhunter. I’ll stick with my EL’s and Leica rangefinder.

From: Moose2367
28-Sep-18
Have been asking myself this for years, found out about the Kahles Helia RF binos and put some on layby. It won't be as much as shock to the bank account that way, plus the price here in Aust was better than if i bought from the USA, maybe because the $ was better when they bought them.

From: ohiohunter
29-Sep-18
I think the Bino/RF combos are more suited for rifle hunters.

From: nvgoat
29-Sep-18
As I have said before- Rangefinding technology will continue to change.

Buy the best binoculars you can afford and they will last your lifetime.

Buy a new rangefinder when technology has a better product. This way you won't be stuck with an expensive outdated device.

From: Dale06
29-Sep-18
Good point nvgoat

From: DMTJAGER
29-Sep-18
Navgoat, but point anyone could possibly make. Outside of image stabilization I don't see how they can much improve todays top shelf bino's .

From: nvgoat
30-Sep-18
DMTJAGER That is my point. The binos won't improve much so buy now and lasts a lifetime.

The rangefinder technology will improve so why get stuck with outdated technology in an expensive bino/rangefinder combination device.

From: Matt
30-Sep-18
I prefer separate units.

From: Buffalo1
30-Sep-18
Which Leica rangefinder unit is recommended ??

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