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Swaro EL Range or Leica Geovids?

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Old Thursday 6th September 2018, 00:33   #1
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Swaro EL Range or Leica Geovids?

So I am at Sportsman’s Warehouse Wasilla Alaska with my Noctivids trying to buy ranging binoculars as I have been in the mountains weekly for six months and would love to know distances before moving. I have three optics before me: my own NVD 8x42, the 10x42 EL Range, and 10x42 Geo’s.

The Geovids give data for range, incline/decline, temperature, and atmospheric pressure! I can even figure exact elevation diffs with known distance and incline in degrees. AND, the Leica ranges almost to 2 miles at 3000 yards.

The Swaro EL Range only measure to 1500 yards, no other data is given, and takes longer to give you distance.

BUT, the Swaro EL Range has somewhat superior optics on par with my Noctivids, superior brightness compared to the Geovids, better eye cups and better focus mechanism. Almost the same price. So I have a real dilemma. Buy the superior data pusher or the superior binoculars.

Any experience out their with either of these? Thank you
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I have both the 8 & 10x Leica's (older 2000yd models) and have used the Swaros. I find it pretty hard to fault any of them. The trick with the Leica's is getting the eye pieces adjusted correctly as they are independent, much different than normal bino's.
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Any experience out their with either of these? .....
With both, but in size 8x42.

I agree that the optics of the Swaro are among the best of any ranging bino.

What I don‘t like very much is that you only press the measuring button once, which both turns on the device and makes the first measurement right away. That requires that you either have already pointed precisely at your target, or you have to press the button once more and measure again. In this, I prefer the two-step procedure of the Geovid ( first press turns on, second press measures).

The display of the Swaro is brighter and more easily visible in broad daylight.

The Geovid in principle measures greater distances than the Swaro - I have measured up to 2585m during a dry dark night -, but in practice, depending on light / weather / nature of target etc, that difference to the Swaro shrinks quite a bit, the Swaro sometimes picks up certain targets more easily than the Geovid.

The Geovid is unique with its Perger prisms, due to its characteristic shape I find it easier to hold stable for extended periods, because your hands hold the bino at a slight angle that is more comfortable than a straight bino body like the one of the Swaro.

So in my view, they both have their pluses.

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