Specifications:

Objective diameter:  42 mm
Magnification:  8 x
Exit pupil: 5.25 mm
Eye relief (acc. to spec): 18 mm
IPD:  55 – 76 mm
RFOV:  8.5  degrees = 148 m
AFOV:  64 degrees
Focus type:  CF
Prism system:  Schmidt-Pechan
Waterproof: yes
Weight (measured, with eyepiece cover and strap): 857 g
Made in: Germany

 

Remarks:

When the Victory SF,  the “crème de la crème” of Zeiss binoculars, was introduced in 2014, it featured a light grey rubber armour with unusual haptics, not the “normal” black. The market response by the apparently quite conservative birding, hunting and nature observation community seems not to have been what Zeiss expected, and Zeiss quickly updated the SF with a traditional black armour (the PINACOLLECTION keeps a grey 8×42 and a black 10×42). This episode shows how tricky it can be to bring out new products with features “beside the beaten path”. These minutiae aside, the Victory SF is a superb instrument that combines the best ergonomics in the premium sector with widefield, edge-sharp optics in a surprisingly leight weight body. This is no doubt one of the top five 8×42 binoculars today, the other four being the Swarovski EL SV, the Leica Noctivid, the Leica Ultravid HD+ and the Nikon EDG. Which one of these “Fabulous Five” you prefer depends much more on personal preferences than on any significant performance differences.

Ratings:

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Review:

A brief 2015 review (in German) can be found here:
https://www.juelich-bonn.com/jForum/read.php?9,425449,425855#msg-425855

A comparative review, also in German, here:
https://www.juelich-bonn.com/jForum/read.php?9,426194

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