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 I would like your opinion  on these 2 binoculars for hunting.I can get

both for about $600.00.The nikons are the lx and not the new lxl and they are

show samples but are stated as new in the box.The minox are new binoculars.

Of these two which would you reccommed.

Thanks.

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If I had to choose based on what I know of both bins and with strong consideration given to the choice of configurations then I would opt for the Monox HG. In terms of optical quality the Nikon probably has a slight edge however I strongly prefer/would suggest the 8x32 over the 10x32 configuration of almost any bin. My reasoning is fairly simple. The larger exit pupil of the 8x32s should provide a more relaxed image overall. Throw in the fact that an 8x bin is also generally easier to hold steady. Lastly, most hunters tend to put alot of emphasis on low-light capability for obvious reasons. In my experience the 8x32 should yield better low light capability in comparison to the 10x32.

 

I would also feel somewhat compelled to mention the issue of weight. I am unsure of the weight of the Minox HGs but I seem to remember it was in the low 20 ounce range IIRC. The original Nikon HG/Premier/Venturer 32 mm was closer to 27 or 28 ounces again IIRC.

 

Just my take on it.

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I have held both in my hands and the Nikon felt better, good ergonomics, and easier to focus.

I just had an easy time with the Nikons.

Actually better than the Kahles that I currently own.

 

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I've throroughly examined (in the field) the minox HG 10x43 and 8.5x52 and the 10x43's were a little too light for my taste. I don't like carrying around a brick, but I like the stability a little weight adds. Also the magnification is completely a presonal preference characteristic. I prefer the 10x even for low light. Once you start getting into the high-end binoculars the difference is so minimal it's hardly noticable if at all. Optically the minox HG are incredible but I do not like the fact that they do not come with objective lens covers. You can find some and purchase separately but keeping them covered and clean is important to me.
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The Nikons might the one 10x32 to look at. I have not liked other brands in the 10x32 and 10x30 range, especially as the cheaper 10x42s actually weigh very little, just over 20 ounces. More expensive 10x42s do get heavy. They have more metal. I have a 10x40 that weighs more than my nice light 10x42 Monarchs, no metal I believe in the barrels.

I would like to see the 10x32 Nikons some time, just to compare to what I am used to.


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