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Leica disto classic 5a

My leica disto classic 5a cannot seem to measure over 25m outside on a good day.By good day i mean at the first attempt even when its tripod mounted.I have used a reflector of the type that ships with the Hilti pd20 but its no better. This tool was bought 2nd hand and advertised as "As New" and Vgc and measured up to 200m. The battery checker shows 3-4 bars out of 5 and its supposed to measure up to 10000 times on new batteries. On small thing is the cover of the battery holder is missing and has been replaced by a copper clip, but the unit appears to be working fine indoors in every respect allbeit that i haven't tried over 25m indoors yet. When the laser is on, I can somtimes see it 70 m away outside through the viewfinder but other times i cant see it 10 metres away using the viewfinder.
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  • Andy Bathgate
    Andy Bathgate Oct 24, 2008

    thanks benimur



    for the links to support for this item, in response to your comments, i agree that it is posssible that the laser strength may becoming weaker, only thing is that in a weak laser there is a widening of the ray and in the manual it gives the beam width over certain distances so its easy to interpolate the beam size at 10m and it seems to be bang on. The error code I keep receiving is a 255 which is that the beam is not being reflected strongly enough. Another reason i'm not totally convinced that the laser is failing is that these instruments have a built in system checker and if anything is moving out pf spec, it should throw up a 287 service fault, Having read one or two customer reviews on the Classic 5a they say that it cant get anywhere near 200m without proper leica reflector. I think what I need is a chat with someone who uses this tool on a day to day basis and compare notes.



    thanks again benimur and var pun

  • Andy Bathgate
    Andy Bathgate Oct 24, 2008

    to benimur and var pun if you can think of anything else following this further information then i would be happy to hear from you both

    thanks again for your input

  • Andy Bathgate
    Andy Bathgate Oct 24, 2008

    i think you've emailed me on someone elses pd20 problem natrin

  • Andy Bathgate
    Andy Bathgate Oct 24, 2008

    thank you for your comments fixe-you but only zinc-carbon batteries recommended for this model and i have replaced with new which increasead my range to 35m without reflector

  • Andy Bathgate
    Andy Bathgate Oct 24, 2008

    thank you ready but i have changed the batteries and the range has increased to 35 m without a reflective target and the laser is in spec with the manual i have just measured the beam width at 10m =6mm at 50m=30mm and at 100m=60mm (outside in the dark)using plyboard as a target and if the laser was weak these dimensions would increase, im still sure the problem lies in the reflective properties of the targets used

  • Andy Bathgate
    Andy Bathgate Oct 24, 2008

    ginko m8 i had considered the quality of the transparency of the lens but on the double check after your email i noticed a slight misalignment of the laser lens...as if had been pushed back at one corner less than 0.5 mm, possibly previous owner cleaning,this misalignment means there will be a certain amount of refraction from of the front bezel since the lens is recessed by about 3mm. Makes good sense to me. your a star m8

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The optical lens of a laser rangefinder must always be kept clean for optimal performance.

The most common cause for a reduced range on this devices, is caused by dirty, or defective lens.

If the lens are dirty, on the outer or inner side, or they are opaque or defective, or there is wet inside the lens, than that is the cause for the sensibly reduced range.

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Try replacing the old batteries with new batteries.
and also get your laser strength checked to the nearby repair center.most probably it is the problem of laser strength.

thanks.

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Hi

this problem related to the batteris 100%.

because when the LI ion is exausted inside the batteries it gives to many Bad performance troubles aswell as the laser issue

purchase new batterise and replace it from the previous link

i recommand with new fresh batteris

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Shut the unit off by using the power button then turn it back on holding down the power button unitl the menu is displayed allowing you to turn the beep on/off with the + key and change the units with the - key.. else hav a look at tis. http://www.eurooptic.com/leica/Leica-Laser-Range-Finder.asp?category=XCRF&vendor=XXLE&parent=XXLE&gclid=CPfysJqYwJYCFQZmegodY2pDyg

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Hi,

Being a laser equipped device, there are special precautions, repair procedures as well as calibrations and alignment specific to this units. You may want to considering seeking the services of professionals.

Incidentally, replacements for the cover of the battery holder are available online. Pls start here.

Hope that this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards. Thank you for using FixYa.

Posted on Oct 22, 2008

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    Louie Role Oct 23, 2008

    Hi again,

    Have you tried a reset? Procedures are better explained in the manual.


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The only thing which comes to my mind is that

the laser may have become weak ....
did u try with new batteries..

ne way the new ones also cant measure more than 200 m...
the device might be loosing its strength..(maybe that guy had used quite a few times)

Posted on Oct 22, 2008

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