French Archery team member Dominique GENET relies on his MINOX APO HG 10x43 and MINOX MD 62 during competitions.
My name is Dominique Genet. I am French and have been practicing archery since 1988. I am a member of the French National Compound Archery team since 1996 and am regulary among the top 3 worldwide for several years now.
Archery is a sport of precision. Our arrows measure 5mm in diameter and must withstand the impacts at 50m making it imperative to have the right equipment. In addition, during our outdoor competitions, my equipment is subjected to hardships like rain, wind and sun, sometimes several days in a row.
It only took ten years, but I finally had my rifles shipped to California. My .270 had a good scope on it, but I wanted a great scope. When I spoke with the experts at MINOX, they recommended the ZA5 3-15x50 HD for what I was going to use it for. The HD glass has incredible clarity, even in low light conditions, and with the ballistic reticle, I can shoot out to 400 yards comfortably. I know on paper I can shoot out to 500 yards, but with a 34-37" drop I will stick to closer ranges with this weapon.
As a member of the French Archery team since 2000, it has become extremely important to have high quality optics to make sure that I am precisely on target. As it is very important for me to use high quality optics, my MINOX APO HG 10x43 and MD 62 ED W have been constant companions through most of my championships - I shot in the junior French team until 2003, won the World Indoor Championship in 2003 and the European Outdoor Championship the same year.
It’s hard to believe that when I moved to California nearly a decade ago, I thought any binoculars would work for hunting out here. After suffering through headaches, frustration at not being able to see game, and not completely understanding what I was doing wrong, I finally talked to some folks and learned so much about the proper use of quality optics. Here's a look at what I currently use (left) and what I came to Cali with (right).
Back in NY, I really had no need, or desire to scan far off places in search of wild game to hunt. I could simply walk into the woods, set up in a treestand, and wait. How times have changed for me! Now I must scan the landscape for hours in search of game to pursue. To be honest, I love it! Hunting whitetail will always be one of my favorite things to do, but hunting mule deer in the high desert is such an exciting experience.
I have to say that the binoculars look great and feel great in the hand. At 780g they aren't particularly light, but this gives a reassuring feel of quality. They feel extraordinarily well made. I know Minox take great pride in the build quality of their binoculars and subject them to stringent quality control inspections. Clearly, this contributes to the high build quality and offers the customer reassurance.
The focussing on the model I tried was very smooth, except for a small section near the close focus which felt like the focus wheel was scraping off the side of the binocular. I must say, I am ultra critical of focusing and this anomaly wouldn't have stopped me from buying the binoculars. The focusing wheel is large enough to use two fingers and take about one and half turns anticlockwise from close focus to infinity.