I looked through several of the new HD5 scopes at the SHOT Show this week. I own a few Conquests and also a Bushnell 4200.
I think that the glass is at least as good as my "regular" Conquests and the ones I compared it to right at the show, and a far sight better than my 4200 or any 4200 I've ever used. I would not judge it until you see it yourself.
Also the new version of the RapidZ reticle is far less "busy" and the target turrets are shorter. Overall I think it's a home run for this magnification range.
It's like buying a new golf driver. I go to demo days and the new clubs fly better than my old one. I get one, no not the demo I tried out, and it ends up no better than the clubs I already own? Scopes maybe the same deal, who knows.
Dang it ! Side by side this Zeiss HD5 and my 12 year old Bushnell elite 4200 6x24x40mm and Weaver 3x15x50mm Tactical . Zeiss by a nod and only a nod. Also i'm 55 and wear glasses I'm near sighted. In fact i take my glasses off when shooting through a scope.
Do you have any astigmatism in the eye you use for aiming? Or is the correction only diopter (myopia)?