Tests & Reviews
Magazine Field Test Gives MINOX APO HG 10x42 and BL 10x42 a Very Favorable Review
Results of an independent field test by a major magazine have given very high marks to two MINOX binoculars.
In the category called “Great Glass, Part 1,” the MINOX APO HG 10x43 asph binocular was ranked first among the nine brands tested by Field & Stream Magazine, and it was described as “...in quality, strictly top of the heap,” reported in their August 2009 issue.
The second half of their study evaluated the performance of “mid-range” binoculars and the MINOX 10x42 BL ranked third, described as “...a great glass, small and light for its power.”
The six-page Field & Stream feature, titled CRYSTAL CLEAR, was based on the premise that, “Few hunting tools are as important – and misunderstood -- as binoculars. Our expert (David E. Petzal) tells you everything you need to know to get the right pair and explains why this is the golden age of glass.”
Thorsten Kortemeier, MINOX managing director, said,“Naturally, we are pleased with this evaluation; it serves to confirm that we are achieving our goal of producing the finest quality optics that are value priced. To have it confirmed by independent field tests, conducted by a prestigious national magazine, is very reassuring.”
Bird Watcher's Digest, November 2007: Midpriced MINOX HG Bincocular Round Up
by Michael and Diane Porter
Minox HG are among the binoculars of note
from the 2007 Midpriced Bincocular Round Up
[...] The new Minox HG series includes outstanding binoculars, a few of which fit (barely) into our mid-priced array. We looked at the Minox HG 8x33 and the 8.5x43, each of which can be found for under $800. Other sizes are available at somewhat higher prices.
In our optical quality tests, the Minox HGs were excellent. They also have some of the nicest-feeling engineering and smoothest-turning focus knobs we've found in any binocular. The addition of a distance scale on the focus knob (made possible because the wheel turns less than one full rotation in going from closest to most distant) gives the HG binocular the unique function of acting as a range meter.
The central focus wheel also serves as the easy-to-turn, locking diopter adjustment wheel. The eyecups, with gentle detents, twist out with unusual smoothness and precision. Eye relief for glasses wearers is excellent, as is the optical quality.
Several of our testers remarked that the HG gave a nice feeling in the hand. We judged it to be a great buy for someone looking at the upper end of the mid-priced field, for quality comparable to the high-end binoculars.
By Dave Anderson
If there’s ever a golden age of optics, we’re living in it. There have never been better rifle scopes, spotting scopes and binoculars than those made right now. Never has your money bought so much quality or such amazing performance.
Just about the time I think optics manufacturers can’t impress me any mire, along comes a binocular like the MINOX HG 8x33 BR aspherical. […] It certainly isn’t what I’d call an inexpensive binocular, but its performance rivals that of binoculars costing far more.
The MINOX 8x11 is an excellent example of what I have found to be a tremendously useful class of hunting binoculars. I suppose you could call this class mid-size, in between the mini pocket models (s.g. 8x20) and the fill size models (e.g. 8x42).
Resolution is critical. The ability to resolve detail is the reason we carry a binocular. To compare resolution I like to use sheets of newspaper with letters of different size. Having to actually read the words sorts out different levels of quality.
Whatever method you use, eventually you have to answer the question “compared to what?” I compared the MINOX to a current premium 8x32 model costing nearly twice as much. (Incidentally checking resolution while handholding the binocular is a waste of time. Set it on a solid rest and don’t touch it.)
I was amazed to find the MINOX matched the resolution of the far costlier model. I could not see a difference. If I could read a word with one I could read it with the other. […] Lens coatings get more sophisticated all the time. MINOX calls theirs M* coating with up to 21 layers to modify light waves. Whatever they do, it works. These are simply outstanding optics.
[…] In low-light conditions performance was superb, equalling or bettering any mid-size binocular I’ve ever used, and I’ve had some dandies.
As an eyeglass wearer, I appreciated the excellent eye relief and the retractable eyecups with four click-stop positions. Even if you don’t normally wear glasses you’ll like this feature when wearing sunglasses or shooting glasses. The binocular is comfortable to hold and handles well. One turn of the large knurled focusing ring takes focus from infinity to the closest focusing distance of 6.6’.
The more I used this MINOX 8x33, the more liked it. It may seem odd to call a binocular in this price range a terrific value, but with performance rivalling that of far more expensive models, that is just what it is. It’s a perfect example of why these are such exciting times in the optical field.