I like Leica. (I own a Leica 900 LRF green/black)
Teenage girls were amassing at my house this evening for a daughter’s birthday party and sleepover. So I took advantage of fleeting daylight to flee the noise, grabbed one of my bows, and headed out for evening deer. As I hit cruising speed (~ 55 mph) on the highway going out of town, I heard a weird clunk, and looked in the rearview mirror. What looked like a quail or something was flopping to a stop behind me in the opposite lane. Normally I avoid stopping for birds, cats, dogs, etc. along a highway, for the danger of getting in an accident or getting run over – but I decided to go back and look. I pulled off near the object – and it, still in the center of the lane, was not a quail – but my Leica rangefinder – at least the larger part thereof. Yikes! These things are not cheap! I grabbed the rangefinder – with obvious piece(s) missing, and looked down the road. About 50 ft away was another piece. I let a passing car go by – hoping it wouldn’t hit the other piece still in the road – and then went and grabbed it.
I got back in my jeep, put the two pieces together. I prayed. I knew. And then I tried to range a building across the highway. I got a blurred target indicator, and with another push, got a blurred range. I adjusted the focus on the eyepiece, and tried again. 37 Yes!!! GIG! I like Leica. I went on to chase deer in the fleeting light.