Try ZEISS and experience the difference

Now you can try ZEISS optics for free, with no risk.

Optics from ZEISS have a legendary reputation. A reputation founded over the years on exceptional optical performance, outstanding ergonomics, robust construction and a world of innovations that have constantly expanded the limits of the technically possible. Generations of nature lovers swear by their ZEISS optics - many of them are still in constant use today.

There’s never been a better time to try ZEISS optics for yourself, with the opportunity to enjoy a free 48 hour hire (12 days free hire over the festive period)* of some of our most popular binoculars and spotting scopes, in association with Try the Kit. Scroll down for a full list of products available to try and details on how to arrange your free 48 hour hire….

How to get the extended free hire

  • Simply follow the link provided below to our Try ZEISS site
  • Choose the optics you would like to try
  • Check the availability on the product you would like to loan
  • The extended free hire is automatically added
  • Simply check the 'Loan finishes on' and 'Collected on' dates. Those that will be applicable will have a loan finishes on date of the 1st January 2024.

Optics Available to Try


Victory SFL
Available to try in 8x30, 10x30, 8x40 & 10x40                    

  • Light weight & compact size
  • 90% light transmission
  • Great optical performance with UHD Concept

Victory SF
Available to try in 8x32, 10x32, 8x42 & 10X42                    

  • 92% light transmission
  • SmartFocus concept
  • Perfect ergonomics

Victory Pocket
Available to try in 8x25 & 10x25


  • 91% light transmission
  • Asymmetric bridge
  • Ultra-compact dimensions

Conquest HD
Available to try in 8x32, 10x32, 8x42, 10x42, 8x56, 10x56 & 15x56

  • 90% light transmission
  • Extremely Robust
  • Up to 15x magnification

Stabilised 20x60 S
Available to try in 20x60


  • Mechanical image stabilisation
  • Exceptional light transmission
  • Robust mechanics

Victory RF
Available to try in 8x42, 8x54, 10x42 & 10x54                

  • Measuring within seconds
  • Maximum range of up to 2,300 meters
  • High-contrast images

Extended 12 Day Free Trial over Festive Period (T&Cs apply)

Spotting Scopes

Victory Harpia
Available to try in 85 and 95

  • 88% light transmission
  • ComfortVision concept
  • DualSpeed Focus

Conquest Gavia
Available to try in 85

  • Short close-focus
  • 85mm objective lens diameter
  • 60x magnification

Digital Thermal Imaging Cameras
Available to try in DTI 1, DTI 3, DTI 4 & DTI 6

  • Perfect ergonomics
  • HD LCOS display
  • High precision zoom

How it Works

We are proud to offer the Try ZEISS experience through our trusted partner Try the Kit.

Try the Kit is part of the Simplysnap Group, also comprising, one of the foremost photo and video hire companies in Europe. They have been specialising in providing loan and evaluation services to the industry since 2015.

Hiring is easy:

  • Check availability - Click on the link to find the lenses you want to try. Use the Live Availability calendar to choose your preferred start and end dates. The system will then show you the loan price (if for longer than 2 days).
  • Pay deposit - You will need to pay a refundable deposit for the equipment, the cost of which will vary dependant on the value of the kit. This will be fully refunded back to you upon the safe return of the goods.
  • Delivery - The equipment will be dispatched on a next day courier service, delivered to your chosen address.
  • Check the equipment - The equipment will have been thoroughly checked and safely packed before dispatch but for peace of mind, please still check that everything is present and in working order.
  • Now you’re ready to Try ZEISS!
Details of the returns and deposit refund process can be found here, along with the full terms and conditions.

Terms & Conditions

How do we loan equipment?

The ‘Try ZEISS’ loan service is provided for you to try specific Binoculars or Lenses in your own time in your own environment. Any given product can be borrowed once free of charge for a 48-hour period, with the option to extend this loan and pay for a longer period. We always aim to deliver by 12pm on the working day before you want to use your equipment. That way, we have plenty of time to resolve any problems such as a mis-sort or failed delivery. On the rare occurrences of this happening, we will arrange for the equipment to be with you by 10am on the morning of the loan (subject to availability). Please note that if you are using the equipment before 10am on the morning of the loan, it is advisable to book a day earlier to prevent any issues. Please do feel free to discuss this with us if you have any queries.

Collection takes place between 8am and 6pm the working day after your loan period has ended. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer timed collections. Please note that it is the responsibility of the hirer to ensure that all equipment is correctly and securely packaged for the return. You will be held accountable for any loss or damage sustained as a result of failure to do this.


You will be required to pay a deposit, based on the value of the equipment. The deposit must be paid either at the time of booking or 7 days before the date of dispatch. If the deposit has not been paid, and we are unable to contact the hirer, the booking will be cancelled, and no goods will be dispatched. The deposit will be refunded following confirmation that the goods have been returned in a complete and undamaged condition.


Early return of equipment

You are more than welcome to return the equipment early. Just contact us and we can arrange collection.


Cancellation of orders

If the loan is cancelled before dispatching, you will incur no charges. If the equipment has already been dispatched, administration charges may apply.


Taking equipment outside of the UK

You are more than welcome to take the equipment wherever you so wish. However, you must ensure you have adequate insurance for loss, damage or theft when doing so.


What you get with the equipment

All equipment supplied as listed on the website, under the ‘Included’ tab.


How we deliver

The equipment will be dispatched from us at around 3pm the day before delivery. This means all requests MUST be on the system by 2pm the day before to ensure that this deadline is made, all orders must be packed by this time. A dispatch email will be sent to you once the equipment has left us.

All deliveries will be attempted before midday on the day of delivery. As we use a national courier, there is always the very slight chance of a mis-sort where part or all of the consignment is sent to the incorrect depot. In these instances, we will organise either for that equipment to be re-delivered or we will send out additional equipment – in both cases, this will arrive either later that afternoon or before 10am on the morning of the loan. Please do contact us if your equipment has not arrived on time – the longer we have to resolve the situation, the better we can serve you!


How we collect

Details of your collection will be included in your dispatch documents. Please do note that this is an all-day collection (8am-6pm) so we cannot specify pickup times. Please note that it is the responsibility of the hirer to ensure that all equipment is correctly and securely packaged for the return. You will be held accountable for any loss or damage sustained as a result of failure to do this.


Failed collections

Should the collection fail for any reason, excluding courier error, you will be charged a failed collection fee of £25.


How quickly can I get the equipment?

We will always try our best to get equipment to you as soon as possible. If you are already registered on our system, then as long as you place your booking before 2pm and we have the equipment in stock, there is nothing to stop it being dispatched immediately to be with you the next day.

If you are not registered, please do allow more time to be setup on our system and verify you before the equipment can leave us.


How everything is packed

Usually, all our equipment will be delivered in a flight case (Pelicase or Storm Case). We are realistic in understanding that things can get bashed around by the couriers, so we try to make sure that everything arrives with you in the best order possible. We are also aware that sometimes equipment can get damaged, despite our best efforts, so please do check everything as soon as it arrives. You must let us know by 4pm at the very latest on the day of delivery if there is a problem. If you do not inform us before 4pm, we cannot be held responsible and assume that any defects have happened under your care and you will be charged.


Delivery outside the UK

Sadly, the ‘Try ZEISS’ scheme is only available for delivery addresses in the UK.


Checking equipment upon arrival

We will check everything thoroughly upon dispatch. However, should the worst happen, and something gets broken in transit, we do need to know about it as soon as possible to ensure we get the problem sorted for you. So please do check everything is not only present and correct but also working once the equipment arrives with you and notify us before 4pm on the day of delivery should you have any concerns. We will provide checklists and equipment condition reports for each piece of equipment to aid this process.


What to do in the event of loss, theft or damage

Please phone us IMMEDIATELY!


In case of damage

If the equipment has arrived in a damaged state from the courier, we will normally arrange for collection of the goods (please note, if we are not informed by 4pm on the day of delivery, we will have to assume that the goods arrived in perfect working order).

Dependant on stock, we will always attempt to redeliver replacement equipment of the same or similar specification.

If the equipment gets damaged – cosmetic or other, during the duration of your loan, dependant on the extent of the damage, we will either arrange for the immediate return of the equipment or mutually agree that you use it until the end of the loan period as arranged.

On return of the equipment, we will return the item to ZEISS for repair and a preliminary quotation for repair will be sent to you. The repair amount will be charged to your debit/credit card or debited from your deposit.


In case of loss / theft

If the equipment is lost or stolen during your loan, you will be held liable for the replacement of all items that have not been returned. The value of the items will be charged to your debit / credit card. They will be charged at a rate of suggested retail price minus 25% to consider the fact that the items were not new when you loaned them.


Wear and tear

We understand that the equipment may overtime pick up the odd minor scratch or mark. Please refer to the equipment condition report for details of any pre-existing blemishes that have already been noted (where applicable). However, any marks to lens glass and obvious neglect of use will be treated as damage and charged.


Missing parts

Should there be any parts or components found to be missing once the goods have been returned to us, you will be notified. You will have up to three working days to return missing items to us at the address below. After three working days, you will be charged for replacements plus an administration fee of £15. Please note that missing equipment must be sent back via Royal Mail Special Delivery or a tracked courier service. Please ensure that you include a note detailing who the items are from. Failure to do so may result in you being charged.


How to apply for your loan refund

A voucher for each item ordered will be attached to your Return Confirmation email – this is sent once the equipment has been checked upon return, the order is closed, and the refunding of the deposit has been processed. To apply for a loan refund, log into your account on Try Zeiss. Under Profile, select Redeem Voucher. Enter your voucher code and upload proof of purchase. Please ensure that you use to correct voucher for the purchased kit. As long as the Terms of Refund have been met, your loan charge will be refunded back onto your card of payment.


Sharing of your information

The information you provide us with, including your name and details of the equipment hired, will be shared ZEISS UK. You can request for your information to not be shared by emailing in fo @tryzeiss .com


Festive period extended hire

The festive period extended hire is for hires between 21st December 2023 - 2nd January 2024