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Carl Zeiss Victory SF 8x42

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Carl Zeiss
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M.K. Szuster
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Manufacturer Carl Zeiss
Model Victory SF 8x42
Lens diameter [mm] 42
Magnification [x] 8
Angular field of view [deg] 8.4
Linear field of view [m/m] 148/1000
Exit pupil [mm] 5.25
Eye relief [mm] 18
Min. focusing dist. [m] 1.5
Twilight factor 18.33
Brightness 27.56
Prisms BaK-4/roof
Dimensions [mm] 173x125
Weight [g] 780
Waterproof Yes
Nitogen filling Yes
Argon filling No
Image stabilization No
Tripod exit No
Focusing central
Warranty [years] 10
Accesories Neck strap, lens covers, hard case with strap, cleaning cloth.
Price 10700
Additional information Announced: June 2014.
Schmidt-Pechan prisms.
Waterproof 400 mbar.
Ultra-FL glass.
LotuTec and T* coatings,
August 2016: development of the focusing system, additional click stop into the rotating eyecup, availability with new black armoring.
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3.25 Average
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  1. Simon Tonkin
    Simon Tonkin 7 December 2015, 13:46
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    IP 90.209.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    User profile: Professional

    Cons: Well I've gone through several pairs of these binoculars and now on my 5th pair! All the others had to be returned, however this pair work well. I believe the guys at Zeiss possibly brought these out without ironing the details out first. Build quality is pretty good although some minor slack in rubber armouring, but not a major issue. Focus wheel is appalling for this price range and not to the usual Zeiss standard which was so apparent in the Victory FL. However that has got easier overtime but still has odd resistance and it really nerks me! The dust catcher on the top seems to add to this resistance, I have found this on all the models. The rubber armouring will change from its grey colour to a barely perceivable but in certain lights noticeable yellow hue with use! the choice of colour here hasn't helped Zeiss as they get grubby quickly! (especially when I use them!!)

    Pros: Optically they do lack the contrast of the Swaro or Leica but this gives you a more natural view and whilst examining close detail I have found this to be unrivalled and particularly good in rainforest environments. Naturally the field of view is brilliant and it does make a real difference in the field it looks sharp right up near to the edge but not all the way but you won't realise that in normal use so its pointless considering it. I have read elsewhere that the eye pieces are cheap and an issue, but these for me are more comfortable and better designed than rivals and work really well (although a few more click stops may help for those that need it!) unless you spend the whole day readjusting the eyecups I wouldn't worry - unless they don't set far enough out for you. Focusing is quick and sharp (a shame that the focuser issues detract) and you can snap to your observation point quickly, close focus is superb. Whilst they are longer the Swarovski they don't feel it and handle so well in the field and are a delight to have around your neck because the weighting and balance works so well both in use and hung around your neck the shift of the prisms up towards the eyepieces mean you not only get the benefit in the hand but the gravity ensures it sticks close to your chest when hung around your neck.

    Summary: Optically they can't really be faulted unless you think of non-field based issues (such as sharpness right to the edge). However build quality is not as to be expected at this price range; focuser and armouring being particular consistent problematic features from users and all the models I have had. I'm not entirely sure I would recommend these but I think you should certainly take a look at them, they are serving me well despite the issues and the view is great!

    J.JIMENEZ 29 July 2015, 14:22
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    IP 193.152.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: 2200 euros
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Low contrast compared to LEICA AND SWAROVSKI. Low definition, distant birds and letters are not very well defined, the outline of objets are not so clear. Too bright view on sunny days. The view looks a little bit overexposed killing the contrast. Feels weak, Rubber armour not very well glued to binocular body more and more feel it loose.

    Pros: Hue field of view. The same detail can be seen with zeiss leica and swarovski so identical resolution but lower quality with objets outline definition.

    Summary: Better for cloudy days and low light conditions.

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