New from Swarovski: Z8i .75-6×20 for Driven Hunts

    New Swarovski

    The new Z8i claims to allow for 30% more FOV than other 20mm optics with the "viewplus" Image credit: Swarovski Optik

    Negative zoom?  It can be a positive…

    Recently while looking for a lightweight optic for an upcoming project, I came across an Instagram post from Swarovski Optik under the # “drivenbyhunting”

    Swarovski Optik’s new Z8i 0.75-6×20 starts zoomed way out at 0.75 magnification.  Swarovski files this under “it’s a feature, not a bug”, due to the advantage of having a 30% larger field of view for better peripheral awareness during driven hunts.  I’m no Franz-Albrecht myself, but I have been in situations with a good number of wild boar zooming past, and can see where the 0.75x would be an asset (then again, that’s what I use an open-sighted lever-action for).


    Demonstration of “viewplus”
    Image credit: Swarovski Optik

    Per Swarovski UK (there is no item description on the North America site as of yet):

    Z8i 0.75-6×20 L

    Designed by SWAROVSKI OPTIK for driven hunts, the Z8i 0.75-6×20 L with 8x zoom means you never miss any of the action. Thanks to VIEWPLUS 0.75x magnification, this rifle scope offers 30% more field of view, while the D-I reticle has been reduced to a single point of focus to enable an unobscured view of the target. The CLICKONE function has a tangible click so that you know when you have reached 1x magnification. You can also customize the light, compact Z8i 0.75-6×20 L to suit your particular hunting needs with our range of top-quality accessories.

    Technical Data

    Effective objective lens diameter (mm)
    Exit pupil diameter (mm)
    Exit pupil distance (mm) (Eye relief)
    Field of view (ft/100 yds / m/100 m)
    168.0-21.0 / 56.0-7.0
    Field of view (degrees)
    Field of view, apparent (degrees)
    Dioptric compensation (dpt)
    -3 to +2
    Light transmission (%)
    Twilight factor acc. to ISO 14132-1
    Impact point corr. per click (in/100 yds / mm/100 m)
    0.36 / 10
    Max. elevation / windage adjustment range (in/100 yds / m/100 m)
    72 / 2
    Objective filter thread
    M 27×0.75
    Length (in / mm)
    10.9 / 277
    Weight (oz / g)
    17.6 / 499
    Central tube diameter (in / mm)
    1.18 / 30
    Functional temperature
    -4 °F to +131 °F (-20 °C / +55 °C)
    Storage temperature
    -22 °F to +158 °F (-30 °C / +70 °C)
    Submersion tightness
    13 ft / 4 m water depth (inert gas filling)

    Illumination unit

    Brightness levels
    Twilight: 0 – 32 / Day: 33 – 64
    Operating time (h)
    Twilight factor at medium brightness: 1,400; daylight factor at medium brightness: 180

    The main image shows the Z8i 0.75-6×20 equipped with their TL throw lever and Swarovski magnetic scope lens protectors; both are optional accessories.  The two available reticles are the “D-I”, a simple illuminated dot, or the 4A-IF flexible illuminated crosshair.  The 4A-IF can change from an illuminated center dot to a larger illuminated circle around the intersection of the crosshairs.

    While not released yet in the US, the price in the UK is GBP 1,970 (roughly $2565)  What say you, TFB readers?  Any interest in zooming out to “Viewplus”?  Swarovski is high-dollar stuff to be sure, but their core products are always very high-quality.
    For more information, please visit Swarovski Optik UK
    Rusty S.

    Having always had a passion for firearms, Rusty S. has had experience in gunsmithing, firearms retail, hunting, competitive shooting, range construction, as an IDPA certified range safety officer and a certified instructor. He has received military, law enforcement, and private training in the use of firearms. Editor at