Binocular Rangefinder Combo
Have you ever thought it would be nice to have your range finder and binoculars in one unit? You’re not the only one and fortunately the binocular rangefinder combo is rapidly gaining in popularity. However; they currently aren’t for everyone, below are some of the advantages and disadvantages of a rangefinder binocular.
Complimentary Design – The wider body and additional weight of the binocular design allows for a sturdy two hand grip which also aids in the ability to get quick first attempt readings with the rangefinder even at high magnification especially when compared to the vertical style of rangefinders.
Speed – Another of the biggest positives of the range finder binoculars are the increased speed at which you can range and animal. Many hunters carry binoculars on their chest and then after spotting game dig out their range finder from a pack or holster to get the distance reading. With the rangefinder binocular you spot the target hit button to get the range and then reach for your gun.
One Unit – One of the biggest advantages of the binocular range finder is having one device pull double duty meaning less equipment you have to take with you and keep track of in the field.
One Unit – Yeah this is one of its biggest advantages too; however there is a small downside in that both your rangefinder and binoculars are in one unit. If they get lost, stolen or destroyed you are out two crucial pieces of gear in one shot, while a small negative it is something to consider especially on a big hunt; but hopefully you would have some back up optics (old bino’s or rangefinder) that could get you through a worst case scenario.
Cost – No big surprise here, rangefinder binocular combo isn't exactly cheap with the Bushnell Fusion being the only option under $1000. However, when you add up the cost of buying a pair of high end binoculars and a high end rangefinder the price seems a lot more reasonable.
10x Magnification Binocular Rangefinders
Fusion 1 Mile
|Max Range||2000 yds||1500 yds||1300 yds||1400 yds||1760 yds|
|Angle Comp.||Yes||Yes||No||No||Yes* - Holdover Info|
|Weight||34.7 oz||32 oz||35 oz||33.5 oz||31 oz|
Leica Geovid HD-B - Leica's newest rangefinder binocular series have a number of unique features, including a removable and programmable microSD card so shooters can enter ballistic information that more closely matches their particular setup. Currently there are two models available, a 10x42 and an 8x42 both of which Leica lists as having a maximum range of 2000 yards.
Bushnell Fusion 1 Mile ARC - Bushnell's updated entry into the binocular rangefinder category, three models are available a 8x32, 10x42, and 12x50. These units feature Bushnell's ARC (Angle Range Compensation) technology. The Fusion 1 Mile has both the Bow and Rifle angle compensation modes as well as Bushnell's Brush and Bullseye target priority modes. These units also have four brightness intensity settings for their display to help the user clearly see the readout under various lighting conditions.
Leica Geovid HD BRF | Binocular Rangefinders - Leica has been in the rangefinder binocular game for many years now. Their current lineup consists of the following models : 8x42, 10x42, 8x56, 15x56. All of these models have a maximum range of 1400 yards. It is important to note that Leica sells these in either yard or meter models and there is no switching between yards and meters on their models.
Swarovski El Range Rangefinder Binoculars - The newest, and one of the most anticipated, rangefinder binoculars is now available in either a 8x42 or 10x42 configuration. The El Range is equipped with a rangefinder that is capable of giving angel compensated readings as well as displaying the angle to the target.
Zeiss Victory RF Rangefinder Binoculars - Recently added two more range finder binoculars to their portfolio, bring their current lineup to four models : 8x45, 10x45, 8x56, and 10x56. All of these models have a max ranging distance of 1300 yards, and contain the Zeiss BIS ( Ballistic Information System) which allows the owner to select from six pre programmed ballistic curves.
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