I have both (Zeiss is a 4.5-14x50), what are you using it for and which reticle?. I've compared mine to the Conquest 6.5-20x50, so maybe I can help.
- If its primarily for use in daylight, the optics are pretty close.
- If its for low light (barely legal or in the dark) I feel the Swarovski gets the nod, but only by a small amount. However, the Zeiss has the darkest reticles of the two and in low light that is big plus, unless you want lighted, then I don't know.
- If its the hold over reticles, Zeiss offers several, I believe Swarovski offers only 1 in that line, without windage hold offs. On this note, the Swarovski's web site is superb with software you can down load and, plug in the data and select the following to customize the reticle to your rifle;
* Just enter the vital area diameter that provides min & max yards for every hold over point in the reticle.
* provides the same for each power setting on the zoom knob. No more of this "must be on 12x (or what ever) to work properly”.
* The last time I checked with Zeiss, their website allowed you to plug in a load and it would tell you what power to use that would match the hold over points in the scope to your load.
- Zeiss offers more reticles but unless they have changed, they are real picky about which reticles they ill retro fit into their scopes. Why they do this, I’ll never know, but, its their kitchen.
- Both scopes are one inch so if you plan on cranking the knobs you may be limited in adjustment depending on your caliber/load combination. The Zeiss scopes have some pretty good size knobs which may be a +/- depending on your situation. Swarovski offers a ballistic turret with zero stops. My scope is the BR and they won’t give you both the BR and the Ballistic turret. Why, who knows.
- Both scopes have constant eye relief and fast focus eye adjustments.
- The Zeiss has side focus parallax adjustments; The Swarovski model you mentioned has the adjustable objective that has very fine adjustment controls.
- The Swarovski comes with clear lens covers and a sun shade. The Zeiss, no sunshade and lens protectors are solid
- Zeiss has a transferable life time warranty. No receipt is needed.
- Swarovski does to but, if you're not the original owner you must have the original sales receipt, otherwise you're SOL. However, per the Customer Service Department at Swarovski Optik in Cranston Rhode Island, if you purchase a Swarovski from SWFA and any other authorized dealer, even if used, as long as you have a receipt from that dealer, you're warranty is covered. So, if you buy a Swarovski scope from an individual and;
* You DO-NOT have the original sales receipt, its not covered.
* If you do, you're covered.
To verify, call Swarovski Optik and check for yourself. I did, it was the determining factor for me.