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Zeiss Zeiss 15x45 BT Conquest
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Description: Zeiss have been making Top quality Binoculars for a long time & these are no exception. The styling & feel are superb, the optics are clear, crisp & very sharp. They have a 45mm objective which Is more than big enough & the 15x magnification Is very easy to keep a steady Image when handholding, which Is also very easy to keep up for long periods. At 625g these binoculars are very light Indeed. I did receive a few comments when enquiring about these binoculars & some said that you would need a tripod or something to keep them steady because of the high magnification. That cannot be further from the truth. I would highly recommend these Zeiss 15x45 BT Conquest for anyone Interested In birding. Fantastic & great value for your money.. They are Bak4 prism with a close focusing of 3m with a field of view at 64m. Also watertight & nitrogen purged to stop internal fogging. For people who want that higher magnification for long distance nature viewing, you would be hard pushed to find a better pair of binoculars..
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zcyka
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Registered: January 2011
Location: Mid-Atlantic region
Posts: 7
Review Date: Sun January 30, 2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Lightweight, bright, good resolution
Cons: price and field of view for birding

I've had this binocular for about three years and find the lightweight a definite plus. This gets carried many more places than a heavier instrument would!

Brightness and resolution are very good.

The magnification and objective lens size gives the expected narrow field of view. The lightness of the binocular makes it much easier to hold the view than a heavier instrument would be. The effort to find a moving image is understandably more than it would be with a larger objective lens. Many birders will find a larger field of view more desirable for quickly acquiring a fast-moving bird.

I'd recommend it to anyone who wants a good, close-up image.

Zcyka

Edited for: punctuation.
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crinklystarfish
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Registered: October 2013
Location: England
Posts: 67
Review Date: Sat November 9, 2013 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: Almost everything
Cons: Intolerable glare

I recently purchased the latest version of this binocular, the Conquest 15x45 T* as part of my update of equipment in order that it best serves my current interests and styles of use. I wanted a high power binocular to capture distant natural history interest, primarily to use from my truck, but also occasionally for handheld use.

I agree with most of the comments above, the image is generally good and the ergonomics are absolutely superb. The focus controls are very precise and smooth and the twist up eyecups are very nicely engineered. The dimensions, weight and balance are very impressive and the binocular is exceptionally comfortable to use and relatively easy to handhold steady enough in most circumstances. There is, of course, more pronounced shake than with the more mainstream 8x or 10x ‘birding’ instruments but it’s not disastrous. I even found the field of view tolerable and had it not been for a couple of deal-breakers I would have been delighted to keep this in my collection.

These were slightly too much colour fringing for my liking, especially towards the outer periphery of the image, and – more strikingly – a lack of errant light control. This was the really intolerable issue that I couldn’t get past and even in very favourable conditions I was aware of a flare / glare towards the periphery of the image. In less than favourable conditions this glare would creep across the whole image and really affect the quality of performance. I really wanted to be able to live with this as I liked everything else about this instrument but was just irritated by it every time I used the binocular.

If Zeiss were to rein in this errant light issue I would happily pay far more for this instrument, as it is, my quest continues for a ‘big eyes’ solution.
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