Zeiss Terra ED Binoculars
NOT the quality you would expect from Zeiss. Used for 25 days and they literally fell apart. The blue Zeiss symbol fell off the housing. The white lettering on the housing began to fade and disappear. The objective lens covers were loose-fitting and did not stay on. The binoculars also tended to fog up despite being supposedly fog-proof. The housing of the binoculars also smells a bit weird - like a chemical rubber smell. The smell is tolerable, but unpleasant. You can purchase a far superior product in the less than $500 range. Select a different pair of binoculars - avoid these. I returned mine and am thankful to have them out of my life.
July 20, 2013
Excellent for the price
My original plan was to buy a Vortex Viper 10x42 but it wasn't available at the Richmond location, so I bought the Terra 10x42 instead, and saved about $100. I think these have a sharper view than my Vortex Diamondback of the same size and is quite comfortable to hold. I don't understand the negative reviews of the Terras other than the lens covers that don't stay on well. Made in China instead of Germany but that doesn't really matter. I use the Zeiss for wildlife viewing including birds and I can see the details of the colors of the bills of certain ducks on the Potomac River from the distance maybe 50 yards away. Overall, very satisfied with these.
December 1, 2014
Find an Alternative
I'm an amateur birder on a quest to support good social and environmental causes.
I ordered the Zeiss Terra ED expecting two things: manufactured in Germany & at least good quality lenses, though I knew they were the cheapest in the product line, thus not the best. I took them out twice (late evening and mid-day), and they were easy to adjust, and had a decently clear image for the short time I had them.
Zeiss had no diagrams or detailed instructions in the Instruction booklet, Zeiss comes with a velour pouch/bag, Zeiss' came with a decent neck strap.
I returned the Zeiss Terra ED to BassPro.
I then discovered the MeOpta MePro 8x42 binoculars that cost only $30 more. Buying MeOpta helps support American workers in Long Island, NY who assemble the Binoculars (I think the parts are made in the Chezch Republic). MeoPros boast multi-coating lenses that allow 99.8% light transmission. They come with a Lifetime Transferable Warranty (same as these Zeiss). They are easy to adjust and excellent image quality. They come with a sturdy (Kevlar I think) carrying case. These come with excellent user instructions complete with diagrams on how to properly focus them. The MeOpta came with an impressive gel padded neck-strap, perfect for alleviating the burden on long birding trips. The bottoms lens cover on the Zeiss covers both tubes, and are not as convenient as the individual covers of the MeOpta, each one of which is attached to the lens tube and flaps downward when you are using them.
Brand name isn't everything-consider an alternative.
July 26, 2013
not so good
Optics are fair not great but ok.I also have a pair of stiener predator extremes which are a little better in lowlight but not much .The ziess binos have a terrible objective lens cover system and when I called their customer service they said you knoe they are low end and they weren't going to do anything about it , I have also send several emails to them with pix and short video and still nothing maybe I should send them back but the kid likes them.?..
April 26, 2014