Specifications:

Objective diameter:  56 mm
Magnification:  8 x
Exit pupil: 7.0 mm
Useful eye relief (measured from rim of eyecup): 15 mm
IPD: 56 – 75 mm
RFOV:  7.4  degrees = 130 m
Focus type:  CF
Prism system:  Abbe-König
Waterproof: yes
Weight (measured, with eyepiece cover and strap): 1‘323 g
Made in: Germany

Remarks:

The 8×56 and 10×56 Victory FL models are today among Zeiss’ most iconic binoculars. Production was discontinued around 2012 (the only Victory FL still in production today is the 8×32, see separate post), but the Victory FL series, in particular the 7×42 (see separate post) , 8×42, 8×56 and 10×56, continue to be used in birding, nature observation and astronomy and change hands at high prices. The Victory FL 8×56 and 10×56 were succeeded by Zeiss’ Victory HT 8×54 and 10×54 (see separate posts), but these seem so far not to have become as successful as their predecessors. From today’s perspective , the 8×56 (the same is true for the 10×56) does not impress with a particularly good off-axis sharpness for a top glass, but in the sum of its other properties, it is and remains an outstanding instrument and in the opinion of some people one of the best binoculars ever made. Some also think that the Victory FL series marked the culmination point in binocular design and production at Zeiss.

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