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).
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 DataMagnification0.75-6xEffective objective lens diameter (mm)6.3-20Exit pupil diameter (mm)8.1-3.2Exit pupil distance (mm) (Eye relief)95Field of view (ft/100 yds / m/100 m)168.0-21.0 / 56.0-7.0Field of view (degrees)31.0-4.0Field of view, apparent (degrees)24Dioptric compensation (dpt)-3 to +2Light transmission (%)93Twilight factor acc. to ISO 14132-12.1-11.0Impact point corr. per click (in/100 yds / mm/100 m)0.36 / 10Max. elevation / windage adjustment range (in/100 yds / m/100 m)72 / 2
Objective filter threadM 27×0.75
Length (in / mm)10.9 / 277Weight (oz / g)17.6 / 499Central tube diameter (in / mm)1.18 / 30Functional temperature-4 °F to +131 °F (-20 °C / +55 °C)Storage temperature-22 °F to +158 °F (-30 °C / +70 °C)Submersion tightness13 ft / 4 m water depth (inert gas filling)
Illumination unitBrightness levelsTwilight: 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.