“The Carl Zeiss Conquest MC Riflescope is a moderately priced scope compared to the company’s higher-end offerings but it does not compromise one iota on quality and I have always been mystified as to how Zeiss can offer this optic at this price.”
One of the oldest names in rifle scopes is also known for being one of the best manufacturers of high end optics. Zeiss of Germany has been making quality optics for over a century and is perhaps the finest crafter of scope lenses in the world. The Carl Zeiss Conquest MC Riflescope represents a moderately priced option when compared to the firm’s other offerings, but is built to the same high standards as the rest of the company’s catalog of scopes. The glass is by far the clearest to ever come from a factory in Europe. Zeiss has been offering this quality of glass since the company’s founding and is a true testament to German craftsmanship.
Zeiss scopes may be made for hunters, but are built to exceed military standards to perform in all terrain and weather conditions. The machining quality of the moving parts speaks volumes about precision craftsmanship, as if everything moves on lubricated bearings. In short, this is an indestructible optic.
Reticle – Z-Plex:
The Z-Plex reticle is best referred to as a heavy duplex type; traditionally styled crosshairs for the hunter or target shooter without the clutter of many of the modern reticles. If you cut your teeth on Leupold, Burris, or Bushnell; the reticle will seem like a new and improved version of an old friend.
The glass on a Zeiss scope is crystal clear and may spoil you for any other scope on the market with the exception of perhaps Schmidt & Bender or Swarovski.
The variable power rating on the Zeiss Conquest is a traditional 3×9. This makes it ideal for short range shooting and just enough magnification for longer ranges or a clear zoom when needed. This is probably the most common variable power setting in the world for the hunter and one of the most versatile.
Without a doubt, Zeiss lenses are the clearest on the market and can make a Steiner look less than adequate.
Every part of this scope represents high quality. All moving parts have a feel like they were custom made; this is the Rolls Royce of riflescopes.
The build of this scope is nothing short of amazing. Zeiss has been making quality optics for over 100 years and all of their scopes are a testament to that fact.
If there is one downside to a Zeiss scope it is the price tag. The conquest is definitely one of the company’s least expensive offerings, but it is essentially a “no-frills” scope.
This is an entry level model for those not quite ready to spend $1000 or more on the best that money can buy, but comparable models from other manufacturers such as Leupold can be had for less.
The variable power settings adjust upward by turning counter-clockwise instead of to the right. This definitely takes some getting used to after 25 years of zooming by turning the ring the other way.
For the relatively high retail price you can find other alternatives that will perform better as a scope. However, this is a Zeiss and that means quality. Zeiss scopes hold their retail value better than any other scope in their class. Sometimes you need to step up the quality of your optics to match your rifle and a Zeiss is more at home on a custom rifle than just about anything else.
- 3-9X magnification
- 40-millimeter effective lens diameter
- 13.3-to-4.4-millimeter exit pupil diameter
- 8.5/19 twilight factor
- 33.9-to-11-foot field of view at 100 yards
- +2/-3 dpt diopter range
- Four-inch eye relief
- Parallax-free at 1,000 yards
- One-inch center tube diameter
- 41-millimeter eye piece tube diameter
- 46-millimeter objective tube diameter
- Nitrogen filled
- Two reticles in image plane
- 12.9-inch length
- 15.2-ounce weight
Whats in the box?
Carl Zeiss optical products include the following limited manufacturer’s warranties:
- Lifetime on optical components
- Five years on electronic components
- Two years on camera components
- One year on carrying straps, lens caps, rubber armoring, plastic parts, and similar accessories
Long Range Precision Shooting with the Carl Zeiss Conquest MC Z-Plex
- Features nearly ten hours of actual live fire class instruction and additional instructional material on five DVDs
- Precision Rifle Expert Todd Hodnett and Magpul Dynamics Instructors cover the fundamentals and “how to” aspects of long range shooting, advanced techniques and formulas, and precision shooting gear
- Five discs, DVD-Video/NTSC, Total Running Time 593 min.
- Made in USA
The Art of the Precision Rifle features nearly ten hours of actual live fire class instruction and additional instructional material on five DVDs.
Precision Rifle Expert Todd Hodnett and Magpul Dynamics Instructors Chris Costa, Travis Haley, Steve Fisher, Mike Olivella and Caylen Wojcik cover the fundamentals and “how to” aspects of long range shooting, advanced techniques and formulas, military and law enforcement sniping, precision shooting gear, and the sniper mindset.