Originally Posted by ChrisF
The Hensoldt does not have a zero stop turret or a turn indicator
I think the turn is indicated well enough. Also, having only two full turns and plenty of elevation per turn, IME this is a non-issue. The turret will not go much below zero anyway if you have a 20MOA+ base.
Also if you want to have definite zero stop and a single turn turret ( and are willing to live with the limitation of 12 mils = 41 MOA of total elevation ) , you can pin the elevation turret in the same way the windage turret is pinned. The mechanism is already there, there just is no pin on the elevation turret when you purchase a Hensoldt.
Also notice the "extra knob" in the middle, it is for adjusting the height of the turret so the turn indicator line will be revealed at the right moment ( instead of e.g. being off half a turn if you have zeroed the turret half a turn between the lines ).
Needless to say I'm a fan of Hensoldts. Besides, I like their physical dimensions better than the Benders. Not a fair comparison but remember the 4-16x S&B is almost as long as the 5-25x pictured below, next to a 3-12 ( which is only a 1/2" shorter than 4-16x Hensoldt ) :
But, as always, YMMV. I just didn't become a fan of the Bender mostly due to its actual minimum magnification being somewhere around 7,5x ( any smaller than that, the FOV doesn't widen, you only get a dark shadow ) and the big size combined with the fact that I don't shoot any better with 25x than what I do with 12x, given equal size and shape targets.