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This entry was posted on October 10, 2019 by Alex Hege.
German optics are famous for quality. While budget optics can get the job done, some folks demand a premium scope. For people that require the very best optics, German optics maker ZEISS is second to none. ZEISS leads the world in optical products across numerous industrial fields for over 170 years.
The History of ZEISS
The story of ZEISS dates back to 1846 when Carl Zeiss opened an optics shop in the German city of Jena. Zeiss became famous for handcrafting precision optical instruments such as microscopes. Through his experience in making microscopes and other precision instruments, Zeiss developed a reputation for producing the highest quality lenses in the industry. Soon Zeiss' products became well known not only in Europe but around the world.
Around the turn of the 20th century, ZEISS was a massive industrialized company with thousands of employees across Germany. After producing the most exceptional microscopes and other optical equipment for nearly 50 years, ZEISS entered the telescopic firearm optics industry in 1892. ZEISS developed these first optics for military rifles and machine guns. Around 1907, ZEISS offered variable magnification scopes for the military, and by the 1920s, this same technology was available for civilians. ZEISS continued to innovate through the 1930s for commercial and military clients.
During WWII, ZEISS produced firearm optics and optical equipment for the German war effort. From binoculars to components of u-boat periscopes, ZEISS was one of the biggest companies to provide materials to the German military. As the war continued, the Allied Powers closed in on German war industries through extensive bombing campaigns; however, this bombing did not damage ZEISS' facilities substantially.
After WWII, ZEISS ran into the significant issue of its production facilities existing in both West and East Germany, with its main facilities in Jena, East Germany. The Soviet Union seized most of ZEISS' equipment and took it back to Russia to improve its domestic optical industry. During the Cold War, the two separated ZEISS companies continued to make firearms optics and camera lenses in both West and East Germany.
Products made by ZEISS in East Germany were the best quality that the Eastern Bloc offered; however, they lagged behind the products made by West German ZEISS. After German Reunification in 1990, both of the separate parts of ZEISS from West and East Germany set about joining forces together again. After the merger, all of ZEISS' facilities worked hard to recover the excellent reputation the original company earned before the end of WWII. Now, all ZEISS optics, regardless of their manufacturing location, are of the highest optical and build quality.
ZEISS quality is within reach.
Current ZEISS Magnified Optics
The current lineup of ZEISS magnified optics still offers high value and exceptional optical clarity that folks expect. We are happy to provide a selection of four premium ZEISS scopes from their Conquest V4 line. These scopes feature durable, yet lightweight aluminum construction for a lifetime of use. Click here for more information about magnified optics.
ZEISS Conquest V4 4-16x50
ZEISS Conquest V4 3-12x44
ZEISS Conquest V4 3-12x56
ZEISS Conquest V4 4-16x44
For over 170 years, ZEISS has stunned the world with its impeccable optical equipment. From a simple microscope shop to the most excellent firearms scopes in the world, ZEISS is a giant in the world of optics. When the shot or hunt of a lifetime is on the line, why accept anything less than ZEISS quality? Shop all ZEISS optics as well as our vast selection of other optic products.
This entry was posted in General on October 10, 2019 by Alex Hege.
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