Zeiss Scopes Review: Including Rifle Scopes, Spotters, Binoculars & Rangefinders

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Zeiss LogoFor most people, Zeiss needs little introduction when it comes to hunting optics, and that’s because they’re the supreme authority when it comes to that “German glass”. They’re the brand that sits behind locked glass doors at the sporting goods store, and you’re only allowed to test it out if you show the confidence that you can afford it.

Carl Zeiss. If you’re a gun enthusiast or optics geek, those two short words should mean something to you. You should also know that those two little words are self explanatory. But, just in case you’re not aware of Zeiss optics, let me enlighten you. This is a brand that has placed themselves as the authority in the optotelescopic industry for well over 150 years.

You’d be hard-pressed to find another optics manufacturer that has an as well-established track record, producing numerous telescopic products such as binoculars, cameras, NASA imaging lenses, microchip lens technology, medical microscopes, surgical telescopic cameras, and of course, rifle scopes, spotting scopes and rangefinders.

Since there’s almost no optics offshoot that Zeiss hasn’t been apart of, you can expect leading technology and state of the art quality when you buy from this brand. That’s a mighty large and heavy reputation that’s carried in just those two little words.

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Zeiss Spotting Scope Reviews: Dialyt, DiaScope & Conquest Gavia

There are few brands that are even worth looking at when you’re out to buy a new optic for the upcoming hunting season.  And, one of those brands is, deservedly, none other than Zeiss.

In the below reviews we’ll cover the three Zeiss scope series available and every nitty-gritty detail that will have you convinced to buy today – of course, that’s only if you have the guts to spend what it takes to get one.

These scopes are expensive for a reason… Every scope has been fanatically obsessed about during engineering and production to create a perfected optical masterpiece for your hunt.

Every product in their spotting scope series has a specific purpose and unique strengths that would make it especially suitable for you.  That’s why their scope options are limited – why make 10 mediocre scopes when you can provide three sterling, world-class ones?

So be prepared to see nothing less than high-resolution images, full weatherproof-ability, and magnification ranges suitable for every outdoorsman.

How do these Spotting Scopes Compare? (click to open)

All of Zeiss’ scopes are highly coveted, and for excellent reasons.  They have the best glass with innovative features, and of course, the price tags to match.  However, my highest recommendation today is, in my opinion, the best value.  And, that would be the Zeiss Dialyt 18-45X65 spotting scope.  The Dialyt is perfect for most on-the-go hunters.  You really don’t need anything more when it comes to being out in the field and needing that extra reach. Never underestimate the advantages of a basic, but powerful, good ol’ scope.

Now, the super expensive flagship DiaScope is certainly a fine optical instrument.  If you have the money to throw at that thing, why not?  It’s got the versatility of various eyepieces and all the optical coatings you could ever need on your optics. And, I’d say if you were both a hunter and a birder, that this would be an excellent compromise of both functions and features needed to acquire the maximum benefits for both activities.

However, the Conquest Gavia is definitely more advantageous for the birder and nature observer.  But, with both the Dialyt and the DiaScope available, I won’t gear my hunters towards the digiscoping gizmo.

By now, it should be pretty obvious to you which Zeiss scope you want to settle on.  So, what are you?  A hunter, a birder, a bit of both?

Zeiss Rifle Scope Reviews: Terra & Victory HT Series

With a manifold of rifle scopes in the optics industry it can be more than difficult to filter out what’s going to work for you and what’s going to be a dud. One thing I can promise, you won’t be disappointed with what I have to offer here. If you are looking for maximum brightness, exceptional glass, and unrivaled low light performance for your long range sniping or twilight hunting, the below reviews are for you.

Whether you’re on a tight budget and you’re researching Zeiss’ entry level rifle scope line or you’ve got some serious dough to spend a Victory scope, you can always expect outstanding quality from this German manufacturer. Their glass is unequaled and they are the champion of providing crystal-clear images in any hunting situation. Even the dark can’t compete with their lens.

Are you ready for a lifetime of commitment to the best of the best? Well, let’s hope you are because there’s typically never any intention to turn back once you’ve had a taste of Zeiss.

How do these Rifle Scopes Compare? (click to open)

If you’re in the market for either a Terra or some really nice Victory scopes, then you’re in the right place to figure out which scope is for you.

While the Terra is an excellent entry level scope, it has superb glass for what it costs. Although it’s the economical line for Zeiss, they didn’t skimp on quality. If somewhere in the $300 range sounds like your kinda budget, you’ll be well-served by this no-nonsense, no frills, all-quality rifle scope.

If you’re a little more daring and you think you could spend a few bucks more, the Zeiss Conquest HD5 series is great middle ground to shop if you don’t want to spend as much as the leading line.

But, the star of the range is deserving of every encouragement to buy. With a 56mm lens and the purest and smallest illuminated dot in the industry, you can’t go wrong with the Zeiss Victory HT 3-12X56. Unfortunately, since it’s out of most people’s scope budget, you might be forced to look elsewhere. But, I challenge you to find a scope of the same quality, reputation, and actual field performance that can rival this one in the same price range.

Zeiss Binocular Reviews: Terra, Conquest, Victory HT & RF

Looking to buy the creme de la creme of binoculars can be an exhausting effort – and not because there’s an over-abundance of options. In fact, the market gets especially tight and small in price ranges with triple digit zeros. The painstaking part is making sure you’re getting the best out of every single dollar you put down on what will most definitely be your lifetime purchase.

And, there’s no need to stress over it anymore if you’ve found Zeiss.

I’m proud to say you’re in the right place if you want to know about the most affordable option, to the most luxurious and ridiculously-priced optic, from a world-class brand.

With night vision, low light hunting prowess, laser rangefinding powers, HD and ED glass, and everything else you could ever jazz up on a binocular, Zeiss has it so when you want the best of what’s available in the binocular market, then all golden paths are going to lead you to here.

Just saying the word “Zeiss” has a lot of heft, weight, and authority to it. That’s because they’re the big kahunas in the optic industry, and their binoculars are just as up to par as their rifle scopes, spotting scopes, and laser rangefinders.

If you’re fortunate enough to have the money to buy a dream-optic from this brand, then you’re going to get a sweet pal of an optic for the rest of your hunting life. But, for the rest of us, the below reviews still apply. There might be an affordable option or two that will surprise you. At the very least, we can dream and salivate over the ritzy binoculars without spending a penny.

Be prepared to feast your mind on specially formulated Dialyt binoculars, large objective lens sizes, the ideal 10X42 platform, and high-definition images hot from extra-low dispersion glass. If you’ve got your bib on nice and tight, let’s plunge right in…

How do these Binocular Compare? (click to open)

We definitely threw out a whole range of Zeiss binoculars for you to muse over. And, in the end, the deciding factor will be your budget. If yours is on the light side, then consider the Terra series for top-quality glass and performance. The low budget price for Zeiss is actually the premium price for many optics brands out there.

But, if you’re okay spending upwards of the $300 Terra binocular into the heavy hundreds and even $1000 range, the mid-level Conquest is a big step up. These will serve all hunters in all types of terrains with all types of harsh weather.

For hunters who have much more to spend – the $2000 and above price range – you’ll definitely want to check out the entire Victory series.

If you’re good with what the average hunter will need out of a premium binocular, then go with the recommended Victory HT 8X42 – you won’t go wrong. And, hunters who are looking to combine the benefits of a binocular and a laser rangefinder, the Victory RF is Zeiss’ one option because it’s a quality option. Remember, it’s still very expensive, so you mightn’t want to throw out your current laser rangefinder just yet.

Now, for those who have very deep pockets, you could most definitely afford a binocular from the Specialist line, but you may not need a specialist binocular. Weigh up what you’re wanting to use the binocular for and what your hunting style is. Whether or not you’re concerned about saving a few bucks, you still want a binocular that’s efficient for your use.

Don’t just be the show-off because you can be – it turns people off… But, maybe that’s just jealousy talking.

Zeiss Rangefinder Reviews: Victory PRF & RF

Are you willing to splurge and get one of the pricier rangefinders available from one of the most reputable brands there is in the sports optics world? Then you’re in luck. With these reviews you’ll know all there is to know before you dish out the cash.

So, before you reveal your credit card info, get up-to-date with optic specs, ballistic integration values, and more.

If you’re pretty settled on wanting quality Carl Zeiss craftsmanship, you know you’re about to get the finest range finders that German engineering can think up. In fact, the Victory PRF 8X26 model is the first digital LED range finder with a Ballistic Information System that won and earned the 2009 Outdoor Life “Editor’s Choice” award.

The Victory rangefinders not only do distance measurements well, they take it to the next level to in-breed the perfect symbiosis of binocular capabilities too.

This brand is serious about making the best there is to have, and their range finders are no exception. The two that are worth reviewing both share Carl Zeiss’ LotuTec coating, Ballistic Information System, the T* multi-layer coating, and much more that blows these optics out of the mediocre ballpark.

How do these Rangefinders Compare? (click to open)

If money isn’t an issue for you and you’re serious about owning the best that there is in the sport optics industry, then the Victory RF 10X45 is definitely the device you want. The integrated binocular technology that’s fused with rangefinder monoculars is what puts it in high demand. It’s a two-in-one deal since you’re getting the capabilities to two units in one very intelligent and competent rangefinder.

But, if you already own high quality binoculars that you’re pretty content with and you don’t want to spend the money just for an integrated solution, then consider the Victory PRF to be your rangefinder aid out in the field. With high performance optics, an intelligent ballistic system, weatherproof and damage-proof prowess, and state-of-the-art rangefinding technology, there’s not much more you can add to make these any better than they already are.

The reviewers have spoken, the star rating is well deserved, and all that’s left is to pull out the credit card and field test it yourself. The Victory rangefinder line is one of the best that you’ll come across when you want an innovative and high-performance working rangefinder.

It’s no joke spending money like this on a monocular, but it’s also no joke when you see how it changes your whole hunting experience. There’s practically nothing you can’t target or anything that can hide from you no matter the time of day. All that’s left to do is see, ping, and shoot.

Spoil Yourself with a Zeiss

Carl Zeiss doesn’t demand respect for the sake of getting respect – they have earned their world-class reputation.

Their intimidating quality control standards, without-equal glass, and beyond-compare technologies that puts them in the small circle of world-renown optics experts is what has secured their respect from hunters across the globe.

If you’re after “German Glass”, this is it.

Now that you know a little more about what Zeiss has to offer, maybe you can convince the sporting goods store clerk to open that glass case for you.  But, remember, this isn’t the time to suddenly become clumsy with a $2000 optic in your hand.  You might end up walking away with one before you’re ready to pay for it!

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