Carl Zeiss Victory RF 10×45 Rangefinding Binoculars

zeiss-victory-rf-rangefinding-binocularsYard Range: 10-1300 yards
Magnification: 10X
Power Variability
: Fixed
Display Type:
LED/Red
Objective Diameter:
45 mm
Close Focus Distance:
5.5m
Dimensions:
6.6 inch (H) x 5.3 inch (W)
Weight:
35-ounce
Field of View:
110m/1000m
Eye Relief/Exit Pupil:
15.5 mm/ 4.5mm
Optics Coatings:
Fully Multi-Coated
Glass:
not shown
Prism System:
Abbe-König
Waterproof/Fog-proof:
Yes/Yes
Rangefinder:
Yes
Angle Compensation: No
Use: Bow Hunting, Rifle Shooting, Target Shooting, Birding, Observation

Our Rating:

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Zeiss Victory RF Rangefinding Binoculars Review

The Victory RF is one of those rangefinder binocular hybrids that have been executed well by none other than Carl Zeiss, perfected with the T* multi-layer optics, LotuTec coatings, and Flouride Glass. These binoculars don’t back down, even when it comes to ranging out up to 1200-yards and incorporating the Ballistic Information System BIS on the self-illuminating display.

This rangefinding bino is extremely difficult to beat as well as very hard to find any flaws with. Online you’ll find that the few that have purchased it are extremely happy with their purchase.

It’s holding an impeccable rating, and since it’s a high quality, solid, and intelligent device, it’s going to hold that rating for a long time yet. They may just be the best rangefinder binoculars yet!

PROs:
  • Self-illuminating LED display
  • Rangefinder binocular combo
  • Dust-proof, waterproof, fog-proof
  • Ballistic Information System (BIS)
  • Impressive warranties
CONs:
  • Price
  • BIS limited to 500 yards max
  • No angle compensation

 

Victory RF Rangefinding Binoculars Q&A:

How well will will the Victory RF Binoculars (10×45 T RF) survive bad weather and abuse?

Proudly, these German engineered rangefinder binoculars are some of the best, most durable and toughest ones you’ll find on the market. Made with strong design elements such as magnesium housing and a shock-absorbing armor, they will stand the abuse they are definitely going to see when out in unforgivable weather, long observation times, and even drops.

On top of that, the binos are waterproof to 400 mbar and dust-proof to make sure that these will be the last rangefinder binos you buy!

 

Are these binos easy to use?

As far as functionality goes, it’s pretty easy to get the hang of using the the Victory Binoculars (10×45 T RF). With only two buttons to do everything this optoelectronic unit can do, it can’t get much simpler than that. The first button allows you to see, measure, and aim to get the almost instant readings at half a second.

The Set button allows you to conveniently access three programs: the BIS, ballistics program for the appropriate trajectory path, and measuring conversion (feet or meters). The one-touch operation of this rangefinding bino helps to reduce measuring errors due to shaky hand movement.

 

Can they find targets and take readings in shady areas?

The 10×45 T is decked out with 45 mm lens diameter, 10X magnification with four Achromat lenses that have fluoride glass and Carl Zeiss T multi-layered coatings. Need I say more? With amazing clarity and pin sharp details, there’s nothing you won’t miss because the Zeiss range finder binoculars will target it all no matter what time of day or what obscure area may cause you doubt.

With a twilight factor of 21.2, you’re going to have high-performance optics that’ll allow for as much light transmission as possible during low light hours. This optic changes the standard for optics for night-time hunting.

 

How easy are the Victory binos to clean?

With spending this kind of money on optics, you’re right to be concerned about scratches, dust, and debris that can damage your unit. The Victory RF has the LotuTec coating that effortlessly repels debris of any kind. From dust, mud, snow, and rain, it simply just falls off the lenses to allow the clearest images in any type of weather.

You can easily wipe away debris without leaving a trace. Can you expect anything less of a Zeiss rangefinder binocular?

 

What ranging activities can the Carl Zeiss Victory RF be used for?

If you’re an avid outdoors-man that likes to do a bit of everything, then you definitely want to get your mitts on these binoculars. They are more than ideal for almost all outdoor activities. Think hunting, target shooting, bird watching, and nature observation for the absolute best uses out of the RF 10X45 rangefinder.

 

How long will the battery last?

The CR2 lithium batteries used to power the Victory RF can get you about 10,000 plus readings before it’ll start to peter out. That’s pretty amazing compared to most other devices that takes a lot more power to operate and will only last around 2,000 to 5,000 readings.

 

Is the Victory RF rangefinder compact enough to carry around comfortably?

The bino is 6.6 inch (H) x 5.3 inch (W) and weighs just over two pounds. The size is definitely not considered compact. It’s on the larger end of the scale when it comes to comparing devices, but it’s also a binocular combination too.

With that in mind, you’re actually carrying around a decent size unit considering it’s doing the job of two sports optics in one. If you want something smaller, the Victory PRF is the compact version and easily rivals the size of a smart phone.

 

With the hefty price tag attached to them, are there any other perks?

Depending on the source you’re buying your Victory from, it also comes with Carl Zeiss’ limited warranties. Many reviewers state that if they’ve had to use it, customer service is impressive and often enough, a new one replaces the defective one you’re sending in. It does have to be repaired in Germany though.

There’s a lifetime warranty on optical components, one year warranty on accessories like carrying straps and lens caps, two year warranty on camera components, and five years on any electrical components.

 

Noteworthy Features:

  • Rangefinder and binocular combination
  • Super-large objective diameter 45 mm lenses
  • Built-in Ballistic Information System
  • LotuTec coating that repels dirt, dust, snow, and rain
  • Two button operation with one-touch ease of use
  • Deep waterproof capabilities/Dustproof/Nitrogen-filled
  • Battery life of 10,000+ readings
  • Half second readouts

 

Our Verdict

The aim of it is, the Zeiss Victory RF rangefinder binoculars are a stunning piece of work that performs flawlessly in every aspect of its field. This is an expert piece of gear for the expert hunter. However, the price tag might be more than a distance beyond your budget limits. But, what can you expect for a masterpiece like this?

To bring you back from Cloud Nine, the Zeiss Victory PRF Monoculars (which you can check out here) are a bit more realistic, however, it’s still quite pricey. The pocket-size rangefinder maintains the awesome features of the binocular Victory RF rangefinder, but it keeps its design true to conventional rangefinders. Still a beauty. Still worth the buy.

While Zeiss is mostly just a brand that most of us dream of owning one day, the Leica Rangemaster CRF 1000-R (reviewed here) brings prices closer to reality, but only by a little bit. This is an excellent, high quality, and superior optic to many that are available in the current market. It’s also pretty darn close to matching the features of the Zeiss.

In the end, both Zeiss and Leica are some of our favorite brands and they offer the best there is. So, if you have the cash to spend, Zeiss it is! Spiel weiter (game on)!

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