We stopped by the Zeiss booth late yesterday to see what the legendary German manufacturer had in store for 2013 and we have to say – we are extremely excited by what we saw!
First off we got a chance to check out the new Zeiss Conquest HD5 Rifle Scope series. Three models are available now:
These rifle scopes boast new lens coatings for even better light transmission and an additional coating functioning as a strong water repellent. Carl Zeiss lenses have always been in the best the best category, and with the new Conquest HD5 boasting HD glass it will likely be a huge hit with hunters and the target shooting community.
Afterwards we spent some time with the brand new Zeiss Terra line, which they are targeting at the high end of the entry-level market. I never expected Zeiss would create a line targeting those on a more limited budget, but now that they are it looks like the entry-level category just got a lot more competitive.
First up was the Terra Rifle Scope line. Three models will be offered:
Starting at around $350, these rifle scopes don’t boast many of the features that the Conquest line does (and certainly not the Victory line) but you’ll still get Zeiss glass and the attention to details and durability you’d expect from Zeiss.
We also checked out the Terra Binoculars. These binoculars will debut in two varieties (the classic hunting configurations – 8×42 and 10×42) and boast ED glass and locking eyecups. In addition, these binoculars have a close focus of only 5 feet, making them usable for almost any application.
Zeiss enjoys an awesome position in the optics industry. Everyone knows that their glass is absolutely fantastic, and they’re able to leverage their prestigious position by making some of the best optics in the world. I’m amazed they’re starting to offer more budget-friendly options. I know Zeiss will never let their quality slip, so this is a huge deal. I can’t wait to check out the new binoculars!