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Victory PhotoScope Spotting Scope

The premium spotting scope with integrated digital camera and zoom lens

Product Information

Brochure Victory PhotoScope

(PDF, 11 pages, English, 4,8 MB)

Instructions for use -
Full instructions
Victory PhotoScope


(PDF, 50 pages, English, 1,7 MB)

Instructions for use -
Quick guide
Victory PhotoScope


(PDF, 94 pages, 9-languages, 1,4 MB)

Additional documents and the Carl Zeiss Sports Optics catalog can be found under Service and Support.


Firmware update

New dimensions of observation and photography

Experience a whole new dimension of observation and photography, created by Carl Zeiss: The Victory PhotoScope offers you a unique opportunity to capture those really special moments of field observation. Now you can keep them for as long as you want in the form of high-quality photographs. The combination of premium observation optics and complete, high-performance digital camera technology with super tele lens has led to the creation of the Victory PhotoScope – innovative, leading-edge optics designed for capturing those special moments.

Here you find the top features of the Victory PhotoScope.

Super tele-lens

The PhotoScope offers excellent features for immediate photographic documentation.

Wide-angle optics

Looking through the eyepiece, which is also suitable for glasses wearers, the observer can see a magnification range of…

Brilliant FL concept

The unrivalled brilliance of the natural colours and the outstanding image brightness result from the use of high-performance fluoride glass.

Simple to operate with a wide range of automatic functions

The Victory PhotoScope is as easy to use as a ZEISS spotting scope and as intelligent as a digital camera. Even for users with little prior knowledge of photography, the Victory PhotoScope can be put to use immediately for bird and nature observation. Use it as a spotting scope with an outstandingly large field of view and up to 45x magnification and set it to Auto mode to let the intelligent electronics decide on the right photographic settings. Alternatively, as an experienced photographer, adjust the settings yourself to get the perfect shot. This device is so easy to use that you can start out as a beginner and soon turn into a professional.

Super tele lens for photography

The Victory PhotoScope is the ideal way to capture a special moment in a photograph:  it has a 3 x zoom lens with low light capability and a focal length range of 600 mm to 1800 mm (similar to a 35 mm camera) plus an outstanding nominal lens aperture ratio of 1:2.4 to 1:3.3. Preserve your most beautiful observations forever.

Unrivalled wide angle optics for observation

A spotting scope with a field of view of up to 80 m! Unlike conventional eyepiece zoom solutions, the special lens construction of the Victory PhotoScope has resulted in a unique, wide angle system that covers the entire magnification range, and has been perfected for quick observation of the entire scene. The subjective viewing angle of 68° (80m/1000m) at 15 x magnification is both unique and unrivalled. You can observe birds and other animals at magnifications of up to 45x and see even small details brilliantly in the overall view.

Brilliant FL concept

The unrivalled brilliance of the natural colours and the outstanding image brightness result from the use of high-performance fluoride glass. The FL concept means you will hardly see any chromatic aberrations. Even the finest details are pin sharp and in impressive colours – images that caress the eye.
The challenge for Carl Zeiss was to combine this optical image with photography. A beam splitter is used to create these brilliant, high-contrast images, both for visual observation via the eyepiece and for digital photography.

Robust, weatherproof housing

The Victory PhotoScope 85 T* FL was designed to offer spectacular observations and nature photography. Snow, rain or storm conditions should prove no obstacle to performance. The optics and electronics are enclosed in a sturdy housing while the robust, scratchproof rubber armour stands up to even the most challenging outdoor conditions. At the same time the black surface finish prevents any light reflection that could give away your position when indulging in wildlife photography. Photograph birds and shy animals in their natural surroundings and behaviour without disturbing them.

Shake-free tele photographs

Compared to SLR cameras with their hinged mirrors, the beam splitter creates an image in total silence and - more importantly - with no vibration on the 7 megapixel, low-noise CCD sensor. Photographs are taken using an electronic remote control. This also serves to avoid camera shake, which can be a serious problem at such extreme focal lengths. This will give you the sharpest photographs even over longer distances at maximum magnification.

Bright OLED monitor

Whether you want to look at your photographs or change the parameters, the large, particularly bright 7 cm OLED monitor is the perfect solution.  The monitor can be folded out and swiveled round. This means you can show your fellow observers the target in question quickly and easily. If you are not using the photo function the monitor can be fixed securely onto the side of the scope.

Autofocus Assist function

Get some help with focussing. The specially developed autofocus assist function makes corrections to the manual focussing where necessary, to compensate for even minor focussing errors and ensures you still get a sharp image.

Video function

Special moments often consist of more than a single image:  A movement, the interaction between wild animals and their environment. These moments can now be captured in AVI video format. You can use the live image mode of the monitor to track your filming and recreate the unique live experience.

Versatile menus

Alongside the automatic functions you can choose from a wide range of manual settings, such as the manual entry of a colour temperature to achieve the desired white balance, ISO values from 50 ASA, spot measurements, bracketing function, series lighting or lighting control using histograms. This means even advanced users can enjoy maximum freedom and creativity so that the most can be made of both photographer and equipment.

Connection options

It is easy to communicate with various media, so that you can get more out of your captured images. The Victory PhotoScope offers a range of options for you to transfer your photographs to your computer quickly and simply. Alongside the SD card slot, and a 1 GB SD memory card included in the scope of delivery, there is the option of a USB connection. Naturally, a direct connection to the mains power supply is also supplied.

Innovative lens coating

Water simply rolls off the lens as it does from a lotus leaf or off a duck's back. The LotuTec® coating on the lens and eyepiece ensures that water or snow simply roll off the surface of the glass. Since neither water nor dirt can collect on the surface of the Victory PhotoScope you can spend less time cleaning and more time watching nature.

Victory PhotoScope 85 T* FL

High-performance spotting scope and digital camera in one device. The Victory PhotoScope gives you the possibility to hold on to unique moments in nature observation forever. The notably large field of view gives you a unique overview of what is happening and up to 45 x magnification allows you to have a detailed insight into moments far away.

The sturdy housing and rubber armour provide perfect protection for the camera technology and high-performance optics even when being used in adverse conditions.

The Victory PhotoScope is available with angular viewing.

Technical data

Here you find all technical data about the Victory PhotoScope 85 T* FL

Victory PhotoScope 85 T* FL

Magnification 15 - 45 x
Entrance Pupilmax. 85 mm
Field of View at 1000m 80 - 27 m
Close Focus5 m
Focus SettingManual and focus assist
Water Resistance400 mbar
Length438 mm
Weight in Use2990 g
Image Sensor7 MPx CCD
Focal Length (corr. to 35 mm) 600 - 1800 mm
Largest Aperture2.4 - 3.3
Aperture Stopsopen, 11, 22
ISO Sensitivity50 - 800
Shutter Speeds B-1 - 4000 s
ProgrammesManual, P, A, Auto
ExposureSpot, Centre-weighted, Matrix, Histogram, Highlights, Shade
White BalanceAuto, Manual, Luminescent substance, Artificial light, Shade, Cloud, Cloud and sun with semi-automatic
Bracketing6 levels for exposure series, 2 levels for focus series
Image Size7M, 4M, 2M
File FormatJPG, DNG (RAW), AVI
Power Supply7,4 V Lithium Ion/extern
ConnectionsUSB 2_0, Network
StorageMediumSD Card
Order Number528100


The Victory PhotoScope 85 T* FL is suitable for

 Less suitable Very suitable 
Nature observation
Outdoor activities

Perfect protection: stable, even when used in the harshest conditions

Such a device needs to be well protected for use in even the harshest of conditions. A carrying case and tripod are therefore also available as accessories in order to ensure that your device is always handy and ready to create perfect images.

Protected yet always ready for use, carrying case

The new carrying case for the Victory DiaScopes and the Victory PhotoScope was designed for the reliable protection, optimum carrying comfort and, above all, quick operational readiness of the spotting scopes. Particularly in outdoor use and in the most adverse weather conditions, the case offers additional protection from rain and other external influences. Both the eyepiece and lens covers were designed to ensure that they can be securely fastened to the case during your field observation. This prevents them from flapping about in the wind or even getting lost. The clever carrying system means that the spotting scope can be simply hung over your shoulder on longer trips. The carrying cases have been specially designed for the Victory DiaScope models and the Victory PhotoScope.

Sturdy stand for shake-free observation

The ZEISS carbon fibre or aluminium tripods help you to enjoy maximum stability with optimum flexibility while observing nature. Whether you prefer to sit or stand, simply make yourself comfortable and set the tripod to your preferred height. The new tripod head has a particularly smooth pivoting motion and a precise and secure clamp for holding your spotting scope or binoculars. The quick-change plate means you can quickly switch the different optical devices on your tripod, such as spotting scopes, binoculars and camera. The tripods are available in very lightweight carbon fibre or tried and tested aluminium.

Questions & Answers


Is there also a video function and, if so, what is the resolution?

It is possible to record videos on the SD card. The quality is QVGA - 320x240 pixels. Up to 1 hour of video can fit on a 1 gigabyte SD card.


Is there an AV in/out interface?

No, there is no direct AV interface for live transmission of images on a television, because this is primarily a device for outdoor use.


What do the abbreviations mean?

Meaning of the abbreviations


Binoculars or spotting scopes with glasses that contain fluoride (FL) for sharper, higher contrast images with significantly reduced chromatic aberrations; Fluoride Lenses; a special, high-quality sub-category of the ED lenses


Previously used to designate Dialyt binoculars with rubber armour


ZEISS T* Multi-layer coating for extremely high transmission and low reflex susceptibility


ZEISS Multi-layer coating (multi coating)


P / P*
Phase correction coating on the roof prisms, which provide a higher resolution of the finest detail structures. All ZEISS binoculars with roof prisms use this coating


Previously used to designate binoculars that can be worn by people who wear glasses.
Now all ZEISS binoculars and spotting scope eyepieces are suitable for people who wear glasses, so the "B" designation is no longer used


Binoculars with mechanical image stabilisation


Extra low Dispersion = low chromatic aberrations


High Definition. HD is not a type of lens. Instead it describes the result of the ED lenses: very good resolution


High Transmission = lenses by Schott with very good transmission properties.



Smart Focus = Conventional binoculars require the focusing wheel to be turned 2.5 times in order to switch from the close focus to the maximum observation distance. The VICTORY SF only requires the wheel to be turned 1.8 times.


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