Dark Lord of Optics
Location: United States
I am about to go on an "internet free" vacation for two weeks, so before I fly off, I thought I'd post some initial impressions on the Minox ZA-3 3-9x40 that I just started looking at.
When I come back I will put together a thorough review.
Technically speaking, I am putting together a comparison between the Minox, Zeiss Conquest 3-9x40 and the new Meopta MeoPro 3-9x42.
The Meopta is not here yet, but ZA-3 and Conquest are in my hands, so to speak. The scopes are priced the same and compete for the same customer's attention, so this is easily the most apple-to-apples comparison I have done in a while.
Minox is a bit shorter and lighter, so it would probably be a better fit for a light rifle. In terms of physical dimensions, the outer diameter of the eyepiece is smaller on the Minox, so if bolt clearance is an issue, it will offer some more room. On the other hand, despite having the same objective lens diameter, Minox' has larger outer diameter of the objective bell. If you are trying to mount the scope as low as possible, depending on a particular rifle configuration, either the Minox or the Zeiss can sit lower.
The knobs, outwardly, seem to have somewhat similar design between the two scopes. Both appear to be made out of plastic. Honestly, I do not like the feel of either knob very much, but then again, these are not going to be twisted around a whole lot. I will carefully check how accurate they are. I will say though that the knobs on this Minox have better feel than the ones on a pre-production Minox I saw during SHOT. They are also not any worse than the ones on the Conquest.
Optics on the Minox look pretty decent at first glance. I will refrain from commenting on the glass further until I work it out more carefully.
All in all, I like what I see so far. The scope is well designed. The magnification ring is rubberized and easy to grip without any unsightly protrusions. The interior finish of the scope (what little of it I could see) is pretty good and I do not think it will be particularly prone to releasing debri onto the optics.
More to follow when I come back from vacation.
Edited by koshkin - April/04/2010 at 02:36
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