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Carl Zeiss Victory SF 10x42

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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 Victory SF 10x42
Lens diameter [mm] 42
Magnification [x] 10
Angular field of view [deg] 6.8
Linear field of view [m/m] 120/1000
Exit pupil [mm] 4.2
Eye relief [mm] 18
Min. focusing dist. [m] 1.5
Twilight factor 20.49
Brightness 17.64
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 10900
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.
Average rating (6 owners reviews)
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4.71 Good
Owners reviews (6)
  1. bino
    bino 21 August 2021, 17:16
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    IP 89.149.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 2300E
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: I didn\'t find any weaknesses

    Pros: I have the black version not the gray one. SF has a sufficient FOV of 6.8 degrees, being one of the widest field binoculars. From alpha binoculars only NL Pure surpasses him at FOV. Victory SF it\'s a complete pair of binoculars! Very bright, clear to the edges, sharp, natural colors. It\'s amazingly light.

    Summary: Fantastic pair of binoculars: large FOV, ease of view, great resolution, great brightness, great micro contrast, no weakness imo.

  2. tudor
    tudor 10 August 2021, 20:51
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    IP 79.114.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: 1700e
    User profile: Professional

    Cons: The body is a bit long.

    Pros: Excellent grip, ergonomics and balance Excellent focus system, one of the best on the market Good eye relief Very immersive image with a fairly pronounced 3d effect A very wide field of view (68*) and easy to look at Extremely clear field of view right up to the edges Almost 0 chromatic aberrations Very resistant to glare Excellent resolution and brightness

    Summary: It is an almost perfect binoculars being very well balanced optically and mechanically. It\'s a bit long but that\'s why it\'s so well optically corrected.

  3. IggyBird
    IggyBird 1 May 2021, 06:20
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    IP 179.57.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: 2700 US D
    User profile: Professional

    Cons: Eyecups seems little bit weak, although after 6 months of heavy use they are still intact

    Pros: What a joy to use this binos. The combination of ergonomics (the way Zeiss put the weight towards the ocular part) bridge, total weight (light) and crisp glasses make this pair a really outstanding one. I did compared the SF against several top brand models (including previous Zeiss, Swaro El, Vortex Viper) and they really outperform (I will say that just the Swaro El looks very similar in view, but not so much in ergonomics and general feeling).

    Summary: Outstanding piece of engineering.

  4. mark
    mark 8 May 2018, 13:34
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    IP 93.255.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
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    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: not really a disadvantage: when new, the greaseless fokuser was scratchy and uneven; this inproved with use and and it became very smooth and even in both directions and works without any play. the rubber armor has thin ribs inside wich makes for good damping and isolation properties, but its not glued everywhere to the body. Seems to be fixed with the newer black version. overall build quality is excellent.

    Pros: optical performance at day: super wide image; bright, cristal clear, very neutral colours and razorsharp up to the edges, resolution is higher rhan usable for my eyes; the the field flattener makes the image very but not completely flat, so there┤s virtually no globe or \"rolling ball\" effect on panning and a good 3D impression of the image. chromatic aberration is absent or invisible to my eyes. optical performance at twilight: very good \"penetration\" of dark areas; good to very good resistance against veilling glare in critical light situations. optical performance at night: pinpoint stars; no flares, ghosts, spikes on light sources. the high transmission \"creates\" quite populated star clusters. handling and usability are outstanding. the center of gravity lies on the focus wheel so very relaxed and steady to hold.

    Summary: i owned a leica 10x42BN for twenty years; it is more compact and only 100 g heavier than the zeiss and i loved it for its warm and saturated colours; i still consider it as a decent upper class bino by todays standards. The zeiss plays in another league, maybe even on another planet; brighter, crisper, more natural colours, wider field of view, way better resistance to false light..., and the perfect balancing alone makes for a much steadier view and the handling of the 10X magnification so much easier!!

  5. DeerPhotographer
    DeerPhotographer 15 December 2017, 16:37
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    IP 80.189.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: £1200
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: A reflection seemingly from the inside of the barrel appears just outside the image field & interferes with the viewing pleasure. The dioptre-adjustment wheel can easily be pulled out in handling the binocular, unnoticed until the centre wheel is turned & only one side focusses! The simple design of the Conquest HD is far better & can never suffer from this problem. The extendable eyecups do not give the impression that they will last long before breaking.

    Pros: The widest field of view of any 10x42 from the \"big three\", although the colours rendered in daylight by the new 10x25 are at least as good, possibly slightly better, but when the light goes down, of course, the brightness of this 10x42 is superior. However, the light needs to deteriorate more than one would expect before this happens.

    Summary: I am disappointed. The Schott glass is good but the design detail is poor & unacceptable in a Zeiss.

  6. Bird watcher.
    Bird watcher. 24 February 2017, 08:38
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    IP 86.139.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
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    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: none.

    Pros: Superb optics,build quality,lightweight,easy to hold for long periods,crisp clear images even in low light.

    Summary: Recommended without reservation. This is a binocular that is most definitely a very serious competitor for the competition.

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