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Zeiss Victory 10x42 T* FL LT Binocular (Black)

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Expect sensational performance from the Victory T* FL LT binocular because this top-notch binocular delivers. The excellence of Zeiss's brightest binocular comes from superior optical quality, including Zeiss fluoride glass, patented T* anti-reflective coatings, and phase corrected Abbe-Koenig prisms. Customers greatly appreciate the one turn to infinity focusing mechanism, four position click-stop eyecups, and easy-to-clean LotuTec™ coating. The Victory T* FL LT comes with the Zeiss limited lifetime transferable warranty.

Optical Features
Fluoride Glass Enhances resolution, color, and contrast.
Fully Multi-coated Lenses Increase light transmission with multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces. T* coatings.
Phase Correction Enhances resolution and contrast through roof prisms. P* coatings.
Construction Features
Roof Prisms Appreciated for a streamlined shape and durability.
Magnesium-reinforced Body Is sturdy and resistant to corrosion.
Rubber Armoring Provides a secure, non-slip grip.
Multi-position Eyecups Twist up and down for comfortable viewing with or without eyeglasses.
Center Focus Wheel Adjusts both binocular barrels at the same time.
Locking Right Eye Diopter Adjusts for differences in a user's eyes. Located by the center focus wheel.
Design Features
Waterproof Optics are sealed with O-rings to prevent moisture, dust, and debris from getting inside the binocular.
Fogproof Barrels are filled with nitrogen gas to inhibit internal fogging.
LotuTec® Lens Coating Repels water and residue on outer glass surfaces.
Magnification 10x
Objective Lens Diameter 42 mm
Field of View 330 feet/1000 yards
Eye Relief 16 mm
Close Focus 6.5 feet
Weight 27 ounces
Dimensions (HxW) 6.8 x 5.0 inches
Weatherproofing Waterproof/Fogproof
  • Rainguard
  • Tethered objective lens covers
  • Neck strap
  • Case

Total Reviews: 15

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A Zeiss Victory - 06/26/2013

by Randall G. from Windsor, CA

I have been working my way up the price/quality ladder with bins for many years. Leupolds, Nikons ,Razors etc and have always tolerated CA. I have an 8 year old Zeiss FL85 scope and thought I would try their Bins. There is virtually no CA. Like the scope, this will probably be my last binocular purchase.
I like the fast focus, the diopter adjustment, eye relief, thick rubber armor and the lotutec coating (4 weeks before a light cleaning)
With the quality of this product combined with the quality of Eagle Optics, I think I made it to the top

crystal clear - 11/17/2012

by MCV from Massachusetts

Excellent and a level above other optics I have purchased in the past. Which they'd better be for a four-digit price, but to be honest we were very impressed. My wife having worked regularly with Zeiss optics (binoc-microscopes) at her workplace is confident also that durability will go hand in hand with the high quality.

Zeiss Victory 10x42 T* FL LT Binocular - 11/16/2012

by Scott C. from Mount Laurel, NJ

Excellent glasses. It took a few outings to get used to having to adjust the focus wheel a little more finely, but I took that as a plus....the clarity is very sharp but when a hawk is flying it comes out of focus more quickly than on my previous cheaper bins.

I Love Zeiss!!! - 10/11/2012

by Randolph L. from Berlin, MA

I just made my forth Zeiss purchase from Eagle Optics and wanted to comment on my new (demo) Victory FL’s. The crispness of the image is so surreal it almost seems fake. Each time I look through I’m simply amazed at how clear and clean the image is and boy are they bright!

Now that I’m semiretired, I wanted to step up in my optics and I did a lot of research. I settled on the Zeiss Victory’s, Zeiss Conquest HD’s or the Leica Ultravid’s. Unfortunately I couldn’t find a dealer in New England to demo the Ultravids. I’ve always been partial to Zeiss, my grandfather, a game warden in Germany in the early 1900’s used Zeiss binoculars, so I’m naturally drawn to them. Though I have used 7x, 8x and 12x, I prefer the 10x objectives.

I was deciding on either the Zeiss Victory 10x32 or the Conquest HD 10x42. I did a side-by-side comparison with my Conquest 10x30 and the Victory 10x32 and truly, I couldn’t find much to distinguish one from the other. I found them both to be equally sharp in image quality and similar in brightness. I just couldn’t justify the added cost of the Victory 10x32 to what I had in my Conquest 10x30’s.

I then compared my Conquest 10x30 to the new Conquest 10x42 HD and was blown away by the HD’s… Wow! They were incredibly bright and sharp! What I didn’t like about them however were the eyecups. They have a thin rubber boot that covers the eyecups that are rather flimsy and can roll up onto themselves. As mentioned in a previous post, I too saw the blue halo, but only when the eyecups were turned completely in. I was all set, I would purchase the Conquest 10x42 HD…

But then I checked out the Victory 10x42 and I was floored! Nothing I’ve ever looked through has come close to them amazing image of the Victory 10x42! If a pair of binoculars can humble you, these would do it. Granted they are the heaviest of all I looked at, and the depth of field of your image is small, i.e. I find myself needing to constantly refocus (maybe I’m just getting old) to keep the bird in focus as it moves from branch to branch, a minor or insignificant task for the reward, a never changing super sharp image!

A couple of notes on my other two Zeiss, both are “Classic’s”. My 10x25 were my very first Eagle Optics purchase (1996ish) and have served me quite well. I took them to Iraq when I deployed in 2010 and they held up quite well through many a tough outing. They helped me add 17 new species to my ever-growing life list. While I don’t use them much anymore, I could never part ways with them. My 10x40 Classic’s are my stay at home, backyard birding companion’s. They’re my early morning coffee on the back deck watching the titmice and chickadees at the feeder binoculars. An older design but still bright and sharp (save for the edges, slight distortion) as my new Victory’s, I too would never part ways with them.

Tom at Eagle Optics, I can’t thank you enough for your advice and insight, my “demos” were in my mind new, zero wear and clean, clean, clean! Anyone wanting to “step-up” in your optics, the Zeiss Victory 10x42 T* FL LT’s are a no brainer! Get yours before they’re gone! Maybe my fifth Eagle Optics purchase will be the new Zeiss Victory 10x42 T* HT’s, but I can’t imagine anything besting my new Victory’s.

Outstanding binos!!! - 09/25/2012

by Tim from San Diego, CA

I've owned my Zeiss Victory 10X42 T* FL LTs for about 6 months now. I'm a field biologist, and can be tough on my equipment. My 5-year old Nikon Monarch ATBs were getting quite rough, and I made the mistake of comparing Swarovskis against the Vortex Viper and Razor while vacationing in Arizona last winter, feeding my urge for a superior binocular. Two of my friends own Zeiss Victories, and while talking with a representative from Eagle Optics, she sold me on the Zeiss at a very good price, especially when combined with the rebate then in place.

First off, the binocular has a very solid, quality feel. The rubberized coating feels good in the hand, not too sticky or too slick. Compared to my old Monarchs, it is a substantially heftier binocular. The ocular cover fits nicely over the eyepieces, and does not fall off on its own, unlike the cover on my old Nikons, but is easily removed by hand. The objective covers are also much more solidly in place than those on the Nikon (which I almost immediately stopped using), and are also easy to remove; they occasionally can inconveniently close if the bino is held at an odd position, but this is a minor aggravation at best. I wear eyeglasses, so I've not used the adjustable eyecups, but they feel quite nicely engineered. The focus is a bit stiff, but I believe this has become easier over time. Diopter adjustment is quite solid - pull the focus knob out, adjust, and push the focus back in and it is set; I have occasionally done this by accident, though, when retrieving the binos from their case, but otherwise I have not reset it by accident. The case is a nice thick padded cordura, with a small storage pocket in the top. I use this to store the included cleaning cloth and solution. The strap that comes with the bino is nicely padded cordura-neoprene, but I prefer to use a harness (I picked up an EO-branded one at the time of purchase).

Optically, wow, just wow. Much sharper than my admittedly rough ol' Monarchs - much more fine detail is visible. A little blurry PERHAPS at the edges, I find that hard to quantify. They are notably brighter than the Monarchs, and have a broader field of view. Color representation seems accurate, and is similar to the Monarchs in that regard; my 22-year old Pentax DCFs have notably warmer image. They do sometimes catch some lens flare, but are quite superior to the Monarchs in low and difficult lighting (back light, for example). Focus is fast and easy, though initially a little stiff; it moves readily from infinity to a close distance of about 6 feet. I have not used these as yet in truly adverse conditions, so I cannot vouch for how well LotuTec coatings may do their job, though on a particularly dusty work site, the lenses did not seem to collect dust like my Nikons (though this is probably more due to good fitting covers than lens coatings).

All in all, I am very pleased with these binoculars; the only real negative I have is the weight, which is considerably more than my old Nikon Monarch (which is maybe 21 oz, vs 27 for the Victory), but similar to other "premium" binoculars. Pricing could also be a minus, but that is a matter of personal choice. Is the difference in price (about 7X) between these two worth it? In my opinion, yes, but then I use my binos regularly (if not almost daily) and professionally. If I were still a weekend bird-watcher, I know I would still prefer them, but I'm not sure if I could justify them in the cost-benefit analysis. I'm happy that I don't have to.

Zeiss 10x42 FL T* - 03/20/2012

by John D. from Massachusetts

I am very happy with these binoculars. The quality is outstanding and the service from Eagle Optics couldn't be better. One will not be disappointed with these bins.

GREAT glass! - 03/06/2012

by John from La Grande, OR

I got my new Zeiss Victory FLs the other day. I spent a couple hours looking through them yesterday, and couldn't be happier. I have never looked through glass this clear ever before. The brightness is amazing, and the details I am able to make out are unbelievable. THere is a slight distortion at the edges, but I knew there would be before ordering them. COnsidering that this distortion won't hinder my uses for them at all it doesn't matter to me.
I love the ergonomics of them, and the weight is perfect for being able to hold them steady. The focus knob is a little tight for my preferences, but it is very intuitive, and quite sensitive. The diopter adjustment under the focus know is a great system and keeps me from accidentally moving it.
Overall I could not ask for anything better. I have never found anything that I have liked more. I would give them a 4.8 out 5.

Zeiss excellence - 02/12/2012

by Remko from Australia

I have found no flaws in these binoculars, the optics are superb and the build is excellent (I wear glasses; works well). The rubber coating is a little harder than some other high end models, but it is not slippery (although I have not used them in hot summer weather yet). I have used many mid-range binoculars, and a few high-end ones.

High Quality Binocular - 02/07/2012

by Jerry from Johnstown ,CO

I own a Kowa Genesis 8x33 for hiking which is a fantastic binocular too ,see my review on Eagle optics. I needed a 10x42 for Hawk watching ,owls ,and distance viewing as well as some Astronomy.I bought these Demo at Eagle optics and they are just as new and perfect.These are high quality binoculars with nice ergonomics nice case and great clear views.They have nice rubber armor and click step eyecups.Just holding them alone speaks Quality craftmanship,forget the inexpensive binoculars you really get what you pay for, you will love the Zeiss Victory you will never buy another binocular again.

Let me add my "Wow!" to these - 01/14/2012

by Laurie from Texas

Clear optics, comfortable ergonomics, light weight, all combine into a fantastic experience of these binoculars. I had been using Vortex Viper 10x42 for 4 years and really enjoying that experience when I was given these as a gift. I just didn't know what I was missing. These are high end binoculars for a reason. When comparing the two side-by-side, I am able to see colors and details through the Zeiss that are not visible with the Vortex. I can't recommend these highly enough.

Superb Binoculars - 12/25/2011

by Brock from Black Hills, SD

I have 3 other pairs of binoculars, but these are easily the best.

The day after I got them I took these binoculars to an overlook at approx. 5500ft. elevation to look out over the prairie. Despite some haze in the distance, I could see a good 30 miles or more (up to 50?) and pick out details in the landscape. Several times I've looked at Jupiter and when the conditions were right I could see all 4 of its major moons as dots around its disk.

At night I've also been able to see objects that were not visible to the naked eye, such as several elk. In the daytime they show distant objects clearly and allow me to pick out details. I haven't taken them hunting or birding yet, but I'm confident they will do a superb job in both cases.

birding binos - 11/22/2011

by david from ca

I'm a near sighted old birder with eyes chockablock with floaters. My eyes are fairly (though not exceptionally) wide set. I needed binos that were very clear and bright to overcome the floaters and that worked well with my glasses so that I wouldn't have to keep pushing them back. I tried ALL the mid and high end binos and ended up with these. I still can't keep up with birders that can ID a peregrine with naked eyes at a mile but with these binos I can do better than most.

My selection algorithm was to start with mid range glasses and move up in price till I couldn't tell the difference any more. The 10x is important to me as is the fairly close near range focus. I wouldn't recommend 10x for someone with better eyes since it reduces the size of the field and magnifies hand shake, but with my crappy visual resolution, the extra magnification is wonderful, especially with the clarity and definition provided by the glass in these binos.

My wife (with much better and closer set eyes) uses Leica Ultravid HD 10x32. I find those excellent also, but the extra brightness with the Zeiss Victory makes a significant difference for me. She, on the other hand, finds mine hard to use with her closer set eyes.

My second Zeiss Victory 10x42 - 12/06/2010

by jorge from usa

Title should explain my review better. After losing my first pair of 'Zeiss Victory' last June in a trip, I could not think of owning any other brand (thought a while before paying 25% more on its new price). The other pair was bought 5 years ago and although I did not expect any optical improvement, I saw a clearer image with no color distortion in the new purchase. Still works as well by keeping its close focus, fast focusing, a light weight on my neck and the nearest views to perfect vision.

Zeiss is nice! - 05/11/2010

by David from NY

I have been very pleased with my Victory 10x42's. They very bright, clear, and comfortable. I've noticed that they don't fog up like swarovski's did. The eye cups take bit of getting used to. The only real problem was the price, Ouch! But I suppose all high binos are ridiculously expensive now.

Zeiss has produced a fantastic binocular - 03/29/2010

by Bob Hunter from Eagle Point, Oregon

I recently purchased the Zeiss 10x42 FL LT and have been very impressed. I use them mainly for birding. The detail and color is extraordinary even when viewing birds at a distance and in low light. The quick focus is really nice in tracking birds and goes from infinity to close up with minimal turning. I find them very comfortable to use and the eyecaps work really well with my eyeglasses.
It is by far the finest pair of binoculars I have ever owned and recommend them highly. Of course they are expensive, but I look at them as a glass I will not have any desire to replace during my lifetime.

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