From time to time, the need for buying a new one could be the most practical option. Especially if you’re particular with brand and quality, and your last one broke probably on the last minute and you need a new one A-S-A-P.
You’re not ready for a new high-end rangefinder yet, but you can’t settle for an inferior one.
Assess your needs
The first step is, assess your needs carefully. This may common-sense for some, but sometimes this is what people miss the most. Don’t jump into brands and specs, it’s always important to know your priorities and needs to make the best decision in finding a used rangefinder. Here are some guide questions:
- What are you going to use it for? Is it for hunting, golf rangefinder, or field work?
- What’s your priority? Will it be longer distance or a wider scope?
- Do you have other needs, like having a weather proof rangefinder, night vision, or other features?
Check used rangefinders available
It could be within your friends’ circle or on most online stores and websites.
Look for available rangefinder models and narrow your search by picking few that you think would suit your taste based on the previous assessment that you’ve made.
Make sure to check with the owner too on how much time it was used, so you would know on what you’re about to deal with. Using the mechanisms and lenses often for a long time would degrade the rangefinder’s quality in some way.
Do a thorough check the model and its specifications
Once you’ve narrowed your search, you may now check the brand and model and its specifications online.
Do a thorough research on the model’s features, and find out what else it could offer aside from the ones that you need.
By knowing the full package it comes with, you may know if the price is worth it, or if it comes with too many features that you may not necessarily need.
You may also know if it can cover your desired distance, and if the lens could be at par with your requirements.
Test the unit itself
After checking the specifications, your search will further be narrowed based on the rangefinder’s practicality and efficiency.
This time, you may contact the owner and see the unit for yourself. This is when you can test if the unit indeed delivers its claims for distance covered, if it flashes results as fast as you want it too, and if the look and especially, the feel of the rangefinder suits your liking.
Assess need for revamping
Whether you’ve decided on a unit that you want or you’re still dealing with choices, the last step involves how much overhauling the rangefinder needs to be at par with your standards.
Some units could be really practical, and you may just need to buy some new parts which may still be lower than the price of a new one.
However, a rangefinder that doesn’t need further revamping would be best, especially for convenience.