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on March 3, 2014
I use this for Antenna Tower feedline and guide wire work.

Saves 80% in time and waste of materials.

Looks expensive but its not, it's German too!!!

•Digital Color Point-finder with 4x zoom
•Large color TFT 320 X 240 2.4-inch display screen
•Sturdy with IP 54 (dust and splash proof)
•Inclination measurement (0.0?,0.00%, in/ft)
•Power Range Technology
Leica DISTO measurers feature clearly labeled keys on the touch pad that let you easily access and control a wide range of features. With convenient shortcut keys for commonly used functions like addition and subtraction, along with area and volume calculators, Leica DISTO measuring tools let you turn individual measurements into useful numbers on the spot.
Unique Full-Color Display and Long-Range Accuracy for Outdoor Use
Because accurate results are only useful if they're easy to read and reflect the correct target point, the DISTO D5's integrated digital Pointfinder offers 4X zoom capabilities and a 2.4-inch color display. The high resolution of this display provides a crystal-clear image to make finding your target at long distances quicker and simpler, and the display is even easy to see in glaring sunshine.

The compact DISTO D5 also showcases Leica's trademarked Power Range Technology, which allows it to offer precise measurements over a range of 0.05 meters (0.16 feet) to 200 meters (650 feet). For use from 100 meters to 200 meters, a target plate (not included) helps maintain accuracy. This pairing of an easy-to-read screen with an extended working range makes the D5 a perfect pick for a wide range of outdoor construction projects.

Clever, Dependable Design Provides Precision
You require accurate measurements to prepare for any job, regardless of its size. The Leica DISTO D5's readings are accurate within one millimeter (0.4 inches), which means they are likely to be much more precise than measurements you'll get from using a tape measure.

The Leica DISTO D5's Pythagorean functions include the automatic calculation of room dimensions such as wall areas and peripheral lengths, while trapezium functions help you quickly calculate roof slopes and frontage areas, and triangle functions let you compute the area of multi-cornered rooms. Plus, with a laser dot that is clearly visible, you can always see your target point, making sure you get exactly the measurement you're looking for.

Innovative Construction Ensures Usability
The Leica DISTO D5's built-in tilt sensor quickly determines tilts to 45 degrees in either direction without requiring any complicated input from you. The tilt sensor also helps provide you with true horizontal distances, even when there are nearby obstructions, guaranteeing reliable measurements.

The Leica DISTO D5 also features a convenient time delay release option and memory space for up to 20 measurements, so you never have to worry about forgetting an important number after taking a measurement.

A comfortable, ergonomic grip helps the Leica DISTO D5 sit securely in your hand. This also makes it easier to get steady measurements and avoid drops that cause unnecessary wear and tear. The Leica DISTO D5 is also splash- and dust-proof, an important consideration on busy construction sites.
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on June 1, 2010
I use the Disto D5 primarily outdoors, which is why I purchased this model. I purchased a set of infrared goggles but the target finder largely eliminates the need for them, which is a good thing.

For straight length measurements using the device hand held is easy enough. If you need to use any of the indirect (Pythagorean) modes a tripod is a must, but not a great inconvenience. So far I have not needed a purchased target, I have used a piece of paper taped to the corner. Accuracy is great, if you hit your target.

My only complaint is that the tilt sensor should go beyond 45 degrees. The few times I have tried the function it has been a limiting factor.
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on November 4, 2012
i have not owned or used a laser distance measuring device before. This device very handy and capable of measuring some things that would have been difficult or impractical with a tape measure,
especially if you are alone. i have tested all the measurement function are very accurately and convenience expect the horizontal measurement.

it need to have 90 degree angle level to calculate the length of horizontal , for vertical is no problem because the unit it self built in tilt sensor to tell you the sloping degree position.
Till now i still can't figure out how to get 90 degree horizontal angle position for the unit to calculate the length. Overall a very handy device that makes a great addition to your toolkit.

Please advise if anybody know the way how to measure accurate horizontal length. Thanks in advance.
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on June 21, 2013
Great improvement in size, weight and functionality. It fits easily in my pocket or the downsized holster. Having the zoom makes long or bright shots easier -- never really liked the peep hole. I like the way the last several measurements are stored, a brilliant feature for an appraiser at my age/stage.
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on December 6, 2013
This laser does everything it is supposed to do. I have used a previous Leica laser for more than 10 years and only partially retired it when the laser seems to be less "crisp" than the new one which means that it doesn't work as well in bright sun. This new one is fine but I miss the sight viewing window found in the old one. This D5 has a camera that zooms in well but you can't use the camera with the "add" function so often needed for measuring long buildings. Quality & function are otherwise great.
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on August 10, 2013
We bought this to replace our 8 year old A5 which finally died. The new digital point finder, with built in color zoom viewer, makes it easy to spot your laser even on sunny days. Great upgrade!
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on November 16, 2012
When measuring long distances, that product is a must, I will not talk about its features because that can be found in the products details. But what I have to say that you would need a tripod when measuring far distances because any small momvement will take you off your target and it's almost impossible to hold it still without a support.

Maximum distance that I have tried was a 100 meter and I have not tried it beyond that yet.

In bright sunlight the camera screen is a little difficult to see.
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on January 13, 2015
I use this daily in my job and have found it to be an invaluable part of my toolbox. This is my 2nd Leica Disto (I have an original Disto too) and I only replaced my 10 year old model with this one because the LCD viewfinder looked like it would be an asset, certainly in bright sunlight, and it has been.
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on December 21, 2013
I usually work alone, so being able to take quick accurate measurements without someone on the other end of a tape is very useful. The accuracy is great for figuring out complex layouts that need to be on target. One potential downside is the unit does not seem very durable and I'm concerned about it's longevity.
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on December 1, 2012
The ultimate in distance measurement. Deadly accurate and easy to use. Video targeting makes this just as useful outdoors as it is indoors. Without the video assist, any laser is virtually useless outdoors except under very low light conditions or short measurement distances. Indoors they are all about even. This will become your favorite tool.
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