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.
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.
Magazine Field Test Gives MINOX APO HG 10x42 and BL 10x42 a Very Favorable Review
Results of an independent field test by a major magazine have given very high marks to two MINOX binoculars.
In the category called “Great Glass, Part 1,” the MINOX APO HG 10x43 asph binocular was ranked first among the nine brands tested by Field & Stream Magazine, and it was described as “...in quality, strictly top of the heap,” reported in their August 2009 issue.
The second half of their study evaluated the performance of “mid-range” binoculars and the MINOX 10x42 BL ranked third, described as “...a great glass, small and light for its power.”
The six-page Field & Stream feature, titled CRYSTAL CLEAR, was based on the premise that, “Few hunting tools are as important – and misunderstood -- as binoculars. Our expert (David E. Petzal) tells you everything you need to know to get the right pair and explains why this is the golden age of glass.”
Thorsten Kortemeier, MINOX managing director, said,“Naturally, we are pleased with this evaluation; it serves to confirm that we are achieving our goal of producing the finest quality optics that are value priced. To have it confirmed by independent field tests, conducted by a prestigious national magazine, is very reassuring.”