Legendary Zeiss engineering packs the Terra ED binocular with the high-performance features you expect from a German-made optic. An incredible value, the Terra ED features Schott ED glass with high-quality coatings for sharp, bright images even in low-light situations. A wide field of view makes the Terra ED perfect for wide-open fields while the 5.25 ft close focus works well for backyard observation. Lightweight, ergonomic design, easy-to-grip focus wheel, and comfortable eye cups add to your overall pleasure when using the Terra ED. Waterproof and fogproof protection keeps the Terra ED reliable in all kinds of weather.
|Extra-low Dispersion (ED) Glass
||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.
||Appreciated for a streamlined shape and durability.
||Provides a secure, non-slip grip.
||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.
||Can be mounted using standard ¼-inch threading. Adapter sold separately.
||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.
Zeiss Terra ED 8X42 Bins
Don G. from Schenectady, NY
I upgraded from a pair of Audobon 8X42's and didn't want to spend a lot. These have fit the bill beautifully. They feel great in my hand and perform well in the early morning and late afternoon. I'm very pleased with its light gathering glass.
Bob W. from Eugene, Oregon
The binocs are a great value and the buying experience was superb.
Great binoculars for the price
Mike from Normal, il
Great value purchase. I challenge anyone to buy a better pair for the price.
Joe S. from Lexington, KY
The ED glass is great, the size and feel of the binoculars is great. The one flaw I find is that the focus is too course. This takes some getting used to. Overall a good buy.
quaility of Terra ED Binoculars
steve t. from Belton TX
This product has lived up to its reputation. A very durable binocular with excellent clarity. For its price range it is far better than other brands which I have owned. It has also held up well when out in adverse weather. Would recommend to any one who desires to have a Zeiss product.
Diane from New Mexico
I love these binoculars! So easy and fast to focus in on the birds that flit about. And at close range, they are great too. I see the feathers with such clarity. Thank you for such a wonderful product that I will enjoy for years to come.
A Zeiss for mere mortals...
John from Southern Idaho
While trying out the new Zeiss Conquest HD, the guy at the counter said "have you heard about Zeiss's entry level binocular? And he handed me the new Zeiss Terra ED. At first blush it looks a little like the new Conquest - the black armor presentation, objective lens covers and of course the little blue Zeiss badge with the lettering under the eyepiece showing the model name. This was the 8x42 (and there is an 10x42 as well).
So what to compare it to...the Vortex Diamondback, also in 8x42 and long a favorite of mine, which I will use as a benchmark for my review.
To begin with, both binoculars have 18 mm of eye relief. The Diamondback has a close focus of 4.5 feet, while the Terra ED has 5.25 feet. The Diamondback has a field of view of 420 feet/1000 yards, while the Terra ED presents with 375 feet/1000 yards. The Diamondback weighs 25.2 ounces to the Terra ED's 25.4. Dimensions for the Diamondback (H&W) 5.9 x 5.6 inches, while the Terra ED is - by H&W - is 5.5 x 4.7 inches...smaller and it feels compact. Both are comfortable to use.
In the field: here's where I began to notice some differences. The Diamondback's field of view, while generous, is not as bright and sharp as the Zeiss. The differences are marked - with the Zeiss giving the impression that someone turned on a bright light in the field. Both the Zeiss and Diamondback give the "walked in" feeling - which means that I don't have to push the ocular lens hard into my glasses to get the full field of view. That full field with the Terra ED is sharp for 75% (plus or minus) or more of the field, and then you start to get a gradual fall off in optic performance to a soft edge. The Diamondback cannot match this...it has a clear - but not as sharp - field at 50% when compared to the Zeiss and a more pronounced fall off to very soft edges. The apparent field of view advantage of the Diamondback is minimized by the increase in the sweet spot by the Zeiss. I did not feel that I was missing anything when using it in the field. Of special note is the Terra ED's ability to resolve detail through the center of the field. It performed better than the Diamondback and compared favorably to the Vortex Viper HD in that aspect. To make it simple, the Terra ED makes for relaxed birding. I am not straining to get the full field of view and that view is pretty nice. All very subjective of course.
Some details: the Zeiss eyepieces work well, they are adjustable for those who do not wear glasses. The diopter works...not as easily as the one on the Vortex Diamondback but it gets the job done. It is hard to adjust, especially for us folks with big fingers. The focus wheel is smooth and fast. Less than a full turn from near to infinity. And no slop. The Terra comes with ocular and objective lens covers. The ocular cover works well - it does not come off easily. The objective lens covers are the same system as found on the new Conquest HD. They are...odd. I do not know why Zeiss didn't stick with the system they used on the Victory series and which are found on many of their competitors binoculars - the rubber band around the barrel and the cover attached. Finally, the strap attachments are further down towards the objective lens than on the benchmark (the Diamondback), if you have big hands, they will interfere with your grip.
A big gripe: Zeiss sends a "soft cover," to put the binocular in instead of a carrying case. My opinion is that they should include the carrying case...period. Yes...you can get one by sending in a request and paying a shipping charge for what should have come with the optic to begin with.
Yet...despite my grumps, I really like this binocular. The Zeiss Terra ED is a good binocular with great optics - fully multi-coated lenses with Zeiss proprietary lens coatings, Schott ED glass - extra low dispersion glass, and is phase corrected for a great center field view - there, all the buzzwords in one sentence! The Terra ED's great strength is the exceptional optics for a moderate price. Four and a half stars.
Zeiss Terra ED 8x42 Excellent Quality & Value
Barry R. from Florida
Calling the Zeiss Terra ED 8x42 binoculars a nice entry level binocular, is like calling a BMW a nice entry level car. These binoculars are better quality than 95% of birders will ever need. The biggest difference between the Zeiss Terra ED and the Zeiss Victory FL 8x42 (a top of the line model over $2K) is the brightness of the image. If you compare the Zeiss Terra ED 8x42 vs. the Nikon Monarch ATB 8x42 (for years the Nikon Monarch has been considered by many as the best binocular in terms of value}, the Zeiss Terra has some advantages. The Zeiss Terra has an amazing close focus. The Zeiss Terra ED has better eye piece rain guards and better lens caps, both the only thing Monarch users chronically found to complain about. Zeiss includes a soft pouch and depending on who you purchase it from, the same quality carrying case that come with more expensive Zeiss Conquest binoculars. For this price range Zeiss will give Nikon a serious challenge for market share in a niche formerly dominated by Nikon. In my opinon, there are no better binoculars than the Zeiss Terra ED 8x42 in the under $400 price range. They have my highest recommendation.