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Based on information I've gleaned on the board lately (particularly ILYA's review), I was planning to purchase one of the new Minox 3-15 powered scopes in either the 42 mm without SF or the new 50mm with SF.  I was however disturbed when I read the 2010 Outdoor Life optics review that gave the 42mm model lower marks than I would have expected.

I do realize that Outdoor Life's grading system was bit generic and broad, having only one measure or grade to represent the totality of "optic quality", but I still feel like a fairly well rounded scope from a brand like Minox would have scored further up the list.

Could their low score be related to the scopes possible weakness at higher powers due to a lack of a side focus?  Would I experience paralax problems with the 42mm shooting for groups at higher powers from 2-500 yards?

Just trying to make a good decision.  Maybe the 4-16X44mm Vortex HS would be a better bet.
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With that much mag, I would want a parallax adjustment for sure.
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Hopefully CFII will comment on this he has that scope on a 204 I believe
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One other thing to consider is, how much advertising $$$ does Minox give Outdoor Life? If it isn't much, you could have a big part of your answer to the low score question.
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I would mention that I am a huge fan of my Meopta R1 (3.5-10x50) and would look to the newer Meopros if they would ever come out with a 4 or 5X erector.

Outdoor Life did rate the Meopta Meopro they reviewed (I think 3-9x40) as a good buy. 
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Im not one for writing reviews. I will say that I just received today the Minox ZA-5  3x15x50 XR BDC to go on a RRA AR. I really find the glass outstanding edge to edge on all powers...Clarity wise I would say its close if not as clear and bright as a Conquest, which is one of my favorite scopes....The Reticle is dark enough for shooting in low light but not so heavy that you cannot see a small Varmint. The parallax side focus adjustment works very well and I would not have bought a 3-15 without one. The Z5 is a very handsome scope and seems very solid to me.....As far as Im concerned ya just cannot beat German/Austrian Glass. I trust ILya's opinion fully on Optics, of course Im a bit bias because I like him and he's a honest man, but as far as The 2010 Outdoor Life optics review , hmmm not so much because I do not know them and some of these guys are full of BS I think....
 
So far I really dig this scope, time will reveal more Im sure and I have another Minox Z5 coming from SWFA, its exactly the same as this one except it has the Mino Plex Reticle and will go on my Savage 17 HMR....
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Please read my post on the 3-15x42. I received two bad ones in a row. Loose fast focus eye pieces. The 3-15x50 SF would be a better choice, but I'm not sold on Minox quality control yet. Others have had good reviews of the ZA 3.
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I just purchased my 2nd 3-15X42, this one with the BDC reticle.  I wanted a parallax adj, but majority of my shooting is under 350 yds.  This scope fits me just right and the optics to me are on par, if not better than, the Conquest line.  
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I read your post prior to ordering the Minox. Im sorry to hear of your misfortune. Every mfg. out there kicks out a lemmon from time to time.I got a bad 4.5x14x44 Conquest one time.. My experience and opinion so far is the same as Chris II's and Skywalker. I really like my new Minox 3x15x50 and have another coming soon. I think they are great scopes...I also think the price is good for what one is getting, alot less than a Conquest and so far as I can tell they are just as good....Im greatful for this site where we can get so much good info on optics, there is no place like it..Bucky  I hope your next scope is problem free, there are alot of really nice ones out there these days, its incredable the number of brands..
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Originally posted by seattlesetters seattlesetters wrote:

One other thing to consider is, how much advertising $$$ does Minox give Outdoor Life? If it isn't much, you could have a big part of your answer to the low score question.
Excellent I think the nail was hit on the head here.

 

 

 

Originally posted by JF4545 JF4545 wrote:

Im not one for writing reviews. I will say that I just received today the Minox ZA-5  3x15x50 XR BDC to go on a RRA AR. I really find the glass outstanding edge to edge on all powers...Clarity wise I would say its close if not as clear and bright as a Conquest, which is one of my favorite scopes....The Reticle is dark enough for shooting in low light but not so heavy that you cannot see a small Varmint. The parallax side focus adjustment works very well and I would not have bought a 3-15 without one. The Z5 is a very handsome scope and seems very solid to me.....As far as Im concerned ya just cannot beat German/Austrian Glass. I trust ILya's opinion fully on Optics, of course Im a bit bias because I like him and he's a honest man, but as far as The 2010 Outdoor Life optics review , hmmm not so much because I do not know them and some of these guys are full of BS I think....

 

So far I really dig this scope, time will reveal more Im sure and I have another Minox Z5 coming from SWFA, its exactly the same as this one except it has the Mino Plex Reticle and will go on my Savage 17 HMR....

JF

I talked a lot to Julio about his purcahse with these 2 scopes, and don't mind saying so at all that I probably did some of the pushing to get him to take the dive on the Minox ZA5. I personally own the 4-20X50 with a side focus. I would get the side focus if it was me. These are great scopes for the money and I can reassure you I don't just reccomend anything. I have had the chance to use the greater majority of the products out there. Including a lot of the high end stuff. I have or do own a few Swarovski and Leica scopes. The Minox is one of my favorites after finally persuading myself to bite the bullet and get one. I love mine and have had absolutely no issues. I also know quite a few people, a lot of them being friends, that own the ZA5 and ZA3. I have not heard of one of them having any issues. The glass is great for its price point and I didn't have any issues with my adjustments when shooting mine. I plan on keeping the Minox on my .204. That scope will be in my posession for some time and I highly reccomend them. I would go with a side focus like I stated earlier though. They make the 3-15 with and without side focus.

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Originally posted by JF4545 JF4545 wrote:

As far as Im concerned ya just cannot beat German/Austrian Glass.


Better add Czech to your list for your Conquest.

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From what I can tell reading other reviews the problem is with the 3-15x42 eye piece. Other models may not be affected. It won't take long for the bugs to be worked out. My only concern, and one no one has addressed, is the weight reduction. I still want to know where it went. If it's wall thickness I'll have to wait a while for longer term reviews.
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I have not looked at a minox, but if ILya gave it a good review, I would without hesitation, take his word over outdoor life!
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Me too Tman, me too.
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