Leica Zoom 2000 Stereo Microscope

Does anybody have experience with the Leica Zoom 2000 Stereo Microscope? I used one at a nature center, and I really liked it, but I don't have anything to compare it with. It seems to be in a  reasonably comfortable price range for me, but is still to expensive to buy and then wish I had something else. Any comments?

Jeanette,

When I was teaching botany we had several Leica EZ4 stereo microscopes for student use. I immediately had trouble with about half of them. The only way you could use them was to hold the focus adjustment knob still with one hand, otherwise the head would slowly slide down. Obviously not acceptable. The company replaced all the defective microscopes without any questions.

You might get good advice from a microscope repair service (your local school system or university probably has someone on contract). They can give recommendations about brands and may even have some reconditioned models to sell.

-teri