Engineered to overcome the challenges faced during deep twilight observation, the Zeiss Victory HT binocular garners the interest of all optics enthusiasts. The high-transmission lenses offer light transmission capable of delivering critical details even in the most challenging conditions. Paired with the superior brightness of the Abbe-Konig roof prisms and the maximum image sharpness and color correction of flouride lenses, HT lenses provide new standards for unrivaled brightness. The comfortable, innovative ergonomics of the Zeiss HT binocular and the excellent, water-repelling action of the LotuTec® coating makes this binocular a perfect companion for the long days and rugged use of all your outdoor activities. Zeiss provides a limited lifetime transferable warranty.
FL Glass Objective Lenses
Enhance resolution, color, and contrast.
Schott High Transmission (HT) Glass Ocular Lenses
Enhance resolution, color, and contrast.
Fully Multi-coated Lenses
Increase light transmission with multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces. T*Coatings.
Enhances resolution and contrast through roof prisms.
Appreciated for a streamlined shape and durability.
Is sturdy and resistant to corrosion.
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 center focus wheel.
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.
I had read good reviews of the Zeiss Victory 10x42 T* HT binos (e.g. Living Bird, Autumn 2013). I have a pair of Leica 8*42 Ultra binos that I bought back in '96. They have served me well but I have some minor niggles about the ergonomics and I wanted a brighter image and some more magnification. Zeiss were having a $125 rebate and Eagle Optics were throwing in a sweetener of Sibley Second Edition so I took the plunge. The 10x42 Zeiss binos are much lighter than I had anticipated and they fall easily into my hands. Images are very bright and there is plenty of eye relief for me as a spectacles-wearer. Focus is smooth and needs only a reasonable turn of the focus wheel. I have had the binos for only a few weeks so I haven't tested them in challenging situations such as hawk watching or twilight settings.
Gripes: (1) The person who invents better covers for the objective lenses and the eyepieces for binoculars deserves to make a fortune. I have yet to find a system that works well and the Zeiss arrangement on these binos is no exception. The objective covers don't fit very securely and how they are retained with the binos seems quite primitive. I have rigged up the connecting loops and the binocular strap to keep the objective covers in place reasonably well, but I think I'll tinker with this some more to get a better arrangement. It seems crazy that high-end binos are let down by something as basic and low-tech as objective lens covers. (2) Not a gripe about the binos themselves but about the rebate offer. First you need to register online and then you need to fill in a form and mail this in with a copy of the purchase receipt and the original UPC code from the box the binos came in. All this gets mailed to an address in Arizona --- just one state over. You are invited to track the progress of your rebate on the Zeiss website. Well, after 2 weeks there was no sign of my rebate having been received but you are cautioned to wait 4 weeks before calling to inquire about the status. And there all these admonitions about following exactly the rules of the rebate, including a "must-be-postmarked-by" date. This date and the timing of the receipt of the rebate seem poorly coordinated. (And the Zeiss website for the rebate isn't as cleanly organized as it should be.) So, I shall wait to see if the USPS and Zeiss can get their collective act together and, if there's a failure, then I'll deal with the issue then. The tenor of the rebate "guidance" doesn't give me a great deal of confidence that this is going to proceed smoothly. But I shall have a jaundiced view of Zeiss if I don't get my $125 rebate. (3) An even more minor kvetch, and nothing to do with the binos. My free copy of Sibley, Second Edition, was a little beat up. Maybe it was the last copy, and it was "free", so maybe I shouldn't complain --- but it would have been nice to have a clean copy without a creased cover.
Back to the Zeiss Victory 10x42 T* HT's: great optics, very good ergonomics. Worth $2+k? Maybe. But, so far, I am quite satisfied and have had a lot of enjoyment from them. They represent a noticeable improvement over my Leica 8*42 Ultra's. I would rate these binos as technically Excellent but I would reserve a whole-hearted Recommendation until I have some more experience with them, and until the dust settles on my Zeiss customer experience.
Carolyn V. from Los Alamitos, CA
I was a bit reluctant to spend so much money on Zeiss binos again as I had problems with the eyepieces on my last pair, but I am SO glad that I did. These binos are fantastic! I have never seen birds so clearly as I do with these, even with the light behind the bird, I can make out color and markings and even eye rings. I highly reccommend these. They are well worth every penny I spent.
Zeiss Victory - Great Binocs
Dick C. from Denver, CO
I've had them for only a few weeks now and already I wouldn't change them with any others. My wife uses Swarovski's which I've tried and prefer this Zeiss product.
The focus wheel reacts very quickly from near to far. They provide an exceptional image in low light.
Zeiss HT Fantastic
jim from United States
I recently did some extensive field tests with several Alpha binoculars and came away with what I feel is the best bino for my needs. I use these Zeiss HT's for bird watching.
I selected the Zeiss 10x42 HT for several reasons. First, the 'feel' of holding these binoculars is just stunning. Think about it....when you are birding you have these binoculars up to your eyes, in your hands etc...the entire time you are birding. So the 'feel' is important. The overall workmanship and body of the Zeiss shows. I love the way the focus wheel is a bit enlarged and is positioned so you can easily place two fingers on the wheel to better focus. This aspect of the bino is a real seller in my mind as it is important to have fast, accurate, and sharp images when I bird.
These binoculars are excellent in low light....When I am looking at birds, many times these birds are in shadows or underneath forest canopies, both are situations where a binocular which excels in low light are needed. These Zeiss also excel when birds are positioned against harsh back drops such as in a tree against clouds or in bright sun. These bino's pull out the color of the bird.
Sharpness is critical...The HT's are as sharp as any Alpha bino. Where they are not as sharp is along the edges and I don't feel there is as much of a 3D effect as in some other bino's but that really isn't a problem. It is just something I realize is a trade-off between different brands. A buyer has to weigh what is important to them and what they will use the binos for, and I felt that having sharpness to the 'edges' , while nice..is not needed. I focus in on the bird in the middle of the binocular, right? ....not on the sides! Each Alpha brings to the table certain aspects but the HT brings excellent low light ability, sharp images, as well as overall ergonomics.
Prior to this purchase I have never had an Alpha bino...as I was always one of those birders who thought I could do just as well with a average $500 pair. Once you have the opportunity to view thru an Alpha pair such as these Zeiss, you will not want anything else. If you have no idea what you are looking for in a bino, then a subpar pair will do you nicely. But if you are into quality optics then get a Zeiss....
Zeiss Victory HT is the ultimate binocular.
Paul W. from United States
Received my 10x40 Zeiss Victory HT binoculars from Eagle Optics last week and love them ! It was a hard decision choosing them over the Leica Ultravid HD and Swarovski Swarovision. I had decided to go with the Leica Ultravid HD until I checked out the reviews and videos on the Zeiss Victory HT. I took a chance and ordered the Zeiss Victory HT. No regrets at all; I love everything about them from the construction, handling ability, to the superb optics. They have no current peer in the world and are a cut above the rest, imo. A big plus is they are the better buy and have a better warranty than Swarovski and Leica also. Big thumbs up to Eagle Optics for their wonderful overnight shipping and great customer service. You will not regret ordering these binoculars from Eagle Optics.
Beverly from Selah, Washington
After many binocular purchases over the years, I found I was consistently purchasing more expensive ones each time I replaced my 7-10 year old binoculars. This time I truly believe the Zeiss Victory 10x42 HT purchase will be the pair that will serve me much longer than all the others combined. The acuity is crisp, detailed and bright; truly phenomenal. These binoculars truly surpass those of my fellow birders'.
Unable to identify a small bird at twilght when all that is visable to the nake eye is movement and an outline is challenging and often impossible. The Zeiss Victory pulls every available light to make an identification possible in near impossible low light. This is a very strong feature that weighed heavily in my decision to purchase. I am NOT disappointed.
Physically the Victory is easy to grasp and focus with one hand. A must when handling a dog on leash with the other one. I use with a harness so the weight and quick access are not an issue. The eye relief cups stay locked in position so there is not a need to constantly readjust each time a view is needed.
If you consider the money spent on binoculars over time, these are a high initial investment but worth every penny. I highly recommend the Zeiss Victory HT for bird watching and general nature viewing. You will not be disappointed.
Zeiss 10x42 HT Victory Binoculars
Frank W. from Decatur,Tennessee
I've owned my Victory HT,s since 12/12/2012.I had waited month's for them to become available every since I first saw them advertised earlier this year. It was certainly worth the wait.They are Superb!!
I have also owned a pair of Zeiss 8x30 dialyt B since 1976 and a pair of Swarovski EL 10x42 since 1999. My new Victory HT's are a step above.I live on a river and I've used them to watch all kinds of birds and critters. They are excellent in late evening around dusk to look into the shadows. They have a very fine focus and are easily held with one hand while focusing. Try that with the competion!Quality of construction is evident when you take them out of the fancy box. They come with a nice neoprene neck strap and lens covers plus an attractive cordura case.
Granted...They ain't cheap.But if you are looking for the best your eyes deserve then try a pair of these.
Zeiss Victory HT
Wallace K. from Washington DC
I was able to use the Zeiss Victory HT binoculars during my recent trip to Patagonia, Chile in the Torres del Paine region. They are superb! I appreciated the sharpness, brightness and clarity of the HT's as I viewed the distant birds, animals and scenery. I recommend the Zeiss Victory HT binoculars without reservation.
My special thanks goes to Eagle Optics for providing the HTs in time for my trip.