Test Reviews


Camping Life, December 2006: Gear test - MINOX BD 10x44 BP binoculars

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

Internationales Outdoor-Magazin prämiert das HG 8,5x52 als Top-Produkt

High Grade von MINOX überzeugt auch die Experten: Als Spitzenprodukt mit dem Prädikat „Best Of The Best“ zeichnete das internationale Outdoor-Magazin „Field & Stream“ das MINOX HG 8,5x52 Fernglas aus. Am 11. Januar 2007 besuchte Brian Peterson als Vertreter des Magazins während der „Shot Show“ in Orlando, Florida, den Messestand von MINOX und überreichte Geschäftsführer Thorsten Kortemeier (Bild Mitte) sowie USA-Verkaufsleiter Arnd Abraham die begehrte Trophäe.

Eine elfköpfige Fach-Jury der US-Zeitschrift testet und bewertet in regelmäßigen Abständen vom Geländewagen bis zur Angelrute neu auf dem Markt erschienenes Outdoor Equipment und kürt anschließend die besten Erzeugnisse. Das MINOX HG 8,5x52 überzeugte in der Kategorie Optik. Besonders angetan waren die Tester von der optischen Qualität des MINOX Fernglases samt seiner technischen Features, denn in Sachen Preis und Leistung hat das HG 8,5x52 die Nase vorn. Dank Magnesium-Gehäuse ist es das leichteste Fernglas seiner Klasse, verfügt unter anderem über asphärische Linsen und Spezialgläser der Schott AG. Mit seinem optischen Design liefert es dem Anwender 17 Prozent mehr Kontrast, aufgrund der innovativen M* Vergütung® eine auf 92 Prozent gesteigerte Lichttransmission.

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