Le­ica Geovid HD-B 3000

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• 10x42 • $3,000 • Class 1 laser rangefinde­r with bal­lis­tics cal­cu­la­tor

The price of this pre­mium binoc­u­lar puts it out of range for most folks, but the com­bi­na­tion of world-lead­ing op­tics and a fast, pre­cise laser rangefinde­r soft­ens the sticker shock for us. This is a wor­thy ad­di­tion to Le­ica’s ven­er­a­ble Geovid line. The big­gest update is a faster, more pow­er­ful laser that reaches out to 3,000 yards (though in prac­ti­cal terms, 2,000 yards is a more re­al­is­tic ex­pec­ta­tion) and works in con­cert with a bal­lis­tics cal­cu­la­tor that con­tains pro­files for 12 stan­dard loads. Users also have the op­tion of up­load­ing cus­tom bal­lis­tics through a mi­crosd port. No mat­ter the data source, the nearly in­stan­ta­neous read­out gives users a shoot­ing so­lu­tion based on holdover, click ad­just­ment, or in­cline-ad­justed range in­formed by the on­board en­vi­ron­men­tal sen­sors, in­clud­ing tem­per­a­ture, baro­met­ric pres­sure, and an­gle. All that com­put­ing horse­power doesn’t amount to much if you can’t see your tar­get, but the Geovid’s im­age is at the head of its class. The Le­ica won our low-light test and turned in ex­cel­lent res­o­lu­tion scores. Its field of view led the 10X field, and the Perger porro prism that gives the binoc­u­lar its dis­tinc­tive ba­nana shape also gives it a very com­fort­able bal­ance. The two op­er­a­tional but­tons, which con­trol range and mode, are so close to­gether that it takes some prac­tice to get pro­fi­cient with their use. And be­cause the laser trans­mit­ter is lo­cated on the front of the hinge, in the spot where most binoc­u­lars have a tri­pod-mount­ing re­ceiver, you need a sep­a­rate ac­ces­sory to mount the Geovid. That’s not a small con­sid­er­a­tion, since you’ll want to sta­bi­lize this op­tic for rang­ing out past about 1,000 yards.

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