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Any experiences with either, I am looking for good performing low light binos, think the APO HG would perform as well as the 8x56

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The Minox non-APO bins I have looked through all showed significant Chromatic Aberration (CA).  I would think the APO would be the better overall performer, even with the 4mm smaller objective.
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Originally posted by Bitterroot Bulls Bitterroot Bulls wrote:

The Minox non-APO bins I have looked through all showed significant Chromatic Aberration (CA).  I would think the APO would be the better overall performer, even with the 4mm smaller objective.
that's what I was thinking as well.
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Originally posted by m_freeman m_freeman wrote:

Originally posted by Bitterroot Bulls Bitterroot Bulls wrote:

The Minox non-APO bins I have looked through all showed significant Chromatic Aberration (CA).  I would think the APO would be the better overall performer, even with the 4mm smaller objective.
that's what I was thinking as well.


And relatively narrow FOV in all Minox, except the APO I believe. 
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I have been looking at a friends recently purchased 8.5x52 hg glass that is no longer made . They have the same german glass as the ones being manufactured in germany but put together in japan.I can say that the edge to edge sharpness is fantastic imo. 
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Originally posted by coyote95 coyote95 wrote:

I have been looking at a friends recently purchased 8.5x52 hg glass that is no longer made . They have the same german glass as the ones being manufactured in germany but put together in japan.I can say that the edge to edge sharpness is fantastic imo. 
yeah the Jap version is selling real cheap now, thinking about getting a pair for low light
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I certify that the binoculars is fantastic.

I have owned Minox HG 8.5x52 BR Made in Japan.

A very bright, contrast image with no color bias whatsoever, they also have excellent edge sharpness.

Limitations - narrow field and the large chromatic aberration at the edges
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I just bought the Jap version of the HG 8x43, they are good binos the mechanical build is excellent, sharp image. I compared them to the Zen Ray 8x43 ED3 less CA in the ZR not that in the minox it's a big problem. The ZR colors seem to pop more than the minox, kinda like if you were photographing with a saturated slide film. The minox the colors are astonishingly true with no bias. The minox is about 5 oz lighter a couple inches  shorter, for me ergonomics of the minox are much much better than ZR as well as mechanical build. I kept the minox and sold the ZR
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