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Old 02-11-2003, 09:15 AM
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Its really not fair comparing it to a VXIII unless your totally blind it is the better scope optically. Customer service wise it seems to match up as well but Leupold has the longer standing track record in that regard. My only question is ability to handle recoil of some of the big boomers.Some Leupolds go almost 5" with eye relief so that is another major consideration with a big boomer . My next scope will be the 4.5x14x44 model they offer but it will be put on a 7 Rem mag which is gentle to scopes and the reason is the clarity of that scope.
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Old 02-11-2003, 09:29 AM
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Like Woodseye, I have hands-on, side-by-side experience with both scopes. I have used Leupolds for about 25 years, including several Vari-X III's. I have used 2 Zeiss Conquests over the last couple of years, the 3-9X40 and 4.5-14X44. I have come to prefer the Zeiss for the same reasons Woodseye mentioned, the optics are better and the mechanical features are more user friendly. If I were buying another scope right now, it would definitely be another Conquest.
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Old 02-11-2003, 10:39 AM
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Well I e-mailed Wholesale and they have them in stock. Looks like us Canadian's can't even order optic's from the States anymore. Our law's won't allow it....What a joke! Thanks for all the insight fellas, I get to look at it firsthand and make my own comparison.
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Old 02-11-2003, 11:50 AM
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oldelkhunter,I think its fair to compare them as they are both companys offerings in that price range.The eye relief is about the same its just the Zeiss don't change with power setting but remains constant.As you go up on power in the Leupold eye relief changes.My big question was ability to handle recoil and go the long run also.Only time will tell on the lasting part and I'm too old to wait for them to be field proven so I guess I'll be one of the testers <img src=icon_smile_clown.gif border=0 align=middle>as far as recoil goes Mark at D & R Sports told me they sold over 1000 last year and had yet to hear of a failure.Bear Basin told me it was one of the least failing scopes of all they sold.I know guys using them on weatherbys and large caliber africian guns with no problems to this point.I asked for everyone to post troubles they have had with them on some of the big hunting forums on the net and out of over 1500 responces I got 4 people that reported problems with them and all were taken care of by the company by replacing with new scopes.Odd thing was 3 of those people reported 2 failures before they got straight.I bet you could find that many failures with any brand if not more.They seem pretty trouble free to this point.I think you will like yours if you get one and if not they will replace it and then you can sell it pretty easy.They hold their value like Leupolds.i'm interested to hear what JD thinks when he holds them both and looks thru them both with his own eyes and makes his own decision.Thats the real test.


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Old 02-11-2003, 12:32 PM
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My previous Zeiss was a 3x9Diavari MC with a 36mm objective...there was not a big difference between that and a Leupold 3.5x10x40 but there sure is a difference between this new Conquest and a 3.5x10x40. I am thinking this 44mm objective will be a great alternative to the 50mm objective VarixIII that a lot of people use and even the 2.5x10x45 LPS scope. The only thing gnawing at me now is Leupold is a US company and we all know where Zeiss comes from. I have been severely pissed at the Germans and the French for the last couple of weeks and not sure I want to send those bastards any of my money.
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Old 02-11-2003, 12:51 PM
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Why not give your money towards something thats made in the U.S. especially in this time of possible war keep your money in America.
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Old 02-11-2003, 01:21 PM
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Elk...gotta be honest with ya. I can't be basing a purchase on something based on what a countries government does or believes in. If that was the case, I wouldn't drop another cent on my own. Our government has screwed up so much in the past couple of years I'm just lucky to still have a gun. I don't believe in what they are doing and wouldn't want someone not to buy my product on the fact I'm Canadian. I'm basing all my info. off of the company and it's product. I couldn't care less where it was made as long as I get MY hard earned $$$ worth. JMHO<img src=icon_smile_approve.gif border=0 align=middle> JDinAB
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Old 02-11-2003, 03:06 PM
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Yeah,I hear you on the French and Germans,makes me real MAD myself.Only problem is we live in an international world marketplace and the Zeiss and Leupold boxes both say made in the USA!Only problem is they are both assembled here and warrantied hear but parts come from all over.Leupolds use Japenese lenses and Zeiss uses German.Parts in both scopes come from Rumania,Japan,and all kinds of third world countries where labor is cheap.I hear the only truly American made scope is Burris and all thats changing in the last couple months.Agree with your point and wish we could put some pressure on these countries economically myself.

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Old 02-14-2003, 10:03 AM
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Well I finally got to look at the 2 scopes yesterday. I can say it was pretty tough making the decision of which one I liked better. As for clarity they were both excellent, the Leupold was a 50mm obj. however and the 40mm Zeiss was just as clear and bright, I did like the quick focus on the Zeiss however. The crosshairs on the Leupold are a bit nicer since they look somewhat bronze when held against a dark background, but they are a little thinner than the Zeiss. The finish is nice on both, but the Zeiss' seemed a bit more rugged. Nice scope covers with the Conquest too. I guess you can tell which way I' m leaning here. I know the Leupolds warranty is bulletproof but I think I' ll take my chances and try the new Zeiss...it ends up costing a couple bucks extra but I think it' s worth it when it comes to optics. I looked at them both for about an hour and actually had good service at Wholesale (you have to go when thay aren' t too busy). I compared them against a couple others and you could really see the difference in quality. Thanks for all the input fellows...especially woodseye! I' m going to make the purchase when they have their annual sale next month, hopefully it works as good as it looks. JDinAB
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Old 02-14-2003, 12:23 PM
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Just out of curiosity how much do they cost up in Canada? The 3.5x10x50 Leupold Vari X lll is $450 here and the Zeiss Conquest 3x9x40 is about $380.You can imagine the brightness difference I saw when comparing the 3.5x10x44 Zeiss to the 3.5x10x40 Leupold.I' m told the 44mm Zeiss is brighter than the 50mm Leupold.If the 40mm Zeiss hung in there with the 50mm Leupold thats quite an accomplishment.You can get a 3.5x10x44 Zeiss for as low as $420 right now here in the states.

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