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Hilti PD 42 vs the new Leica D5?


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#1 Anmol Tikoo

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Posted 27 September 2010 - 01:47 PM

Has anyone been using the new Leica D5 for outdoor measurement? If so, how does the digital pointfinder fare in bright conditions? And how is the response, say, compared to the PD42?

Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks.

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#2 Gregory Irwin

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 12:58 PM

Has anyone been using the new Leica D5 for outdoor measurement? If so, how does the digital pointfinder fare in bright conditions? And how is the response, say, compared to the PD42?

Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks.

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I have both. The video camera on the D5 is valuable for seeing the laser in bright conditions. However, the response time to receive the distance measurement seems quite slower than the Hilti. I tend to use either of them as needed.
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Posted 10 October 2010 - 03:33 PM

Thanks a lot! If I can find a reasonably priced PD42, I'll lap it up, otherwise Leica D5 it is.
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Posted 18 October 2010 - 04:53 PM

My philosophy has been simpler is best. The video screen on the d5 is nifty but just another thing to break. The optical sight on the 42 is a mirror and works fine for me for years in bright sunlight. Whatever way you choose to go make sure that you have it protected in a proper case like one of these http://db.tt/VqWZjtQ I just happen to know the assistant that makes them out of buffalo.

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