The Zeiss Victory Pocket 8x25 Binoculars make observation possible at all times, giving you the highest quality optical glass that you can take with you just about anywhere. An asymmetrical folding design makes this binocular especially compact for storage, much more so than other compact binoculars. Another feature separating it from similarly sized optics is it's extraordinary 390' field of view at 1000 yd. FL-lenses with the Zeiss T* multi-layer coating deliver optimal light transmission for the brightest possible images for a binocular of this size. The lenses are also treated with Zeiss's LotuTec coating that is highly moisture wicking, ensuring no water or dirt stick to the lens surfaces. Rubber armor and weatherproof construction makes this binocular highly robust, making it suitable for any outdoor expedition.
Included In The Box
Objective Lens Covers
Zeiss offers a Limited Lifetime Transferable Warranty
which protects you against defects in workmanship or materials for the life of the Product. If a defect that is covered by this Warranty is found, Carl Zeiss will, at its option and without charge, either repair your Product or replace it with a Carl Zeiss product of comparable specifications and value. Additionally Zeiss offers A No-Fault Policy
for CONQUEST HD and VICTORY HT binoculars (for up to 5 years after purchase, and only valid if your product is registered within 60 days of purchase.)
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A Game Changer and Best Buy
It isn't often one of the big 3 will produce a given model that is so far superior to the other two, but Zeiss has done just that with the new 8x25 Victory. Note the specs on this site appear to be for the older model at least re: FOV which is listed here as @ 357 feet at 1000 yards. Actually the FOV for this new Zeiss is @393 whereas its competitors Swaro 8x25 and Leica Ultavid 8x20 (I own both and they are excellent) come in at @357 and @ 340 respectively. The result for the Zeiss is a FOV and image much closer to an Alpha 8x30 or 8x32 in good light with acceptable performance in low light.
All ergonomics, focus and functions are superb except the diopter adjustment which is a little awkward. This handles just as well as any of my six mid size Alphas and can be held just as steady unlike other pocket models. The offset hinge makes IP adjustment much easier than a dual hinge design. Also more likely to stay correctly adjusted in use.
Eye relief is outstanding. Full FOV with glasses. I don't use my glasses with bins but leave the eyepieces down. Some say this model may not be good for those who don't use glasses. That's not my experience. The Victory comes to a perfect position with the eyecups resting in the right spot on my brow on autopilot. These handle as well as any binocular.
There are a number of expert reviews out there now. At least two state they are retiring their 8x32 Zeiss Victory and 8x32 Leica Ultravids in favor of this 8x25 because the slight optical advantages of the bigger models are often not woth the extra bulk and weight. Several who swore they would never resort to a compact binocular are now ardent converts after using the Victory.
Then there is the price. This binocular is almost as good as any Alpha 8x32 but it is a lot smaller and lighter. And it is less than half the price. If not the best, this is one of the best buys in binoculars right now.
The accessories are not so good. The sturdy good looking case cannot be used in the field nor even for storage without detaching the strap. Of course there are small cases available to use in the field. The strap is ok. The lugs should be changed because they are so tiny you can only use a strap with those threadlike attachments and this Zeiss version is very thin. No lens caps are provided. The Opticron compact rainguard works very well. Vortex compact objective covers work well if slightly modified.
Because the Victory 8x25 is far and away the best compact, performs nearly as well as an 8x32 but is smaller and lighter, and is a best buy, it is a Game Changer.