The Conquest hunting binoculars by Zeiss are fully loaded. These hunting binoculars come with HD lenses designed to reduce color fringing, and they also have a newly designed body equipped with rubber armor that completes the classic Zeiss look. The eyepieces are bigger and better too, offering a wider FOV and massive lenses that make this model a steal for the price.
These binoculars aren’t quite powerful enough to compete with some of the major binoculars on the market, however, they can handle a wide range of light conditions, although they do struggle in intense sunlight.
Overview and Features
If you’re in need of easy to use, durable binoculars that are built to last, then look no further than the Conquest by Zeiss.
At first glance, these binoculars look very similar to the higher priced Brunton Epoch hunting binoculars. Everything about these binoculars from the thick two-texture armor to the tapered shape has the same premium feel.
However, the Conquest binoculars are a little longer and heavier. They also have a more conventional design with the focus located on the back and an armored hinge. Zeiss didn’t include thumb cutouts, designed to improve grip, however, the textured rubber material does a fine job of giving the user a nice surface to hang onto. Additionally, the construction looks nice and rugged.
These binoculars excel when it comes to easy adjustability, which makes them a great choice for beginners.
The focus is fast, precise, and smooth. It takes less than a turn from a close focus of just three millimeters to infinity. There’s a little play on the wheel but not enough to affect the performance.
The conventional ring is located below the right eyepiece and doesn’t come with a locking mechanism or click stop adjustments. Many found that the ring was a little too stiff.
These binoculars come with Abbe Koenig prisms which provide better light throughout the lenses by bending the light using internal reflection, just like Porro prisms. The lenses offer a ninety percent light transmission, for improved brightness.
Equipped with high fluoride glass, these binoculars don’t have low chromatic aberration levels like you’ll find with some models of HD binoculars.
If you’re looking for hunting binoculars that don’t struggle with chromatic aberrations in bright sunlight, click here to read our buying guide where you’ll get an in-depth look at other leading models.
The objective lens is well-recessed complete with micro-ridge lens rings and a couple of large internal baffles that are designed to suppress stray light.
The T lens coating is top quality. The lenses have a light pink hue that adds to the cool color balance, in addition to the latest coating called Lotu Tec which is designed to minimize dust and dirt build up.
The eyepieces feature twenty-five-millimeter lenses and yield a wide apparent field of sixty-nine degrees. Unfortunately, the eye relief is somewhat lacking.
While the manufacturer claims the eye relief measures at eighteen millimeters, they’re in fact closer to fourteen millimeters. However, the deep ridge running around the eyecup’s rim is part of the problem.
If you don’t properly position the cup, you might experience spherical aberration of the exit pupil.
The eyecups themselves have only a couple of positions, while many higher priced models have three.
They have a soft feel to them however, the action feels a little stiff.
These binoculars handle well, however, they’re pretty heavy for hunting binoculars. Since you’ll need to hold them around the objectives in order to reduce shakes, the fact that they don’t come with thumb cutouts really doesn’t matter. The armor is tacky and smooth and tends to attract marks and dust.
Comfort-wise, these are great binoculars. The focus wheel is easy to use, but the diopter adjustment feels too stiff.
Hanging the binoculars around your neck can become pretty uncomfortable after a few hours of use.
The view is very sharp and bright. The resolution is excellent, with the colors slightly on the cool side of neutral. In both barrels the focus snap is perfect.
The manufacturer recommends binocular basic care such as using the included cloth to keep the lenses free of debris and dust. You may want to wipe down the armor using a damp cloth to remove any dirt and dust that gets stuck to the tacky exterior.
- Generous FOV
- Easy to use
- Highly adjustable
- Fully multi-layered coating
- Armor feels tacky
- Diopter ring feels stiff
- Chromatic aberration in bright sunlight
- May be too heavy for some users