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I got my hands on the swaro range finder today.
 
the first thing i will say is wow, the optics on this baby are sweet to say the least we have a bunch of snow on the ground still, so i took it out with the sun out shining bright to see if the glare would affect this tool and i will firmly say these will work in the winter. i also played with them just before it got to dark to see and the light gathering on this range finder is excellent, i swear looking through this ranger is brighter than what i see with my own two eyes. this is a very user friendly item one button on top to get your range and thats it, hard to screw up with this one so thats another plus. now the bad stuff i noticed, when viewing certain items under certain circumstances the range and the reticle were hard to see, the orange is hard to see with certain shades of back grounds, but at other times its plane as day. this is the only issue i have with this ranger, all in all this thing is sweet, i havent ever played with a ranger before, so i cant compare it to anything else, so im not sure if its worth the asking price or not. i would have to look at some others to determine that. its a nice tool thats for sure.
 
 
i thought of another issue with the ranger, for $950 i dont understand why they dont have the arc technology in this ranger, i can buy a nikon leupold or bushnell ranger with true ballistic distance even at elevated positions and pay a lot less, but im not sure that the optics will be even close.


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Too bad they don't let you test drive the Leica crf1200. Wink
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maybe someday they will who knows what chris will throw out next.
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Originally posted by pyro6999 pyro6999 wrote:

maybe someday they will who knows what chris will throw out next.


Well I think the test drive idea is great. Nice review Hunter. Smile
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Mike,

I have them now and plan on putting them head to head againist the 1200!!!

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Originally posted by Steelbenz Steelbenz wrote:

Mike,

I have them now and plan on putting them head to head againist the 1200!!!



That's cool, the Sawro making the rounds!!  Let us know what you think. Big%20Smile
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My review of the Swarovski 8X30 rangefinder.

  

            I know I'll catch some grief for this but hopefully even those than may disagree with my opinion will say I was balanced with it.  First off, I only spend 1 day putting the Swaro head to head with the Leica 1200 in the field (the 1200 was not mine.) and really it was apples and oranges. The Swaro feels like it’s built to be around the neck of a tank commander not a deer hunter I wouldn’t worry if I dropped this thing.  Not being one of my toys I was not going to do a drop test. (Sorry L.a.r.r.y.)!!! In the weight department the Leica 1200 wins out. But don't drop the Leica 1200 or that’s how many pieces you may pick up. The Leica1200 easily fits into the top pocket of a shirt. Whereas the Swaro needed cargo style shirt pockets to do the same. The glass on the swaro was hands down head and shoulders above the Leica 1200 but for the 1/3rd higher price tag it better have it.  I personally like the smaller ranging circle of the Swaro over the big square of the Leica 1200. I ranged a deer at 138 yards with the swaro and then the Leica 1200 and got a reading of 168 yards on the 1200 hit it one more time and got 138 yards.  So I felt it ranged OK but you have to be steady with the Lieca 1200.  At well after astronomical twilight I ranged a deer at 281 yards in a known 300 yard field.  I think that is where the glass of the Swaro just can't be beat. It's always better to spend the money on the better optics if you got the coin.  Not to say the Leica 1200 was shabby.  

            Now stepping out of the hunter mode and moving into a boater mode.  I ranged a water tower that I know from our site drawings to be 1NM (2000yrds).  I did not have the Leica 1200 with me at this point in time. I lined myself up with other targets with known distances from my starting point. This was really the fun part for me as to see if the ranging of this Swaro would confirm the surveyors’ lay-out of the plant. At a few feet behind the CP the Swaro gave a err reading, two steps in and it ranged the tower at 1999 yards I hit it again and it ranged at 1998 yards.  I had my starting position ranged an air duct at 50 yards walked to it and shot the tower 1949 yards I did this 3 more times with the same results.

This range finder in my opinion is AWESOME!!! And it was quicker than the 1200 to range, again in my opinion. 

 

So here are the Pro’s

 

1.      Well built and rugged.

2.      Great glass (as expected)

3.      Highly accurate.

 

The Con’s

 

1.      Heavy

2.      I didn’t like the way the display had orange dots in the field of view.

3.  I didn't care for the belt holder, it was to loose and without set screws to lock it to your belt.  (hint to the engineers)

4.      Is the cost prohibitive to you? (Only you can decide.)

 

I personally think this is the better range finder but I’d go with the Leica 1200.

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Well, I have had the rangefinder for almost a week now.  I hate to give it up, but I can't afford it.
 
Pros:
 
The glass is absolutely amazing (not that you would expect anything less from Swarovski).  I was amazed at the detail you could see even an hour after sunset.  My dad and I took it out the night I got it to play around with it.  We were ranging telephone poles at 300 yards in the dark.  It was rainy for the first 4 days I had it.  Took it out several times, and it never once fogged up.  It is very simple (on button) and easy to use.  No fancy gizmos like my Bushnell Elite 1500.   Very accurate and fast.  The farthest I got a reading was 1560 yards on a building.  I ranged some cows and horses at just under 1000.  I like the feel of the unit.  Fit my hands nicely.  My Dad like it because he could get a full sight picture with glasses on.  Also was easy to focus.
 
Cons:
 
Heavy.  Weighs 3 oz more than my Bushnell.  Not too keen on the battery either, but it works fine, and I am sure it lasts a long time.  In low light you get the orange dots Steelbenz was talking about.  I would have to say, that was the biggest gripe for me.  Also, during the day (bright days) the numbers seemed to fade when looking at some objects.  Not a fan of the belt holder either.  It is noisy.  I also wonder how long till the latch fails on it.
 
Worth the cost?  I guess you pay for the glass quality.  Up to the person in the end.
 
Just a side note, there was no documentation on the unit in the box when I opened it.
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