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I'm considering the purchase of a rangefinder and need a little help with the two I'm currently considering.

The Leica is an older model LRF 900, my main concern is customer support/repair on this model. Since it has been around for quite some time, I wonder if Leica is still able to service this model should need be?(The cost of the Leica is $250)

The other rangefinder I'm considering is the Swaro 1600. I realize this is newer technology, but I done a review several years ago when my brother-in-law purchased his and I really wasn't impressed. The "ranging button" was extremely stiff and the reticle looked like an over-sized basketball when ranging deer sized targets over a couple hundred yards. The only reason I'm considering this model is because I found a lightly used unit for less than half the cost of a new unit.

Any input you could provide me on the pros and cons of these units would be appreciated, i.e., which one ranges quicker, do they both function in inclement weather (rain and snow), which one is more accurate.

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Check out the Zeiss, it is a great design and mine has served me well.
 
On the Leica, if it has an issue, you are out of luck, they will not service it.
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Originally posted by Rancid Coolaid Rancid Coolaid wrote:


 

On the Leica, if it has an issue, you are out of luck, they will not service it.


That decides it.

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I would spend extra and get a Zeiss as well.  They are very nice. 
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... or a new Leica.

I have an older crf1200 and love it. I would purchase another Leica range finder and not look back.


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I'll check the Zeiss before I lay down my money.
 
Thanks all.
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If the Zeiss is truly "as new", there shouldn't be a question.  Zeiss makes one of the very best LRFs on the market.
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What style reticle does the Zeiss utilize; square, circle, cross hair?
 
 
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Circle with crosshairs that stops at the circle. My singular complaint is that it is bright in low light (the aiming reticle.) Someone needs an aiming point that is adjustable for light level.
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Ok, I've done a little reading over the holidays, the Zeiss looks like a viable option, but I have a couple more questions:
 
How does the reticle on the Zeiss unit compare in size to the Swarovski reticle? I'm sure there is an MOA size out there, but I haven't found it.
 
Is there any difference in the 8x26 T PRF and the 8x26 PRF other than the LotuTec lens coating?
 
Is the lens coating worth the extra money?
 
Thanks again. 
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