Optics Jedi Master
Location: United States
The 10X HD came in today and Chris asked me to compare it to a few other scopes I had around.
For comparison, I looked at the 10X HD, a Hensoldt 3-12x56 (http://swfa.com/Zeiss-3-12x56-Tactical-Hensoldt-Telescopic-34mm-Sight-P41073.aspx) and a Premier Heritage 3-15x50 (http://swfa.com/Premier-Heritage-3-15x50-Tactical-34mm-Riflescope-P13018.aspx).
In fairness, the SS 10X HD sells for $799, the Hensoldt for $3119, and the Premier for $2790 - all prices are from the SWFA web site.
The variables were set to their "10X" mark for comparison.
Sadly, overall glass quality was comparable. ("Sadly" because the Premier and Hensoldt cost so much more. ) Hensodt is a bit more clear edge-to-edge than the Heritage, and the Heritage a bit more than the SS, but just a little. Hensoldt had better color than the others (but Premier and SS were almost indistinguishable) and gave objects a more solid appearance - not sure how else to say it.
Knobs on all 3 are very usable, with clicks well defined and audible as well as tactile. I prefer the spacing of the Hensoldt best, followed by SS, followed by Premier (the usual gripe of the Premier.)
Getting behind the Hensoldt is so easy, it makes everything else pale in comparison. At 10X, there is almost no tube visible, just pristine image. With the Premier, there was a bit more tube, and with SS, there was noticeably more tube - not a terrible "tunnel" but more tube in the sight picture. None of the 3 showed any ghosting or haloing with good site picture. Eye position on the SS was slightly more critical than on the Premier, but not by much. One big bonus to a fixed power is that eye relief never changes. Variables are getting closer to this, but no one (that I have seen) has an actual fixed eye relief at all magnification ranges.
The SS is not illuminated - and I think I'll miss that. As the light faded, I noticed the image was lost first in the SS, then the Premier, and last in the Hensoldt (though, in truth, with Hensoldt's outline reticle, without illumination, you can see the target long after the reticle has disappeared. If you shoot in low light and buy a Hensoldt, keep an extra battery or 2 around.)
I'll have the rifles on the range in 2 days and will post some pics and range reviews of the SuperSniper. For now, it seems to be great glass at a great price. It doesn't have all the "bells-n-whistles" of the other 2, but at this price, it is a very nice, entirely serviceable tactical scope.
More to come.
(Lastly, a real pain in the butt: the Hensoldt does not have an indicator on the saddle showing which way is up and which is down when making elevation changes, the other 2 do. I was disappointed the Hensoldt missed this but very happy the SS did not; it seems trivial, till the first time you go the wrong way.)
Edited by Rancid Coolaid - February/02/2010 at 18:52
The plural of "anecdote" is not "data."