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I recently talked my local store into ordering me in a set of Minox HG 8.5x43 Bino's.  Since he wasn't carrying them, so I made a deal with him that he had to give me a heck of a deal.  This would allow him to get a chance to look at them before ordering some in.  So they came in last week, and I took them out this weekend.  First thing I noticed was this glass was very clear and the color was extremely true.  Now the color part doesn't really matter to me as I'm not a birder, just a hunter; but never the less, I noticed it.  The images are exceptionally crisp.  The first day I got them, it was hard to compare how bright they were to anything else, as we were in the middle of a snow storm and most the day we were in a solid white out with zero visibility.  But I finally got them out to hunt with. 

 

Let me tell you, these things are BRIGHT!!!!  Sat. evening, I watched the sun set below the horizon line at 5:21.  I got out of my blind at 6:20, as I was letting the deer move on from underneath me.  It wasn't solid black b/c there was almost a full moon, BUT, I witnessed something that amazed me.  I have a large feed field that is 585 yards in front of my blind, and as I was walking back I decided to see what these things could do.  I was approx. 100 yards out of my blind, so 685 yards from the field.  I looked up at the field and found some deer in the there.  I could very easily see a little eight chasing does around.  I was shocked considering it was dark. 

 

So this morning, at 6:30 I decided to try them out again.  Sunrise was at 7:31 but there was some light.  You really could only see silhouettes when the deer skylined against the pink backdrop so I figured that's all I would see with the binos.  When I pulled them up I could see everything.  Even down in the dark draw about 300 yards in front of me.  I pulled up my Kahles scope to compare it, and I could see the buck walking around at the top.  Until he dropped out of the horizon line and started walking down to me.  The scope gave out, so I figured the bino's prob. wouldn't work either.  WRONG.... I could make out every detail of the 9 pointer who was now at 480 yards (I have some markers that I've marked previously). 

 

Others have mentioned a problem with CA with these bino's.  During sunrise I looked right next to the sun trying to cause issues.  I noticed some, but it wasn't objectionable.  Although I'm not sensitive to it, and I prob. wouldn't have noticed it really if I wasn't looking for it. 

 

I'm just thoroughly impressed with these binos and totally recommend them to anyone looking for great glass but don't wanna break the $1K mark.  I think they will compare very favorably with the Big three especially when you look at the price.  I've owned a pair of Kahles bino's before, and these blow them away.  If they made a scope, I would prob. be buying one right now...lol. 

 

I'm actually gonna sell these and pick up a pair of the HG 8.5x52's just to see if they are any brighter, guess we'll see.  If you all hear of someone looking for some cheap Minox's send em my way.   

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Okiecocker:  Thanks for the review.  These binoculars keep catching my eye.  I really like the weight factor, heck for the weight I would be looking at in a Trinovid or the SLC I could jump up to bigger objective on the Minox for optimum low light performance. 

 

The only thing that has cautioned me is that I have heard of the problem with CA, and I am sensitive to it.  However, it sounds like the MInox has no more of an issue with it then any other binocular.

 

Once again thanks for sharing, since there is not much information out there on the HG's

 

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I didn't think so, that's why put up my experience with them. I did expect some level of performance with these, but not this much. I am truly just totally impressed with these. I'd keep an eye out for some on the sample list if someone is looking for a steal. Once the word gets out on these, something tells me their prices are gonna go through the roof.    
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Okiecocker,

I tend to agree with you with regards to Minox prices.

They have been "independant" from Leica for around two years. Once their product line establishes a good reputation & they achieve a solid foothold in the optics market, I'm sure that their prices will be inching upwards.

Now seems like a good time to make a wise investment.
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Inching, I hope. Not too fast. Have not run across them yet, Minox, to see them.
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Tero,

Do you have a Sportsman's Warehouse in your neck of the woods?
I know that they carry Minox binoculars.
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No, Bass Pro Shop and Cabelas coming in spring. I am always in the market for neat new 10x that are smaller than 40mm. Have not found one yet. Though my little 9x25 keeps me happy.
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If you would enjoy a 'learning experience' you can go to www.ketmer.com and read about the IOR 10x25 B/GA binoculars.

They are high quality binoculars but alot of them use IF/Individual Focusing rather than CF/center focus.

Another web-site would be www.valdada.com or www.usaoptics.net for IOR Binoculars.



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Thanks. I have trouble with some 10x25, my eyes don't work well with them. So I am looking at 28 to 32mm.
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Leupold Katmai 10x32 seems like a pretty neat little binocular.

Also, Pentax DCF XP 10x33 is another one that you could look into.
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Nice to see you post here as well Tero. ;)

 

I look forward to trying out the HG models. The 8x33 has specs that really intrigue me including that little rangefinding indicator on the focusing knob. I think they are going for a little more than $500 so I may have to part with another piece of hardware and pick one up.

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Frank,

Just FYI the range indicator is only good to 50 yards, and in my experience is about 5 yards off. Of course I guess if you think of how it works that's not to bad.      
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Originally posted by Okiecocker Okiecocker wrote:

Frank,

Just FYI the range indicator is only good to 50 yards, and in my experience is about 5 yards off. Of course I guess if you think of how it works that's not to bad.      

 

Thanks for sharing that. I had yet to hear someone comment on its effectiveness. Do you believe this was something effective to your unit or was more common across the board?

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Well honestly I don't know. The fact that it only goes to 50 yards makes it useless to me. I guess maybe a bowhunter could use it. I don't know what a birder would do with it, but then again I don't know what they do, so I can't comment...lol.
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