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.
By Stuart Bourdon
We decided to take a long look through the MINOX BD 10x44 BP binoculars, and this is what we found: This high-end product is a Porro-prism design, a less popular construction due to its typically higher expense and weight, but Porro offers enhanced light-transmission quality characteristics. Porro-prism designs are also said to have better “tree-dimensional” viewing of an object due to the inherently increased objective lens spacing. […]
The MINOX BD 10x44 is a good example of the company’s history of miniaturization and quality. It has good upper-end magnification (10x) with a large (44 mm diameter) objective lens, in a relatively compact (5x7.25x2 inches) size. The exit pupil is generous (5.5 mm diameter), passing large helpings of light, and it will focus down to 13.12 feet, good for scoping butterflies. It is neither an anchor nor a feather, but at 24.3 ounces, the MINOX 10x44 BP ended up in my daypack, not around my neck on the trail.
The design of the sturdy metal housing is sleek and comfortable in the hand. The highlight in case design, however, is the focusing system. Instead of the usual individual eyepiece diopter adjustment, the main focusing wheel in the center is used for diopter adjustments. The center focusing wheel cap is lifted and turned to change functions. Once the diopter is adjusted to the user’s eye and the center wheel cap is set back in the proper position, the dioptre correction is protected from unintentional changes.
Another nice feature are the twist-up eyecups with click stops. This makes it easy to find and set just the right eye relief so you can enjoy the full field of view offered by the MINOX BD 10x44 BP when wearing eyeglasses. […]
The housing has a rubberized outer coating that makes it easy to grip. Its lenses are top-quality German glass and feature multicoated surfaces for enhanced color and light transmission.
We were impressed by the MINOX BD 10x44 BP’s performance. It offered a sophisticated dioptre focusing system, was easy and quick to use, and allowed excellent viewing of low-light-level shadow areas with clarity and detail.
Field & Stream: Best of the Best Award for HG Binos from MINOX
International outdoor magazine distinguishes the HG 8,5x52 as top product
High Grade from MINOX is also praised by the experts: The international outdoor magazine “Field & Stream” has now distinguished the MINOX HG 8,5x52 binoculars as Top Product with the rating “Best Of The Best”.
As representative of the magazine, Brian Peterson visited the MINOX booth on January 11, at the "Shot Show" in Orlando, Florida and presented managing director Thorsten Kortemeier (center of photo) as well as USA sales director Arnd Abraham the much sought-after trophy. A jury of eleven from the US journal regularly tests and rates outdoor equipment launched on the market, ranging from cross-country vehicles to fishing rods, and awards distinctions to the best products.
The testers were particularly impressed by the optical quality of the MINOX binoculars along with its technical features, because when it comes to cost/performance ratio the HG 8,5x52 is unbeatable. Thanks to the magnesium body these are the lightest binoculars of the class category, featuring, among other things, aspheric lens elements and special glass from Schott AG. With its optical design it gives the user 17 percent more contrast, a light transmission increased to 92 percent based on the innovative M* Coating®