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Carl Zeiss Terra ED 8x42

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Manufacturer:

Carl Zeiss
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Distribution / Sales:

M.K. Szuster
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Specifications
Manufacturer Carl Zeiss
Model Terra ED 8x42
Lens diameter [mm] 42
Magnification [x] 8
Angular field of view [deg] 7.1
Linear field of view [m/m] 125/1000
Exit pupil [mm] 5.25
Eye relief [mm] 18
Min. focusing dist. [m] 1.6
Twilight factor 18.33
Brightness 27.56
Prisms BaK-4/roof
Dimensions [mm] 138x118
Weight [g] 720
Waterproof Yes
Nitogen filling Yes
Argon filling No
Image stabilization No
Tripod exit No
Focusing central
Warranty [years] 2
Accesories Neck strap, lens covers, cloth, soft case.
Price 1800
Additional information Announced: January 2013.
Waterproof 100 mbar. Operation temperature: -15 to +60 C.
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4.06 Good
Owners reviews (4)
  1. Jaap
    Jaap 5 June 2016, 19:13
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    IP 75.82.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: $ 265
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Eye cups slightly uncomfortable due to the fact they are quite edgy and not rounded where they touch the face. The carrying bag is no good.

    Pros: Wide IPD (76 mm measured!) Focus without my glasses (-4 Diopter)

    Summary: This binocular exactly fitted: -Wide IPD up to 76 mm, factory specifcations and measured at home! --My IPD is 74.5 mm -Focus for (very) nearsighted people without using glasses --My glasses are -4 Diopter. There is still room to adapt focus beyond my focus adjustment

  2. Eryk
    Eryk 27 March 2016, 23:42
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    IP 217.95.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: 1,300 PLN
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: --The front center pin came loose and fell out at some point during the last few days. It does not seem to affect the performance, but I'm disappointed that a piece would fall off of a Zeiss product. --The objective lens cap covers are pretty poor. They don't stay put, and they have a tendency to get wrapped up in the neck strap along with the eyepiece rain covers. --Zeiss did not include a quality carrying case.

    Pros: --The binos feel good, and generally appear high quality (exception above) --I'm pleased with the overall optical performance. --The neck strap is comfortable. --The center focus is quick and intuitive. --The eyecups stay put and are comfortable.

    Summary: My primary use for these is birding. This seems to be a good pair of binoculars for the price. Overall, I am very pleased. The loss of the front center pin, while not affecting performance, is concerning. From a direct comparison perspective, they are noticeably better than the Bushnell Trophy 10x42 and about equal (almost as good) with the Vortex Talon HD 8x42. I would buy these again, and I would recommend them to others.

  3. Optics nut
    Optics nut 9 May 2014, 19:18
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    IP 84.193.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: 238€
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Normal retail price too high in Europe, there are better choices for the retail price of 449€. Too fast a focusser for my liking. No case provided.

    Pros: Nicely built, feels light, though very solid. Zeiss badge, f.w.i.w. Average, but still pretty decent optics, little CA, resolution could be better.

    Summary: I bought this Terra for my wife, and also out of curiousity because of the very positive reviews in the US. I paid 238€ for it, because the plastic container was damaged, so a reasonable price for a tryout;-) For the price I paid, it is top notch, and definitely worth it's price. For the retail price in Europe (449€) it is too expensive if you ask me. There are better choices for this amount of money, e.g. a Nikon Monarch 7. The retail price in the U.S. is ok, unfortunately the prices in Europe are always a bit steep compared to the States.

  4. ray
    ray 11 October 2013, 04:30
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    IP 50.123.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: $349
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: objective lens caps loose fitting. Focus changes when bouncing around on truck seat

    Pros: clear image, bright colors, fast focus.

    Summary: These are the most expensive and best binoculars I have owned (Zeiss entry level). I have not compared them with similar priced binoculars. Though only owning them for a month I have used them in scouting elk, deer and waterfowl in all kinds of conditions. I believe these are great bird watching binoculars when looking fairly close, where the focus pops the bird clearly into view. The view is clear and colors are bright. At long distance colors were less vibrant. I'm not sure if this was the binoculars or hazy conditions. Was able to pick out waterfowl on a pond over a mile away. They were also good at finding waterfowl at 200-300 yards in gray choppy conditions. Where they did not work as well is at dusk trying to determine the length of the tines of 4 elk at 300 yards. This could be due to the size of the objective lens in the dark conditions. They also worked ok looking into the direction of the sun at sunrise/set not allot of flair. Complaints: the lens cap, but I've never used them on previous binoculars, but do for these. The focus tends to move when set on the seat of the truck. Observe something in the distance, set on seat, bounce down a road use again and focus is at close focus. Overall I'm pleased with the purchase.

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