Post by bush7mmstw on Dec 21, 2017 10:24:24 GMT -5
I've been testing a set of these and very impressed by the clarity, low light transmission and ranging ability. Optical quality appears on par with more expensive alternatives. It's no problem to range non reflective objects beyond 1,000 yards. Although the 10x setting is higher than most standard range finders, the larger objective lenses allow greater light transmission to see objects better than using a standard mono lense system. The LED readout is bright enough to be read on sunny days, although some reviews say this is an issue. Focus and diopter settings seem good and stay set.
Has anyone else had experiences with these good or bad? Would be nice to know.
I looked at the Vortex Fury at Cabela's while helping a friend pick out some binocs. I have owned the Leica Geovids for 7 or 8 years now and having a combo binoc/LRF is great. I hate carrying more gear than necessary and I don't have to switch between binos and LRF when I want to know how far something is. As you mentioned the magnification is higher than a standard LRF but the field of view is so much larger it is easier to use.
The fit and feel of the Vortex is not on par with Leica but to be fair it is not as expensive. The Fury optics are not close to Leica which has a much larger sweet spot and is second quality to nobody. I found the resolution is not as crisp as the Geovid.
The smoothness of the controls on the Geovid are not there on the Fury. The eye cups, focus, and just the hinging of the binocs felt clunkier than the Leica.
Fury does have the angle compensator when shooting up/down hill. The older Geovids do not have that but the new ones do.
You get some more distance (~400 yards) at max range out of the Fury compared to the Geovid HD-R but unless you are shooting over 1000 yards it really does not matter.
One big plus for the Fury is Vortex's customer service and warranty. Leica's customer service is not the best but their products are top shelf. Vortex's products are lower shelf quality but the service is top notch.
Overall, I would have to really compare the Fury against a set of HD-R. The HD-R are on sale for just a little more than the Fury.
Post by bush7mmstw on Dec 22, 2017 10:56:07 GMT -5
Thanks AJ, appreciate the feedback, very informative. I have friends that have the Swarovski and Leica and love them, I agree that the Fury optics can't match their quality but what concerns me lately is the warranty on the electronics and customer service as you pointed out. The gentleman who is letting me test these before I buy them also owns the Leica and the Swarovski rangefinder binos and the electronics failed in his Swarovski just out of warranty and they want $1,000 to fix it. He told me that the warranty issue could be a big deal at some point in the future and I'm glad he has been up front and honest about the pros and cons.The warranty issue on electronics is where I'm hung up. Pretty much have ruled out the Swarovski but I'm going to take a real hard look now at the Leica after reading your post. Thank you very much.
Vortex binoculars is popular now. I am interested in Vortex Viper 8 x 28. I found them on review on opticzoo.com/vortex-viper-28-review/ There is extra-low dispersion glass and fully multi-coated optics which deliver a bright view with great contrast and resolution. i want to buy this binoculars in the future.
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