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Old 06-18-2017, 10:48 PM   #1
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Looking at the Leica 10x42 Geovid HD B and the Swarovski EL 10x42 both with built in rangefinder. Any one with hands on experience who has pros and cons.

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Old 06-18-2017, 11:06 PM   #2
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Whichever fits your hands the best. Not enough difference in any other aspect haha
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Old 06-18-2017, 11:07 PM   #3
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I have the Swarovski EL 10x42 and I wouldn't trade them for any other optics on the market.
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Old 06-18-2017, 11:36 PM   #4
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I've had my Leica hdb's for 3 years now. Absolutely love them. I've ranged 2100 yards before on a house. Longest I've ranged on an animal was 840. They seem to be extremely accurate and not too heavy. The glass is awesome and I can compare it to my upper end Leupold and Swarovski scopes. Only thing I've done to them is a cleaning and battery change. I chose them over the Swaroski el's because of the curved shape body, they seemed to range a little quicker and they Leica's were on sale at the time.
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Old 06-19-2017, 12:01 AM   #5
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Have the Leicas and I only paid the money bc of how great the glass was. No regrets. Range finder is ver accurate as well.
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Old 06-19-2017, 05:51 AM   #6
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I have/had several each of Zeiss, Leica, and Swarovski. As an eye glass wearer, the Leica Trinovid and Swarovski EL were a bit short on eye relief so I had to sell those. Good luck.
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Old 06-19-2017, 06:29 AM   #7
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I have had the Leica 10x42 Geovid for the past 9 yrs now. I love them but they are not the HD. The HD when they first came out were a bit better but you had to be very careful with what you used when cleaning the lens so you would not scratch them. I have a buddy who has the Swarovski 10x42 EL rangefinding binos and got to use them a bit when glassing for Mule Deer in West Texas during various weather conditions. Compared to my non HD Leicas I would take the Swarovski's hands down. I have ranged a Mule Deer at over 800 yards with my Leica and with his Swarovski's I could range the same deer over 1000 yards. I could range larger non-game targets farther with the Swaro's than I could with the Leica's.
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Old 06-19-2017, 06:36 AM   #8
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I have the Leicas. I absolutely love them! I never thought I would own such an expensive pair of binoculars. After a few years of owning them, I have zero buyer's remorse. Great glass and the range finder and built in "ballistics calculator" is the icing on the cake. That being said, Swarovski makes a great product. Sounds like you can't go wrong. Go with the pair that seems clearest to you.
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Old 06-19-2017, 06:40 AM   #9
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I've used both and they are both very good binos. I don't like the new Leicas as much as the swaros and I believe the Swaro has a bit better glass, but like was said above, it come down to what feels best for you.

If you decide to go Swaro, I'm a dealer for them and will get you a TBH discount if you order from me.
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Old 06-19-2017, 06:52 AM   #10
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I have both except my Swaro's are not range finding.
Both are top of the line and if you can tell a difference in glass quality you are something special. My Leicas are my go to glasses because they are range finding. Had my Swaro's had range finding functionality, they would be my go to glass.
You cannot go wrong with either brand. Just because Swaro spends a lot more money on marketing and has their own tv show does not make them better glass.
I like them both.

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Old 06-19-2017, 07:03 AM   #11
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Swarovski has a great warranty. Leica not so good.
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Old 06-19-2017, 07:28 AM   #12
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I've had Swarovski EL 10x42 for over 10 yrs, best hunting purchase I ever made, no rangefinder on em though.
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Old 06-19-2017, 07:45 AM   #13
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This -> Swarovski EL 10x42
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Old 06-19-2017, 07:51 AM   #14
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I have had the Leica's since they came out, never a problem, cannot go wrong with either, both are top notch.
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Old 06-19-2017, 10:14 AM   #15
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I have swaro els without range and the leica hdb

the swaro's are lighter in my opinion. The glass and ranging ability is excellent on the HDB's so I love that glass but if i had to do it again I'd have gone with the swaros.

Part of the reason I went the way i did . . . . it's really much easier to find a good deal on the leica's vs the swaro's
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Old 06-19-2017, 10:21 AM   #16
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These are on camofire right now if it helps with your decision. I don't own either but have looked through both and I can tell you I'd be happy as a clam with either.

https://www.camofire.com/index.php/Deals/41
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Old 06-19-2017, 01:00 PM   #17
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They are both awesome. I own the Swaros.
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Old 06-19-2017, 01:11 PM   #18
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These are on camofire right now if it helps with your decision. I don't own either but have looked through both and I can tell you I'd be happy as a clam with either.

https://www.camofire.com/index.php/Deals/41
Even though you still have to give up a kidney, that is a really good price on those.
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Old 06-19-2017, 01:24 PM   #19
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Swarovski has a great warranty. Leica not so good.


I've heard the same repeatedly as well. All things being equal pick the company with better customer service and Swarovski is one of the best.


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Old 06-19-2017, 01:34 PM   #20
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I have swaro. Warranty second to none. Leica is superior glass as well. Never used their warranty?
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Old 06-19-2017, 01:35 PM   #21
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I love my Leica HDB. Glass is amazing and used them to ring steel at 1008 yards this weekend with there ballistic function.
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Old 06-19-2017, 01:38 PM   #22
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I've heard the same repeatedly as well. All things being equal pick the company with better customer service and Swarovski is one of the best.


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My retort would be this. I have owned multiple products from both for the past 15 years. I have only had to send one manufacturer's products back on multiple occasions (Swaro). While I don't discount Swarovski's customer service, I prefer the product I don't have to send back to the shop.....especially when I am on a high dollar hunt.
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Old 06-19-2017, 01:52 PM   #23
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the leicas will range from 12 yds to over 1000 yds. the swaros I believe don't range under 30 yds to over 1000 yds. don't know if that's a deal breaker or not. I have the Leica rangefinders and they are great, but if Im ranging targets over say 700 yds, I use my Sig Kilo. it ranges better than the leicas and swaros from what we have tested in the field.
swaros have the edge on glass, but you would be happy with either.

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Old 06-19-2017, 08:59 PM   #24
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I bought the Swaro ranges 2 years ago.....best money I've ever spent for hunting.
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Old 06-19-2017, 09:07 PM   #25
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My retort would be this. I have owned multiple products from both for the past 15 years. I have only had to send one manufacturer's products back on multiple occasions (Swaro). While I don't discount Swarovski's customer service, I prefer the product I don't have to send back to the shop.....especially when I am on a high dollar hunt.
My retort would be that I've owned and do own plenty of both. I've experienced customer service from both. Some repairs were caused by me. Swarovski has bent over backwards in helping me. Leica has just bent me over.
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Old 06-19-2017, 09:25 PM   #26
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I have both leicas and swaros. Both customer service depts are great. Youd be happy with either. Choose the pair that fits your hands better


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Old 06-19-2017, 09:27 PM   #27
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Thanks for the info, I have used 8x30 Swarovski's for over 10 years, great glass. With that being said I believe the rangefinder in the Leica is quicker and more suitable for what I need. Again thanks for all the advice.

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