The above comments about the geovids don’t give me a ton of confidence. Seems like you are partial to the fury’s too. Why is that? What do you like and not like about them?
Ah, I see now. Is it safe to assume the glass on the geovids is better than the furys?Not partial. I was just making an example that I would rather have Vortex level ok glass with a rangefinder than the best glass without for a 8-10x Bino. The Fury 5000 HD AB is fine. Glass is useable. The Fury’s, Nikon Laser force, and others that are the same Bino all seem to be very reliable with regards to the laser. I’ve primarily used two Nikon Laser Force’s since 2018 personally because I had six alpha Bino LRF’s give problems in the cold side by side. It was one of the Nikon’s that got a range in very cold temps and blowing snow on an elk when two other alphas could not range.
As for the Geovids, I would take it all as information. A couple of years ago my experience wasn’t great with them. The last few newer ones I’ve seen have had no issues at all in cold or otherwise.
Is there a difference in quality of glass in a range finding vs non range finding bino?
Has anyone considered the battery they are using? Is it a quality battery? Is it fresh? Do the battery specs say it will operate at low temperatures? I don’t know the power consumption of the laser but I imagine it requires a small burst. I think too many people get hung up on the binos and don’t consider the weakest link. I have used mine extensively with no issues. I always use the energizer lithium batteries and replace them just before hunting season if it needs it or not.What is it about the cold that affects them so much or was this non cold weather related?
In your situation, I would 100% rent. Specifically, I would rent 10x42 EL Range TAs for $30/day (can sometimes get a discount for longer rental periods). I've rented from optics4rent.com on 3 occasions and every time has been a no-fuss transaction.I have definitely though about renting.
My recommendation would be to call Joel at @Camera Land and buy the Sirui T-024SK with VA-5 Fluid Head. They give Rokslide members a worthy discount.I will have a good tripod and adaptor for my binos next time, as it made a big difference in my effectiveness.
Thanks! I have a pair of 10x42 Geovids stuck in a USPS facility right now, so I'll have that covered, but I am really interested in renting a pair of 15s next time I head out there. And thanks for the tripod recommendation, I will check them out.In your situation, I would 100% rent. Specifically, I would rent 10x42 EL Range TAs for $30/day (can sometimes get a discount for longer rental periods). I've rented from optics4rent.com on 3 occasions and every time has been a no-fuss transaction.
My recommendation would be to call Joel at @Camera Land and buy the Sirui T-024SK with VA-5 Fluid Head. They give Rokslide members a worthy discount.