Nikon® Pro Staff 550 Laser Rangefinders
Nikon® Pro Staff 550 Laser Rangefinders are the perfect size for any hunt, with a slim profile designed for one-handed operation. Quickly and accurately gives ranges up to 550 yards on the easy-to-view LCD display; also provides range values at 1/2-yard increments (to 99-1/2 yards). Single-button control. Waterproof/fogproof construction. 6x21 multicoated optics. Adjustable diopter. Runs on CR-2 lithium battery (included). Convenient carrying case included.
Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 29 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 lost in the mud overall this rangefinder works as well as any other. i've never owned an expensive one, so i'm not sure what this one actually lacks. but....my own experience with the durability of his one is having lost mine in the woods for over a week. during this time, it was laying in mud, partially submerged and exposed to the weather. i was lucky enough to find it again and after rinsing with fresh water, it works like it was new. i haven't even changed the batteries. that was late last season, and its still good-to-go for this season. September 3, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by lpavto Very good! I'm using rangefinder for scope adjustments and hunt. Easy to use, very accurate, value for money August 15, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by kid45 Good deal I bought this range finder just to have for shooting. It works fine for 1/2 yard measurements. Would like to have smaller intervals but for the price not to bad. August 6, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jerseygolfer Great little unit I bought the Nikon Pro Staff 550 Laser Range Finder specifically for golf after reading another review that stated this same model was essentially the same one that by Nikon that also sports the Callaway logo and the price is much more affordable than the units designed w/ golf specific features (pinseeker technology) Even without the golf bells and whistles this is a good unit that made an immediate difference in my range time and increased my confidence in the distances I can realistically hit with my clubs. What's tough is holding it steady as the targets get further out. This is where pin seeker would help, but sweeping the laser helps to hit your target and get a quick reading. It's more about technique than anything else. Unit is easy to use - point and shoot - as long as you hold it steady you get a good reading. Not fancy but it serves my purposes. I should take up bowhunting to get more use out of my range finder July 5, 2012
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Details:will this do the trick for bowhunting or do i need to buy the archers choice
A:I would buy one that has the angle and range figured in automatically. That is the ONLY disadvantage to this model
A:this will work fine. The Archers Choice just gives you incline/decline readings. Also this unit has a longer range if you want to use it for other applications such as riffle hunting or golf.
A:it works for me. I think that depends on the experience of the hunter. I like the arc function for long firearm shots up or down step grades that for 40 yard bow shots.
A:This will do it. I hunt with a bow and it's works well.
A:I have used it on the course but seem to have a hard time hitting the flag so I have learned to shoot the ground in front of the flag instead. If it’s an elevated green I'd have to say good luck. It will get you in the ball park but not right on. It is however excellent for hunting.
A:I tried it and could not get accurate reads
A:Rifle hunter set to "Closest target priority" would be better choice. (To pick out flag poles instead of trees or other objects behind.)
It is my understanding that the Prostaffs return furthest distance. (often more useful while hunting)
A:probably not. the laser will most likely bounce back off the mesh. however you only need a small opening to look through to get it to work.
A:Nikon Model numbers correlate to their "hunting" distance. (from reps)
All range finders will range differently based on target reflectivity.
Harder targets can be read at further distances, softer targets less.
800 yard distance is not a Nikon claim.
Details:is the distance reflected off of tree's rock's etc.,.
A:It will take readings off of trees and rocks. Many times you can get better readings off a large rock or large solitary tree at a distance because it is more reflective than a deer. Smaller targets like deer blend into the background more the further away they get.
A:This rangefinder, like most, uses a low level laser. You should be able to take the range of another hunter safely. You should still stay away from the eyes and would need to read the rangefinder's instructions for its specific warnings about do's and don'ts with the laser.
A:Optics are 6x21 (exit pupil 3.5)
Same as Monarch 800 I have.
In my opinion, they can be used for ranging larger objects in those conditions, but if you want detail, use more suitable optics (e.g 8x42) or spend noticeably more $ for something with better coatings.
A:Yes, this is not a dollar store toy telescope or monocular. It uses Nikon optical lenses that are multi-coated with Nikon's anti-reflective coatings. That combination improves the resolution of what you see in most lighting conditions.
A:yes, you just hold down the range button, it only ranges for 20 seconds though in order to conserve the battery. You can however just hold the button again.
A:The scan mode can be used to follow a moving target. (hold button down while reticle is on)
Details:One of the reviews talk about this model being used in a treee stand because it will compensate for the angle. I didn't read that, in the product description. Does it give real horizontal measurements from an elevated stand?
A:No it does not compensate for angles.
A:The Rifle Hunter and Archers Choice toggle between Line Of Sight and Horizontal distance by tapping the Mode button. The Prostaffs are priced lower because they do not offer that feature.
A:No, this model does not. The Nikon Archer's Choice (http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/s... ) and Riflehunter ( http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/s... ) do offer incline and decline compensation technology if you are looking for that feature in a rangefinder.
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