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Made in Germany with the latest technology, the Zeiss Conquest HD is an outstanding value and offers premium performance. The new HD lens system provide exceptional views that set new standards for true color reproduction. Its slim line design makes the Conquest HD especially compact, while robust construction means it can handle the challenges of rugged use. The addition of LotuTec® lens coatings allows water to roll straight off the lens, dirt or smudges to be easily removed, and reduces the risk of scratches to the lens. The Conquest HD comes with a Zeiss limited lifetime transferable warranty plus a 5-year No Fault Policy.
Extra-low Dispersion (ED) Glass and HD Lens System
Enhances resolution, color, and contrast.
Fully Multi-coated Lenses
Increase light transmission with multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces.
Enhances resolution and contrast through roof prisms.
Optimize light transmission.
Appreciated for a streamlined shape and durability.
Provides a secure, non-slip grip.
Is sturdy and resistant to corrosion.
Twist up and down for comfortable viewing with or without eyeglasses.
Center Focus Wheel
Adjusts both binocular barrels at the same time.
Right Eye Diopter
Adjusts for differences in a user's eyes. Located by the right eyepiece.
Optics are sealed with O-rings to prevent moisture, dust, and debris from getting inside the binocular.
Barrels are filled with nitrogen gas to inhibit internal fogging.
LotuTec® Lens Coating
Repels water and residue on outer glass surfaces.
Demo products do not always include the same accessories as new products. Contact us with questions.
I purchased the Conquest HD 8x32 to replace my beloved 20-year-old Swarovski 8x30 SLC. The Zeiss convey how far optics have come in 20 years. On the other hand, the consistent user-friendly ergonomics of Swarovski is still not matched.
Conquest HD 8x32: - Significantly brighter. - Better resolution. - Less flare. - Better contrast and color in back-light situations. - Pathetic objective lens covers. - Fair Rainguards, but they are overly flexible and sticky. - Amazing optics for the money.
Swarovski 8x30 SLC: - Excellent optics considering their age. - More compact, with superior user-friendly feel. - Functionally excellent lens covers (of course.) - Excellent long-term investment. - Probably still "four-star" overall by today's standard. - Can't sell due to sentimental attachment from all the good times we had together.
Susan from Memphis, TN
I pushed my optics budget to purchase the Zeiss Conquest HD 8 x 32 binoculars and I'm very glad I did! I had read many reviews by experts and by experienced birders before ordering. These binoculars live up to the praise. Straight out of the box I observed that color and detail are brilliant and crisp—and no color aberration! Darkish colored birds viewed at a distance in the shade of a tree did not get lost but to the contrary: they appeared as if they were spot-lit. During the past four months I've used the binoculars in a variety of situations: shore birding, in the woods, out the window, on sunny days, overcast days and in the rain. The optics are superb.
Regarding ease of use: I am a petite woman with small hands. Even after many hours in the field I have not experienced any hand or finger fatigue as I have with other roof prisms. The weight is well balanced. Focussing is fast and effortless. The binoculars are a pleasure to hold and feel great in the hands. Because I like holding them and enjoy using them, it seems as if I’m seeing a lot more birds!
If you’re worried about durability, there’s a funny yet horrifying video on YouTube of a man and Zeiss representatives trying to destroy a pair of these binoculars. You’re unlikely to shoot your pair or drag it behind a truck. I felt reassured that this expensive purchase will hold up perfectly to routine wear and tear.
The rain guard/ocular lens cover was no longer functional once I adjusted the inter-pupillary distance correctly. The problem was easily solved with a very sharp knife: I sliced off the pointy parts. The lens covers are tricky to detach and can’t be attached with just one hand. That is my only criticism. The strap is very comfortable. The case is lightweight, well padded and appears to be well made.
I purchased from EO because of their generous return policy and their support for birding organizations.
Bob from Gainesville, FL
Excellent, like stepping from dark into the day! I found them listed as demo with good discounted price. They were shipped immediately and to my pleasant surprise, they were same as new, and with full warranty. Wildlife photography/birding is my hobby. These light-weight binoculars are easy to operate with one hand, super smooth adjustment.
Great Binoculars - with small caveats
Tom M. from Maine
Our household (all eyeglass wearers) already owned a Zeiss Victory T FL 8x32, so when I ordered the Zeiss Conquest HD 8x32 there was a fine opportunity to compare them in all ways. If anything, the Conquest HD 8x32 is brighter than the Victory, a surprise. It was also ever so slightly more contrasty, but also still had excellent color rendition. If anything, it looks tougher. But still, the Victory remains the slight favorite as the view through the binocs is exactly what one sees with the eyes, except "closer". Would I buy the Conquest HDs again? Absolutely. I suspect that some will prefer the view and feel of them to the Victory, but I am not one of them. We also own a recent version of the Nikon Monarch 5, and while that is a good binoc, the Conquest HD 8x32s are definitely superior. The reasons for taking away a star have nothing to do with the clarity, color, etc. It is two things: the front caps are a joke on binoculars that are not far from $1000. I immediately replaced them with Vortex tethered caps. The eyepiece cover is hard to remove and get back in place, and the Victory's are better. That annoyance, plus the fact that in the end I find the Victory T FL's more to my liking are the reason for the loss of a star.
Alpha optics at midrange price
Rick U. from Modesto CA
Having had all of the alpha offerings including Swarovski EL, Zeiss Victory, Leica Ultravid and Nikon EDG I must admit to having been quite surprised by the stunningly clear and bright images provided by this latest mid range offering by Zeiss. Aside from a few minor caveats such as stubbornly tight eye cups and relatively worthless objective covers, these binoculars are outstanding performers in every respect including smooth focusing along with an aesthetically pleasing and yet robust body which promises years of reliable service. If Zeiss made an error in the design and manufacture of the Conquest HD it would have to be that they may have overlooked the logical conclusion that seems to conspicuously present itself: If the Conquest is this good at this price, why buy the Victory?
Zeiss Conquest HD 8x32
kenny gish from evansville, in.
Bought these from EO last month. I've had many decent binoculars since starting bird watching in1988. Can only say that these give me the "WOW" factor when I put them up to my eyes! Excellent eye relief for eye glass wearers like myself. Wonderful clarity and wide field of view.Very smooth focus and quick to get on target. Only negative are the useless objective covers. I use EO tethered caps with a little modification as they are slightly too large. I added strips of electrical tape to the inside cap lip and they work fine! Two thumbs way up for this superb binocular. P.S. The Zeiss Victory FL 8x32 tethered caps are too small.
Zeiss has produced an impressive binocular in the Conquest 8x32. Vivid accurate colors, no noticeable chromatic distortions, exceptionally bright, sharp image, great field of view, good low light performance and excellent contrast make these binoculars an excellent choice.
Everything about this binocular speaks of quality. Zeiss went into overtime attending to every element, including rugged construction, comfortable well shaped eye cups, balanced handling and silky smooth focusing.
I compared the Conquest to a few other binoculars, including the Pentax DCF ED 8x32 (borrowed), Eagle Optics Ranger 8x32, Zeiss Victory FL 8x42 and Swarovski EL Swarovision Traveler 8x32 (my wife's). The Conquest matched or bested all the above binoculars in visual aspects, except for the Zeiss Victory FL 8x42, where in low light levels, with 42mm objectives, the Victory reveals slightly more detail. Admittedly, including the Eagle Optics Ranger is unfair, given the price differential. But the Ranger did not lag behind the rest of the pack as much as this difference might imply. The Pentax DCF exhibited some color aberration, not apparent in the other four binoculars, and the image was just a tad less sharp than all but the Ranger, where it seemed about equal. The Traveler matched the Conquest in all viewing categories. But with my eyes, the Traveler blacked out even with the eye cups fully extended.
Viewing flowers at 30 feet, the Conquest transfers an image that reveals detail of flowers (Anther, Filament and Stigma) that equaled the Victory and Traveler - simply amazing resolution. The view presented by the Conquest conveys a feeling of walking into a picture.
The Conquest focus from 6 feet to infinity in about one turn ( I wish they focused near to far CCW, as most other of my bins). The diopter setting does not lock, but neither does it reposition in use. At about 22 oz., these binoculars will not strain your arms, nor will the rubber armor slip your grasp.
Zeiss omitted a short list of features, most obvious a locking diopter. But Zeiss concentrated on what matters, great econometrics, solid construction and a spectacular image.
Focus speed preference varies among individuals. The Conquest focuses rapidly. This could challenge some people. Also, in my opinion, the focus could be slightly more damped, But again, this depends on your preference.
Every generation of binoculars offers a step of optical improvement. The Conquest 8x32 perhaps skipped a generation. These binoculars may be, and most likely are, better than my vision. The Conquest also comes with a 5 year no-fault warranty.
Zeiss Conquest HD 8X32
Sam S. from Houston
The Zeiss Conquest HD 8X32 really brightens up your viewing. It is great for looking deep into trees and understory. Lines are sharp and colors bright. Eye cups are a little different (shorter) than most and take a little to get use too but not a big deal. Nice size for your hand.
For the Birds
Melissa C. from Houston, TX
Excellent product for the money! Would definitely purchase again. We do a lot of bird watching and these binoculars are perfect.
Just what I was looking for
Linda from Oregon
I have been birding for about 25 years and started out with Zeiss 10 x 40's which were "top of the line" for the time. I later bought a pair of Eagle Optics Ranger 8 x 42's for butterflying.I discovered that I really liked the Ranger's lighter weight as well as the ease of focus and close focus.The optics were acceptable but I wanted a similar pair with better optics to use as my main binoculars.I'm very happy with the Zeiss Conquest 8 x 32's. They are brighter than either of my other pairs and the image is very sharp.I notice the difference especially wheen looking at birds in the shade such as in the interior of evergreen trees.The focus is smooth and fast, only about 1 1/4 turns from end to end. I have not noticed any downside to this as far as fine focus ability.The close focus is excellent.I originally bought a pair of Swarovski 8 x 32's at over twice the price. They were lighter but the focus locked up completely in less than a month of gentle use and I returned them.Aside from that problem, I like the Zeiss better and they feel more durable. I have good repair experience with Zeiss. I sent in my 10 x 40's twice for focus repair and was not charged either time.
Zeiss Conquest HD 8x32
Ed from Gaithersburg Maryland
These Zeiss Conquest HD 8x32 are extremely sharp and bright. I bought these to replace a pair of B&L 7x26 that I have had for over 20 years, for when I travel on none birding trips. They are small enough to pack easily but the optics are incredible.