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I purchased a pair of these one year ago and have used them heavily for birding. They are excellent binoculars. You cannot beat the optics (clarity, ...
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Two year followup...

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, TX Written on May 10, 2012
This is an addendum to the review I posted two years ago. At the time I purchased our Zeiss 8x30 Conquest approx. three years ago, they could be had for under $500. At that time, they were one of the better buys. Build quality was (and still is) excellent. The view remains crisp and sharp, and about as bright as a 30mm objective can get.

However, I will say that there are other brands that provide essentially the same optical performance for much less money, or better performance for slightly less money. These are still great binoculars, but I could no longer recommend them because of the price they now command. I like mine and will not ever give them up, but I will also say that my $299 Zen-Ray 8x43 ED2 binos afford a view that is just as crisp as the Conquests (and brighter too, as would be expected with the larger objective lenses).
Pros: Quality build
Cons: Too expensive for the performance...
Would recommend: No
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A great product--would buy again

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner Written on February 13, 2012
A great product, just what I expected from Zeiss. It is the right size for me to take hunting and get the view I need in shadows and low light.
Pros: Solid quality
Cons: High price (but it goes with the quality)...
Would recommend: Yes
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Quality in a Usable Package

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, TX Written on November 30, 2011
So light you can hold them steady with one hand. Clear crisp image. Smallest full size binocs I've had. That's a good thing for the field. Can see 3 of Jupiter's moons with em. Best binoc (and the most expensive)I've had. Don't think I'll ever need to go higher end than these. 4 Stars in my book.
Pros: Clear Optics, Light Weight.
Cons: None...
Would recommend: Yes
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Best in this price range

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, TX Written on November 3, 2009
These aren't the only very good binoculars at this price point, but these are the best binoculars I've seen so far at this price point. Sharpness is great, even to the edge. Feels very sturdy, and have held up well for the past year, as one would expect given the price. The only con I can think of is that the focus adjusting wheel is a bit stiffer than what I would like, but it's not as stiff now as when I got it. I guess that it just needs to be used more often. The strap is very comfortable. The case looks fine, but it is soft-side only, so it won't provide a lot of protection.
Pros: Optical clarity
Cons: Slightly stiff focus wheel...
Would recommend: Yes
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Excellent Binoculars

by Legacy Reviewer, Written on October 6, 2007
I purchased a pair of these one year ago and have used them heavily for birding. They are excellent binoculars. You cannot beat the optics (clarity, light transmission, etc.) for the money. They are also quite durable. I have used them in many outdoor situations and really beat on them. They still clean up like new after each use. The eyecups area little more rigid than on some other binoculars, but I have heard both pros and cons on this topic. I use the binoculars with eyeglasses so I keep the eyecups down all the way, all the time.

I recently compared these to Swarovski 8x42s and the Swarovskis feel like a boat anchor. They are very heavy compared to Zeiss, and the Zeiss focus wheel is very smooth.

I highly recommend these. My wife also has a pair of Zeiss Conquest 10x30 and she loves them. She is buying a second backup pair of exactly the same binoculars.

These are so affordable that you can afford to buy 2. I watch for sale prices and will probably buy a second pair of 8x30's to carry in my car.

If you read what is written about tips on buying binoculars, most will say that you should buy the best binoculars you can afford. My recommendations are a little different:

1) Buy the binoculars you will use the most. You only see birds when you have your binoculars with you. I prefer a smaller pair of 8x30's to a bulky 8x42 because I can almost fit the 8x30's in my pocket.

2) Buy a pair of binoculars you can afford to replace. If you buy bin...
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Zeiss Conquest 8x30 Binocular

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on August 14, 2007
The Zeiss 8x30 Conquest provides excellent sharpness, nearly no distortion, and remarkably fine edge of field sharpness. Although it was not advertised as an "ED" glass, it has practically no chromatic aberration. I find it has excellent light transmission, contrast, excellent optical and mechanical qualities. Highly recommended
Pros: Overall optical quality
Cons: None...
Would recommend: Yes
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