Swarovski’s Z5i Scope: Light & Bright – SHOT Show 2020

Swarovski’s new Z5i line of optics offers bright optics in lightweight tubes.

For more information visit SwarovskiOptik.com.

If you’ve looked at optics very much, you know that one of the top manufacturers is Swarovski Optik. They are known for extreme clarity and low-light visibility. Swaro has just released a new riflescope that brings these recognized qualities at a price point that is lower than you’d think. True Pearce took a close look at the new Z5i at SHOT Show 2020.

The Z5i boasts an illuminated reticle with a 1″ tube. The 1″ tube is lighter than larger tubes. The illumination controls are positioned on the eyepiece for easy adjustments. A ballistic turret is optional.

The Z5i’s reticle is illuminated — rare for a 1″ optic.
These are four of the seven reticle options for the Z5i.

The illuminated reticles come in seven patterns. You can choose simple crosshairs or several different range-finding options. What’s more, Swarovski has created an online calculator that tells you the thickness of the lines and widths at various distances and magnifications. They also offer the Ballistics app for your smartphone.

An online calculator or smartphone app will help you relate your reticle to the real world.

This is Swarovski’s brightest 1″ optic, featuring 92% light transmission on the 2.4-12x50mm scope. The front lens element is 50mm across, which gathers a lot of light.

If you’ve been using a 3-9x44mm scope, this scope will be an eye-opener because of how much brighter the image appears. With that wide lens and a minimum 2.4x magnification, you also get a much wider field of view which makes it easier to find your target.

A ballistic turret is optional.

The Z5i comes in three sizes they call the Forest Hunter (2.4-12×50), the Mountain Hunter (3.5-18×44), and the Prairie Hunter (5-25×52). These scopes are shipping now and MSRP starts at $1,588.

The Z5i line offers lightweight and an approachable price point.

Specs (The Forest Hunter 2.4-12×50)

Effective objective lens diameter (mm)23-50
Exit pupil diameter (mm)10-4.1
Exit pupil distance (mm) (Eye relief)95
Field of view (ft/100 yds / m/100 m)45.9-9 / 15.3-3
Field of view (degrees)8.7-1.75
Field of view, apparent (degrees)21.5
Dioptric compensation (dpt)-3 to +2
Light transmission (%)92
Impact point corr. per click (in/100 yds / mm/100 m)0.25 / 7
Max. elevation / windage adjustment range (in/100 yds / m/100 m)90/50 / 2.5/1.4
Parallax correction (yds / m)
Objective filter threadM 52×0.75
Length (in / mm)13.1 / 334
Weight (oz / g)17.7 / 500
Central tube diameter (in / mm)1 / 25.4
Functional temperature-4 °F to +131 °F (-20 °C / +55 °C)
Storage temperature-22 °F to +158 °F (-30 °C / +70 °C)
Submersion tightness13 ft / 4 m water depth (inert gas filling)

For more information visit SwarovskiOptik.com.

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