Tests & Reviews
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.”
By Jeff Murray
Most experts agree: If you can’t afford quality optics, save up until you can make a discriminating purchase. The reason is that when it comes to binoculars, you usually get what you pay for – usually. While there are many fine brands to choose from [...] a “best buy” candidate for 2007 is the BL series from Minox. The BL 8x56 and BL 13x56 perform like binoculars costing two to three times as much, thanks to a light transmission rating of 92 percent. This kind of performance results from a combination of high-end glass from renowned Schott AG Germany, a nitrogen gas filler and 21 layers of M coating.