ZEISS Conquest V6 – The new 6x zoom riflescope from ZEISS

Zeiss had the World Premiere at IWA 2017 in Germany for their new Conquest V6 riflescope.

They presented three new models: 1.1-6×24, 2-12×50, and 2.5-15×56.

The Conquest V6 line uses the high-quality FL lenses of the Victory line for the first time, with a light transmission of 92%.

The V6 comes with an intelligent motion sensor, so that your illuminated dot is automatically activated and deactivated to save battery until you really need it.

In terms of quality, Zeiss simply refers to “Made in Germany“.

The trend with high-powered zooms continues, and I’m sure that the Zeiss V6 line will be very popular among hunters.

To break into the practical and competition shooting with the V6, Zeiss need to extend the amount of suitable reticles. A true 1x power would have been very nice too, but most practical shooters go for the (much more expensive) V8 1.1-8x instead, which also offers other reticles.

Below: Zeiss V6 1.1-6x. It offers a large field of view, which is very useful for the overview.

The field of view at 100m is 38.1 m at 1.1x and 6.6 m at 6x power.

A sixfold zoom on a sight that feels very robust and precise, at an attractive price, is sure to sell. The eyebox felt very good, even though an exhibition is hardly the best place to test this.

The distance for the exit pupil is 90 mm.

At only 505 gram the 1.1-6x is not very heavy either.

The price feels right and competitive. The V6 1.1-6x has a recommended price of around 1 400 Euros. (1 480 USD).

The allround V6 2-12×50 riflescope will sell for around 1 600 Euros (1 690 USD) and the flagship V6 2.5-15×56 around 1 700 Euros (1 790 USD).

ZEISS Conquest V6 riflescopes

* The optional BDC (ASV V6) allows you to remain on target for maximum hunting distances. A large exit pupil ensures fast target acquisition.
* FL glass and high light transmission for optimal image brightness and target resolution.
* Minimal target subtension The fine crosshairs in the 2nd image plane ensure minimal target subtension and maximum visibility during the day and at night.
* 6x Zoom An extended magnification range provides variable applications on the hunt
* Dependable and robust. Precision when it counts – a very robust construction and extremely  reliable internal components assure flawless operation in all conditions.
Reticle 60 – Extremely fine and bright illuminated dot. For practical shooting other reticles are preferred, but the 60 is good for hunting.
ZEISS Conquest V6 represents the perfect combination of precision and reliability down to the very last detail: optimal image quality and target resolution, fine crosshairs in the 2:nd image plane, robust mechanics and outstanding design. An intelligent motion sensor, the new BDC for Conquest V6 (ASV V6) as well as the proven LotuTeccoating make it the powerful mid-range from ZEISS.

The BDC (Bullet drop compensator) for the V6 looks a little different to the V8, so it will be interesting to compare the functions in a future test.

The new Zeiss Conquest V6 riflescopes will be available from April, 2017. At least in Europe.

Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with an European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatic firearms, optics and sound suppressors. Owning the night would be nice too.


  • Gregory

    Another optic with an asinine price that the working class cannot afford. Nothing new here!

    • codfilet

      That’s what the Chinese optics sold at gunshows are for…..

      • Justin

        or SWFA maybe Primary arms, I’ve tested a 1-4x SWFA on a KSG and it held up to about 50 rounds of slugs (better than my shoulder did anyway) Moved it back to the AR and it’s still ticking.

        I don’t doubt the quality of most high end optics but I have to smirk at the people who buy high end optics then never shoot it past 100 yards at the local range and won’t shoot in any bad weather.

        • Sunshine_Shooter

          There’s people who treat $80 optics like $2,000 optics and people who treat $2,000 optics like $80 optics.

    • Lead Kisses

      You can totally get scopes that will do everything that you need them to do for much less! Shooting isn’t a poor man’s hobby if you’re actually putting rounds down range. That 1-6x is about the same price as 4K rounds of 5.56.

      • Independent George

        A lot of the people complaining about the $1,100 scope also have about $4,000 worth of guns accumulated in their house. It’s a tradeoff like anything else: you sink your money into one really nice rifle/scope combination, or you can have three decent rifles with decent optics. It all depends on where you prefer to devote your resources.

        • Lead Kisses

          Totally agree. I’ve personally gone from buying quantity to putting together nicer setups, but less of them.

    • Sgt. Stedenko

      Some people waste money covering their skin with tattoos. I know clowns who spend $2000 on a sleeve through a top tier tattoo artist.
      I spend my money on good glass. At least I can sell the glass for 90% of what I paid.
      No Regerts Oper8tors

      • Joshua

        actually, there is a guy who has sold his tattoo…

        At the time of his death the owner will have the skin of his back surgically removed, tanned and framed.
        While he’s alive he gets paid to sit with his shirt off in art galleries and let people look at his tattoo

    • Joshua

      here’s a pretty easy way of seriously looking at it, how much did you spend on the rifle? all to maximize it’s capability and optimize it’s function.
      Your Optic is part of that, and is in a way of looking, the most important part, because if you can’t see it, you can’t hit it.

      in that sense your rifle is only as good as your optic, so why spend less on the optic than you did on the rifle?

    • The Brigadier

      Do you think Ferrari should sell their cars at the same price as Chevrolet? Why should Zeiss sell their optics at the same price as Leupold? There is a world of difference in quality in both examples and price reflects that quality.

  • Bob

    I’ll stick with my Leupold VX-R’s . Great scopes. 1/2 price. American made.

    • 22winmag

      I own three VX(2)-R’s and three firedot VX6’s. There is Leupold… and then there is everything else.

      • Lead Kisses

        You should consider being more openminded. There is a ton of great glass on the market besides Leupold.?

      • Sgt. Stedenko

        I’ll take a Steiner, Swarowski or Zeiss over a Leupold any day.
        With the first three you get units made in one location. As others have said, Leupold makes some lower end products marketed at a price point for big box retailers where the glass is not the same quality as their top shelf line.
        The first three I mentioned don’t cut quality at the behest of a retailer.

    • Lead Kisses

      Not 100% American made. The Zeiss will be better glass and the 1-6x is (basically) a true 1x. I love the VX-R line, but they leave a little to be desired at dawn/dusk or longer ranges.

    • iksnilol

      Eh, Leupolds are okay. Lowest quality I’d use for serious purposes.

    • The Brigadier

      Zeiss has the best optics in the world in my opinion. I have looked through 8 power Zeiss binoculars that were clearer and sharper then any other manufacturers 10X to 20X power binoculars I have used for a number of decades. Their telescope optics are the best I’ve seen also. That is what kept me from guffawing at the price. Its a Zeiss and you pay for the best.

  • Tiru Maru

    Open question: Whats the difference between scopes that are straight tubes, and those that have large objective bells at the end? (Other than the fact that one has one, and one doesn’t… haha)

    • Lead Kisses

      The larger objectives gather more light. The more magnification, the less forgiving the scope is with color and clarity.

      • Joshua

        This can be best experienced with the “poor man’s NV” effect, with a large objective lens, and an appropriately sized exit pupil, and low magnification, you should notice a distinct “brightening” of the image in sub-ideal light conditions, such as dawn/dusk and heavy cloud cover.

        • Lead Kisses

          Just trying to keep it simple.

    • Jeffrey Behr

      Also, the diameter of the exit pupil (EP) is directly proportional to the ID of the objective lens (within the limits imposed by the interior mechanics of the scope). For instance, the theoretical diameter of the EP with the 1-6 at 6 power is 4mm (24mm divided by 6), while with the 2.5-15 at 6 power, it’s 9.3mm. The later will be significantly easier to center your pupil on than one that’s significantly smaller.

      • Tiru Maru


  • Orion Quach

    Na man, way better to complain on the internet!