Product Comparison: Zeiss Victory SF vs Swarovski Optik EL

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General Specifications
Swarovski Optik
Victory SF
About the Product
The 120m / 1000m field of view with 10x magnification is like a dream come true for many nature enthusiasts. The close range of 1.5 m allows for an impressive, larger-than-life view of birds, butterflies and dragonflies – as if you could reach out and touch them.
EL 42 binoculars combine size, weight, and optical performance to give the perfect product. They are multipurpose and reliable, suitable for use both during the day and at twilight. Nature lovers appreciate the unique close-up setting of 1.5 m and the rapid, precise focusing mechanism.
Key Specs
Magnification Power
10 x
10 x
Prism Type
Lens Diameter
42 mm
42 mm
Exit Pupil Diameter
4.2 mm
4.2 mm
Eye Relief
0.7 in.
0.78 in.
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Zeiss Victory SF Black Binoculars
  • I already had Zeiss binoculars; they were still good, but at 25 years old not good enough for my "older" eyesight! These new ones, however, are fantastic.
  • We own older good binoculars but optics have improved over the years. For a serious birder, great binoculars are a must and Zeiss is one of the best brands.
  • Stunning optics really enhance the experience of spotting those beautiful birds. They are great for low light viewing, not just morning and evening, but when you have a bird in deep shadow.
  • Crisp and clear edge to edge. Easy to hold. Totally beautiful.
  • These really are the best binoculars on the market. Clarity is outstanding and makes viewing a completely immersive experience.
Swarovski Optik EL Binocular, 10x42 mm
  • I find, though, that the greater magnification and detail make possible more rapid identification of birds that I see fleetingly.
  • The slightly reduced field of view and the slightly increased need for a steadier hand are not that noticeable to me. But the increased magnification is very nice.
  • I got the 10x magnification and have no trouble holding them steady.
  • The clarity is absolutely the finest I've seen to date.
  • I am not disappointed. I went with the 10 power for slightly better distance viewing and ID of raptors.
Size & Weight
6.8 in.
6.3 in.
4.9 in.
5.2 in.
2.5 in.
2.4 in.
27.5 oz.
29.6 oz.
Field of View
393 ft/1000 yds
336 ft/1000 yds
Shortest Focusing Distance
4.92 ft.
4.9 ft.
Field of View (degrees)
6.6 °
6.4 °
Included Accesories
Carrying Case
Field bag pro, Eyepiece cover, Objective lens cover, Lift carrying strap pro
Dioptric Compensation
Interpupillary Distance
2.1 - 2.9 in.
2.2 - 2.9 in.
Ultra-FL-Type lens, 65 degree wide-angle field of view, Water resistant LotuTec coating, Nitrogen Filling
New EL with Swarovision Technology, Field Flattener Lenses, Long Eye Relief, HD lenses minimize color fringing, Improved viewing comfort, SWAROBRIGHT trademark technologie, SWAROCLEAN trademark technologie
Light Transmission
90 %
What customers say about "Features"
Zeiss Victory SF Black Binoculars
  • The focus knob is much better, as well as the eyepieces and the entire design of the body.
  • Zeiss products are expensive but their quality make these binoculars a true value. 5 star
  • Lightweight,superb optics,comfortable to hold, this is a high quality item that will not disappoint, Recommended without hesitation.
  • I have both Leitz & Leica Trinovid 10x40/10x42 & Zeiss 12x42 they are all back ups now to the Victory SF I love the weight and balance of the Victory SF the sharpness is superb.
  • Weight balance is towards the face, which makes holding these up feel like they're weightless. Extremely pleased with this purchase.
Swarovski Optik EL Binocular, 10x42 mm
  • And the clarity and brightness all the way to the edge of the field is exceptional. My eyesight is very different in each eye and these have the best, largest and most positive diopter adjustment I have ever used.
  • The ability to focus down to 5 feet allows study of the smallest details of the birds coming to our feeders.
  • Very easy to adjust focus and quickly. I just think these Bin's are great.
  • The field of view is wide and without distortion at the edge.
  • The field of view is a bit narrower, so it is a little more difficult to get on the bird, particularly when it is nearby. I find, though, that the greater magnification and detail make possible more rapid identification of birds that I see fleetingly.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
5 year(s)
10 year(s)
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