Hi all, lately I've seen that there has been a change in laser tapes brands. Before there were just two or tree brands, but lately I've seen around a lot of new brands, with a whole range of prices and features so I thought it would be a nice topic for a thread. As for me, I almost always had a Leica. First a small one, then my second which is the one I'm using now: the Disto D5.
It has all the accuracy we need on set, it can measure angles (very important for VFX shots), do maths of various types, easily switch from meters to feet and the other way around, and has an integrated digital camera for measurements in bright daylight where you are not able to see the red dot.
About downsides, it takes almost 5 seconds to power on, which in some cases is a real pain, and sometimes on certain type of fabric or metal it can get the measurement at the first attempt. Nevertheless it never really let me down and I feel I can recommend it. Maybe the price point is a little high but the quality and build definitely worth it.
Since it's also a little bulky to my taste, I found (thanks to the feedback of a good friend and fellow focus puller) the Bosch Zamo. It is clearly on another range of price/features (you cannot switch unit, doesn't have a camera) but it switches on and start measuring in less than a second and it's smaller than a old school mobile phone (do you remember the Nokia 3310??) so is perfect for interior shootings and the perfect sidekick to my Leica.
So, what's your weapon?
I stick with my Hilti PD-E. It turns on in less than a second.
Also has a built in optical viewfinder, what makes it very easy in measuring in bright sunlight.
Hilti provided "life-time" service, whenever your unit brakes down, they will try and repair it and if not possible, give you a brand new one for a small fee!
All the best
I have two.
The old Hilti PD40 which I love because works very well in externals shots and it is very fast to power on and to read and I also have the Leica Disto D2 which is amazing because is tinny, fast and the batteries last forever.
With theese two I did a lot of nice things and It help me a lot.
I have the Leica X4, and I really like that it has a built-in "pointfinder"-camera for situations when you can't see the laser dot because its too bright outside or the distance to the subject is too big. Also, it's water- and dust-resistant (IP65!) and you get all the accuracy and quality you'd expect from Leica.
I also have the Leica D2 for interiors/as a backup, but I rarely use it anymore because I got used to the X4 so much.
I have my old Disto D5 and works great, it is true that is slow when is turning on... But it never really let me down. For interiors I have, as Fabio mentioned, the little Bosch Zamo. It is fast, accurate and very cheap.
If in the future If I have to get a new one I would probably go for the PD-E but there is a half price option that many people in Spain are happy with: the Bosch GLM 120C. Check it out!!
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