Shot Show Optics: Zeiss Victory V8 1-8x30mm Riflescope

Zeiss introduced the new Victory V8 8-fold optic line at the Shot 2016. All four models are part of Zeiss’ top-of-the-line Victory series. Of the four, I had some range time with the 1-8x30mm model during the Media Day.



Being a premium hunting model, the fit and finish on the Zeiss Victory V8 1-8x30mm is top notch. The ocular lens is quit large at 46mm. The eye-relief is a constant 3.75-inch. The length is 12-inch and the weight is at 21 ounce. While the 12-inch is the typical hunting scope length, its 21 ounce weight is actually lighter than many 1-6x scopes. The MSRP is $2888.



The Zeiss V8 1-8x30mm riflescope features Zeiss illuminated Reticle 60 on the 2nd focal plane. The center dot is illuminated via a micro fiber-optic that’s smaller than the reticle line. The illumination is daylight visible with a dot that’s a precise 1/3 MOA. Like all of the Zeiss top-end Victory models, the optical performance is incredible.



What sets the Zeiss Victory V8 apart from other 1-8x scope is the use of a large 30mm objective lens. Most of the 1-8x scope on the market are using the 24mm object size. The Zeiss offers up to 30% large exit pupil than those, which led to a bright view and larger eyebox. The trade-off is that Zeiss is using an uncommon 36mm tube size.



Another premium feature is the digital illumination power control. From my previous review of the Zeiss Conquest model, I know that the digital power system used in the Zeiss micro-fiber optic model has a 150+ hours battery life from a CR2032 lithium battery. The new Victory V8 models improved on top of that with the addition of a motion and tilt sensor. Both of those features can be disable manually. The battery compartment is low-profile and at an easy accessible top mounted location.



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  • iksnilol

    second focal plane and almost 3k USD?

    Pls no.

  • BattleshipGrey

    Whoa. I’m not an expert in scopes, but why not have some sort of mildot or bdc or range finder in the reticle for $2900.

    • Timothy G. Yan

      It’s a hunting scope for dangerous game.

      • BattleshipGrey

        Wouldn’t it still be useable for hunting with the stuff I mentioned?

        • Marc

          Cluttered, distracting reticles are not made for hunting. Neither does the reticle or focal plane have anything to do with the price. I’m pretty sure this will spawn some tacticool uberscope, maybe under the Hensoldt brand.

  • Lance

    Comes with the Zeiss price unfortunately.

    • G0rdon_Fr33man

      I´m terribly sorry you cannot afford one. I guess it is Primary Arms for you 🙂

  • Same old song

    If there is a better reticle it will be an incredible scope for a DMR.

    • Timothy G. Yan

      The bigger models have BDC turret and optional mil-dot reticle.