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Zeiss Victory 8x26t* PRF rangefinder

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Old 05-13-2010, 04:42 PM
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Zeiss Victory 8x26t* PRF rangefinder

A friend and I took my new Zeiss rangefinder out for a test drive today. The weather was overcast with intermitent drizzle, in other words a gray gloomy day. We drove the gravel roads until we found several cattle herds in pastures at various ranges. The rangefinder was set up in yards. We also had a old, 15 yrs old, Bushnell 400 with us. There is a world of difference between looking through the 8x26 Zeiss and the 7x25 Bushnell. The Zeiss is much clearer and brighter. We also had a pair of Nikon Traveller III's, 8x26 binoculars and a pair of Meade 10x25 binoculars along for the ride. The Zeiss was the best of all the optics we were using. These 67 year old eyes were able to make out greater detail with the Zeiss at any range than with any of the other optics.

I had read that the Zeiss would not range black objects, so we found a herd of mixed Black and Red Angus cows at ranges varying from 300 to 950 yds. I could range the black cows out to 650 yds but no further, the furthest that I ranged a red cow was to 957 yards. I was able to range red calves out to 800 yds.

We also played around with the scan mode, ranging cars passing us. The farthest I ranged a car was 1453 yards, not to bad for a 1300 yd rangefinder. The farthest building was 1149 yards.

When comparing the Zeiss to the Bushnell at ranges under 400 yds the Zeiss was much faster. It appeared that the Zeiss would have a readout as soon as you lifted your finger from the button. The readouts between the two were within 2 yds of each other to 400 yds where the Busnell could not read any further. I prefered the Ziess aiming mark to the Busnell's. The Bushnell 400 uses a LCD shaped like a set of cross hairs with a square in the center and is black in color. It also had a bar acrossed the top of the view that gave you a visual display of the lasers return strength and at the bottom the range is showed. The Ziess uses a LED shaped like a small set of crosshairs with a small circle in the center and is bright red in color and bright red numbers at the bottom for the range.

The Zeiss has a Ballistic Information System (BIS) in it that goes to 600 yds. I have no use for the system as the drops don't match any of my rifles and there is no way to input BC or bullet speed into the rangefinder. I would much rather See a ARC system in the rangefinder.

The Zeiss comes with a belt pouch, neck lanyard, cleaning cloth, instruction booklet, and a 2 year parts guarantee.

Last edited by Russ Hatch; 05-14-2010 at 04:12 PM. Reason: spelling
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Old 05-14-2010, 04:24 PM
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Re: Zeiss Victory 8x26t* PRF rangefinder

Yesterday was 100 percent overcast and a dark gloomy day. A good day for the performance of the rangefinders. Today was clear and cloudless. supposedly range finders don't range as far on a bright sunny day. My friend and I went for another drive to try the Zeiss PRF range finder again. Today the farthest I could range a cow was 903 yds acrossed flat ground, in a pasture. Surprisingly this was a Black Angus. Yester day I could not get a reading on a Black angus past 650 yds. I'm not sure what the story is there. Next up is measuring out to 1300 yds using a walking wheel and then trying the rangefinder and comparing. I've got a buddy with a farm that has flat ground and a horse I can tie out at any distance.
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Old 05-14-2010, 10:17 PM
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Re: Zeiss Victory 8x26t* PRF rangefinder

I've had one for over a year, and it ranges to about 1300 yards, as advertised. As I've said before, that's as far as I need to range anything.

It has great glass, ranges quickly, the BIS feature is cool, and it costs less than the highly respected Swaro.
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Old 05-27-2010, 06:54 AM
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Re: Zeiss Victory 8x26t* PRF rangefinder

I have had my zeiss for 8 months. I really can count on it in most light conditions. I have ranged in bright sun and snow, bright sun and on water, and mostly non-reflective (animal) objects. The furthest I've gotten a reading on a tower was 1430 yards. 800-900 is very reliable. My 2 cents. rc
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