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Swarovski Z8i 0.75–6x20 (Z8i Series Scopes)

Introduction of Swarovski Z8i

Swarovski has never failed to amaze when it came to introducing new products at IWA fair in Nüremberg, Germany. Last year, they enthralled their target audience with dS scopes. This year, they decided to expand their popular Z8i series. This rifle scopes series already featured a popular wide-angle scope, 1–8x24, offering a 42.5 m field of view at 1x magnification. Swarovski found room for improvement – they added a new scope model to the existing range, 0.75–6x20.  What is so special about this new rifle scope? 0.75 is a very unfamiliar number in the field of rifle scopes as regards magnification – up to now, no one has dared to go below 1x magnification.

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Swarovski Z8i 0.75–6x20

Swarovski - Z8i 0.75–6x20 - Swarovski hunting scope with 20 mm objective lens diameter

New features - Swarovski ballistic turret flex

As the newly introduced Swarovski - Z8i scope model is of the wide-angle type, it is strikingly similar to the already-familiar Swarovski - Z8i 1–8x24 by outer appearance. Because of the 8x zoom factor, Swarovski could afford to move the minimal magnification under 1x. Plenty of thought was given to this possibility in the past, but it could never be put into practice because 4x and 6x zoom factors did not allow it – the maximum magnification would be too low, rendering the riflescopes magnification range impractical. With an 8x zoom factor that is not a problem anymore; 6x magnification is enough for shooting at targets a bit farther away. For that purpose, there is also a possibility of mounting a ballistic turret flex on the Swarovski - Z8i hunting rifle scope. The biggest advantage of setting the minimal magnification below 1x is achieving an outstandingly wide field of view (56 m on 100 m). Currently, no other Swarovski scope offers a field of view so wide.

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Hunting scopes

Swarovski Z8i 0.75–6x20 scope is great for driven hunting since it does not only allow you to shoot at targets 20–75 m away on 1x magnification without problems, it also allows you to set the magnification to 0.75x and shoot at targets 20 m away and even closer. Taking this into account, Swarovski - Z8i 0.75–6x20 scope model is more suitable for very close range shooting than the Swarovski - Z8i 1–8x24. The buyer is given an option of choosing between two reticles. The first option is familiar – reticle 4A-IF (a reticle and an illuminated dot in the middle) while the second option is a novelty – a red dot in the center of the field of view without any additional lines (reticle D-I – dot illuminated). The buyer can choose to have the Swarovski - Z8i hunting rifle scope manufactured either without or with the Swarovski SR rail for mounting directly on the rifles. Another specialty is the tangible click that the user feels at 1x magnification when turning the magnification ring. Swarovski named this feature CLICKONE.

Swarovski Z8i 0.75–6x20

Swarovski Z8i 0.75–6x20 hunting scope

Swarovski Z8i 0.75–6x20

Swarovski Z8i 0.75–6x20 hunting scope

The real advantage of the Swarovski - Z8i 0.75–6x20 hunting scope over Z8i 1–8x24 scope is noticeable when you test these two scopes side by side, aiming at a target 10 m away.

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Conclusion

Since Z8i 0.75–6x20 is the first Swarovski rifle scope of its kind, we believe that it is going to sell well once it hits the market. The 56 m field of view and the option to precisely shoot at targets close by will impress driven hunting enthusiasts. The retail price of this Swarovski -  Z8i hunting scope is expected to be similar to the price of Swarovski - Z8i 1–8x24 scope model, approx. 2100 €.

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Andraž Gradišnik

is an optics enthusiast who writes articles and reviews in the field of binoculars, riflescopes, NV optics etc. for the Optics-Info.com blog. Currently, he is a member of the Optics Trade team.

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