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I'm trying to decide if the Combo bino/rf is a compromise.

I read the post on the Leica BRF, Cabelas gave the Leupold Wind River bino+rf the product of the year, and I see Swarovski has an 8x rf system.  Are these a compromise in effectiveness, quality, comfort etc than a dedicated Range finder and dedicated Binocular.

Here's the scenario: Leica Scan 900/1200 or Busnell Yardage Pro Legend plus a Zeiss, Leica, Swaro binocular, or the BRF or WindRiver only?

 

Application would be anything from hunting from a stand or glassing all day for a mid to long range shot in the Western US (timber to plains).

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I think a rangefinder should be a range finder and binos should be binos.  I think the two compliment one another but should remain seperate entities.  I have not seen all the available combos, but the ones I have, seemed to be rather large, bulky and heavy.

 

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GEOVID all the way.  Leica invented this technology and have now perfected it.  For over 10 years they have been the only company that could make a binocular / laser rangefinder that sends and receives with the same two lenses that you look through.  Others have three lenses and are often bulky and awkward.  The 8x42 Geovid weighs only 32 ounces compared to the Leica 8x42 Trinovid BN that ways 31.4 (and its only a binocular).  The Geovid measures 4.75 x 6.87 x 2.56 compared to 5.15 x 5.55 x 2.24 when comparing it to the Leica 8x42 Trinovid BN.  The Geovid also cost $250.00 less than a Leica 8x42 Ultavid and a Leica 1200 Scan combined.  There is absolutely no reason to not go with the Geovid.

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No reason, unless you are someone like me who does not want anything that weighs 30+ ounces.  Nor do I like having a single unit that if something happens to it I am out both pieces of equipment.  I prefer range finders that I can fit into a shirt pocket and I accept the limitations that those place on me.  I also prefer binos that weigh closer to 20 oz.s than 30 oz.s.  I am fully aware the total weight of the two is probably equal to or more than a combo unit.  I just don't like the combos.  I don't really have a reason other than the my own personal biases that apparently are shared by a number of other hunter sthat I have run across. 

 

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I am the same way right now and have been but will change my ways once the new Geovid is shipped next month.  The reason so many people use a stand alone rangefinder and binocular is because nothing has ever been on the market like this until now.  I am accustomed to carrying a 30 oz. binoculars and with a good strap system its no big deal.  Other than losing the Geovid I can't imagine what could happen to it that would put the binocular and rangefinder both out of commission.

 

You should give one a try with the Leica Bino System....you might change your mind too.

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