This is a comprehensive Zeiss Conquest HD Review!
Zeiss Conquest is robust in design and offers high light transmission, which means you get high-definition images with crisp and clear sharpness. The ergonomic design gives you ultimate comfort in the field. You can use them for birding, hunting, wildlife observation, and countryside sightseeing.
The price is a bit on the higher side. However, if you look for exceptional German quality with lightweight and durability, these are worth the price. In this Zeiss Conquest binocular review, we will have an in-depth look at all the features, specs, available sizes, and overall performance of these binoculars.
- Optical performance
- Construction and quality
- All model sizes and specs
- What’s in the box?
- User reviews
- Our verdict
Zeiss Conquest HD Overview
These binoculars come with a wide field of view of 377 feet at 1000 yards and long eye relief, which means you can have a wide view to enjoy nature’s beauty.
The Carl Zeiss conquest optics come with its signature T* coating to ensure maximum light transmission. This coating works well with the extra-low dispersion HD lenses and dielectric roof prism system to give you an extra sharp and extra clear image with uncompromisable brightness.
It also comes with a pretty decent twilight factor of 20.5 which means you will love using these binoculars in low light conditions.
Zeiss Conquest binoculars are all made in Germany, and all their components, accessories, and optics. And they are designed for anyone who likes to enjoy seeing distant objectives at any time of the day.
Due to their aluminum construction, these binoculars are pretty lightweight for their specs and show the quality of Conquest manufacturing. These binoculars are available in seven different sizes. A wide range of sizes is available to meet your specific needs.
- Zeiss Conquest HD 8X32
- Zeiss Conquest HD 8X42
- Zeiss Conquest HD 8X56
- Zeiss Conquest HD 10X32
- Zeiss Conquest HD 10X42
- Zeiss Conquest HD 10X56
- Zeiss Conquest HD 15X56
The most popular size of them all is the 8X42 Conquest HD and the 10xX2 Conquest HD. As a birder, you’ll love the color precision and light transmission offered by both models. In the next 2 sections of this review, we will discuss important features that are the same in all sizes. Later on, we will highlight the critical features of each size.
The overall optical performance of these binoculars is pretty good. You will experience a highly accurate image with over 90% light transmission and precise colors with almost negligible chromatic aberration.
These binoculars come with extra-low dispersion HD glass lenses and prisms. The lenses of these binoculars are covered with T* coating, ensuring that you will get high contrast images in a range of different light conditions.
These binoculars have quality dielectric prisms to make the best use of available light. It means that you will get absolutely clear images even during dusk and dawn light conditions.
Thanks to its ED Glass, HD lens, and LotuTec protective coating, you get a clear image with natural colors as you see it with the naked eye.
The signature T* coating on the HD extra-low dispersion lenses along with dielectric prisms make sure that you don’t have to deal with any issues while viewing through your Zeiss Conquest HD binos.
The brightness is superb, and there is almost no chromatic aberration, even in low light. If you’re planning to hunt during low-light conditions, these are the must-have binoculars because they handle dawn and dusk conditions pretty well.
I get very good sharpness, no color fringing, fall off at the edges, or any operational difficulty.
Construction and Design
These German binoculars feature high-quality aluminum construction, which makes them lightweight to hold for a long time. These are built to take on outdoors and are waterproof to use in any wet conditions.
Body and grip
These Zeiss HD binoculars are pretty tough in construction, and they don’t feel too large or heavy in your hand either. The ergonomic design guarantees readiness no matter how wet the conditions are. The aluminum body is not only just light; it is also paired with a LotuTec armored body for an anti-slip grip.
Zeiss has made the Conquest waterproof, so you don’t have to worry about using them in the wettest environments. Apart from that, Zeiss has filled these binoculars with Nitrogen gas to make sure that they can handle fog and moisture well.
These binoculars also come with tripod adaptability to ensure that you can use them with a tripod or a window mount.
Focus wheel and focusing
The binoculars come with a central wheel focusing knob right in the center of both the lens barrels. It means that this knob is very easy to access from both hands, and you can use them to focus both lenses simultaneously.
Focusing on each lens individually can be problematic. For easy access, this kind of focus knob is best. The diopter adjustment range is from -4 to +4, which allows you to focus without your glasses. But it’s not lockable.
It also has an ergonomic design, which means you can move the knob with just a finger and even with your gloves on.
Eyecups and lens covers
You’ll experience a comfortable focusing system backed up nicely with a slightly slanted ergonomic eyecup. They are aligned carefully to deliver the best visual comfort.
Moreover, these eyecups are lockable, and they are fully adaptable according to your vision, even if you wear eyeglasses. These binoculars also come with eyepiece caps and lens caps to ensure that your options are well protected from the outdoors when you are not using them.
Conquest HD Model Sizes
Conquest binoculars come in seven different sizes. The most popular one is the 10×42 because it comes with quality optics and can handle low light conditions pretty well. Hunters, birders and wildlife watchers, and general observers love using them.
In the following table, we will list down a detailed overview of all the sizes.
|Objective lens diameter||32 mm||42 mm||56 mm||32 mm||42 mm||56 mm||56 mm|
|Eye relief||16 mm||18 mm||18 mm||16 mm||18 mm||18 mm||18 mm|
|Exit pupil||4 mm||5.25 mm||7 mm||3.2 mm||4.2 mm||5.6 mm||3.7 mm|
|Linear field of view||459 feet/1000 yards||420 feet/1000 yards||410 feet/1000 yards||387 feet/1000 yards||377 feet/1000 yards||345 feet/1000 yards||240 feet/1000yards|
|Angular field of view||6.4 degrees||7.4 degrees||7.1 degrees||6.8 degrees||6.6 degrees||6.6 degrees||4.6 degrees|
|Close focus||4.9 feet||6.5 feet||6.5 feet||4.9 feet||6.5 feet||11.5 feet||11.5 feet|
|Dimensions (height/width)||4.9 x 4.5 inches||5.9 x 4.72|
|8.3 x 5.7 inches||5.2 x 4.6 inches||5.9 x 4.7 inches||7.4 x 5.2 inches||8.3 x 5.7 inches|
|Weight||22.5 oz||28 oz||44.6 oz||22.2 oz||28 oz||45 oz||45.7 oz|
|Handheld||Best for on the go||Best for on the go||Better to use when stationary||Suitable for on the go||Suitable for on the go||May need a tripod||Tripod is recommended|
Zeiss Conquest HD 8X32
The Zeiss Conquest HD 8X32 binoculars are great for using on the go due to their lightweight design. These binoculars are one of the lightest of all the models.
The Conquest HD 8X32 binoculars also come with the shortest of all sizes. It has the widest linear field of view of all sizes and comes with an eye relief of 16mm, which is relatively decent for such optics.
This is the best size for birding and general wildlife observation because it’s pretty lightweight and easy to carry when you are on the move.
Zeiss Conquest HD 8X42
The Zeiss Conquest HD 8X42 binoculars are better suited when you use them while being stationary. In this Zeiss conquest HD 8X42 review, I found the binos with a slightly better optical system, and that’s why they are a bit heavy. And with that, you will have to deal with a slightly more distant close focus of 6.5 feet.
The linear field of view of Conquest HD 8X42 is one of the best at 410 feet at 1000 yards, and so is the eye relief, which is 18mm. These binoculars also come with an exit pupil of 5.25mm, ensuring that you will get the right amount of light even during low light conditions.
Zeiss Conquest HD 8X56
The Zeiss Conquest HD 8X56 binoculars come with powerful optics, which makes them a bit heavy. So, it’s better for you to use them with a window mount or a tripod adapter. These binoculars are meant for distant observations because their close focus is not going to be that great.
However, these Conquest HD 8X56 binoculars come with a linear field of view of 410 feet at 1000 yards. They also have the widest exit pupil of all sizes, and with a better eye relief of 18mm, these binoculars will provide you with some stunning views boosting accurate color and clarity.
Zeiss Conquest HD 10X32
The Zeiss Conquest HD 10X32 binoculars are also great for using on the go. These binoculars come with the least close focus together with the 8X32 size and feature a pretty decent field of view of 387 feet/1000 yards.
The Conquest HD 10X32 is suitable for new birders on the go due to its lightweight construction.
Zeiss Conquest HD 10X42
The Zeiss Conquest HD 10X42 binoculars come with a close focus of 6.5 feet, which means they emphasize more on distant objects.
While doing an in-depth Zeiss Conquest HD 10X42 review, I found a linear FoV of 377 feet at 1000 yards helpful to follow a flying object clearly. You can use the Conquest HD 10X42 to see distant as well as close objects very comfortably.
They are not extraordinarily heavy to use on the go up to some extent, but they are better suited for stationary use.
Zeiss Conquest HD 10X56
The Zeiss Conquest HD 10X56 binoculars are heavy pieces. It is suitable for stationary use with a window mount or a tripod adapter due to its heavy optics.
The close focus around 11.5 feet, which means it is not suited for closer observations. Due to heavy optics, these Conquest HD 10X56 binoculars are better suited for stationary observation of the skies. These binoculars are great when it comes to light transmission. It means that astronomers and stargazers will love using them.
Zeiss Conquest HD 15X56
Just like the 10X56 size, the Zeiss Conquest HD 15X56 binoculars are also suitable for astronomy and stargazing. These are pretty heavy binoculars and the heaviest of all sizes. So, they are meant for stationary use with the help of a tripod or a window mount.
The Conquest HD 15X56 also comes with a pretty decent exit pupil, but the linear field of view is not that great. It means that they are better suited for detailed observation of a distant object. They also come with a pretty long eye relief of 18mm, which means they are great to be used with eyeglasses.
Zeiss Optics Warranty
Zeiss warranty provides its end users with the benefit of free-of-cost repairs and replacements to fix all issues associated with the quality of the product materials and craftsmanship within 2 years from the date of purchase.
This warranty doesn’t include any intentional damage or cosmetic change to the product and loss or theft of an object or any of its components.
It’s a fair warranty if you compare it with what other brands have to offer, and the company stands behind the products and the components that it makes for quality assurance.
The only issue that we found in these binoculars by Zeiss is that they are slightly expensive. But a better price is justified when you will see results that are very accurate in terms of color production and light transmission.
Apart from that, we didn’t find any issues with these binoculars, and you will certainly love using them for your outdoor endeavors.
What’s In the Box?
These binoculars are available in different sizes. The ones with the heavier options don’t come with window mounts or tripod adapters. We think Zeiss could have added one of these accessories to the box because you are sure to buy them separately as these binoculars are heavy.
Only the 15X56 Conquest HD comes with a tripod with the purchase (Optics Planet). With that kind of price, these add-ons should have been included in the purchase of all heavier binoculars.
- Conquest HD binoculars
- 2-year Zeiss binoculars warranty
- A carrying case
- A rainguard
- 2 objective lens covers.
- A neck strap
The Zeiss binoculars come with a user rating of 4.6 stars which is pretty awesome.
Most people have loved these binoculars because they provide accurate color results with better light transmission. Clarity is there as well, and for those lockable eyecups, the binoculars are pretty easy to use.
Only a few people have complained that these binoculars are a bit on the expensive side and nothing beyond that.
The proof is in the pudding as they say. But in this case, it means “putting” as it putting it on top of your tripod and doing a head-to-head against your existing glass. At first, I thought somehow these 10×42’s were providing me the same level of magnification as my Vultures. They do not, but what it is, is that these Conquests offer up soo much more detail to your eyes that you’d swear you are seeing the objects as close as that other one. Especially due to greater depth-of-field @300yds was trying to determine if this spike buck had enough of another nub on its antler “that you could hang a ring off it”. In desperation, I tried grabbing for the 15×56 but since it just wasn’t as clear as this Conquest, even though the image appeared with more magnification to it… it WAS NOT as sharp as the image made by these Conquests. Having these Conquests now… makes it pointless for me to have the lesser 15×56 binos from that other manufacturer. Anyhoo… get you a pair of these ZEISS and never look back.
If you think that these binoculars are a bit on the expensive side, you should consider buying one of the following alternatives.
Zeiss Victory RF
The Zeiss Victory RF is another good option that you can consider. These binoculars are also one of the high-end devices and come with a rangefinder as well. It means that if you are a hunter, you will find these binoculars pretty handy out there in the bushes.
These quality binoculars by Leica come with a long eye relief of 19mm and an exit pupil of 5.25mm. These binoculars feature an eye relief of 376 feet at 1000 yards. They are also built for outdoor use due to their rubber-armored body, plus they also ensure pretty highlight transmission even in low light conditions.
Vortex Razor UHD
If you are looking for an alternative around the same price, consider Vortex Razor UHD. These binoculars come with an eye relief of 16.7mm and an exit pupil of 4.2mm. These binoculars are pretty lightweight and have an ergonomic design.
The Zeiss Conquest HD binoculars are great for birding, hunting, general-purpose observations, and their larger sizes are suitable for stargazing and astronomy.
These binoculars are slightly expensive, but you’ll get the best light transmission than many other brands. Although you are paying just a bit more, you are getting the benefit of using the binoculars in the twilight zone pretty effectively.
We have found that these binoculars are the absolute best for light transmission out there in the market, no matter which size you choose.
The most popular of them all is the 10×42 HD because it balances out the binoculars’ quality optics and easy mobility. It becomes pretty versatile to use for general observations, exploring, birding, and hunting.
You can buy Zeiss binoculars in-store or online directly from Zeiss of its authorized dealers across the globe.