The Zeisss Conquest line is their mid-range optics. It’s still all made in Germany with German Schott lens. Many are considering the mid-range Zeiss models are often better than the top-end models from other optic brands. The Zeiss Conquest DL riflescopes are made for the hunting and sporting shooting. However, I found the smaller Zeiss Conquest DL 1.2-5x36mm model could also make good tactical and 3-gun style optic on Black Rifles.
The rifle that I used for the review is the Lancer L30 Heavy Metal. It’s an AR10 style competition rifle that’s beautifully made with billet upper and lower receiver set, carbon-fiber extended handguard and rifle-length stock. It also comes with Geisselle Super Dynamic 3-Gun trigger, custom 18-inch stainless steel match barrel and a very effective muzzle compensator. The Zeiss Conquest DL 1.2-5x36mm rifle scope is mounted in the LaRue LT104 SPR scope mount.
Optically, what can I say, it’s a Zeiss and it is excellent as usual. Comparing to other dedicated tactical scopes in the same class, the Zeiss is a bit long due to its nearly 1-inch long build-in sunshade for the objective. Unlike the typical 24mm objective size used in the tactical scopes, the Zeiss’ 36mm objective gives it few advantages such as it’s a very bright optic, and a bigger objective also means a bigger exit pupil. In turn, that also give the Zeiss a larger eyebox. While, it’s not a true 1x, the Zeiss’ 16mm exit pupil at the low-magnification is significantly better than most 1-4x or 1-6x, which usually have between 10-13mm. At the top 5x magnification, the Zeiss has a very comfortable 7.7mm exit pupil and it’s more than ample for most adult’s eye sight.
Why is the exit pupil important? The typical adult can see about 6mm when he or she in their late teens and early 20s. That degrades to 5mm or less with age. Which means, the tiny 4mm of exit pupil provided by most 1-4x and 1-6x tactical scope at top magnification is not so great. That get even worst with the new crop of 1-8x with their even smaller 3mm exit pupil. The exit pupil size is the objective size divided by the magnification. So, the Zeiss Conquest DL’s larger 36mm objective size and its modest 5x zoom led to bigger exit pupil through out the zoom ranges.
The 1.2-5x36mm (right) is the smallest of the three Zeiss Conquest DL models. The other two are the 2-8x42mm (middle) and the 3-12x50mm (left). All Zeiss Conquest DL models use the same 30mm tube size. There are also the non-illuminated models with a slightly lower cost and few ounces lighter. However, I think the Zeiss’ micro fiber-optic illumination system on the illuminated models is the best feature of the Zeiss Conquest DL series.
The Conquest DL’s simple Zeiss 60 reticle at the 2nd focal plane. Its micro fiber-optic illumination is smaller than than the subtension line in the reticle. Unlike other reticle illumination system on the market, the Zeiss micro fiber-optic illumination is truly daylight bright, extremely power efficient and very precise. In fact, it has a smaller dot than most of the high-end red-dot sights. I found the Zeiss to be faster for shooting small head-size steel plates at distance. The combination of the traditional etched crosshair with the super bright micro fiber-optic illuminated center dot is also making it quick to use at a close range.
The Conquest DL models all featuring the Zeiss digital illumination control. The control is very simple with just two non-slip rubberized small button that would work even when wearing a heavy glove. The easily accessible battery compartment up top contains a single common CR2032 lithium battery. Because it uses a microprocessor controlled power management system, the battery life is measure in 150+ hours in daylight bright illumination.
Zeiss Conquest DL 1.2-5x36mm Specification:
|Eye relief||3.54 inch|
|Field of View at 100 yds:||98.4 ft – 27.88 ft|
|Turret adjustment:||1/3 MOA or 10mm per click|
|Power:||CR2032 lithium battery|