This blog post will provide a review of the Zeiss Long Range Precision S5 riflescope, which has a magnification range of 5-25×56. The scope comes in two configurations with differences in the adjustment per click and the reticle. The first model has MIL clicks and MIL reticle, while the other has MOA clicks and MOA reticle.
- About the Zeiss company
- The new Zeiss LRP S5 series
- Physical properties
- Optical performance
- Zeiss LRP S5 5-25×56 price and warranty
- Mounting solution
- Scope of delivery
- Who are the main competitors?
- Final thoughts
About the Zeiss company
One of the oldest and biggest names in the optics industry is Zeiss, which produces a variety of optical products.
Zeiss was founded in Jena in 1846, with a primary focus on producing microscopes. However, they expanded into riflescopes in 1892, with their first product release. In 1907, they further developed the technology by introducing their first riflescope with variable magnification, offering a three times zoom factor.
Zeiss has its headquarters located in Oberkochen, which is in the southern part of Germany. All rifle scopes and other sports optics products are manufactured in Wetzlar, Germany, which is the primary location for sports optics manufacturing. Wetzlar was previously the location of Hensoldt, which was acquired by Zeiss.
The new Zeiss LRP S5 series
The Zeiss LRP S5 5-25×56 riflescope is a new product in the market and it’s notable for being the first Zeiss tactical riflescope with the reticle positioned in the first focal plane. It’s exciting to see companies like Leica and Zeiss produce tactical riflescopes for sports shooting as it leads to interesting products and increases competition in the market.
As I mentioned, the scope is Zeiss’ debut product designed for sport shooting or tactical-style shooting. Zeiss launched it in 2022, and currently, it holds the title of being the most expensive riflescope produced by the company.
The LRP S5 series currently has two riflescopes available, each with a different magnification range and objective diameter:
The LRP S5 5-25×56 features a magnification range of 5 to 25x. If you are planning to mount a clip-on night vision or thermal device, it is essential to note that the riflescope has an objective lens diameter of 56 millimeters and an outside diameter of 62 millimeters.
This riflescope has a magnification of five times and the reticle is located in the first focal plane, as previously mentioned.
The riflescope is made mostly of metal but has a small rubberized section on the ocular. It can be used with all calibers, including the 50 BMG. The scope is waterproof up to four meters and filled with nitrogen to prevent internal fogging. It can be used in a wide temperature range, from -25 to 56 degrees Celsius.
The scope has a size of almost 40 centimeters or 396 millimeters and is considered one of the larger scopes available. Compared to other riflescopes with similar magnification, it falls in the middleweight range. It weighs 1030 grams and has a main tube diameter of 34 millimeters.
This scope offers the choice between an MOA or MIL version, with the reticle positioned in the first focal plane. Opting for the MIL version means you will receive a MIL reticle, making it a true tactical MIL/MIL riflescope. Alternatively, selecting the MOA version will provide an MOA reticle.
The user is provided with the choice of two reticles:
Both reticles are designed in a Christmas tree style. The size of the reticle changes with the magnification because it is positioned in the first focal plane. This means that the reticle gets thicker or thinner as you adjust the magnification. This allows you to use the reticle to compensate for bullet drop and calculate the distance at any magnification level.
Both reticles have an illuminated middle section that provides exceptional illumination. I have never seen a rifle scope with a better illumination system than this one. The illumination range starts from a low-intensity setting suitable for complete darkness and can be adjusted to maintain a nonintrusive aim at the target.
Unlike other 5-25 rifle scopes, the illumination is bright enough to be used during the day, even on very sunny days.
The riflescope’s illumination has an auto-turn-off function. Therefore, if the riflescope is not in use, the illumination will automatically switch off to conserve the battery. To operate the illumination system, you only need one CR 2032 battery. The battery is located under the cap on the same side turret, and it’s simple to replace.
To activate the illumination, pull out the component located on the side of the turret. The illumination will be turned off when the turret is retracted and turned on when the turret is extended. The illumination adjustment features a step-less design, without predefined increments for adjustment. Rotating the illumination knob in the right direction will increase its brightness while turning it in the left direction will reduce it.
The parallax adjustment and the illumination system are both on the same side turret. The adjustment range starts from 25 meters (27 yards) and goes up to infinity. However, in my opinion, it would be better if the parallax adjustment range could go down to 10 meters.
The parallax adjustment rotation is stiff, making it difficult to adjust. However, the adjustment range is quite large, allowing for precise fine-tuning of the parallax to the target. This enables you to easily adjust the parallax for precise shots or greater detail.
The Zeiss LRP S5 5-25×56 riflescope has distinct turrets. The scope was designed for PRS-style shooting, and that’s why it has a high-elevation turret. This feature makes it easy for the user to make swift adjustments by simply grabbing the whole turret.
The MIL version of the riflescope can travel up to 40.7 MIL in elevation, while the MOA version can travel up to 140 MOA. With its 34 mm main tube, this riflescope is ideal for long-range shooting, including .22 long-range, and allows you to shoot at far distances thanks to its extensive elevation range.
Clicks on the elevation turret
The MIL model has click values of 0.1 MIL, which is equivalent to one centimeter at a distance of 100 meters. In contrast, the MOA model has click values of 1/4 MOA, which equals 7mm at a distance of 100 meters.
The elevation turret clicks are easily heard and have a pleasing tactile feel. However, they are not very stiff and rotate relatively easily.
More tactile clicks
The Zeiss elevation turret has a feature named More Tactile Clicks (MTC) which is equivalent to the feature found in S&B scopes but has been given a different name.
Counting clicks on the turret becomes easier when every 10th click is more pronounced than the rest. This makes it possible to count the clicks even in complete darkness. The 10th, 20th, 30th, 40th, 50th, and 60th clicks are more pronounced, making it easier to count the louder or harder clicks. For instance, if you need to adjust to 63 clicks, you can count six hard clicks followed by three regular clicks. You can make these adjustments without looking at the turret, even in complete darkness.
The elevation turret has a multi-turn design with 4 revolutions. It doesn’t have a mechanical turn indicator; instead, it has lines below it that indicate which revolution you are currently in. When you rotate the turret, it moves upwards, which helps you easily determine your current rotation. I believe that a mechanical turn indicator is necessary for a scope in this category.
The MIL model turret provides 12 MILs of elevation travel with each revolution. I find this inconvenient and would prefer 10 or 15 MILs of travel in one revolution for easier operation.
When you’re calculating your current position during the turret revolution, it may not be as straightforward as when working with round numbers.
The MOA model turret has a 30 MOA elevation travel with each rotation.
The elevation turret has a zero-stop feature that will stop exactly at zero. However, I prefer zero-stop mechanisms that can allow a few clicks below zero.
The process of setting the zero-stop is simple. While you are at the shooting range, adjust your scope to the desired zero distance.
The Torx wrench that comes with the scope should be used to loosen the two screws on the side of the turret. Rotate each of the two set screws counterclockwise for one full rotation to loosen them. Note that even after correctly loosening the two set screws, the elevation turret will still give a tactile ‘click’ feedback. The reticle adjustment function should now be turned off.
Apply firm pressure to the turret until it stops and reaches the bottom. While keeping it pressed down, rotate the turret clockwise until it reaches a final stopping point. It should be aligned with the “0” reference.
The turret has reached its internal mechanical stops and you should feel a ‘stop’ sensation. Keep the turret pressed down at this position and use the Torx wrench to tighten the two set screws that were previously loosened. Turn each set screw clockwise until it meets resistance, and then continue to tighten to ensure the set screws are firmly set against the internal mechanism.
Resetting the elevation turret to zero
To reset your elevation turret to zero because of changes in ammunition or rifle platform, please follow the instructions provided below.
- Rotate the elevation turret clockwise until it reaches the current zero-stop.
- Unscrew both screws on the elevation turret.
- Raise the elevation turret until it comes to a stop.
- Tighten both screws.
- Zero your scope to the desired distance.
- To reset the zero-stop, please refer to the instructions mentioned earlier for setting the zero-stop.
The sound of the clicks on the windage turret varies depending on the direction you turn it. The clicks are audible, but they are not as tactile as on Schmid and Bender and new Steiner M7X riflescopes which have more pronounced clicks. However, for sports shooting, the clicks on the Zeiss LRP S5 5-25×56 are excellent.
Locking function on the windage turret
You can use the locking function of the windage turret to lock in any adjustments you make. It can be locked in place wherever you need it.
The windage turret on the MIL model has 6 MIL of travel in both directions, and it can be adjusted back to zero. This allows for a total of 12 MIL adjustments in either direction.
Usually, I dislike when the turret rotates beyond a certain point and displays different numbers. However, with this particular turret, it only goes up to zero and doesn’t continue further. This makes it easy for the user to understand that the clicks won’t go any further in this direction and they need to rotate the entire revolution back to zero.
I prefer scopes that don’t have multi-turn windage turrets because they can lead to mistakes of a full revolution. This particular scope has a locking function that works perfectly, making it almost impossible to make an error.
To reset the windage turret to zero, you need to unlock it first. You can find a small hole on the side of the turret, which is blocked when the turret is locked. After unlocking it, you can then proceed with resetting it to zero.
As expected from Zeiss, the image quality is excellent with perfect resolution and edge-to-edge clarity. I want to mention that this scope has a travel range of over 40 MIL and its image remains perfectly round at all magnification levels, regardless of elevation. Unlike other scopes where parts of the image are cut off at the edges of elevation, this scope maintains a clear image even at the smallest or largest elevation. This is a unique feature not found in many other scopes on the market.
The objective has a lens diameter of 56mm which enables it to capture a substantial amount of light. Additionally, the riflescope has a 90% light transmission rate resulting in a bright image even in low-light conditions.
The field of view is 7.5 meters at 100 meters when using five times magnification. At the maximum magnification, the field of view is 1.5 meters at 100 meters, which is considered average. The scope does not have any tunneling effect and has a 90-millimeter eye relief, allowing you to use it safely with high or strong recoiling rifles while remaining safe behind the scope.
The eye relief is generous, allowing you to be a bit closer or farther away from the riflescope while still maintaining a clear image.
I must say, the eye box is not ideal, particularly when using the 25x magnification. The riflescope requires you to be well-centered to use it effectively. Although it may be considered a drawback for a high-priced scope, it is still adequately user-friendly. It is not necessarily bad, but compared to other scopes available, the eye box could be improved.
The scope has a European-style eyepiece that allows for fast adjustments. The eyepiece rotation is also firm, which is beneficial because you won’t need to alter this setting after adjusting the focus.
The diopter adjustment range is between -3 to +2 and typically only needs to be adjusted once as it is not frequently changed. The eyepiece is intentionally difficult to rotate, which is beneficial as it reduces the chances of accidental adjustments while handling the scope or when putting it away.
The magnification ring can be adjusted from 25 to 5 times by turning it approximately 180 degrees. Compared to the stiff parallax wheel or eyepiece, the rotation feels smooth and effortless.
Zeiss LRP S5 5-25×56 price and warranty
As previously stated, the Zeiss LRP S5 5-25×56 is currently the most expensive riflescope manufactured by Zeiss, priced at 3,900 euros. Choosing either the MIL or MOA version will not affect the price, as both versions are priced the same.
The scope is manufactured entirely in Germany and comes with a 10-year warranty.
You will need 34 mm scope mount rings to mount the scope onto your rifle since the main tube diameter is 34 millimeters.
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Scope of delivery
What does the riflescope package include? It includes a cleaning cloth, a zeroing tool, an CR 2032 battery for the illumination system, and bikini-style lens protection. However, I would prefer flip-up covers.
The user guide is also included in English, German, French, and Spanish, providing all the necessary information, such as reticle subtensions, and additional safety information.
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Who are the main competitors?
The Zeiss LRP S5 5-25×56 has several competitors, including the Kahles K525i, March-FX 4.5-25×52, S&B PMII 5-25×56, and Zero Compromise 5-27×56.
Zeiss LRP S5 5-25×56 vs. Kahles K525i 5-25×56 DLR
The primary rival is Kahles K525i 5-25×56 DLR. Kahles is lighter, shorter, offers a broader field of view, and is roughly 700 euros less expensive when compared to Zeiss.
However, I believe that Zeiss provides superior optical quality and resolution. Zeiss offers a significant advantage with nearly 10 MIL extra elevation capacity than Kahles. Nevertheless, Kahles has the unique feature of allowing the user to select windage either on the left or right side.
Zeiss LRP S5 5-25×56 vs. March-FX 4.5-28×52 High Master
The next competitor is the March-FX 4.5-28×52 High Master. Compared to the Zeiss, the March is shorter and lighter. It is cheaper by approximately 150 euros if you opt for the illumination, and 400 euros cheaper if you don’t need the illumination.
However, the Zeiss has a higher elevation range and a 56mm objective lens, making it brighter in low light conditions compared to the March, which has a 52mm objective lens.
Zeiss LRP S5 5-25×56 vs. Schmidt & Bender 5-25×56 PM II/LP/MTC/LT
The third contender is the Schmidt & Bender 5-25×56 PM II/LP/MTC/LT, which comes with an illumination system and locking turrets. However, the Schmidt and Bender scope may experience a tunneling effect up to around seven times magnification.
The Zeiss scope has a higher elevation range, but the Schmidt and Bender scope is around 130 euros cheaper if you purchase it without any customization. Additionally, the Schmidt and Bender scope offers various options for customization, such as different turrets, reticle options, and even scope color. Keep in mind that these customizations can make the Schmidt and Bender scope significantly more expensive.
Zeiss LRP S5 5-25×56 vs. Zero Compromise Optic 5-27×56 FFP
The final contestant is the Zero Compromise Optic 5-27×56 FFP. In comparison, the Zeiss has a wider field of view and a higher elevation range. However, the Zero Compromise features locking turrets with accurate clicks, as well as additional reticle options. Keep in mind that the Zero Compromise is slightly pricier.
The Zeiss LRP S5 5-25×56 riflescope features excellent optical performance and one of the best illumination systems on the market. The scope also has an extensive elevation range, making it an excellent option for long-range shooting. Additionally, this scope is built to last due to its solid construction. One of the most important features of the LRP S5 5-25×56 is the MTC feature (more tactile clicks), which makes every 10th click on the turret more pronounced.
- great optical performance
- good illumination system
- extensive elevation range
- great build quality
- MTC (more tactile clicks)
The Zeiss LRP S5 5-25×56 riflescope has some cons that must be considered before making a purchase. One of its main drawbacks is the lack of a mechanical turn indicator. The eye box may need improvement, particularly when using a magnification of 25x. Furthermore, only one reticle option is available with this scope, limiting customization options. Lastly, the size and weight of this scope can be an issue for some users as it is quite large and heavy compared to other scopes on the market. The high price tag of this scope should also be taken into consideration when weighing the pros and cons.
- no mechanical turn indicator
- eye box could be improved
- only one reticle option
- size and weight
- high price
Overall, I believe that the Zeiss LRP S5 5-25×56 is an excellent high-end riflescope. It shares a similar design with the Hensoldt ZF 3.5-26×56 and is manufactured in the same facility as well.
In my opinion, the Zeiss LRP S5 5-25×56 is a good entry into the tactical segment. The scope stands out because it has an impressive elevation range which is one of its best features.
I believe the price of Zeiss’ first riflescope with a first focal plane reticle is a bit high. In comparison, I appreciate how Leica priced their PRS riflescope competitively as their first FFP riflescope. Nonetheless, Zeiss is known for producing high-quality products, which might explain the premium price.