The design of binoculars as we know them today dates back more than 100 years. Back then, Carl Zeiss combined two monocular telescopes to create binoculars that delivered a natural image with increased 3-dimensional perception. Later developments were intended to make binoculars more compact. ZEISS has been using telescopic lenses since 1954 to enable a more compact design. These intentions culminated in 1969 with the introduction of pocket binoculars, the ZEISS 8x20 which could be folded down to fit in a pocket. On the other side a 20x60 came on the market in 1990 - with revolutionary image stabilization. The Victory FL introduces in 2004 with fluoride containing glasses reduced the colour aberations as never before, and with the VICTORY HT in 2012 an unparalleled light transmission of more than 95% were realized the first time.
Prism binoculars with increased distance between the objective lenses: crisper image with better depth of field.
Moritz Carl Hensoldt introduces the world's first binoculars with roof prisms – the Penta 7x29 Model A.
Introduction of wide-field eyepieces with a binocular design.
Hand telescope with variable magnification from 4 -20x.
Invention of reflection-reducing T coating by Alexander Smakula increases the light transmission of binoculars by 50%.
The use of tele lenses enables more compact designs.
Dialyt binoculars with direct vision prism erecting system based on Schmidt design. The ray path was strongly condensed, resulting in small, slim binoculars.
Revolutionary innovation in binoculars market through introduction of Zeiss pocket binoculars (8x20). Biaxial double joint allows binoculars to be folded down to pocket format; use of glass fiber-reinforced plastic for housing reduces weight of binoculars
to 135 g.
P-coating from Carl Zeiss – a phase-corrected coating for the roof surfaces of roof prisms – eliminates interference effects caused by phase shifts in the image erection process. This results in a further increase in contrast and resolution.
Carl Zeiss is the world's first manufacturer to introduce binoculars with mechanical image stabilization –
the 20x60 S. The image stabilization system compensates for hand tremor and allows successful free-hand observation at 20x magnification.
Victory 8/10x40 and 8/10x56 binoculars.
DiaScope spotting scope and interchangeable eyepieces provide birdwatchers and ornithologists with new options.
Conquest 8/10x30 and 12/15x45 binoculars.
DC4 digital camera eyepiece for Diascope spotting scopes.
Binocular and monocular Victory RF binoculars with integrated laser rangefinder and ballistic program to calculate the fall of shot for hunters.
PhotoScope: high-quality spotting scope with 15-45x magnification and integrated 7 megapixel camera for simultaneous observation and picture-taking.
CONQUEST HD (High Definition) 8/10x42 binoculars with ED (Extralow Dispersion) glass.
VICTORY HT (High Transmission) binoculars with unparalleled light transmission of 95%.