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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: 7

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Great Bins!! - 03/21/2016

by Greg . from Virginia - USA

I made this purchase expecting a great product and I was not disappointed. Excellent process buying them and excellent service from Eagle!!

New Eye for Birds - 03/17/2016

by Alice H. from Lexington, KY

Purchased the Zeiss Victory SF 8x42 after some companions let me use theirs during Pete Dunne's Hawk ID Class at Cape May Bird Observatory in October. I have had a pair Swarovski 8.5 x 42 bins for years. I kept switching between the Swaro and Zeiss to see if the clarity of view and focusing were different between the two. With the Zeiss, my eyes seemed to be able to focus quicker on the birds and the focus wheel turned easily to bring them into sharper focus. We splurged on the Zeiss and my husband inherits my Swarovskis. We're both pleased!

Nothing better - 03/09/2016

by Allan from New York

These have to be the best binoculars available. The definition edge to edge, color rendition, brightness, close focus, quick and smooth focusing, and balance with the center of gravity closer to the eyepieces are all exemplary. I tested Leica and Swarovski before buying these, both are good, but the Zeiss SF is a cut better.

Best Birding Bins Money Can Buy - 03/07/2016

by B R from Florida

I had an opportunity to try out the Zeiss Victory SF 8 x 42 binoculars at the Space Coast Birding Festival in Titusville, FL in February and knew I had to upgrade to these from my Zeiss Victory T* FL 8 x 42 that I've loved using for six years. Until now I thought my old Zeiss would be my baby for life.

Here is why I decided to upgrade: In reality not significantly lighter than my older Zeiss model in ounces, but the balance that these binoculars have make them "feel" lighter than they actually are. They feel better in my hands, and the oversized focus wheel is easy to reach from a forward hand position that allows for faster and easier focusing because in less than two turns you can go from close focus to the longest distance focusing. The color from these lenses jumps out at you. You have to look through them to see for yourself: you have a sharper image and more vivid color, noticeably better than any other bins I have ever tried. No noticeable distortion at the edges. The brightness is as good as the Victory T* FL which is excellent in low light. They have a wider field of view 148m/1000m (444feet/1000yards) along with excellent close focus (less than 5 feet).

The only thing that is not as good as my old Zeiss bins are the objective lens covers that are one solid plastic piece instead of two individual rubber covers held on by rubber rings. The new objective cover design is not worthy of these binoculars. They have a loose fit that do not stay on. In my opinion they are only useful when you are putting your bins away for the night. It doesn't make sense you would cover the best lenses ever made with poorly designed cheap plastic covers. I took the objective lens covers off my Victory T* FL and put them on my new Victory SF.

Overall the Zeiss Victory SF 8 x 42 raises the bar for top of the line binoculars. Not cheap, but the best birding binoculars money can buy. Beware, their image will spoil you from using anything else.

Ideal Birding Binocular - 09/24/2015

by Andrew Z. from Murfreesboro, TN, USA

Very sharp image. Excellent in poor light. Very fast focus. Wide field of view for 8 power. Rich colors. Light weight. Excellent balance in hand, steady, and non-tiring when holding on bird for a long time. Have really been enjoying this binocular.

Zeiss edges out Swarovski - 03/27/2015

by Carl from Kona Hawaii

Own a pair of 8.5x44 EL Swarovski for 10 years. Never been impressed with Zeiss lineup. Keep a open mind. When there is something new i check it out. In the store, compared the New Swarovision 8.5x42 with the SF Zeiss 8x42. WOW! i like the Zeiss. They are just sooooo refined to perfection. Yes, the focus is better than butter. The feel in your hands superb. The .5 power on the Swaro is a double edge sword. It is noticeable. It's the fine line where you start to shake. When i look through the Zeiss i don't shake at all. Relaxing, effortless, you don't want to put them down. And, you don't want the Swaro back in your hands. Over all these Zeiss are edging out the Swaro i almost don't want to say that. I did look through the SF 10x42 Zeiss. Did not like them at all. Swarovski has a tremendous 10x50, 12x50, and the wonderful 15x56 which Zeiss has nothing close to these models. Well, if you can't decide on what to buy. Get a pair of Ranger 10x50 ED's. They cost about as much as the tax you will pay for the big guns. The 50mm objective on these ED Rangers make these impressive performers. Very lightweight and compact for a 10x50. Best bang for the buck in the whole store. Carl

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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