Zeiss Victory V8- Ultimate Variable scope

blaire

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Just looked at the Zeiss advert for these, anyone got one. How do they stack up against the Swaro Z6i, much of a muchness?
 

steveford1

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got z6is could not see much difference with the v8 if I had to buy a new scope I would not which one to pick Regards Steve
 

paul o'

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in the same boat sold one of my z6i's now looking at the ZM rail on the Zeiss fl x56 or ht or v8 but can't find mounts that convert the sako base to take the rail mounts and keep it as low as pos ! as the swaro was
 

Bdswest

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Hi

recknagel do a part that fits into the optiloc base to convert it to a Zeiss rail mount. I don't know the cost of this part but saw the chap from recknagel at the Newark stalking show. The reason for knowing the above was that a customer was looking to put a V8 on a sako 85.

Regards Jon
 

caorach

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There are very few decent scope tests about so getting real information rather than just repeats of marketing blurb and magazine adverts is tricky. This is the most recent "good" double blind scope test I've seen and Zeiss came out top for optics. No Swaro though, but they are connected to Khales who did surprisingly badly if that means anything. I can't see Swaro allowing their scopes to go into a double blind test with Zeiss somehow but it really would be great if someone could get all the common stalking scopes together and apply this chap's methodology to them:

Tactical Scopes: Optical Performance Part 1 | PrecisionRifleBlog.com

Try and read all the details of that test as there is a lot of info in there that people simply overlook, or read off the magazine advert and assume it is correct - the magnification of the S&B was interesting for example as it was nowhere near the mag range that S&B claimed.

The truth of the matter is that all the decent big name scopes are more than adequate for UK deer stalking, I shoot sika at last light in sitka commercial forestry and have no doubt that Zeiss, Swaro, S&B (what i happen to use) and quite a few others would do the job for me. If you must have the best optics then the very few well conducted tests I've seen always put Zeiss first and I personally think Nickel are up there as well but they aren't common around these parts.
 

jthyttin

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Personally I don't have much use for the superzooms. When I need highish top end magnifications, I don't mind if lower end is something like 4x-6x. And 1.5x isn't any more usable to me than, say, 2.5x, and then I can live with 10x-12x top end magnification just fine.

If there was something like 1-6x42 available, low end magnification really being 1x, and good day/night illumination, I'd be much more interested.

Nice thing about V8 is that just about all bells and whistles (like ballistic turret) are included. The glass should be a notch below HT series, though. And it's quite a handful, especially the 2.8-20x.

And Paul, why not just go without the rail if it's proving to be problematic?
 

JabaliHunter

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A massive tube for which practically no-one makes rings (except Recknagel tube scratchers) all for the sake of some extra elevation adjustment.
 

N.F.W.M

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A massive tube for which practically no-one makes rings (except Recknagel tube scratchers) all for the sake of some extra elevation adjustment.
I have a V8 and got my rings from Third Eye Tactical.

I can't compare my 56mm V8 to a 56mm Swarovski, but have to a 50mm Swarovski Z6i. The V8 set on 8x and the Z6i set on 7x. The V8 has the edge at last light, by a good 5 mins.

In comparison to a Leica Magnus 56mm the Zeiss was marginally in front on light gathering.

Regards

Ed
 

paul o'

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thanks mty that sort of made my mind up and i would't need the ZM rail :smug: but still like the V8 and the rail :doh: just need a used set of mount adaptors shooting show here i come :D





There are very few decent scope tests about so getting real information rather than just repeats of marketing blurb and magazine adverts is tricky. This is the most recent "good" double blind scope test I've seen and Zeiss came out top for optics. No Swaro though, but they are connected to Khales who did surprisingly badly if that means anything. I can't see Swaro allowing their scopes to go into a double blind test with Zeiss somehow but it really would be great if someone could get all the common stalking scopes together and apply this chap's methodology to them:

Tactical Scopes: Optical Performance Part 1 | PrecisionRifleBlog.com

Try and read all the details of that test as there is a lot of info in there that people simply overlook, or read off the magazine advert and assume it is correct - the magnification of the S&B was interesting for example as it was nowhere near the mag range that S&B claimed.

The truth of the matter is that all the decent big name scopes are more than adequate for UK deer stalking, I shoot sika at last light in sitka commercial forestry and have no doubt that Zeiss, Swaro, S&B (what i happen to use) and quite a few others would do the job for me. If you must have the best optics then the very few well conducted tests I've seen always put Zeiss first and I personally think Nickel are up there as well but they aren't common around these parts.
 

paul o'

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Thanks again to Alan Rhone found a set of converter blocks for £70 that convert the sako base to a zm zeiss mount .:D
 

9.3x64

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I own a Zeiss V8 1.8-14X50, fantastic scope. Heavy but compact. I alss own a Zeiss HT, and the V8 optics are alos the Schott HT lenses and are at least as good to look though. I cannot compare to Swarovski, S&B etc but I own 7 Zeiss scopes and the V8 is in my opinion by far the best thing I have ever owned.
I use mine on a 7x64 and I find the power range extremely useful!
When I am chasing a mob of pigs through thick scrub with my GSP I reall appreciate the wide field of view at 1.8 power. Then if I see them in the distance in a clearing or open flood plain I have plenty of magnification even for small targets such a fox etc. I have one ballistic turret fitted and I sight my load in for 100 metres and leave it ther for most hunting, however if a long shot presents itself and I just dial the range and put the crosshairs exactly where I want to place the bullet. You do not have to use the ballistic turret everytime, but it's their if you need it. 14 power makes sighting in at the range extremely easy as well.
IMO a fantastic scope.

The only reason I own so many Zeiss scopes is because my father owned a pair of Zeiss Binoculars for 30 years which were used abused most of the time, I still hunt with them.
That was enough for me as a young fellow to stick with the brand.
I am not saying they are the only good brand made of course.

Nickel are also a very good quality scope if you can afford them
 
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jay 22

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just looked at the reviews. ideal for woodland stalking it seams low mag. but also has high mag if you do alot of long range work. heavy by the sound of it though. but you would expect that with the thickness of the tube. scope rings are going to be dear. so more expensive on top. they have made it like that for more elevation. nice to see zeiss taking there scopes to next level.
 

jay 22

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There are very few decent scope tests about so getting real information rather than just repeats of marketing blurb and magazine adverts is tricky. This is the most recent "good" double blind scope test I've seen and Zeiss came out top for optics. No Swaro though, but they are connected to Khales who did surprisingly badly if that means anything. I can't see Swaro allowing their scopes to go into a double blind test with Zeiss somehow but it really would be great if someone could get all the common stalking scopes together and apply this chap's methodology to them:

Tactical Scopes: Optical Performance Part 1 | PrecisionRifleBlog.com

Try and read all the details of that test as there is a lot of info in there that people simply overlook, or read off the magazine advert and assume it is correct - the magnification of the S&B was interesting for example as it was nowhere near the mag range that S&B claimed.

The truth of the matter is that all the decent big name scopes are more than adequate for UK deer stalking, I shoot sika at last light in sitka commercial forestry and have no doubt that Zeiss, Swaro, S&B (what i happen to use) and quite a few others would do the job for me. If you must have the best optics then the very few well conducted tests I've seen always put Zeiss first and I personally think Nickel are up there as well but they aren't common around these parts.
thats a great review. i have the old model 6x24x56. not the fl. and it really is the best scope i have ever looked through. best bit of kit i ever had
 

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