A binocular has one function. That is to magnify what you are looking at to maximize detail helping you find game. A range finder has one function, to determine the range. This is just me, but I really do not understand the marriage of rangefinder and binocular. I understand why the concept is popular, but the ONLY place it has been done with anything that comes close to doing that right is the Leica Geovid and the new Zeiss RF. Here, there a proper binocular that has a good rangefinder added.
Here we have a weird hybrid sort of "mixed marriage" that does not have any idea whether it is one range finder or two, or whether it is a binocular first or a rangefinder first. Its controls are neither that of either a dedicated rangefinder or a dedicated binocular. The field of view is way too restrictive for use as a dedicated binocular. The adjustments seem out of place to me. The optics are better than rangefinder optics, largely because you can get the stereoscopic or "binocular vision". However the optics do not meet (for me anyway) any sort of minimum useful binocular level of usefulness. The use of both eyes may make it more useful as a rangefinder, I don't know about that for sure however. It seems to me to be a two eyed rangefinder, and somebody in marketing decided to call it a rangefinding binocular instead of a binocular rangefinder.
YMMV, but I wouldn't use one if it was given to me. I'll keep a dedicated binocular first and may sometimes pack a rangefinder, if the mood moves me.
Edited by Klamath - August/30/2009 at 12:13