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Good morning.  Ive been reading alot about the vortex binos and currently own minox.  I dont have any way to compare the two and was hoping for some advice from you guys.,  Should I sell the minox and get the kaibabs???????????  Big decision!!!  Thaks, Jake
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I'd order the Kiabab from a dealer with a good return for refund policy, compare the two and then sell the Minox if you like the Kiabab better.  How those two compare is a question I'l like some insight on too.
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Has anyone compared the 15 X Conquests with the 15 X Kaibabs?
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I have the Kaibabs.  Very clear and nice glass.  I don't have any others to compare them to though.  Ordered mine through competitor.  they would return them if you didn't like them.
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Welcome to the OT,Roundshoes & troutslayer !
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A buddy of mine had the minox and I have the vortex. To my eyes the kaibabs were slightly clearer and brighter to my eye, but thats just me. I would highly recommend looking at the vortex.
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Originally posted by ROUNDSHOES ROUNDSHOES wrote:

Has anyone compared the 15 X Conquests with the 15 X Kaibabs?
I've looked at a set of the Conquest.  I was not too impressed.  You really need the extra objective size in 15x.  45mm I don't think cuts the mustard at that magnification.  The  15x Vortex Viper with a 50mm objective is noticeably NOT as good as the Kiabab.
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Another thumbs down on the Conquest and Viper 15x models. The Kaibab is excellent. I am curious about the newest Minox 15x. It seems like a good value and very light for a 15x.
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Quick Review during daylight. They are almost the exact same size. Both have good a picture but I think the Vortex has a little better image and it does have better edge to edge clarity. The minox left me wanting a little more at the edges. The Minox is noticeably lighter. The Minox are also labeled made in China where the Kaibab is labeled Japan. The focus is a little more picky on the Minox while the Kaibab is a little more forgiving. They both come with standard accessories case, lens covers, and a neck strap. It is very bright and sunny today so it is hard to really say which has a better image in the sweet spot. Another thing to take into consideration is the Warranty. Not many, if any, have a better customer service department that Vortex. If it was me I could justify changing from the Minox to the Vortex Kaibab, but everyone sees things differently.  
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So are the kaibabs the 15x version of the razor HDs?
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Originally posted by DCAMM94 DCAMM94 wrote:

So are the kaibabs the 15x version of the razor HDs?
I'd say the glass and optics puts the image in the same bracket for the two.  How similar the overall design is I couldn't say.
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