Test Reviews

Tuesday, 26.January 2016

[SHOT 2016 Range Day] Review of the MINOX ZP-8

One scope to rule them all is how I would describe the MINOX ZP-8. Walking by their booth on SHOT Range Day, I was approached by a friendly MINOX representative who said, “Want to see a cool riflescope?” “Sure!” I responded. The MINOX representative handed me what appeared to be a low powered rifle scope. The representative told me to dial it up to 8 power, and dial it down. Cranking the scope up to 8 power, then dialing it down, I was pleasantly surprised when I dialed the reticle down to around 3 power and an illuminated red dot appeared on the reticle.

Wednesday, 23.December 2015

Optics REVIEW: The MINOX ZP8 Meets 3 Gun Competition

Christian Swann reviews the MINOX ZP8 for optics use in 3 gun competition.

MINOX USA introduced the ZP8 at 2015’s Shot Show as their newest tactical line of optics. MINOX is a very old and storied German optic maker and has recently acquired Optronika, the German company that engineered the 3-15×50 Scout Sniper Day Scope for the US Marine Corps. The new MINOX ZP8 1-8x24mm is the finished development of an Optronika design. I do believe you will start seeing this brand enter the US Market soon as the go-to optic for 3 Gun competition.

Monday, 14.December 2015

Die MINOX BL 8x33 HD - Best Safari & Travel Binocular 2015

Back in 2010, I tested and wrote a review on the previous version of the MINOX BL 8x33 binoculars. As you can see from it, my reviews have come along way since then, but even so with the scores they achieved, it is obvious that really I liked them. Indeed they went on to win the award as the best safari & travel bin later on in the same year.

To this day, those MINOX binoculars still remain one of my favorite mid-sized bins and that is why when I discovered that they had updated their BL range to include HD glass in their lenses, I just had to get my hands on the 8x33 version. I really wanted to see if they were as good in all the areas as the older version, but also if the HD lenses had perhaps even improved on them optically.

Monday, 17.August 2015

The MINOX DTC 400 Slim tested in the Texas Sporting Journal July / August 2015

MINOX DTC 400 SLIM - Wildlife Camera Sets New Standards for Concealment

With the new MINOX DTC 400 SLIM Wildlife Camera, no more having to mess with trail cams the size and weight of a car battery.

At only about one inch thick, the DTC 400 SLIM slides nicely into my daypack and loaded with six AA batteries weighs about the same as a Kindle. If you've had wanderers on your property, you'll appreciate how inconspicuous this unit is once mounted. It is slightly curved so it fits every tree trunk neatly and snugly. Combined with its camouflage housing, the result is the unobtrusive presence you want and need in an effective trail camera.

Thursday, 25.June 2015

Shooting Illustrated Tests the MINOX ZP8 1-8x24

MINOX is probably best known for its micro cameras—tiny devices that look like something James Bond would have stowed in his tuxedo. The German company has been around for the better part of a century manufacturing quality glass, and it has, at long last, entered the tactical riflescope realm with a complete line of scopes. The most interesting to me is the ZP8 1-8x24 mm.

Beyond its 8X magnification range, MINOX put an innovative reticle into the ZP8. Called the MR10, it combines an illuminated, mil-based reticle in the first focal plane with a red dot at the center of the crosshair in the second focal plane. Using the company’s Complete Combat Reticle (CCR) technology, the red dot comes on when the magnification ring is turned slightly to roughly 1.1X and stays on until the power is increased beyond 2.5X, at which point illumination switches to the first-focal-plane reticle. This allows for easy target acquisition and engagement at close range using the red dot at low magnification, and seamless transition to more distant targets using the reticle, all by simply turning the magnification ring.

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