Have you wished for a 10x binocular with an outstanding field of view? Zeiss makes your wish come true with the Zeiss Victory SF binocular. Not only does the 10x42 deliver an awesome field of view of 360 ft. @ 1000 yards, the newly developed optical technology serves to make you feel one with nature as the binoculars almost disappear from your observation experience. Zeiss incorporates a new smart focus (SF) concept to allow remarkably rapid focus on fast-moving or distant wildlife. Schmidt-Pechan prisms, ultra-flouride lenses, and LotuTec®/T* coatings combine for the well-known, signature Zeiss image quality of outstanding light transmission, edge-to-edge sharpness, and exact color details.
||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 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.
|LotuTec® Lens Coating
||Repels water and residue on outer glass surfaces.
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Zeiss sf binoculars 10x42
William from San Francisco
I've had these for about a month now. My wife and I were using the Swarovski 10x42 swarovision and the Zeiss 10x42 Fl's. I thought the Zeiss FL's had a more brilliant contrasty image than the Swaro's plus faster focusing. On the other hand the Zeiss had some sort of veiling glare when looking across light and downward. Really an annoying issue despite the great image quality. The Swaros had it too but at a less acute angle and not as bad. The Swaros have great build quality and undeniable great image quality. Excellent balance for brightness, color fidelity, and sharpness. The flat field is great, never had a problem with the rolling ball effect. The downside is the world is not flat (at least the majority of people think so) and at times-for close observation for example-the flat field caused a weird kind of distortion.
Now with that out of the way to the SF's. Their balance and handling is the best I have ever seen. The weight distribution works plus they are lighter than either the Swaro's or FL's. The image quality is better than the Swaro's and FL's. Brighter and one of the best neutral,true color, clear images I have seen on a binocular. At first I though the Swaro's had a richer image but realized that the colors were just darker.It wasn't contrastier though, just darker. The fine detail image in the SF's beat the Swaro's and Fl's. I watched a squirrel on a tree about 25' away sheltering from the rain and could see individual strands of fur with water droplets better than the Swaro's which are no slouch.The close focus equals the Swaro's and the field is flat but maybe not as flat as the Swaro's which is not necessarily a bad thing. I think Zeiss has a winner here. The price is sky high, especially with the exchange rates favoring the dollar. Zeiss gave me a book on the SF's and a beautiful leather covered birder's journal.
Finally, the case for the SF's is better and easier to use than the Swaro's. The Swaro's have a moulded cordura case that is bulky and when you open it the stuff you have stored on the other side of the floppy divider usually spills out. Plus the zippers get dirty pretty quickly and tend to hang up. The zippers on the SF's don't hang up. The case for the FL's is a simple cordura case with a locking flap and has a tiny zippered storage net under the flap. If I go out with just the Swaro's or travel with them I use the Zeiss FL case. It is smaller and easier to carry and store. The objective covers are one moulded piece that fits over the objectives and is secured by a small string to the strap which is nicer than the Swaro's.
I did not use USAF charts, do star tests or check out the image quality at 30x magnification.I'll leave that to the optical experts. The SF's are the new king IMHO. However, the Swaro's are an all around fantastic binocular with solid construction and excellent image quality. You couldn't go wrong with them. They've been king for the last five years. With the much wider field of view and equal close focus I would choose the Zeiss SF's over the Swaro's at the end of the day. I bet the 8x42 SF's with the huge field of view of 148 yards at 1000 yards is awesome but I like the 10 power's better, especially here in California. The people at Eagle Optics are very helpful and a class act all the way. Buy from them if anyone. You won't be disappointed.