Carl Zeiss Victory HT Binoculars 8X42 (with Schott HT Glass & T* Coatings)

victory-ht-8x42Magnification: 8X
Power Variability: Fixed
Objective Diameter: 42 mm
Close Focus Distance: 6.2 feet
Dimensions: not listed
Weight: 29.2 ounces
Field of View: 408 feet/1000 yards
Eye Relief/Exit Pupil: 16 mm/ 5.3 mm
Optics Coatings: Fully Multi-Coated
Glass: Schott HD
Prism System: Abbe-König
Focus System: Center
Waterproof/Fog-proof: Yes/Yes
Eye cups: Twist up/lockable
Tripod adaptable: Yes
Rangefinder: No

Best Uses: Hunting, For the Range, Birdwatching, Wildlife Observation, Event Observation, Sight Seeing

Our Rating: 4.8 Stars

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Zeiss Victory HT Binoculars Review

This Zeiss Victory HT 8X42 binocular is an optical state-of-the-art masterpiece with exclusive Schott HT High-Transmission glass with fluoride elements for an extraordinary glassing experience. It has the revered LotuTec coating and Comfort Focus technology built into an extremely rugged and robust double-link bridge frame.

While there are only handful or so reviews about it online, that doesn’t mean it’s not worth your time.

It has a near perfect rating for a roughly $2400 binocular! For an optic this expensive, it’s impressive that there’s even a double digit reviewer base at all.

This is my top recommendation for the high-end Zeiss binocular line up. While all of the binoculars in the Victory series are excellent optics, there can only be one. But, don’t look so worried… I might just send another one or two premium binos down the red carpet to show its cat-walk style just for you.

So, what makes this premium binocular worth $1500 to $2000 more than the Terra and the Conquest? We’re about to find out. Let’s take a look at what Zeiss’ definition of premium is and we’ll address any other concerns you might have about this Victory HT.

 

PROs:
  • Excellent quality glass
  • Excellent coating quality
  • Tripod adaptable
  • Fully weatherproof
  • Wide field of view
CONs:
  • Price

 

Victory HT 8X42 Binocular Q&A:

Does this binocular have fluoride glass?

This Victory HT has unequaled, brilliant glass and that can only mean one thing – it has the best of what Zeiss has to give.

It not only has fluoride elements in the Schott HT glass, it has Zeiss’ T* multi-layer coatings for maximum light transmission and low reflex susceptibility.

The fluoride in the glass also means that chromatic aberration is eliminated. Say “auf wiedersehen” to color fringing and “hallo” to image sharpness, resolution, and true color fidelity.

With champion glass components put together with unparalleled formula coatings on a creme de la creme binocular, the result is… a highly-functioning binocular with unsurpassable color brilliance and unmatchable high contrast images that’s been taken to the next level.

What does this mean for you?

It means that you’ll be able to make head from tail when legal approaches.

It means you’ll be able to not only see the 4X4 rack on your next target but the flies on its tail too.

It also means you’ll see every shade of color as brilliantly as the sun were shining when low light creeps up on you. This is the difference between Zeiss and all others.

 

What is the Comfort Focus Concept?

All of the Victory binoculars are made to be comfortable to hold and use for glassing hours on end. This means no hand, wrist, or neck fatigue and eye strain.

The way that Zeiss makes this happen is with their Comfort Focus concept.

They’ve placed the oversized center focusing wheel a little further down the bridge to make it easy to locate with your index finger.

You can even use the knurly wheel with hunting gloves on. The wheel also has a high but comfortable gear ratio that enables you to go from short to long distance with focusing ease.

The slim, sleek, and simple construction of the Victory HT also has oversized grips on the barrels to help you properly position it for the best glassing experience.

Needless to say, this Victory HT is an intuitive, easy-to-use, and comfortable bino to have with you out in the field.

 

What do all the abbreviations mean?

Just looking at all the available options of the Victory series is enough to have you spinning circles. With all the acronyms and abbreviations in the optics world, it’s a wonder they haven’t run out of letters in the alphabet yet.

But, thanks to Zeiss and our team here at Target Tamers, we have a quick Zeiss glossary to throw your way. It’ll help you navigate which Victory binocular deserves a name tag and a collar for you to take home with you today.

FL – Fluoride Lenses

SF – Smart Focus

HT – High Transmission Schott lenses

HD – High Definition

T* – Zeiss multi-layer coating

ED – Extra-Low Dispersion

S – Mechanical image stabilization

NV – Night Vision

RF – Rangefinder

PRF – Pocket Rangefinder

Okay, so I threw a few more definitions in there. But, now that you know the definitions of all the fancy terms and you’re now a more informed buyer, you’re definitely one step ahead of most other shoppers.

Now, you can buy Zeiss Victory binoculars without fear. Knowledge is power.

 

What outdoor activities is the Victory appropriate for?

This Victory HT 8X42 has an excellent magnification + objective lens size combo and with all the many premium features it has, it literally can do it all.

Hunting aside, it can be your go-to pair of eyes if you’re bird watching and nature observing.

You can take it with you out on the boat and while traveling… you know, hiking, back-packing, and marine watching.

You can even sit with these expensive things at an event to save some bucks on back-of-the-stadium tickets. You could also look towards the heavens to see some serious night-sky action.

 

What other Victory binocular series are available?

The Victory HT series is only one of four Victory binocular lines for Zeiss.

The other series are the Victory SF, Victory T*, and the Victory T* FL. If you need to refresh on what the acronyms stand for, just back up a couple questions for a speedy rundown.

But, if you’ve got a mind that can keep up, let’s get right into it.

The Victory T* series is one of their compact binocular lines, and the most popular one online is the Victory Compact 10X25 T* binocular.

It has the high transmission Schott glass and only weighs 8.82 ounces. It is popular with reviewers online. Would it be beneficial to you if I mention it’s under a $1000?

The Victory SF 8X42 has an extremely wide 444 feet field of view, seven lens eyepiece system, and 92 percent light transmission rate.

And disappointingly, the Victory T* FL 8X56 has been discontinued. It had a large 56 mm objective lens with a twilight factor of 21.2 and a large 7 mm exit pupil.

With specs like these and a price tag around $1300, you might just want to shop around for a pair that might still be available.

 

Noteworthy Features:

  • Abbe-König prism system with Schott T* coatings for brilliant image quality
  • LotuTec technology for ultimate lens protection and easy cleaning
  • Impressive 408 feet field of view for wide glassing views
  • Ergonomic and Comfort Focus system for fast and smooth focusing
  • Fully waterproof and fog-proof to survive the harshest weather conditions
  • Robust double link bridge with durable rubber armor housing for ultimate protection in even the most rugged terrain
  • Made in Germany
  • Backed by Zeiss’ Limited Lifetime Transferable Warranty

 

Our Verdict

To glass it up, the Zeiss Victory HT 8X42 binos is what sets the standard for premium binoculars. There’s no extra fancy features to complicate the use of the Victory HT, and it’s so intuitive to use that any optics user will find it a versatile optic. That is why it earned a spot on our list of the best high-end binoculars, as you can see here: https://www.targettamers.com/best-high-end-binoculars/.

However, you’re definitely going to have to front the cash for this one. Short on change? We suggest breaking into every piggy bank in the house, including the kids’ ones. Feel a little guilty?

Come down a notch to reality and check out the Zeiss Conquest HD 10X42 binos right here. If you still need to break into your toddler’s pink piggy bank, then glass by the Zeiss Terra ED 10×42 binos before you get caught out as a thief.

If you’re lucky enough to have saved for a while, your conscious will be clear when you scroll by the Swarovski EL Swarovision 10X42 with FieldPro binos and the Leica Geovid 10X42 binoculars. Just the mention of these binos lights up a fire of excitement beneath our mossy oak gear.

Zeiss has earned their world-class reputation. They’ve earned the right to strut their stuff in a victory dance with the Victory 10X42 binos. If you have the luxury of buying one, we expect to see a victory dance from you too!

 

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