What is better Zeiss or Swarovski??

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by Smoak352, Jan 10, 2012.

  1. Smoak352

    Smoak352 Well-Known Member

    Dec 5, 2011
    I am in the market for a new scope. I am trying to decide between Zeiss and Swarovski. I have a Zeiss conquest, which I understand is at the bottom of the company's quality. I looked through my buddy's binoculars which were Swarovski and was amazed at the clarity. Is this because they were binoculars or because of the Swarovski glass? I do not have anywhere close that sells these scopes so I will have to purchase online.

    I have around $2000 to spend.
  2. Greyfox

    Greyfox Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2008
    I wouln't base your scope buying decision based upon looking through binoculars. The optical design is very different, and, you are using both eyes. I'm not saying that the Swaros are not good scopes, but for $2000 there are quite a few scopes with great glass that you be hard pressed to see a difference. But there is also a very wide range of other differing capabilities that you may want to assess before making yor purchase. You could spend less than your budget and get a scope you are very satisfied with. But, before you buy anything you may want to look through a few other good scopes. You might find that your Zeiss is much better than you think. IMHO.
  3. jehu

    jehu Well-Known Member

    Nov 23, 2011
    I have a Zeiss Conquest 4.5-14X44 and a Swarovski Z3 3-10X42. Comparing the two the Swaro is clearer and sharper to my eye than the Zeiss and there is a big differance at low light with the Swao out doing the Conquest by a considerable amount. I also have a Zeiss Diavari 3-9X36 and it will run with the Swaro in clarity but the Swaro very slightly out does it at twilight for shapness of image but you could eaisly make the shot with either. I have two Swaro Z6 2-12X50 and they are outstanding glass. Just my .02 but I would go with the Swarovski. I also have the Swaro 12X50EL's which are the best Bino's I have ever owned.
  4. Sami

    Sami Well-Known Member

    Dec 31, 2011
    It has a lot to do with personal preference. My personal choice was Zeiss Victory Diavari 3-12x56. That would be my recommendation if low light performance is critical to you. Z6 is close thought, you can't go wrong with either one.

    On the low end Z3 is IMO better than Conquest but both are excellent scopes.
  5. lightwind

    lightwind Well-Known Member

    Jan 15, 2011
    As Greyfox mentioned, you cannot compare bioncular clarity with scope clairty because the use of two eyes will even out any problems that one eye will have alone. The brain fuses the two images together and does a very good job of getting more detail in the fusion process.

    Having said that, I have both a 6-24 Zeiss FL T* Victory and a Swarovski 3-18 Z6. The bottom line is that they are both better than my eyes are. Both are great in low light and have outstanding resolution and clarity. You will not go wrong with either of these high-end scopes.

    You can count on both of these scopes being among the best in image quality. The real differences in the scopes comes in the details such as turrets, zoom range, and reticles. I chose the Swarovski for the 6X zoom range. I chose the Zeiss for the reticle. They are on very different rifles for very different reasons. They both have outstanding images. As others have mentioned, there are other scopes with similar quality such as Premier, US Optics, and Schmidt and Bender. You won't go wrong with any of those, but pick the scope based on qualities other than the image quality because all of those I have mentioned are pretty nearly the same.
  6. T3-OleMan

    T3-OleMan Well-Known Member

    Jan 3, 2009
    Here is my post and purchase on same thing. I wanted a German Glass and they were equal so I got ZEISS. Good luck