Testberichte

Tuesday, 19.August 2014

Ich seh' etwas, was du nicht siehst! - Die MINOX DTC 1000 im Test

Was tut sich eigentlich so in meinem Revier, wenn ich zu Hause auf dem Sofa sitze? Wer zieht auf welchen Wechseln, was treibt sich am Luder und an der Kirrung rum? Ist der brave 6er noch im Revier? Wildkameras sind groß in Mode und liefern gestochen scharfe Bilder aus allen Ecken des Reviers.

Tradition und Fortschritt sind große Worte, die sich – so hat man besonders bei der Jagd das Gefühl – einander auszuschließen scheinen. Was neu ist, kann ja nicht immer schon so gewesen sein (Tradition), und was immer schon so war, ist nicht neu (Fortschritt). Man kann dazu stehen, wie man will, der Fortschritt macht keinen Bogen um die Jägerschaft und so haben auch bei uns Jägern allerlei technische Spielereien wie mobile Revierkarten oder Jagd-Apps für Smartphones Einzug gehalten. Wer benutzt denn heutzutage noch Mitteilungsbrüche, wenn er auch einfach das Handy aus der Tasche ziehen und den Jagdkollegen schnell direkt informieren kann? Sicherlich sind nicht alle Neuerungen automatisch auch nützlich, doch es obliegt jedem Jäger selbst, für sich zu entscheiden, was im Rahmen der Weidgerechtigkeit jagdlich sinnvoll oder eher ein unsinniges Spielzeug ist. Neben aller Tradition und Jagdromantik dürfen wir aber auch nicht vergessen, dass wir Jäger sind, um Beute zu machen. Und die Anforderungen und Rahmenbedingungen haben sich geändert: Ein immer hektischer und schneller werdendes Berufsleben lässt den meisten Jägern immer weniger Zeit ...

Friday, 11.July 2014

MINOX BL 8×44 HD Binocular Review

With their revamp of the BL Line to incorporate HD / ED glass elements in their optical design, Minox is aiming to bring premium grade, German-made optics to the masses at a much lower price point than you’d expect to pay for top tier binoculars. By and large they’ve done a very good job — the BL 8×44 HD is an excellent all-round binocular. Rugged and stylish, with an excellent finish and premium “feel” this is a very nice binocular indeed, and while optically it isn’t quite on a par with the big guns, it really isn’t very far behind them either.

Monday, 16.June 2014

MINOX BL 8x44 HD Binoculars Review

No matter whether it matters to you or not or indeed if it is good or bad, the fact is that more binoculars are being manufactured in China than ever before and increasingly you can now only find a relatively small number of the very finest and most expensive instruments being fully designed and manufactured in places like the US, Japan and the traditional European countries like Germany and Austria.

MINOX are proud of the fact that their BL Line (as well as most others) are fully designed and manufactured in Germany and that they are hand finished and undergo a rigorous quality control inspection before leaving the Wetzlar factory.

This level of detail and care is becoming increasingly rare, but what makes it even more unique is that they have been able to produce what they say is a premium quality binocular at what is a very competitive price, that is way below many similar products no matter where they are made.

So to see just how well they are made and indeed how they perform, I spent a couple of weeks using and testing the latest version of the MINOX BL 8x44 HD binoculars (No. 62048) and you can read my full review here:

Friday, 25.April 2014

MINOX BD 7×28 Binocular Review

The Minox BD 7×28 is a unique binocular… and that’s not a distinction many can claim. Designed by Volkswagen, the slimline barrels linked by a narrow but very solid metal bridge high on the instrument makes it look incredibly sleek and modern. It leaves almost the entire barrel exposed for a really comfortable wrap-around grip (what Minox calls its “Comfort Bridge” design). Optically it’s excellent… with one caveat… you can’t focus both barrels at the same time.

Friday, 25.April 2014

MINOX BV 8×25 BRW Binocular Review

There’s no doubt that the Minox BV 8×25 is an accomplished little compact binocular. It does a lot of things very well, but I can’t shake the feeling that it should deliver a little more “punch” in terms of overall image quality.

While it is certainly very compact, and feels extremely robust, the single hinge design means it can’t fold down like dual hinge compacts do — and that makes it a lot less pocketable. For me that diminishes its usefulness as a carry-anywhere binocular, which is the only reason I’d choose a compact. On the flip side the single hinge design is less “fiddly” in use, means your binoculars are always ready, and makes them feel much more like “real” binoculars in the hand.

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