Zeiss Victory HT binoculars are roof prism binoculars, and like all high-end roof prisms, they are completely sealed and nitrogen-purged, so they are waterproof, internally fog-proof and dust-proof. Like the FLs before them, the HT’s use the same Abbe-Konig prism array inside. One consequence of this design is that the HTs are a bit taller than most other 42-mm roof prisms. The HTs stand 7 inches tall with the eyecups fully extended, and 5.6 inches wide with the hinge fully open. Of course, the upside is that they are also extremely bright, but we’ll get to that later! High density glass and substantial rubber armouring also mean that the HTs are a bit on the hefty side.
Zeiss countered by switching to magnesium for the chassis which is lighter and stronger than the aluminium usually used for this. Despite that our postal scale put the HTs at 30.9 oz. for the 8x42 model (this weight includes the objective lens caps and the rain guard – they weigh 29.5 oz. without those). The 10x42 model is slightly heavier at 31.7 oz. (30.2 oz. without the caps).
The large Victory HT focus wheel, part of the unique Comfort Focus system, is strategically placed toward the centre of the binocular to remove strain on the focus finger and improve balance, creating a relaxed, comfortable grip – even with gloves. The forward placement of the focus knob in the Comfort Focus system also eliminates interference from the brim or bill of a hat. The Victory HT focus system is designed specifically for precise, effortless use, providing useful focus speed while avoiding the finicky, drift-prone focus of competing models. It has a wide natural field, with the highest possible centre resolution. This is a critical feature for those who need the sharpest image possible in order to make accurate assessments of game while glassing at extreme distances.
For durability and confidence in the field, Zeiss also created high grade magnesium Double-Link Bridge: the first bridge to fully protect the focus wheel, eliminate the weak point found in competing models by connecting the bridge with two solid linked hinges, and facilitate a natural and almost effortless setting of the dioptre control for the user’s individual vision. Intentionally separating focus and dioptre controls also provides a smoother, more precise focus than any competing super-premium binocular.
The Zeiss Victory 10x42 Binoculars are the most bright high end binoculars in the world with almost 95% light transmission. The combination of superb extra low dispersion glass with the highly efficient Abbe-Koenig prism array, combined with the proprietary Zeiss T multi coating ensures the highest contrast and brightest image quality available today. The 10x42 Zeiss HT binocular offers a 330 feet fields of view at 1000 yards, a broad 54-76mm interpupillary distance range and can close focus to just about 6.2feet. Zeiss Victory HT binoculars are completely sealed to be waterproof and internally fog proof.
The Zeiss Victory HT focus system is designed specifically for precise, effortless use, providing useful focus speed while avoiding the finicky, drift prone focus of competing models. It has a wide natural field, with the highest possible centre resolution. This is a critical feature for those who need the sharpest image possible in order to make accurate assessments of the game while looking at great distances.