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Carl Zeiss Victory 8x42 T* FL

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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 8x42 T* FL
Lens diameter [mm] 42
Magnification [x] 8
Angular field of view [deg] 7.7
Linear field of view [m/m] 135/1000
Exit pupil [mm] 5.25
Eye relief [mm] 16
Min. focusing dist. [m] 2
Twilight factor 18.33
Brightness 27.56
Prisms BaK-4/roof
Dimensions [mm] 161x128
Weight [g] 755
Waterproof Yes
Nitogen filling Yes
Argon filling No
Image stabilization No
Tripod exit No
Focusing central
Warranty [years] 10
Accesories Neoprene neck strap, cordura case, lens caps
Price 5750
Additional information Announced: February 2004.
Manufactured in 2004-2013.
4-element objective with FL lens.
Abbe-Koenig prisms.
Waterproof 400 mbar.
Operational temperature from -30 to +63 C.
Average rating (4 owners reviews)
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Overall

4.88 Good
Owners reviews (4)
  1. Swissboy
    Swissboy 31 July 2019, 20:06
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    IP 176.127.x.x
    Owner since: more than 10 years
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    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: I had issues with the rubber covering blistering/coming off

    Pros: Superb ease of view in every respect. I am concentrating in the center anyway, so no issue with possible decrease of sharpness towards the edges. Love the bright picture without the Swaros\' bluish tint. No rollerball effect! Very comfortable to hold.

    Summary: Had to have it serviced after 13+ years, and fell in love with it again when I got it back. The 8x32 FL I had as a replacement just does not give the same immersion and brightness.

  2. Borealis
    Borealis 19 September 2012, 04:09
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    IP 67.172.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
    Price: $1950
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: There's an annoying detent at the zero point of diopter adjustment that makes near-zero adjustment difficult; flare could be better controlled; and sharpness falls off towards edge, but for those like me whose view is alway centered, this isn't a problem.

    Pros: Ergonomics are first-rate with bare hands or heavy gloves; the view is superb with good contrast, natural colors and a definite sense of "presence."

    Summary: A definite top-tier binocular in the same class as Swarovision, and Ultravid HD. The only reason why it doesn't get a "5" for value is because there are so many "betas" that offer a view almost as good that sell for so much less

  3. Borealis
    Borealis 1 October 2011, 15:56
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    IP 107.3.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
    Price: US41950
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Detent prevents dioptric adjustment near the "0" setting; some may find the focus too loose.... as birders do a lot of focusing compared to hunters, I like it loose

    Pros: View is bright, clear, sharp and gives the viewer a sense of intimacy with the viewed object; easy to focus (things "snap" into focus); great in the hands, ribs on barrels provide good grip with gloves; big focus knob a real plus; rugged construction; a real "lifetime" binocular

    Summary: While CZ doesn't have the ultimate warranty that my Leicas carry, they are still a lifetime binocular that I don't intend ever to replace. They are my "go to" bins whenever I don't know what to bring with me (that is, 7x bins, 10x bins or scope); that is not to say they are a compromise.... instead it's to say that they do so many things so very well. I have no regrets.

  4. Birdman
    Birdman 26 September 2011, 12:50
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    IP 124.170.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: $1500
    User profile: Professional

    Cons: Non yet.

    Pros: No CA, very bright, very sharp, nice and LIGHTWEIGHT.

    Summary: My everyday 8x binocular. It out resolves every other 8x in the same category I have ever tried. The control of CA is as close to perfect as modern optics allow. I cannot fault this binocular, even the diopter adjustment is spot on perfect...very rare. 5 Stars.

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