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. This year, they decided to expand their popular Z8i series. This series already featured a popular wide-angle model, 1–8×24, offering a 42.5 m field of view at 1x magnification. Swarovski found room for improvement – they added a new model to the existing range, 0.75–6×20. What is so special about this new riflescope? 0.75 is a very unfamiliar number in the field of riflescopes as regards magnification – up to now, no one has dared to go below 1x magnification.
As the newly introduced Z8i model is of the wide-angle type, it is strikingly similar to the already-familiar Z8i 1–8×24 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 riflescope’s 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 on the riflescope. 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 model offers a field of view so wide. Swarovski Z8i 0.75–6×20 is great for driven hunts 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, 0.75–6×20 model is more suitable for very close range shooting than the 1–8×24. 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 riflescope manufactured either with or without the SR rail. Another specialty is the tangible click that the user feels at 1x magnification when turning the magnification ring. Swarovski named this feature CLICKONE.
The real advantage of the 0.75–6×20 over 1–8×24 is noticeable when you test these two scopes side by side, aiming at a target 10 m away.
Since Z8i 0.75–6×20 is the first riflescope 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 hunt enthusiasts. The retail price is expected to be similar to the price of 1–8×24 model, approx. 2100 €.