So far it seems ranging trees in heavy overcast conditions is about 2,000 yards free hand. Comparing it against my original terrapin it’s within a yard out to 2,000 yards, but the terrapin gets a range more frequently and furthest range on tree was 2,730 vs 2065 for the Leica.
small shrubs I was picking up out to about 1800 yards
the Bluetooth connection is definitely quicker than the 2800.com that I had played with for a few weeks.
After 5 minutes the leica shits down and you lose the connection. I go back into kestrel Bluetooth setting and then turn Leica back on and it reconnects every time within 8 secondsWell these are good reviews. Thanks!
Did you see any of the issues the other thread had?(connection to kestrel sleeping, not waking up, etc)
Ok, had an opportunity to do a side by side today with the Sig 2400 abs and the Leica 3500.com.
Two of us tested both free hand and stabilized. Our impressions were the same.
1. The leica was significantly faster to return the distance. It was immediate.
2. After 1000, the leica ran away with ranging. I could easily range a 24" plate at a mile and 30" at 2000. The Sig struggled at those distances. I would eventually get a reading on the mile but it took going into scan mode to get it to return. Even then, it was sporadic. If you ranged a truck with the sig at those distances, no problem.
3. Back at my house, I could range a 3258 with the Leica to a large rock face. Didn't try the sig. This was kinda 'so what' for me since I just need it for targets.
The link with the kestrel worked great, it just has a pretty limited range. I had to keep it within 6 ft or so or it would drop the connection.
For me, nice upgrade.
Not trying to HiJack thread but does Leica have lrf bino's w/bluetooth? Heard some rumors about such coming, hopefully with target reticle.
https://www.eurooptic.com/Leica-Geovid-10x42-3200COM-Rangefinding-Binocular-40807.aspxNot trying to HiJack thread but does Leica have lrf bino's w/bluetooth? Heard some rumors about such coming, hopefully with target reticle.
So far my 3500 has not dropped the connection until the rangefinder turns off from inactivity for 5 minutes. The 2800 dropped the connection while ranging a few different times and why I sent it backThose that have used the 2800.com and 3500.com do you notice any different in Bluetooth connectivity?
Was yours dropping in the middle of using it or was your rangefinder shutoff from inactivity?I returned mine. Two biggest reasons
Connection drops off like stated above...Approx 50% of the time I couldn't get the firing solution to appear in the HUD because the connection dropped out.
It's tolerance for cold weather was bad,would shut off and become act as of it had an electrical short when the temps dropped to 27F .
both, 100% of the times it shut down to inactivity it dropped it, would take anywhere from 1-5 minutes to reconnect. about 50% of the times it dropped when it went in active it wouldn't reconnect at all until turning on and off kestrel and reconnecting through kestrel.Was yours dropping in the middle of using it or was your rangefinder shutoff from inactivity?
Sounds like yours had a lot of issues. I have not had a single time where it dropped the connection unless I was inactive and the Leica turned off, which I would expect it to drop the blue tooth at that point. Every time I have been able to reconnect to the kestrel in about 8 seconds though. With the RF off and kestrel on I can activate the RF and go to the bluetooth page on kestrel to have it reconnect, it takes less than 30 seconds from RF being off to getting the correction in the HUD.both, 100% of the times it shut down to inactivity it dropped it, would take anywhere from 1-5 minutes to reconnect. about 50% of the times it dropped when it went in active it wouldn't reconnect at all until turning on and off kestrel and reconnecting through kestrel.
Approximately 50% of the time it would just drop out in the middle of ranging. Would range one target, be ok, lase something else and nothing would show up. Go to check the kestrel and it's disconnected.
It would freak out when switching between gun profiles . If I was on a MOA based solution then swapped over to my MIL based, it would not show the solution in the HUD , but it would update on the kestrel?
I found it way to "buggy" and way to temperamental to justify spending over 1k. All the people I've talked to that has the 2800 says they have similar issues with it disconnecting when the rangefinder goes to sleep. If a company doesn't fix it within the timespan that the 2800 has been out, I'm not hopeful for a fix anytime soon for the 3500.
Yes it is a big let down for me as I wanted to be able to put the kestrel on a tripod away from me on a vane mount.6’ seems like a really short connection distance, doesn’t it? Most of the time you would have your kestrel on you or at your side but I know some guys could have it on a tripod, etc.
Yes you can and it will@ghostmoney,
Re the 3500.com + Kestrel 5700 Elite:
Can you range multiple targets by selecting on the Kestrel say “A” target, then ranging, then “B” target, then ranging, and so on, and when each time you range it will save the distance to that specific active target profile (in the Kestrel)?
Only experience I have is with a Kilo 2000, and it's scan feature is way better in my opinion. The 3500 was a click and hold for >5 or 10 seconds then it would start scanning. If you let go of the button by accident you would have to go back to the holding and waiting.That’s great.
Have they updated the scan feature compared to the older models? I have a 2000-B and find scanning is painful when compared to a Sig Kilo or evening a Vortex, which has a true constant scan.
I probably would have overlooked the connection issues. For me the thing that made me pack it up and send it off was the fact it was shutting down and struggling when the temps dropped. Hell, even at mid to low 20's (°F ) it was acting like it was "shorting out" . Cold soaked in single digits, it was unresponsive.Ah yes I did read that ^
I probably would have overlooked the connection issues. For me the thing that made me pack it up and send it off was the fact it was shutting down and struggling when the temps dropped. Hell, even at mid to low 20's (°F ) it was acting like it was "shorting out" . Cold soaked in single digits, it was unresponsive.