Leica Geovid HD-B Vs Swaro EL Range

ZioRob

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I'm looking at getting a new set of 10x42 bino's and tossing up between the Leica Geovid HD-B or the Swaro EL Range.

Who's had the opportunity to compare both side by side? and what are peoples thoughts?

Would love to hear opinions as to why you chose one over the other.
 

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Zeiss RF 100%. If I had to choose between those two I would go with EL Range. Resale on Geovid HD-Bs are not good for some reason or another.
 

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Just an FYI,
We got in a demo of the Leica HD-B 3000 in both 8x42 and 10x42 if that would be of interest to you.
The 8x42 is $1,699.99 and the 10x42 is $1,749.99. Please give a call to dicuss it.
Doug
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Got no problem with either. Both great glass.

Difference maker for me is the bino stud from outdoorsman. Fits on the swarros. Not on the Leicas. That bino stud is a BFD

Side note. I’ve hammered my el ranges. Had the range finder loosen from the inside. Was reading all over the place on the inside.

Had the Binos 4 years. They fully repaired to include the green wrap. All lenses. The eye cups and all outside stuff. Free.


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ZioRob

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Just an FYI,
We got in a demo of the Leica HD-B 3000 in both 8x42 and 10x42 if that would be of interest to you.
The 8x42 is $1,699.99 and the 10x42 is $1,749.99. Please give a call to dicuss it.
Doug
516-217-1000
Sounds great but unfortunately I’m located in Australia.
 
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Zeiss RF 100%. If I had to choose between those two I would go with EL Range. Resale on Geovid HD-Bs are not good for some reason or another.
Zeiss price difference here in Australia make them too expensive..

Besides the resale value, which would you choose optically?
 

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Zeiss RF 100%. If I had to choose between those two I would go with EL Range. Resale on Geovid HD-Bs are not good for some reason or another.
It’s because they come out with a more improved version about every year now while Swaro hasn’t changed theirs since release, the Swaro is datedbut I would assume due for a revamp soon, once that happens you’ll see the price of current EL Ranges drop in resale.

I really like my Leica HD-B’s. Had Swaro EL Swarovision prior.
 

tdhanses

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Zeiss price difference here in Australia make them too expensive..

Besides the resale value, which would you choose optically?
The Leica is better optically to my eyes, the EL Range do not have the latest coatings and are not swarovision.

Being your down under resale really will be an unknown to us basing it on the states.

Go Leica and you’ll be happy.
 
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The Leica is better optically to my eyes, the EL Range do not have the latest coatings and are not swarovision.

Being your down under resale really will be an unknown to us basing it on the states.

Go Leica and you’ll be happy.
Resale in Australia is pretty much exactly the same with optics as it is in the states and pricing is very comparable. When it come to other equipment and clothing then it’s a different story, our price sometimes double.
 

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Resale in Australia is pretty much exactly the same with optics as it is in the states and pricing is very comparable. When it come to other equipment and clothing then it’s a different story, our price sometimes double.
In the end you’ll be happy with either, the Leica is better (imo) with a few more bells and whistles.
 

cjl2010

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Got no problem with either. Both great glass.

Difference maker for me is the bino stud from outdoorsman. Fits on the swarros. Not on the Leicas. That bino stud is a BFD

Side note. I’ve hammered my el ranges. Had the range finder loosen from the inside. Was reading all over the place on the inside.

Had the Binos 4 years. They fully repaired to include the green wrap. All lenses. The eye cups and all outside stuff. Free.


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Bino stud is absolutely a deal breaker for me as well. I personally like the Leica glass better but not being able to use outdoorsmans stud was a no go for me as well.
 

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Bino stud is absolutely a deal breaker for me as well. I personally like the Leica glass better but not being able to use outdoorsmans stud was a no go for me as well.
I’ve had both bino stud and bino hand, personally I prefer the bino hand. Yes it’s bulkier but at least I don’t have to keep investing in bino studs if I upgrade or add new binos. But personal choice, overall the bino hand is very secure and sturdy just like the stud.

Also the stud isn’t really an option for the op being he’s not in the states.
 

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I’ve had both bino stud and bino hand, personally I prefer the bino hand. Yes it’s bulkier but at least I don’t have to keep investing in bino studs if I upgrade or add new binos. But personal choice, overall the bino hand is very secure and sturdy just like the stud.

Also the stud isn’t really an option for the op being he’s not in the states.
Beauty of having choices. If you don’t mind the strap on then your choices are endless. I would use the new RRS strap if i was forced down that route.
 
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I’ve had both bino stud and bino hand, personally I prefer the bino hand. Yes it’s bulkier but at least I don’t have to keep investing in bino studs if I upgrade or add new binos. But personal choice, overall the bino hand is very secure and sturdy just like the stud.

Also the stud isn’t really an option for the op being he’s not in the states.
What is a bino hand?
 

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What is a bino hand?
 

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