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I'm going to be purchasing a rangefinder soon, but I need a little more input from some of you that have used them. I've narrowed it down to the Leica or Bushnell Elite (or maybe a high-end Nikon, but I doubt it.)

 

How well do these two rangefinders perform under twilight conditions? Most rangefinders have a zip mode for ranging through foreground clutter, i.e. tree branches, leaves, high grass, etc. I've noticed the Leicas don't. Why? Do the Leica units (900 & 1200) maintain their accuracy while ranging through foreground clutter.

 

And, if anyone can come up with a good reason why I should purchase a Nikon or any other rangefinder over the Leica or Bushnell Elite unit, speak now or forever hold your peace.

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You might want to check out the new Leo, multiple reticles (if you can call them that) close and far- the feature your looking for and ballistic calculator built in ( a feature that will become more common as range estimation becomes more electronic) . I have a friend-a rancher- that likes the Leica because it is the only one that will work on his black cows. Yup that's what I said.
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Heh Stud Duck

 

You wont make a mistake in buying the Leica. I had one which i sold to buy the Swarovski, as i wanted better optics. So that i didnt have to carry my Leica Trinovids with me, and in that respect the Swarovski is better. Yet all the guys I hunt with that have used both reckon the Leica is better, and that includes me. Kidna sorry I sold the Leica now. I never had problems with  foreground clutter

 

Leica also has a new rangefinder on the market, that is smaller and lighter than the LRF 1200, costs a bit more though. I'd like to have a look at the new Leo's, but they are not available in South Africa yet.

 

Regards Chris

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Yeah baby!  The new Leica rangefinder looks real nice. Smaller one-handed use.

 

http://www.leica-camera.com/sportoptik/produkte/rangemaster/ crf1200/index_e.html

 

Looks like it will initially sell for $699

 

 

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