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Zeiss Victory SF 8x42 Binocular

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Have you wished for a 8x binocular with the outstanding field of view of a 7x binocular? Zeiss makes your wish come true with the Zeiss Victory SF binocular. Not only does the 8x42 deliver an awesome field of view of 444 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 LotuTecĀ®/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 8x
Objective Lens Diameter 42 mm
Field of View 444 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: 1

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First Look Victory SF - 02/16/2015

by Chuck P. from Kula, Maui

Just returned from a birding trip to Honduras partially sponsored by Zeiss and Eagle Optics to field test the new Victory SF's. We were allowed to choose either an 8x or 10x 42
model. I chose the 8x as a senior birder I can no longer steady a 10x well enough. I have a Swarovision EL 8.5x42 with which I compared the new offering from Zeiss. The first appearance of the Zeiss is of a LONG barreled bino. Compared side by side it is only a ocular cap thickness difference between the two and the listed specs give it as .5 inches longer. But it looks long. I prefer the finish of the Swarovski - the green color and roughened surface appeal to me but this is personal. The next difference is when you pick it up. The perceived weight difference is really noticeable with the Zeiss feeling much lighter. My wife who uses tiny Leica 10x32's picked it up out of box and without knowing anything about specs exclaimed, "Wow, this is light!" The Zeiss is listed at 27.5oz, the Swaro 28oz, hardly noticeable one would think but after repeated testing back and forth the weight difference is noticeable. Zeiss claims to have pushed the weight balance back from the objectives toward the oculars making them feel lighter but the perceived lightness is very real and extends to scanning treetops for long periods with less arm fatigue. The elastic neck strap also seems to decrease
the weight on the neck with long field use. In the hand the thinner barrels of the Swaros feels better to me (small hands) and I really like the thumb detents on the Swaros. The Zeiss focus knob seems in a slightly more "natural" position for me, but this may vary with users hands. I like the rubber ocular guards on the Zeiss slightly better than the hard plastic Swaros. The focus on the Zeiss is butter smooth - the best I've used on a bino. I missed the extra 0.5x of the Swaro on the Zeiss, but the huge field of view and slightly increased brightness were noticeable on the Zeiss. I couldn't detect any difference in sharpness and the increased field of view in the Zeiss made comparing edge sharpness difficult. Depth of field and close focus appeared equal. Hard cases were of equal quality and similiarly fiddly. In summary, they are pretty close and will come down to individual preferences: sleeker design, 8.5x, of the Swarovski($60 less expensive at EO)vs the lightness, field of view, slightly brighter image thru the Zeiss. Both are state of the art.

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