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Bushnell Pro X2 VS Nikon Coolshot 80i VR


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#1 Piko

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Posted 30 May 2018 - 12:49 PM

I'm down to deciding between these 2 similarly priced rangefinders. I've searched all over the net /youtube for an unbiased comparison & no luck. Looking for some insight to help in my decision.


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Posted 31 May 2018 - 08:54 PM

I had a problem seeing through the Nikon with sunglasses on - everything was pretty much too dark to see.  It's almost as if Nikon put an extra polarizing filter on their lens that was interfering with the sunglasses I was wearing.  If you would turn the Nikon 90 degrees, you could see through it.

I'm not certain if it was a problem with Oakley prizm lenses also or just polarized lenses, but I never had an issue using sunglasses with Bushnell or Precision Pro rangefinders.  It was fine without sunglasses - just something that you may want to test first if you have the chance.

I would think if it was a common problem with the Nikon rangefinders I would have heard about it somewhere when I was researching, but I'm the only one I know of that had that issue.  Been using rangefinders for 17 years without a problem, but had that same issue testing 3 different Nikon 80is.

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Posted 19 June 2018 - 12:39 PM

Thank you for your insight.

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Posted 19 June 2018 - 12:45 PM

I've used other Bushnells but never that particular model. For me the bottom line is any rangefinder with the Vibration Reduction is better than any rangefinder without it. Pretty clear-cut preference for me, it makes all the difference in the world once you spend 10 minutes getting used to how the VR kicks in after a second or so and stabilizes the image (i.e. you have to wait a second for it to lock on and then move it to your target).

I wear my normal everyday progressive lens glasses when playing golf and the Nikon works fine, although I think I may not always quite see all the way out to the very edge of the field of view. It feels like I am seeing the whole view but probably in reality I'm only seeing 90% or so due to the eye relief.
Everything has its drawbacks, as the man said when his mother-in-law died, and they came down upon him for the funeral expenses.

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