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I was in the market for a Leica crf 1200 rangefinder and Zeiss Conquest 10x40 binocs or Kahles 10x42. My incredibly understanding wife asked why I didn't buy a range finding binoculars like the 10x42 Geovids she saw at a sporting goods store, while on a road trip. I argued price, but she argued convienience, so I gave up without a fight. My question is, price aside, I assume the Leica glass would be as clear as about any binocular around. The guy at my sporting goods store said they were as good as swaro, but he was trying to make a big sale of course. Anybody do a comparison on these? I would certainly spend the money if they are worth it, but the glass has to be as good as the rangefinding that I know leica has. Nobody around here has one on hand to look at, so SWFA may get a call if you guys say they are great. Thanks
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It is my understanding that the Geovid uses the same basic optics as the Ultravid line of binoculars, just with the rangefinder added.  That being the case, the optics without question would be awesome, and the rangefinder will be good as well.  I have a Leica LRF 1200 rangefinder, and it is a great piece of equipment, so I know they produce a good rangefinder.  The question is how well the two are integrated together.  I cannot answer that, but I would be willing to bet that it is top notch in every respect.  The question of whether the Geovid is worth the money it costs is impossible to answer, because that is a matter of opinion and individual wallets.  To me, it isn't worth its price tag, no matter how good it is.  I have no doubt it is probably incredible, but I just can't see spending that much money just so I will have my binocular and my rangefinder integrated into a single unit, especially since the rangefinder I already have is so compact.  If you are willing and able to spend the hefty price tag, I doubt you would find the Geovid lacking.  Leica doesn't make junk.
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Doesn't the Geovid only have like a 2 year warranty?   That alone would take it off my list of options. 
 
I think you'd be better off following rifledudes example and buy yourself a rangefinder that is seperate from your binocular. 
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If you are willing to spend a little more, I have seen somewhere on here that Koshkin was very impressed with this pair of RF bino's.  http://www.swfa.com/c-2227-zeiss-victory-rf-binoculars.aspx
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What is the warranty on the Zeiss?

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Off the Zeiss website.

Limited Lifetime Transferable Warranty


All Zeiss Binoculars, Riflescopes, and Spotting Scopes (EXCLUDING THE PARTS and SPECIALTY PRODUCTS LISTED BELOW) sold through a United States Authorized Zeiss Dealer come with a Lifetime Transferable Warranty. This warranty gives the purchaser (“you”) specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state.

Company (“Zeiss”/”we”/”us”) warrants that products sold will be free from defects in materials and workmanship under normal use. If determined to be defective, Zeiss will pay for the cost of labor and materials required for the repair. If product cannot be repaired due to defect, Zeiss will replace with same or equivalent product at Zeiss’ discretion. All products have been designed to meet ISO 9022 Standards and are guaranteed to be fog and waterproof. The Company’s liability is expressly limited to either repair or replacement of nonconforming merchandise or, if the Company in its sole discretion should determine that it is not possible or practical to repair or replace the nonconforming merchandise, refund of the Dealer’s purchase price if the nonconforming merchandise is returned. Written notice of any claimed nonconformity or need of repair, specifying the nonconformity of the repair needed, must be received by the Company from Dealer within ten (10) days of receipt of the merchandise by Dealer.

This warranty is subject to the following terms and limitations:

(1) Warranty coverage begins on the date of purchase. In order to make it easier to provide you with warranty service, Product registration must be made within 60 days of purchase. Online warranty registration at www.zeiss.com is the preferred method of registration, however, registration cards may be mailed to Zeiss.

(2) This warranty will be null and void if repairs are attempted on the product by anyone other than Zeiss or the product has been subjected to misuse or abuse.

(3) This warranty is given exclusively by Zeiss and not by the dealer from whom you purchased the product.

ITEMS NOT COVERED FOR THE LIFE OF THE PRODUCT:
(4) WEARING PARTS, SUCH AS BUT NOT LIMITED TO CARRYING STRAPS, PROTECTIVE CAPS, RUBBER EYECUPS, RUBBER ARMORING, POUCHES, CASES, RUBBER EYEPIECE RINGS AND/OR PROTECTIVE CAPS ARE WARRANTED FOR ONE (1) YEAR FROM THE DATE OF PURCHASE.

PRODUCTS THAT CARRY A FIVE (5) YEAR WARRANTY FROM THE DATE OF PURCHASE ARE AS FOLLOWS:
  • 5.6x62 Victory Night Vision Monocular, 5.6x60 Night Vision Monocular
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PRODUCTS THAT CARRY A ONE (1) YEAR WARRANTY FROM THE DATE OF PURCHASE ARE AS FOLLOWS:
  • SCOPZTM Sporting Glasses

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I just purchased some Geovids from some unfortunate guy for $1500 like brand new. They have been in the field once. This poor guy hunts from horseback and the 10x was too hard to hold steady on a horse. I wish I knew if these were the same glass as the ultravid, and how they compare to Swaro, and the like but they should be good for the $. Does anybody know if these have the hydradura coating for rain? I really wanted to buy from SWFA, but it would be ridiculous to ask them to price match a used optic. I guess I will just have to buy my new scope from them to make up for it. Anyway I will give a full review when they show up. Might have to contact Leica about the Hydro coating if nobody knows.
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Originally posted by trigger29 trigger29 wrote:

I wish I knew if these were the same glass as the ultravid
 Yes, the same glass & coatings as last years' (pre - "HD") Ultravid. 
Originally posted by trigger29 trigger29 wrote:

and how they compare to Swaro, and the like
All of the ultra high-end binoculars are great, and you could ask that question of 100 optics fanatics and afterward, you still won't get an answer to your question or know any more than you know right now.  You'd probably get evenly split answers, because it's totally subjective, and there's not a big difference optically between all the top brands' flagship optics.
Originally posted by trigger29 trigger29 wrote:

Does anybody know if these have the hydradura coating for rain?
 
No, they do not have the new Aquadura lens coating.  Only the new 2008 model Ultravid HD binoculars and new yet-to-be-released Televid spotting scopes have it.
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Trigger29,

You should be happy with the Geovid. I have tested Geovids out in the field and they perform beautifully in any light condition. As I understand it, the Geovids contain the same basic optical glass as the Ultravids but they are not quite as bright because they contain a beam splitter inside. This beam splitter is in nearly every rangefinding product out there and "takes" about 2% of light transmission away to allow for the laser/optics to work together.

Still, the Geovid should outperform most other binoculars out there so I think you made a good choice.

BTW, the Geovid has a 5-year warranty.
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I've had my Geovids for two seasons and absolutely love them. There is enough stuff around my neck and in my pockets without adding a separate rangefinder, and also when the opportunity presents itself, a simple click and you know the range. You don't have to fumble for another piece of equipment, only to find when you bring it to bear your animal is gone. Being able to judge/analyze and range an animal at the same time is a bonus.
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