I’ve been reviewing binoculars since 2005. Normally, I look after them very carefully – it would be embarrassing to return them damaged! But for this test we did a different kind of review. We took a binocular that is meant to be tough, and put that toughness to the test. The binoculars were the CONQUEST HD 10x32. ZEISS knew what we had planned – more or less. They gave their permission, and even came along to watch. It wasn’t easy doing what we did – this kind of thing doesn’t come naturally to me. But, as professionals, we did it anyway! And everything we did is the kind of thing that could happen to binoculars. Well, most of it is. Read on to find out how this mid-range ZEISS coped.
You can watch the film of this extreme test on YouTube. And what happened to the binoculars? Well, ZEISS cleaned them up, replaced that eyecup, and tested them to their usual stringent standards, then allowed us to auction them at Birdfair in aid of this year’s appeal. One of our lucky readers got a bargain. Everyone’s a winner!