The Leica Rangefinders is not only a unique device in the digital camera world as one of only a few digital rangefinders, but it is also the world’s only black and white digital camera. This digital Finder doesn’t show the image through the lens; instead a small central window is used to focus the camera. When you pick the Leica Rangefinders, it feels heavier than expected, solid, not a toy, but something built to endure. In fact, the combination of the camera and lens weighs two pounds a few ounce lighter than other models. On the back, you will find a dial to set the ISO. It seems like it would be easy to reset accidentally, but it’s sturdy and hasn’t budged. At the back, you will find a peephole and the top of the door that opens to load the film.
As you might expect here are unique features of the Leica Rangefinders,
Compact, lightweight, ergonomic design
- High-quality 7x monocular with multilayer coating for a clear view
- Fast and easy single button operation
- LED display that adjusts automatically to the ambient light
- Equivalent Horizontal Range (EHR) mode displays the actual linear distance
- Viewfinder with automatic parallax compensation
- An additional second button to measure the angle of the incline/decline
- Die-cast magnesium alloy with synthetic leather trim
- Brass top deck and a base plate, black chrome finish
- Waterproof and fog-proof
- A single eyepiece that offers a dioptre adjustment
So, it seems you have gotten yourself a Leica camera. So, I think this is the perfect time to inform you about the perceived benefits of shooting with a rangefinder, more specifically a Leica.
Benefits of Leica Rangefinders
Sleek Design and Handling
For the last couple of years, Leica rangefinder series has been an extraordinary consistency in terms of design, operation and build quality. Well, all discussions about value and price aside, Leica Rangefinder cameras are dependable well-built. Now that Leica has gone the Apple road and dropped the numeric designation, it is made of a single piece of magnesium alloy, together with a machined brass top and bottom plates. The body is entirely wrapped in a slick leatherette that gives some purchase with ease of handling.
One thing you will like about this device is that fact it is well balanced. With the Leica 35mm Summicron attached while holding just the strap the camera is free and stays in the right position. It doesn’t lean forward or back. I don’t like that, and I think it’s a real plus that it is so well balanced. Also, it is a right size and weight for carrying around. I never have that moment when leaving the house of asking myself, shall I leave the camera today? I always take it with me.
Here is another benefit of Leica lovers. The Leica Rangefinders is the best performing ever seen. These devices have excelled in every performance test. They have set a high watermark for those cameras that use 24 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor that sits on this device. This device does well enough to satisfy even professional shooters. The 24-megapixel full-frame image sensor in this camera is excellent, though, with a capability of around 12 stops in terms of dynamic range in our tests at the base ISO of 200. Quite incredible! Noises rise steadily from there, but it’s still vastly better than other models, and shots are printable through ISO 3200 with a little bit more care and post processing. Overall, we would recommend exposing a bit more to the left in order to counteract the strong shoulder exhibited by the Leica Rangefinders, saving more details in bright areas of the scene.
Ease of Use
A bit heavy but convenient. The Leica Rangefinders have a unique yet swooping shape that allows to accommodate the laser rangefinder without adding bulkiness. Similarly, it makes the device more comfortable to hand. Don’t be fooled by the heavy side of this device, the amazing part is that you will probably it worth the weight thanks to the two in one convenience. Referring to other models, is less than a pair of camera but obviously a perfect rangefinder.
Pros & Cons of Leica Rangefinders
- Excellent glass
- Manual controls
- Three years warranty on electronics
- Five years warranty on optics
- Compact size
- Reliable focusing aid
- High quality of the image
- Flat, broad or brick-like design
- No water-spray resistant
- No distance-selection filter to eliminate returns
- Somewhat expensive
The Best Selling Leica Rangefinders
Leica Rangefinders have their favorites. Here is a quick review of Leica rangefinders that may help you deciding which of the many rangefinders in the market is best for you. Have a look!
The Leica LRF800 Rangefinder is quite small and fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. The optics have 7x magnification. Similarly, it has a black rubberized finish and comes with a thin neck strap, a Cordura and leather carrying case with belt loop. You can simply set it to read in either yards or meters by the presence of a rotary switch inside the battery compartment. It runs on a single battery with 9 volts which Leica says is good for 1000 readings. The best part is that it doesn’t have any facility for attaching to the tripod. Of course, you need a very steady hold to get the readings at long range with this model and the tripod would of great help.
It is suitably built for use in any light condition. The brightness of its LED display of distance readings is tailored automatically to prevailing light conditions. With such exclusive bright optics, this instrument enables you to take readings even as the twilight progresses, keeping you from groping in the dark. A feature you may be interested in as a hunter or forester is the multiple models of the Leica LRF 800 Rangemaster. That is, when two objects at different distances appear in the viewfinder simultaneously, they read sequentially. One word, awesome!
The Leica CRF 1000-R Rangefinders is small and compact. It is perfectly molded easier handling, one-handed operation and small enough to fit in the pocket. This device will range targets effectively out to 1000 yards, but it will still add a new and exciting twist as well. The Leica CRF 1000 not only offers fast line sight distance to the target, but takes into accounts the angles of inclination/declination in order to provide Equivalent Horizontal Range (EHR) from as little as 10 yards out of the 600 yards. This makes it ideal for the bow hunter who is taking a short shot at a steep angle, or for many rifles shots taken in mountains terrain as well. The LED adjusts its brightness automatically depending on the ambient light, resulting in optimal display contrast even in dynamic lighting.
In additional to the multi-purpose functionality, the 1000-r has a waterproof construction that allows it to perform in harsh conditions. A well-cast metal chassis, along with a compact footprint and lightweight composite housing make this device durable. However, you don’t have to worry on whether it will weigh you down on those uphill pursuits into the hunting ground. It’s won’t disappoint
Precision now comes pocket-sized. For a hunter who expect maximum performance with minimum of equipment, the elegant new CRF is the ultimate solution. The new Leica CRF Range Master 1200 Rangefinder sets entirely new standards in the Range master class with unsuspected compactness, low weight, as well as a 30 percent increase in optical performance. The Leica CRF 1200 Rangefinder design fits in the hand and slips into the pocket quite easily. The 7x magnification provides enough power for its application. Similarly, the 24 mm objective lens offers superior optical performance even in poor lighting conditions. Don’t forget the phase correction prism coatings that allows for razor-sharp images across the entire field of view. This rangefinder includes a well built-in rain and a snow mode ideal for those areas that experience less-than-ideal weather conditions. It also includes a neck lanyard CR2 battery together with a Cordura case with belt loop. That’s not all, the advanced laser technology with a tighter beam balance means high target selectivity and super accuracy.
A single precision shot relies on knowing the precise distance. With the Leica CRF Range Master 1600 Rangefinder, Leica is redefining safety and precision. Never before has a range finding been possible with such accuracy. The Leica CRF Range Master 1600 Rangefinder takes ranging to an unparalleled level. Knowing precise distances leads to more precise shots downrange and this device gives you all the information you need to make a proper shot replacement. The newly developed ABCTM ballistic program combines elements such as angle, temperature as well as barometric pressure that play a role in errant shots. This advanced technology is accompanied by high-performance optical system that allows for clear images at extreme ranges. The Leica 1600 Rangefinder is compact, lightweight and will give you the confidence to make the shot of a lifetime under any situation.
Well, our customers have a say on the how best Leica Rangefinders have served them. Our customers indicate that these models are outstanding with one indicating,
“I have an older model Leica Rangefinder, the best optics. I used a 1200 model on a Deer hunt in Montana back in 2004; I was ranging a deer over 700 yards away. The clarity was the best. I got two other models from two different manufacturers, with both inaccurate readings, so I searched for a good price on another Leica rangefinder, and perhaps one which has LED red readout, early mornings or low light evenings, the black readout, I could not see. This is a great buy for the bow hunter. This is thoroughly impressive. A Great buy indeed!”
Well, if you are looking for accurate ranging out to one mile accompanied with premium optical quality, I suggest you look no further. These varieties are what I recommend after extensive field tests with virtually every rangefinder model on the market and for the right price. I suggest you get one for yourself and set off for that hunting escapade.