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Carl Zeiss Sports Optics to Distribute Hensoldt Line in the United States

CHESTER, VA – Carl Zeiss Sports Optics announced that it is taking over distribution of the Hensoldt line of optics in the United States effective May 1, 2011. The Hensoldt line of riflescopes and other state-of-the-art optical instruments for military, law enforcement and civilian applications is produced by the Carl Zeiss Optronics division and had been distributed in the U.S. by HDC, LLC since 2008. Nathan Hunt, president of HDC, has joined the Carl Zeiss Optronics division in the U.S. as Vice President, Sights. He will focus on the military market in this new role and help with the transition of the Hensoldt line to the Carl Zeiss Sports Optics team in Chester, Va.

“The Hensoldt line offers exceptional quality and versatility for elite marksmen, and Carl Zeiss Sports Optics is pleased to take over distribution of these optics to select dealers throughout the United States,” said Erik Schumacher, President of Carl Zeiss Sports Optics. “At this year’s SHOT Show in Las Vegas, the Hensoldt line was shown in the same booth as the ZEISS Sports Optics line for the very first time and the response from dealers was overwhelmingly positive. We look forward to expanding the footprint of the Hensoldt line in conjunction with our sports optics business.”

The customer base for Hensoldt optics is comprised of police and law enforcement agency sniper units as well as the most discerning competitive marksmen and shooting enthusiasts who are looking for the absolute finest optics available. From telescopic sights for long-range precision to reflex sights for close-quarters combat and light intensifiers and thermal imagers for poor light conditions, Carl Zeiss provides the solutions to help snipers and sportsmen complete their missions accurately and effectively in all conditions.

For more information, see zeiss.com/sports.

About Carl Zeiss:
Carl Zeiss is an international group of companies in the optical and optoelectronic industries. The company has representatives in more than 30 countries. Carl Zeiss is a stock corporation which is wholly owned by the Carl Zeiss Stiftung (Carl Zeiss Foundation).

The products and services from Carl Zeiss set the standards in the Medical and Research Solutions, Industrial Solutions and Lifestyle Products markets. The ZEISS brand has stood for innovative ideas, precision and quality for more than 165 years. Around 13,000 employees work for Carl Zeiss around the world. During fiscal year 2009/10, they generated revenues of EUR 2.98 billion. As part of the Carl Zeiss Group, Carl Zeiss Sports Optics is responsible for sales, marketing and distribution of its state-of-the-art binoculars, spotting scopes, riflescopes and laser rangefinders throughout the United States and Canada.

For more information, visit: zeiss.com/sports or call 1-800-441-3005.

Contact:
Shannon S. Jackson, Press Relations (804) 343-3608 or sjackson@shannonjacksonpr.com

Petersen’s Hunting Magazine Names ZEISS DiaScope Editor’s Choice

Zeiss CHESTER, VIRGINIA – The new Victory DiaScope 85mm spotting scope from Carl Zeiss has been named Editor’s Choice by the staff of Petersen’s Hunting. The 2010 Spotting Scope Review, featured in the magazine’s September issue, compared spotting scopes from numerous manufacturers and the new ZEISS DiaScope, with its revolutionary Dual Speed Focus (DSF) system, beat out the competition as the top pick. Here’s what they had to say:

“The DiaScope features fluoride glass and a protective LotuTec lens coating to shed water, dirt and other optical result-robbing debris. We put this scope through its paces, and all the way to the 60x the images were bright and Beefeater-clear. The innovative Dual Speed Focus (DSF) system is something you almost have to try to believe. It automatically transfers from macro-adjustment to fine-tuning like no other scope. This is our pick of the litter, price be damned. $2,999; zeiss.com/sports.”

The DiaScope is available in 65mm or 85mm models, straight or angled, and the newly designed eyepieces include the Vario D 15-56x / 20-75x, the most powerful and versatile eyepiece on the market today. All DiaScope eyepieces feature Carl Zeiss’ LotuTecĀ® water repellant coating and the new bayonet locking system securely locks the eyepieces onto the body of the scope yet still allows for quick and easy changing.

Other enhancements include the new, sleek rubber-armored exterior for improved feel and protection of the highly durable magnesium/aluminum housing and the exceptional optical performance of FL lens system produces extremely detailed, sharp and brilliant images, even in the most demanding lighting and weather conditions.

“We are thrilled and honored that the Petersen’s Hunting staff has named the new DiaScope Editor’s Choice,” said Erik Schumacher, president of Carl Zeiss Sports Optics. “Their recognition of our efforts to redesign the DiaScope with numerous enhanced features, including a truly revolutionary new focusing system, means a lot to all of us at Carl Zeiss. We are driven by desire to produce the finest optical experience possible in the field and will continue to innovate to ensure that ZEISS optics continue to deliver this.”

The new DiaScope from Carl Zeiss was also named a 2010 Editor’s Choice winner by Outdoor Life magazine.

About Carl Zeiss:

Carl Zeiss is an international group of companies in the optical and optoelectronic industries. The company has representatives in more than 30 countries. Carl Zeiss is a stock corporation which is wholly owned by the Carl Zeiss Stiftung (Carl Zeiss Foundation).

The products and services from Carl Zeiss set the standards in the Medical and Research Solutions, Industrial Solutions and Lifestyle Products markets. The ZEISS brand has stood for innovative ideas, precision and quality for more than 160 years. Around 13,000 employees work for Carl Zeiss around the world. During fiscal year 2008/09, they generated revenues of EUR 2.1 billion. As part of the Carl Zeiss Group, Carl Zeiss Sports Optics is responsible for sales, marketing and distribution of its state-of-the-art binoculars, spotting scopes, riflescopes and laser rangefinders throughout the United States.

For more information, visit: zeiss.com/sports or call 1-800-441-3005.

Contact:
Shannon S. Jackson, Press Relations (804) 343-3608 or sjackson@shannonjacksonpr.com

Zeiss Sports Optics Awarded Pair of 2010 Outdoor Life Editor’s Choice Awards

Zeiss Announces Field Day PromotionsCHESTER, VA- The new ZEISS Victory DiaScope 85mm Spotting Scope and Victory 10×25 Compact Binocular both beat out the competition in their categories to win this year’s Outdoor Life Editor’s Choice award. The newly redesigned DiaScope won the top prize in the Spotting Scope category and the editors praised its “optically superior glass in a surprisingly lightweight chassis” among other outstanding features. The ZEISS DiaScope won the low-light test, had a top resolution score and “the two-speed focus and wide-angle eyepiece sparkled”, according to the test team. The new Diascope is available in 65mm and 85mm models, straight or angled bodies and features a sleek rubber-armored exterior for improved feel and protection. Eyepieces are available as Variable 15-45x / 20-60x, 15-56x / 20-75x or fixed 30/40x.

So outstanding is the ZEISS Victory 10×25 Compact Binocular that it beat out the competition to win the top prize in the Mid-Size Binocular category. “Weighing a scant 8.6 ounces and folding elegantly into a tidy package scarcely bigger than a deck of cards, this marvelous binocular turned in remarkable resolution and low-light scores.” The Victory Compact Binoculars also feature Carl Zeiss’ award-winning LotuTec coating which repels water so efficiently that raindrops literally roll right off the glass. LotuTec also allows dirt, grease and grime to be wiped away with ease.

The awards were presented at the National Rifle Association’s 2010 Annual Meeting and Exhibit in Charlotte, NC on May 14. Erik Schumacher, president of Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, stated afterwards, “We are honored that ZEISS optics have once again been named Editor’s Choice by the Outdoor Life test team. This prestigious award recognizes the best new optics of the year and winning two categories further affirms Carl Zeiss’ 164-year commitment to quality and innovation in optical design and performance.”

About Carl Zeiss:

Carl Zeiss is an international group of companies in the optical and optoelectronic industries. The company has representatives in more than 30 countries. Carl Zeiss is a stock corporation which is wholly owned by the Carl Zeiss Stiftung (Carl Zeiss Foundation).

The products and services from Carl Zeiss set the standards in the Medical and Research Solutions, Industrial Solutions and Lifestyle Products markets. The ZEISS brand has stood for innovative ideas, precision and quality for more than 160 years. Around 13,000 employees work for Carl Zeiss around the world. During fiscal year 2008/09, they generated revenues of EUR 2.1 billion. As part of the Carl Zeiss Group, Carl Zeiss Sports Optics is responsible for sales, marketing and distribution of its state-of-the-art binoculars, spotting scopes, riflescopes and laser rangefinders throughout the United States.

For more information, visit: zeiss.com/sports or call 1-800-441-3005.

Contact:
Shannon S. Jackson, Press Relations (804) 343-3608 or sjackson@shannonjacksonpr.com

Carl Zeiss Sports Optics Announces Winner of the ZEISS Experience Contest

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CHESTER, VIRGINIA – Carl Zeiss Sports Optics has selected George McCoy of New Mexico as the winner of the ZEISS Experience Contest, earning McCoy a trip to hunt trophy black bear with Zeiss in Manitoba, Canada this spring.

After reviewing numerous submissions by loyal ZEISS customers describing how or why ZEISS optics have made a difference in their hunting success afield, McCoy was chosen for his succinct and compelling essay detailing many examples of the positive difference ZEISS has made in his 34 years of hunting.

The following excerpts are from McCoy’s submission:

“It is hard to pick one hunt where my Zeiss optics have made it successful. An Elk herd at first light in Montana where I was the only one able to pick out the bull, a Steenbok and Lions at last light in Zimbabwe, a Lion at first light in Tanzania or Cape Buffalo at last light all come to mind. After falling into the rocks on a sheep hunt in the Wrangell’s of Alaska, hunting Caribou above the Arctic Circle, hunting in the wind and rain on the Alaska Peninsula and in the salt water environment of Prince William Sound, I have always been able to depend on my Zeiss optics. I bought my first Zeiss Riflescope and 8×30 binoculars 35 years ago. I now have 6 Zeiss scopes and 3 pair of binoculars….. never had a problem with any piece of Zeiss equipment.”

“The hunt that made it clear to me just how Zeiss optics are superior to one of your main competitors was a Leopard hunt in Zimbabwe…..My guide and I both had 8×30 binoculars but mine were Zeiss…..After peering through his binoculars for some time the guide whispered that he just couldn’t make out the animal that was feeding on the bait. I handed him my Zeiss binoculars, he put them to his eyes and immediately whispered back that it was just a Honey Badger. That evening we had a leopard come into the bait just at dark. We were barely able to see the cat in the dusk but when I looked through the 1.5×6 Diavari Riflescope it was as if someone had turned the lights on.”

“Reliability, durability and performance translates into optics I can pass on to my son and grandson. I have already bought him a pair of Zeiss Binoculars and supplied both my son and grandson with Zeiss Riflescopes. When purchasing any kind of optical equipment, I never consider any item that does not have the Zeiss name on it.”

McCoy will accompany Bob Kaleta, Carl Zeiss Hunting Product Specialist, in pursuit of trophy black bear in Manitoba this May. They will be staying at the incredible Agassiz-Waterhen River Lodge during this week-long hunt that will feature the latest optics from Carl Zeiss. In addition to the hunt, McCoy will also receive a Conquest 3-9×40 riflescope and Conquest 8×40 binocular as a gift for his effort on the essay and his many years of loyalty to Carl Zeiss.

“George McCoy is a great example of Carl Zeiss’ many loyal customers,” said Erik Schumacher, president of Carl Zeiss Sports Optics. “We appreciate the confidence that Mr. McCoy and others like him have in the ZEISS brand. They provide opportunities for Carl Zeiss to be part of, and make a positive difference during, so many incredible hunting adventures, and this drives us as a company. We want to give them the very best and are constantly developing new, innovative optics for an even greater experience in the field.”

About Carl Zeiss:
Carl Zeiss is an international group of companies in the optical and optoelectronic industries. The company has representatives in more than 30 countries. Carl Zeiss is a stock corporation which is wholly owned by the Carl Zeiss Stiftung (Carl Zeiss Foundation).

The products and services from Carl Zeiss set the standards in the Medical and Research Solutions, Industrial Solutions and Lifestyle Products markets. The ZEISS brand has stood for innovative ideas, precision and quality for more than 160 years. Around 13,000 employees work for Carl Zeiss around the world. During fiscal year 2008/09, they generated revenues of EUR 2.1 billion. As part of the Carl Zeiss Group, Carl Zeiss Sports Optics is responsible for sales, marketing and distribution of its state-of-the-art binoculars, spotting scopes, riflescopes and laser rangefinders throughout the United States.

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