Zeiss is one of my favorite scope brands. It’s not as popular in the US as brands like Vortex and Leupold, but it still demands a great deal of attention.
Today, we’ll take a look at the Zeiss Conquest V4 4-16x44mm. It’s one of the premium-tier mid-range scopes we currently have on the market, and it impressed all of us here at Huntershalt! From the crystal clear views of elk at 300 yards to the incredible durability, this scope is an all-in-one package in terms of performance.
In this article, you can expect a detailed review of 12 characteristics of the scope, ranging from use case to lens quality and field of view. Furthermore, we’ll also mention some factors you should consider before buying the Zeiss, such as use case, budget, scope reputation, and magnification.
By the end of the review, you’ll be more than capable of deciding whether the Zeiss is the perfect addition to your rifle.
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How Do I Rate The Zeiss Conquest V4 4-16x44mm Rifle Scope?
For the Zeiss Conquest V4, we tested 12 scope elements, including the following.
- Magnification Power
- Lens Quality
- Reticle Type
- Durability and Build Quality
- Adjustment Features
- Eye Relief
- Field of View
- Weight and Size
- Compatibility with the Rifle
- Price and Budget
- Brand Reputation
- Scope Use Case
1. Magnification Power
The Zeiss has a magnification of 4-16x, coupled with the 4x zoom range, and you get a scope that offers some of the best medium to long-range performance I’ve experienced. It easily allows you to scrutinize every detail on the target, from identifying gender to calculating age based on horn length.
2. Lens Quality
The Conquest V4 has excellent lens quality. It boasts a 90% light transmission with high-contrast images thanks to good quality lenses and the ZEISS T* Coating.
The lenses make it easy for dusk and dawn hunts or when the light is of poor quality (cloudy, foggy, etc.)
3. Reticle Type
Zeiss was very generous when it came to the amount of reticle options for the Conquest. There are more than five reticle types to choose from, but the ZBi Reticle 68 is my favorite. It’s an illuminated Christmas tree-style reticle, perfect for long-range shooters who need to correct for wind and elevation.
4. Durability and Build Quality
I can’t think of a tougher scope I’ve tested this year. Zeiss made sure this scope could survive harsh handling from people like me. Avid HuntersHalt readers know how “irresponsible or reckless” I can be with scopes. It’s not that I don’t care, it’s just when I commit to a hunt, I commit 110%. You should see my wife’s look when I come home with torn and mud-soaked clothes…
Circling back to the Zeiss’ durability, the engineers tested everything from shock resistance (460 Weatherby Mag recoil) to temperature shock, salt exposure to submersion in water – the scope can withstand almost anything you throw at it.
5. Adjustment Features
The Conquest has a 1/4 MOA click adjustment, which is pretty standard for mid-range scopes. The windage and elevation adjustments reflect that of a premium-tier scope. They offer easy and precise adjustments.
6. Eye Relief
The eye relief of 3.54″ is exactly the right size for a mid-range hunting scope. It’s long enough to prevent injury from recoil and short enough to allow for proper shoulder rest.
7. Field of View
The field of view of 28 – 7ft at 100 yards is quite good. However, I would have liked the maximum FOV to be higher, especially if you’re hunting in dense brush.
You never know; one day, you’re aiming at an average whitetail buck, and a trophy buck appears out of the bushes, but you can’t see it because your FOV is too narrow, reducing situational awareness. Luckily, this has only happened once in my case.
8. Weight and Size
At 22.6 g, its weight is quite average compared to the rest of the market. Its length of 14″ is a bit long for me. I would’ve liked it at 12-13″, as then it’s more agile. Still, for a medium-range scope, its weight and size are pretty good.
9. Compatibility with the Rifle
I had no trouble mounting the Conquest V4 on any of my hunting rifles. So, in terms of compatibility, you have nothing to worry about. Just ensure your scope rings are tall enough to compensate for the Zeiss’s 44mm objective lens, leaving ample space between the scope and the rifle.
10. Price and Budget
Priced at $1,209, the scope is not the cheapest on the market. But don’t forget that it’s a premium-tier scope. When you pay that price, you’re investing in one of the best medium-range scopes on the market. Unfortunately, as with all things, quality comes at a price.
11. Brand Reputation
I briefly mentioned ZEISS’s reputation. Yes, they’re not as popular in the US as in Europe and South Africa, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have quality optics. I can confidently say when you’re buying the Conquest V4, you’re buying a brand whose number one commitment is producing quality optics, and it really shows in the Conquest!
12. Scope Use Case
Given its versatile magnification and clear sight picture, you can use this scope for basically any medium to long-range use case. However, I find it most suited for hunting, especially in dense brush and more open fields.
What Are The Most Important Factors To Consider Before Buying Zeiss Scopes?
Use case, magnification range, price, and brand reputation are the four things you should consider before Zeiss Scopes.
- Use Case: Zeiss scopes are designed primarily for medium to long-range shooting. I wouldn’t consider it if your shooting is predominantly within 100 yards.
- Magnification Range: While the magnification range is incredibly versatile (4-16x), it can be too excessive for some people who have a minimalistic approach to hunting.
- Price: Although this scope is worth every penny, it’s still very expensive. Consider if the price point aligns with your budget. Alternatively, you might consider a more affordable scope.
- Brand Reputation: Zeiss has a stellar reputation but isn’t as popular in the US. Are you alright with that?
Is The Zeiss Conquest V4 Rifle Scope Good For Hunters?
The Zeiss Conquest V4 is a really good scope for hunters, especially if you enjoy hunting at medium ranges.
The scope has a versatile magnification range and produces high-contrast images, making it easy for you to discern between brush and an elusive mule deer. Plus, it’s as tough as nails! It’s really one of the best hunting scopes I’ve tested in 2024.
Do Zeiss Scopes Have Variable Magnification?
Yes, Zeiss scopes have variable magnification. Variable magnification scopes, like hunting and LPVO scopes, are especially useful when you need a scope for dynamic environments where both close and medium shooting ranges are the norm.
Is The Zeiss Conquest V4 4-16x44mm Rifle Scope Worth It For The Cost?
Yes, the Zeiss Conquest V4 is definitely worth the cost. The $1,200 price tag might seem high, but considering the scope’s value, it’s completely justifiable.
Still, don’t believe me? The best low light scopes under $500 we tested offered some of the best value for money, but it still doesn’t compare to the premium features the Zeiss Conquest has.
Does Zeiss Have A Good Reputation?
Based on our experience and from those who also use Zeiss scopes, we can honestly say that Zeiss is one of the few foreign brands that I have no trouble comparing to Vortex and Leupold. It has a stellar reputation for producing high-quality scopes.
The Bottom Line
After testing the Zeiss Conquest V4 4-16x44mm, I came to the conclusion that this scope is like a loyal service dog – it’s reliable, trustworthy, and will always help you when you need it. In my opinion, it’s the perfect companion for medium-range hunters. Try it out; maybe it’ll transform your hunting experience as it did mine!