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Zeiss Victory SF 10x42 Binocular

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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.

Optical Features
Flouride Glass Enhances resolution, color, and contrast.
Fully Multi-coated Lenses Increase light transmission with multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces.
Phase Correction Enhances resolution and contrast through roof prisms.
Construction Features
Roof Prisms Appreciated for a streamlined shape and durability.
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.
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.

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Magnification 10x
Objective Lens Diameter 42 mm
Field of View 360 feet/1000 yards
Eye Relief 18 mm
Close Focus 4.9 feet
Weight 27.5 ounces
Dimensions (H x W) 6.8 x 4.9 inches
Weatherproofing Waterproof/Fogproof
  • Rainguard
  • Tethered objective lens covers
  • Neck strap
  • Case

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Total Reviews: 9

Average Rating:

Overpriced - 05/06/2016

by Ryan W. from Connecticut, USA

These are very good binoculars, however the price point suggests a level of overall quality that is just not present.

- Ergonomics: some of the best I have ever experienced!; great balance and placement of focus knob.
- Field of view is quite large. This could be a con for some as it could distract from the subject.
- Optics: beautiful, sharp image that renders with a little more 3-D then many of the other roof prism binos.

- Focus knob has some sticking points, inconsistent feel and seems to worsen with time (only a couple of weeks to notice a difference).
- Eyecups: Some point out that the plastic feels cheap. I disagree with this. My issue with the eyecups is 1) only 3 positions 2) does not lock securely in position 3) it seems like the weak position lock mechanism would degrade over time.
- Color rendering is a little on the green side, but many will not notice this.
- Noticeable dimples in the rubber armor.

These would be excellent binos if either of these two things were changed:
1) The price lowered considerably.
2) Zeiss improves the quality of the focusing mechanism, eyecup locking mechanism and improves the adhesion and finish of the rubber armoring.

These binoculars just don't have the fit, finish and quality one would expect for the price paid. I ended up returning mine in exchange for the Swarovski ELs; the binoculars I should have went with from the get go.

eyecups poorly built - 04/17/2016

by Joe N. from Fayetteville, Arkansas

I own and regularly use my Swaro 10 X 42. A friend bought this new Zeiss. I was amazed at the bigger field and the wonderful quick focus. So I ordered one. However, when I used the eyecups they just didn't work very well -- don't really lock in or stay in place. I screwed them out (for cleaning) and compared to my Swaro. The Swaros are well made and stay where you put them. The Zeiss sadly are cheap plastic. Maybe this was a compromise designed to save weight or something. So I returned the Zeiss. A high end product should be high end through and through. I have never found anything on the Swaro that works like it was a compromise. I urge Zeiss to take this seriously and fix it.

Almost good - 02/26/2016

by Doug N. from Green Valley, AZ

Bought a pair to take on a trip to Thailand. Loved the look, weight and balance. Brightness was really good. After the second week the eyecups started to malfunction. They are made of plastic and quickly became a problem. The don't stay at a fixed position and seemed to have worn out. In my opinion, this the the "achilles heel" of these binoculars. I would not recommend these to a friend who birds a lot until they fix the problem. I will return to my Swaros and trade quality build for lightness.

Extraordinary binoculars - 02/20/2016

by Christopher Q. from Cleveland Heights

This is a simple case of getting what you pay for. These are very expensive, but the optics could not be more clear. The ergonomics are quite advance, moving the weight back and easing any strain, and the focus wheel is a gem.

evaluation - 01/03/2016

by william p. from Hampstead, NH USA

I have been an optic student all my life.-- I have some old pairs of Zeiss binoculars from 1940's.-- I purchased the Zeiss Victory SF 10X42 binoculars recently and they are the best I have ever seen.- They have clear image right to the edge of the circle, brightness,the focus adjust is perfect and easy to use.- The field of view is very large.- They are ergonomically superior to any optics I have ever seen.-- Close focusing and lightweight.- I am pleased beyond words.-- The price was in the range of high end binoculars.- I am looking forward to the return of our migrating birds this spring so I can use my new bino's.-- Great product. Thanks.

Zeiss Victory SF - 11/04/2015

by Gerald E. from USA

After a month or more of studying all the reviews on binoculars that I could find on the net . I narrowed the choice to three brands: Leica, Swarovski, and Zeiss, all high end binoculars. All do an outstanding job of letting one see color, clear image and ease of use. My twenty five year old Nikon SE was used as my base line. The final choice came down to flipping a coin and a few hundred dollars in price .

Remarkably excellent - 08/27/2015

by Cindy L. from Republic of Panamá

I expected a lot from these because of the very high price and the fact that Zeiss built them "from scratch" as binoculars designed specifically for birders and wildlife observers. I am not disappointed - they are better than I expected. The focus knob really does have a buttery-smooth action and can be used with fingers in their natural position. I have very small hands, and the weight is not a problem due to the perfect balance of the bins when held up to the eyes. The resolution, the field of view - it's all spectacular. I can't think of a single negative comment or complaint.

Zeiss Victory SF - 04/10/2015

by Bill A. from Rockville, MD

Though I'm primarily a bird photographer, I often enjoy simply watching birds through binoculars. I've used Leica and Nikon EDG 10x42 bins. Nonetheless, the new Zeiss Victory SF binoculars far exceeded my expectations. The Zeiss bins are longer than my Leica and Nikon bins but lighter and brighter. For me, however, the real difference was in the focusing which is butterly smooth from near to far. I would recommend them to anyone willing to pay the premium price.

Zeiss sf binoculars 10x42 - 01/20/2015

by 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.

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