Skip to main content

Zeiss Victory RF Binoculars and Range App

Zeiss Victory RF Binoculars and Range App
Photo by Mark Fingar

Having fewer pieces of gear on a hunt is always a blessing. What inevitably happens is the piece you need is at the bottom of the pack. Extra gear also means more weight. So, when I heard what Zeiss did with their Victory line of binoculars, I had to check them out.

Zeiss pulled off the single greatest gear elimination feat in recent memory. They managed to combine premium binoculars with a weather meter, a rangefinder and a ballistic calculator and pack it all into what looks like a regular set of binos.

Optics & Lasers

Spend some time stomping around the mountains in search of elusive four-­legged critters, and the need for a good set of binoculars becomes readily apparent. Couple that with seeing game bedded down in shadow or being able to pick a set of antlers out of a bush, and you will need excellent resolution and contrast, too.

Zeiss Victory RF Binoculars
Photo by Mark Fingar

One of the premium binocular manufacturers in the world, Zeiss started this all-­in-­one project with a premium set of its binoculars as the foundation. The next piece of the puzzle Zeiss incorporated is an exceptional laser rangefinder.

My first stop when testing this rig was steel plates at a nearby range where plates run all the way to 1,000 yards and get as small as 1 MOA. I had no issues hitting even the small plates. Next was scanning a tree line at 1,400 yards. That’s farther than I’ll ever shoot at anything with fur, so I was impressed.

Zeiss’ specs for the binos state it can range out to 2,500 yards. I’m sure that’s accurate on reflective targets (like steel), but fur-­bearing animals are much more difficult to range. I ranged the farthest cow (like in cattle) I could find in a nearby field and got the feeling that the binos had more to give.

Zeiss Victory RF Binoculars
Photo by Mark Fingar

Bringing It All Together

The next two items Zeiss pulled into the binoculars work together to give reliable come-­ups: the weather meter and a ballistic calculator. A weather meter is vital because it records temperature, pressure and humidity. Without those three variables accurately measured and accounted for, any ballistic solution is just going to be a good guess.

The ballistic calculator Zeiss built into their binoculars is done completely in-­house. Zeiss engineers even did the programming for the ballistic calculator.

That’s not something you hear every day. All ballistic calculators are not created equal, so I compared the data that came from the Zeiss bino with an Applied Ballistics Kestrel I have. Both devices read to within .1 mil of each other. Since both run off of either a G1 or G7 coefficient, it’s not surprising the solutions each generates are practically identical. I would rate the Zeiss ballistic calculator at least as accurate as the Applied Ballistics software.




Zeiss Victory RF Binoculars
Photo by Mark Fingar

While the binoculars can be used independently of other pieces of gear, getting them set up requires a smartphone or tablet. The trick to getting any ballistic calculator to work well is to feed it good data. Garbage in equals garbage out.

The key pieces of info you’ll need to get set up correctly are muzzle velocity (measure your own, don’t just pull it off the box of ammo), sight height (distance between centerline axis of the scope and centerline axis of the bore) and ballistic coefficient (BC). The Zeiss app comes with a healthy BC library, so you’ll likely just have to select the bullet you’re using from the drop-­down menu.

Once the profile is built in the app, everything loads into the binoculars at the touch of a button. With the profile loaded into the binoculars, they are ready to function independently.

Recommended


Zeiss’ Victory RF binoculars are my top pick for hunting binoculars. The features that made the decision easy were the image quality, the accurate on-­board ballistic calculator and the excellent rangefinder. These binos work with any rifle/scope combination and greatly simplify a hunter’s life afield.

Victory RF Binoculars

  • Magnification: 10X
  • Objective: 42mm
  • Eye Relief: 17mm
  • Exit Pupil: 4.2mm
  • Field of View at 1,000 yards: 345 ft.
  • Length: 6.5 in.
  • Width: 4.8 in.
  • Weight: 32 oz.
  • MSRP: $3,400
  • Manufacturer: Zeiss, zeiss.com
Current Magazine Cover

Enjoy articles like this?

Subscribe to the magazine.

Get access to everything Guns & Ammo has to offer.
Subscribe to the Magazine

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

Recent Videos

Its seems like every year is a busy year FN, and 2024 is no different. Joe Kurtenbach is joined by Chris Johnson and Ric...
Optics

HIVIZ FastDot H3 Handgun Sights

Its seems like every year is a busy year FN, and 2024 is no different. Joe Kurtenbach is joined by Chris Johnson and Ric...
Optics

Meprolight's M22 Dual-Illumination No Batteries Reflex Sight: Video Review

Its seems like every year is a busy year FN, and 2024 is no different. Joe Kurtenbach is joined by Chris Johnson and Ric...
Videos - Guns - Other

Ballistic Advantage Continues Excellence in Barrel Design

Its seems like every year is a busy year FN, and 2024 is no different. Joe Kurtenbach is joined by Chris Johnson and Ric...
Rifles

Winchester Ranger Returns! Now In .22

Its seems like every year is a busy year FN, and 2024 is no different. Joe Kurtenbach is joined by Chris Johnson and Ric...
Rifles

Latest Name In Lever Guns: Aero Precision

Its seems like every year is a busy year FN, and 2024 is no different. Joe Kurtenbach is joined by Chris Johnson and Ric...
Rifles

SAKO 90 Quest Lightweight Hunting Rifle

Its seems like every year is a busy year FN, and 2024 is no different. Joe Kurtenbach is joined by Chris Johnson and Ric...
Optics

Warne Scope Mounts New Red Dot Risers

Its seems like every year is a busy year FN, and 2024 is no different. Joe Kurtenbach is joined by Chris Johnson and Ric...
Accessories

New Warne Scope Mounts Skyline Lite Bipods

Its seems like every year is a busy year FN, and 2024 is no different. Joe Kurtenbach is joined by Chris Johnson and Ric...
Handguns

Smith & Wesson Response PCC: Now Taking SIG Mags

Its seems like every year is a busy year FN, and 2024 is no different. Joe Kurtenbach is joined by Chris Johnson and Ric...
Optics

Mark 4HD Riflescopes: The Latest Tactical Line From Leupold

Its seems like every year is a busy year FN, and 2024 is no different. Joe Kurtenbach is joined by Chris Johnson and Ric...
Rifles

Show Stopper: Smith & Wesson 1854 Lever-Action Rifle

Its seems like every year is a busy year FN, and 2024 is no different. Joe Kurtenbach is joined by Chris Johnson and Ric...
Suppressors

FN 509 Pistol Updates and New Suppressors!

Guns and Ammo Magazine Covers Print and Tablet Versions

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

Buy Digital Single Issues

Magazine App Logo

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Guns & Ammo App

Other Magazines

See All Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get the top Guns & Ammo stories delivered right to your inbox every week.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Guns and Ammo subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Enjoying What You're Reading?

Get a Full Year
of Guns & Ammo
& Digital Access.

Offer only for new subscribers.

Subscribe Now