2,548 Brands 529 Categories All Departments

Leupold VX3 LR vs Zeiss Conquest

Discuss Leupold, Bushnell, Swarovski, Weaver & more. Need advice on a scope for your firearm? We can help!

Leupold VX3 LR vs Zeiss Conquest

Postby wff68197 on Wed Dec 09, 2009 12:39 pm

I am shopping for a scope for a new 300 win mag. Trying to keep the budget for the scope/rings under $1000. I have narrowed down to the Leupold VX3 4.5-14X50 LR, the Zeiss Conquest 4.5-14x50, and the Nikon Monarch Gold 2.5-10x56. Main features I am interested in are light transmission, clarity, and ruggedness (this is going on a hunting rifle that will be used alot in rough conditions). Looking for any advice that can help sway my decision.

Leupold: I have one of these exact scopes on another rifle, and have several other Leupold VX-III scopes on others and have been happy with all of them. It has the advantage of the new leupold coatings and a 30mm tube vs the 1" tube of the zeiss.

Zeiss: Excellent reviews on light gathering, but 1" main tube. I have several other scopes in the 30mm tubes from Leupold, Nightforce NXS, and Swarovski. To me the difference at twilight of these scopes vs some of the 1" scopes I have are obvious. So the big question is how important is this with the Zeiss Conquest vs the glass/coating qualities?

Nikon: I normally would not consider a nikon on my list, but the Monarch Gold seems to stand out as a scope with great optics. Disadvantage is that it is only 10x. I know the answer is that you dont need anything more than 10x for almost all hunting scenarios, but at the range and some hunting situations I would rather have the extra 14x magnification on the top end instead of the 2.5x on the low end of the range.

Any other suggestions would be great in the same ballpark and reasonings. Thanks
Posts: 1
Joined: Wed Dec 09, 2009 12:15 pm

Re: Leupold VX3 LR vs Zeiss Conquest

Postby alteon180e on Wed Dec 09, 2009 1:23 pm

This is a tough choice between the 3, extremely high quality scopes. i have nikon monarchs and vx series scopes myself, but they are very difficult to tell apart unless u carry both rifles in ur hands. heh. my hunting rifle (.308)i ended up with a Leupold VX-3L 4.5-14x50mm Illuminated Riflescope. with burris zee signature medium rings. i have been very happy with the low profile of the scope and its light transmission is probably the best of all my scopes. its not very light (weight), and the illumination option may be of zero interest to you (there is a less expensive one without illumination). just my 2 cents from doing the same research a couple of months ago for my new hunting rifle. if u can take a look at on in person, u might like what u see. for me it was a purchase that after the first few trips i realized how happy i am with it.

Re: Leupold VX3 LR vs Zeiss Conquest

Postby MrGman on Wed Dec 09, 2009 1:25 pm


This is a thread about low light transmission and a bunch of scopes that were tested in Finland. You can go through it and see what makes sense to you. I and low light hunter did a lot of work to put this together.

Re: Leupold VX3 LR vs Zeiss Conquest

Postby Steven_L on Wed Dec 09, 2009 3:02 pm

A 30mm tube will not transmit more light than a one inch tube. It may result in slightly better resolution that may or may not be discernable to your eye. A larger objective will offer a larger exit pupil, but 56 is too huge and cumbersome. Comparing the Conquest to the VX-3, the Zeiss is the brighter of the two, but I would still opt for the lower mounting height of the Leupold. I love my Zeiss and Nikon scopes, but in this case, advantage Leupold.
Aim Hard!

Steve at OpticsPlanet

Phone: (800) 504-5897
Fax: (847) 919-3003
Site Admin
Posts: 2303
Joined: Fri May 19, 2006 10:35 am

Re: Leupold VX3 LR vs Zeiss Conquest

Postby bucksnortinted on Sat Jan 02, 2010 11:12 pm

i have the 3.5x10x50mm conquest on my t/c and and all my bosses,3 bros. are all big hunters and they all have the
VX111 on there rifles and they looked thru my scope and all said the same that the zeiss was a little brighter and crisper i have not tested the two in low light but this zeiss is one excellent scope and is very good in low light
i can see 15 to 20 min before or after dark with it which is past legal hrs anyway,and it stays zeroed in,now i am not bashing the the lupy because it is a good scope and there customer service is second to none,i have never heard of anyone yet having to return a zeiss for repair so i don't really know about the C/S the best place to pick a zeiss scope up would probaly be from Doug@cameraland
which ever way you go there both a great scope
Posts: 17
Joined: Fri Jan 01, 2010 2:18 pm