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New Zeiss rangefinder

I was hoping to be able to post a short review of my new Zeiss rangefinder I recieved today but have run into problems already. After finding my package at one of the neighbors instead of my house i ran home to try and get it fired up before dark but didn't quite make it.

The manual says it takes a cr2 battery and the sticker inside the battery port clearly says cr2 but the battery supplied by Zeiss is a cr123 and does not quite fit in the hole. I'm not sure what the mixup is because the website says the cr123 is the battery they send with it and according to the Energizer website the cr2 and cr123 are not the same. I tried to make it fit many times but it's just a little too fat.

I'll try to find the right battery at work tomorrow or find out what the confusion is about and them post my review when I get it running. I'm pretty excited to see how well this one works.

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Well I got the right battery

Well I got the right battery put in it and this thing is amazing. I only used it for a few minutes while I was on lunch at work.

I was able to range tree on a distant hill freehand at just short of 1300 yards about 60% of the time. With a rest I could hit them over and over. I could range builings at over 600 yards in about a second without fail. All the ranges were totally repeatable.

While this unit is much more expensive than the Bushnell Arc1000 I've been using in my opinion the difference is worth it if you plan on doing any true long distance shooting. I could not even come close to the speed and distance that I have with this one on my first use. It was difficult with the Bushnell to get a range over 400 yards on much of anything less than the size of a house.

I still have a lot of testing to do but so far am very pleased with it.

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i have about the same

i have about the same performance out of my Nikon rangefinder. 448 yard is the farthest i've ever got on a non-reflective target. i can range something smooth and shiny like a truck a little farther.

that sounds pretty good, i'd like to get a new range finder that's a little bit better technology than the one i have, but money's too tight right now. i looked at the leica model they had at cabelas. i think i'll have to check out the zeiss as well.

 

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I checked out the Leica as

I checked out the Leica as well and was planning to purchase the 1200 model as it is a fair amount smaller than the Zeiss and at the time 100 dollars cheaper. Unfortunately it was discontinued and replaced with a 1600 for 300 more than I paid for this one on sale for 600. They also brought out a Leica 1000 for the same price but I wanted the extra range rating. So far I'm very happy with my decision as I have now gotten ranges just out past 1500 yards with it.

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wow 1300!

Wow 1300 yards is a LONG ways.  It's much farther than I would ever plan to be shooting.  My main use for a range finder would be to deternmine whether an archery target is 30 yards or 40 yards, not the difference between 1200 and 1300! 

I guess I wouldn't expect anything other than top of the line performance from Zeiss.  But I wouldn't have expected any civilian range finder to reach out beyond 1,000 yards.  Holy smokes!  That is impressive.  Thanks for the information Hunter25.

Mike  

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Please let me clarify that I

Please let me clarify that I have no intention of shooting at game animals that far away. The farthest I believe I would shoot is 500 yards. But I do enjoy shooting farther at targets in field like conditions to test my abilities. Antelope hunting my Bushnell was not much help past 300 due to the size of the animal and nothing in the terrain to get a range around them. Hopefully this one will be much more effective.

 

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got it

No worries, I didn't think that you would be hunting at 1300 yards (I don't think anyone should).  It's still pretty neat that you can range that far though.

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