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Carl Zeiss Optical Inc Victory Binocular 10x32 T FL LT (Black)
|Price:||$2,099.99 - $2,859.50|
- Waterproof & Fogproof
- Wide Angle
- Roof Prism
- 6.8° Angle of View
- Made in Germany
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Zeiss' 10x32 Victory T* FL binocular is the epitome of optical excellence. From any measurement of greatness it succeeds admirably, a tool bereft of weakness which becomes so intuitive with use as to functionally disappear from the user's mindset. This should be the goal of any binocular-to be the invisible conduit to great viewing of the subject. Its 10x32 configuration provides dramatically-close subjects in a size that you'll be able to carry almost anywhere.
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If I were a dedicated birder, I might opt for a larger size. But these fit the bill for me and, honestly, they have such incredible optics, I just don't see how much more can be gained, except perhaps at extremely low light. Ergonomics are, for me, flawless. But that wanders into the realm of subjectivity, so draw your own conclusions.
I'm not an expert, but there are plenty of expert reviews of the Zeiss Victory FL binoculars. The superlatives are well earned. Heck--I bought two.
These spot things while walking. Very bright, and amazing field of view.
Reasonably small and light, not quite pocket size but great power.
I own a pair of Carson 3D ED 10x42mm binoculars (23.3 ounces, $300) and compared the Zeiss FLs 10x32 (20.5 ounces, $1800) in great details and in many settings and lighting conditions. I could mention chromatic aberration, sharpness, brightness, edge fuzziness, eye relief, etc., but I will spare you the details. Although I researched all the claims and reviews of these models, the bottom line is: how are they?
The answer: The Carson binoculars are about 90-95% as good as the Zeiss. Sure, I'm comparing appeles to oranges--one is 42mm, on is 32mm. On is lighter and more compact than the other. They are built differently (the build-quality, to me, is about the same). The warrantioes are both about the same, frankly. I'm just saying that, even in low-light situations, the Carson 3D ED glass is nearly the same as the Zeiss FL. The more expensive German import is very slightly more sharp for details in low light, sure. And the colors might be a touch more true (the Carsons are a tad warm). But, trust me, it's minimal. The Carson's are very good for their price...and I have zero affiliation with Carson. In fact, if you look at my review of the 3D ED, I roasted them for a case that is abysmal--truly a piece of rubbish. So, this is very unbiased.
I am keeping the FLs because I need small, compact, and slightly lighter (by 15%) for birding. The amount of improved detail from the FL: meh. Nothing to write home about. I was on the fence about sending them back, to be frank. Their good but so is the Carson. So, I will keep the FLs. I also own the Victory 8x20 and 10x25 Compacts, and those are awesome (in lighted settings). Less than 8 ounces, one can wear those around their neck like jewelry. Recommended.
So, bottom line, even though I can afford these FLs, and did buy and keep them, if I was needing binocs for hunting, sports, or general viewing, I would pay for the Carsons, certainly, and pocket the grand and a half difference to go on a hunting safari. The FLs are not needed. For birding in rough conditions, like the desert mountains, or while rock climbing, where accidental hit damage is a strong risk, I'd use the cheaper Carsons. If I was using the glass only in the daytime, I'd buy the Victory T Compact (likely 8x) for half the price of these FLs and appreciate their quality and lightness/low weight. If you have a field test on birds in the wild, and being graded on your ability to identify a yellow-bellied sap sucker at 500 yards, with a cash prize if you can count the exact number of his tail-feathers, then get the Zeiss FL.
That's my take on it. I hope this helps, and you can "see" these models though my eyes. I have read tons and tons of reviews online, and, to be frank, non of them are blinded. I firmly believe that, completely blinded, many reviewers could not even detect much difference between these two glasses, the FL and the 3D ED. Sure, most would pick the FL as it is ever so slightly cleared/sharper, but it is not brighter (the Carson 42mm objectives cannot be overcome by 32mm objectives despite the quality of the coatings). I believe most would come to the same conclusion that I did: those binocs are very, very close in optics, and one is only worth 5x the price of the other if that marginal difference matters to them. And it is marginal, very marginal. They are both awesome glass. Just get a new case and lens/eyepiece covers if you get the Carson.
There are always fanboys of the European binocs (Zeiss, Swarovski, Leica, etc.) that chine in on any review of their "pets", usually to state that the reviewer that shaded their favorite brand needs to have their eyes checked, or that they must have gotten a bad pair to test, or some other such tripe. I stand by my opinion, and have viewed these binoculars though the eyeglass-less vision at length, both on and off the tripod, in wild settings. If you have other, or opposing, ideas or opinions, I look forward to your review (adding comments are seldom seen and really help no one; just write your own review). Thanks, friends.