Zeiss had been the leader in high quality, and high price, binoculars. When it launched Terra entry-level binoculars, led by the ED 8X42, it began a revolution in budget-priced glasses.
Zeiss Sports Optics had been at the forefront of high-end binoculars literally for 150 years, dating back to the late 1880s when the Germany company produced its first pair using the legendary Abbe-König Porro prism—a design it still uses today in its best binoculars. The binocular world was turned upside down in 2013 when Zeiss introduced its Terra series that now numbers half a dozen entry-level glasses.
The flagship binoculars of the Terra series is the ED 8X42 model. So startling was the introduction of the ED 8X42 that reviewers, testers, and hobbyists rushed to try it and report on whether or not the upstart Terra series of field glasses measured up to the surpassing historical quality of the touted Zeiss brand. This review will take a look at Zeiss’ introduction of the ED 8X42, examine its specs, listen to reports of how it tests out in the field, and hear from those who have reviewed it.