ZEISS 10x42 Conquest HD Binoculars

BH #ZE10X42C • MFR #524212-0000-000
ZEISS 10x42 Conquest HD Binoculars
Key Features
  • Schmidt-Pechan Roof Prisms
  • HD Lens System
  • Aluminum Housing
  • Multi-Layer Coating
The 10x42 Conquest HD Binoculars from ZEISS have a higher magnification that allows concentrating on a more focused subject for greater detail. The golden-mean objective size provides sufficient light-gathering ability for the twilight zones of dusk and dawn without the added bulk of an oversized objective. Watersports and rainy days won't require leaving this item in the car or backpack. The binoculars are waterproof to 13' and nitrogen filled to provide fogproofing and inhibit any condensation buildup.
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ZEISS Conquest HD 10x42 Overview

The 10x42 Conquest HD Binoculars from ZEISS have a higher magnification that allows concentrating on a more focused subject for greater detail. The golden-mean objective size provides sufficient light-gathering ability for the twilight zones of dusk and dawn without the added bulk of an oversized objective. Watersports and rainy days won't require leaving this item in the car or backpack. The binoculars are waterproof to 13' and nitrogen filled to provide fogproofing and inhibit any condensation buildup.

ZEISS high-quality optics play a major role in the superiority of these binoculars. Multi-layer coating reduces light loss and glare due to reflection, offering a brighter, higher-contrast image and light transmission of more than 90%. High-density (HD) glass reduces the chromatic aberration that appears as unwanted "fringes" of color between dark and bright parts of an image. The LotuTec coating protects the lenses from dust and water. Rain just slides right off the exposed glass.

A large center focusing knob is easily accessible in all kinds of weather. The twist-up eyecups feature is a comfort for eyeglass and sunglass wearers and the dioptric adjustment ring allows for individual eye differences. The close focus of an up-front 6.6'/2m means being able to catch the detail in that fluttery butterfly's wing before it disappears into thin air.

Apparent angle of view: 66°
High-density (HD) lens system provides clear and neutral colors
Large focusing wheel and twist-up eyecups add user-friendly functionality
Nitrogen purged for fog and waterproof protection to 400mbar or 13' / 4m
Durable aluminum construction and a compact 6.1" size contribute to its light 1.6 lb weight
Functional temperature range of -22 to 140°F/-30 to 60°C
Multi-layer coating provides more than 90% light transmission for good twilight performance
Schmidt-Pechan roof prisms work as an image-erecting system and allow for a more compact housing architecture
LotuTec protective coating furnishes a clearer view in any weather and makes the optics easier to clean; water just beads up and rolls off the lenses
UPC: 740035002531

ZEISS Conquest HD 10x42 Specs

Prism TypeSchmidt-Pechan
Objective Lens Diameter42 mm
Angle of View6.6° (Actual)
Field of View345' @ 1000 yd / 114.54 m @ 1000 m
Minimum Focus Distance6.5' / 2 m
Exit Pupil Diameter4.2 mm
Eye Relief17 mm
Interpupillary Adjustment54 to 74 mm / 2.1 to 2.9"
Diopter Adjustment-4 to +4
Focus TypeCenter
FogproofYes, Nitrogen Filled
Water ResistanceWaterproof
Dimensions6.5 x 4.7" / 16.5 x 11.9 cm
Weight28 oz / 794 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight3.64 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)10.3 x 7.7 x 6.55"

ZEISS Conquest HD 10x42 Reviews

Great optical quality

By Chuck
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-19

I'm enjoying the excellent optical quality and ease of use after much frustration with a pair of pricier Swarovski binoculars.

Very high quality, very long lasting kind of optic

By Steve
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-01

The cost at about a thousand dollars makes this a somewhat big (daunting) purchase. I bought mine for birding to use in conjunction with the the spotting scope I bought, also for use with birding and nature observation (deer, small game etc). These bins have a very crisp and color rich image and a good deal of light that gets collected. I had a strong sense of wow when looking through these binoculars and I get breathtaking views of the wild birds that often visit the back edge of the property where I have some bird feeders setup. 10x magnification is enough for me and the tendency to go with the more is better approach in magnification choice doesn't always result in a better experience. I have read and now experienced how and 8 or 10x bin gives a nice blend of proximity to the subject, beautiful true to life color and excellent light collection. They feel heavy which does not bother me and they come with accessories to ensure you can carry them securely and perhaps give your arms a rest. This weightiness conveys a very high level of quality in terms of materials, build quality and design you would expect from optics made in Germany. The main focus wheel clearly shows made in Germany and that is one reason I went with this item. These bins are the kind that you buy and use for many many years or perhaps the last pair you will ever buy. The case, cleaning cloth and rubberized objective lens covers and eyepiece covers are a nice touch as are the padded neck strap and harness strap which are included. There is a warranty card that I think is important to fill out and doing so gets your bins registered for things like the warranty and perhaps proving ownership if they are lost or stolen or need repair. Easily adjustable to your particular size face and distance between your eyes and the eye relief nobs feel solid as you give your eyelashes room to flutter. I think most people would be just about as happy with less expensive options but the build quality, high-end optics and impressive colors make this pair of bins perhaps your last and many years of enjoyment.

Very happy

By shawn
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-01-04

I really wanted a nice pair of binoculars to replace a lost pair of Swarovski that I loved. I looked at Leica, Zeiss, and Swarovski. I wanted to keep it around $1000 so narrowed down to Leica and Zeiss for 10 X 42. I ultimately went with the Zeiss because they were actually made in Germany (not Poland, Portugal, or Asia). When I received them I was immediately impressed with the quality and finish, they really seem like high end binoculars. The performance is excellent, I was surprised at how clear and crisp the vision is. I had read a few negative comments about the dust cover being loose and I can see what is meant but it doesn’t bother me at all. I can’t tell you how happy I am. I’m a huge Leica fan but I highly recommend these

Nice optics, poor quality control

By Stephen
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2021-01-03

The first two pairs of these we bought had problems and we exchanged them immediately. The third pair lasted about 3 months and then the left eyecup jammed so it's no longer possible to extend or retract it. I like the optical performance but given the high price, I'm not happy with Zeiss design, manufacturing, and quality control.

Great image quality

By Thane
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-07-31

I tested 5 different pairs of binoculars and this was the runner up to the Nikon Monarch HG. The had a slightly better image quality, brighter overall than the Nikon. I also liked the focus wheel, which was easier to turn than all the others, but some may perceive that as being a looser feel. The reason I went with the Nikon was I liked the housing better. The Zeiss housing isn't terrible, but there were a few main differences: 1. Zeiss lens caps were not attached to the body, so you have to put them somewhere every time you take them off. 2. Better grippy, textured rubber coating on the Nikon 3. Locking diopter adjustment on the Nikon - you should only have to do this once, so I'd rather not have it moving around after I set it properly. 4. The nikon lenses were further away from the objective (large end) lenses, which should protect it from dust and rain better. The models I tested: 1. Nikon Monarch HG - favorite overall 2. Zeiss Conquest HD - best image, housing not as good though 3. Nikon Monarch 7 - Great image, just fuzzier at the edges than the top 2 4. Vortex Viper - Focus knob was extremely difficult to turn 5. Nikon Monarch 5 - similar to Monarch 5 but with much narrower field of view

Zeiss 10x42 Conquest Binoculars

By Gregory
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-07-11

The the purchase of the Zeiss 10x42 Conquest binoculars was a good decision. We use them for bird watching and general use. They are light and easy to focus with a very respectable field of view. The B&H deal was the best I could find.

Improved my birding

By Vivian
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-02

I took these binoculars on a 2 week birding tour in the Mexican jungle. The HD component was fantastic especially since I was always looking at birds among bushes and leaves. The birds stood out so much better, it really improved my ability to see the birds more clearly.

Birding Binos

By Linda
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-05-12

These binoculars literally took my birding to a new level. I previously used the Nikon Monarchs but these Nikons present images that are much crisper and cleaner. They make identifying birds easier for me Good luck! Happy Birding!

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Would these be good for birding? Are they too ...

Would these be good for birding? Are they too heavy?
Asked by: Tammy
I use these for birding and I'm quite happy with them. Weight is subjective, but as a 50 year old woman with some shoulder issues, these are comfortable for me to use and carry all day. I never hesitate to take them on any walk. FWIW, I use the included strap and carry them crossbody.
Answered by: Karen
Date published: 2022-01-31


Is this model made in Germany ?
Asked by: Anonymous
The inscription on the focus wheel says Made in Germany
Answered by: Barry B.
Date published: 2018-08-28

Do they have a tripod mount?

Do they have a tripod mount?
Asked by: Joe
Yes. In the front middle of hinge covered by a cap.
Answered by: ZEISS-PRO
Date published: 2019-03-21

Do these include the zeiss 5 year no fault ...

Do these include the zeiss 5 year no fault warranty?
Asked by: Dan
Answered by: Ray
Date published: 2021-04-06


Hello, Wondering if anyone has experienced blackout while the eyecups are adjusted all the way in? Also wondering how much chromatic aberration is present.Thanks, LH
Asked by: Anonymous
I've used these extensively for bird-watching over the last 18 months, and since I wear glasses, I have the eyecups all the way in. Provided that the distance apart of the eyecups match my eyes, no problem with blackout. I've never seen any chromatic aberration.
Answered by: Barry B.
Date published: 2018-08-28
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