Zeiss Terra ED Binoculars Review

Written By John VanDerLaan 


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In this Zeiss Terra ED Binoculars Review we will take an in depth look at these high quality German optics and see why they were named an editor's choice for the best hunting binoculars under $500.

They are available in both 8X42 and 10X42 models.

Editor's Choice

Zeiss Terra ED Binoculars Review

I put these binoculars to the test on a bowhunting trip for whitetails in southern Ohio. I carried two sets of binoculars, my Nikon M7s and these. I compared them in many different tree stands and different terrain.

I had a particular tree stand on the edge of a huge harvested corn field and these binos outperformed my Nikons when glassing the other end of the field more than 500 yards away.

I was especially impressed with their low light performance, both in the open and deep in the woods, where the light fades particularly quickly, as the sun sets.

Let's take a look at what makes these optics so good, and what I think they could do better.

These binos features a fiberglass reinforced polymide casing that is nitrogen purged and hermetically sealed for 100% waterproof and fogproof performance for those wet days in the field.

They are designed to be super lightweight and compact without giving up ruggedness, making them a superior choice for hunting.

They deliver crisp, razor sharp images thanks to supreme German engineering and the use of Schott ED Glass.

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Here is a video showing all of the features of these German optics.

Zeiss Terra ED Quality

Zeiss Terra ED Quality 95/100

We were very excited to have the opportunity to review these binoculars given the excellent reputation of the German Optics Company.

We found that the quality of these binos lived up to the Zeiss reputation.

Zeiss optics are known for their quality and high prices, so how did they come up with a high quality set of binoculars that retail for under $500?

It appears that the Terra ED Binoculars are manufactured in China to Zeiss specifications. This allows Zeiss to offer their quality engineering at a lower price to the public.

When it comes to quality at this price we have to look at the lightweight, compact, fiberglass reinforced polyamide body and Schott ED glass along with Zeiss hydrophobic coated lenses and we can quickly see that the quality is hard to match.

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Design and Functionality

Design and Functionality 95/100

Design and functionality is where Zeiss has aways excelled and it is no different with the Terra model.

It is super lightweight with easy to grip, non slip surfaces and a large, smooth focus wheel that your finger seems to land on effortlessly, for fast, comfortable focusing.

Couple that with Schott ED glass and Zeiss hydrophobic multi-coating to deliver stunning optical performance in all conditions, including excellent low light performance and you can see why we have chosen the these as one of the best hunting binoculars under $500.

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  • Although they feature Zeiss legendary German engineering, they are made in China.

Zeiss Terra ED Specs

  • Magnification: 8X
  • Focus System: Center
  • Prism Type: Roof
  • Prism Glass: Schott ED Glass
  • Close Focus (ft/m): 5.25 ft
  • Eye Relief: 18mm
  • Objective Lens: 42mm
  • Exit Pupil: 5.3 mm
  • Field of View at 1000 Yds: 375ft
  • Diopter: Right Eye
  • Optical Coating: fully multi-coated with Zeiss’ proprietary MC multi-coating.
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Fogproof: Yes
  • Tripod Adaptable: Yes
  • Weight: 25.6oz

For a thorough explanation of what the numbers mean visit our Hunting Binoculars Buying Guide.

Final Thoughts

Overall, we found the build quality of the Terra ED to be superb. They feel great in your hands. The focus wheel is easy to reach and smooth. They have a wide field of view and excellent quality optics.

Most users on our staff love these binos and  recommend them for all hunting situations.

We hope that you have found our experience with the Terra ED Binoculars helpful.

If you are in the market for a high quality set of German engineered binoculars, the Zeiss Terra EDs are highly recommended.

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John VanDerLaan

John VanDerLaan is the managing editor here at DeerHuntingGuide.net. He oversees a team of editors, writers and pro staff that are subject matter experts in hunting and hunting gear. John's expertise includes thoroughly testing all types of hunting gear, as well as hunting all over the U.S. and Canada. While his hunting expertise includes game birds, small game and large game, his favorite game animal is the whitetail deer and he loves to share the knowledge that he has gained over 40 years of chasing the wily whitetail with both archery gear and firearms. John is an active member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America.

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