I have 3 Conquests and one more on the way, all have the Z plex reticle. I have looked and shot with a few scopes that had ill. reticles and never have I felt that I needed or wanted a lighted reticle in the Zeiss scopes. Seeing the reticle has never been a problem even when hunting coyotes in very very low light situations.
As for the Rapid Z, thats a personal thing I guess. I've looked thru or shot with IORs, Nikons, Burris, and a couple of el cheapo brands that had BDC type reticles and have come to the conclusion that I'm a simple guy...or simpleton cuz I just don't care for all them lines, dots, dashes, or circles in my feild of view.
But hey thats just me..