Tests & Reviews
Apart from the fact that they are both German brands that produce high-end optics, Minox binoculars are in many ways very similar to Steiner's in that they pride themselves on producing tough, functional binoculars using the highest quality optics, yet are also priced in such a way as to make them really good value for money.
With this in mind, I recently had the opportunity to review their very good looking mid-sized BL 8x33 binoculars, that from first appearances look like ideal binoculars to take with you on safari, camping, birding walks on a hike or pretty much anywhere.
Like its big 10x52 brother, this nimble Minox is built around the “Comfort Bridge” design-poly-carb body, durable double hinges and a grippy, no-glare rubber finish.
Many testers favored the contrast, color rendition and brightness of the MINOX image over others in the category, and it was a runner-up in both the resolution and low-light tests. The open-hinge binocular also won points for its well-designed eyecups, tack-sharp image and generous exit pupil.
We are proud to present the winner of the Annual Binocular Awards 2010 (The Best Binoculars & Binocular Reviews Website:
http://www.bestbinocularsreviews.com/binocular-awards-2010.php): our MINOX BL 8x33 binoculars. The MINOX BL 8x33 attained an outstanding 82% on the Best Binocular Reviews evaluation scale and was voted “Best Safari and Travel Binoculars 2010”.
The convincing product highlights of the MINOX BL 8x33 at a glance:
- High quality and brilliant optics allowing for perfect use in low-light situations
- Low weight
- Compact and ergonomic design
- Extremly tough housing
Very detailed review on the website of "The Best Binoculars & Binoculars Reviews"
Field & Stream Magazine awarded Best of the Best honors to the MINOX BL 8x52 Comfort Bridge binocular in their annual review of “Gear of the Year” for hunters and other active outdoorsmen. The announcement was made in their September issue.
Among the positive evaluations made by the testers, as reported by Tom McIntyre, was “The open-bridge design immediately fits the hand, and it's a welcome surprise to find 52mm objectives on a glass of this tolerable size and weight.” McIntyre also reported that “...its extreme light-gathering ability was, of course, also noted, as was the generous field of view.”
The review also noted, “And then there's the price. Realistically, it seems about two-thirds of what you'd expect to pay.”
Field & Stream, the leading magazine serving the outdoor market, has an audited circulation of 1,260,769, and reaches a total of more than 3,000,000 readers every month.