Leica vs Vortex: Rangefinder Review of the Vortex Ranger 1000 and Leica CRF 800 Video

In this review we stack our Vortex Rangefinder against the Leica 1000 rangefinder! I’ve spent a lot of time with both of these laser rangefinders in various different situations. Between the two of these, I feel I will keep the Vortex Ranger 1000 and sell the Leica CRF 800.

The Vortex Ranger 1000 was introduced at Shot Show 2012 and started showing up in hunters hands over that summer. I’ve had mine since August, and use it regularly when hunting and target shooting.

The Leica 800 is a much older model, which was recently replaced by the Leica 1000. However, for the purpose of reviewing to similarly priced units I chose to stay with the 800 against the ranger. Both of these rangefinders fall into the $400-$500 range.

Here’s how it breaks down:

The Vortex Ranger 1000 has a maximum range of 1000 yards, but is most comfortable in the 500-600 yard range.

The Leica CRF 800 has a maximum range of 1000 yards, and seems to top out in the 700-800 yard range.

However the Vortex laser rangefinder is capable of compensating for horizontal distance and angle using an inclinometer, and can switch from metric to imperial measurements. Being able to choose between meters and yards and having control over the display brightness is well worthwhile for me.

With added transport and mounting features, the Vortex unit is also more flexible. Its belt mount, lanyard loop, and built-in tripod thread makes it a more versatile choice than the largely handheld Leica unit. Size and weight are negligible on both units, placing them firmly in the “compact” zone of laser rangefinders.

Both run on the standard CR2 battery, although the Vortex is a little better at telling you how much battery life you have remaining. I generally try to carry a spare with me in the field. Not because CR2s drain quickly, in fact they can easily last more than a year, but because I know I lose track of when I last replaced the battery.

Watch Leica vs Vortex: Rangefinder Review of the Vortex Ranger 1000 and Leica CRF 800 Video Review

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2 Responses to “Leica vs Vortex: Rangefinder Review of the Vortex Ranger 1000 and Leica CRF 800 Video”

  1. Alexander March 5, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

    Nice review! Very helpful. Could you please specify the name or product name of the badlands bag you used for the Leica? Thanks and regards

    • edwardo March 6, 2013 at 8:42 am #

      Thanks for watching! That’s simply called the Badlands Rangefinder case. I like the magnet zip because they’re so much quieter than a regular zipper. You can find these Badlans Rangefinder cases here

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