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Anyone have these Minox BD 10x42 BR ALT. Would appreciate some input on the Minox line. thanks
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I did own the 7x42 BD BR and was quite impressed with it optically and mechanically for the price. I thought it was very comparable to significantly more expensive bins with two noticeable exceptions. One, the focusing mechanism really became stiff in colder weather (26 degree F). Two, though the image was quite bright and very sharp it had a small apparent field of view for a 7x42. It was noticeable to me because I have been using some wide angle bins lately though many folks might not even notice it.
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Frank,

The Minox BD 7x42 BR asph currently lists a FOV of 123m, or around 403.54'.
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  • Field of view:
    123 m at 1000 m 7,0°
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    7 degrees x 52.5 feet ( 1 degree) = 367.5 feet

     

    For a true field of view that isn't bad for a 7x or 8x bin however, I mentioned "apparent field of view" which for a 7x is approximately 49 degrees (7 degrees x 7X magnification). 49 degrees is very narrow for a 7x and fairly narrow for apparent field of view in general. Take a look at many of the popular 8x42 and 10x42 mid-priced roof prisms on the market. The 8x exhibits a 330 foot field of view which translates into 6.3 degrees and an apparent field of view of 50.4 degrees. The 10x models exhibit a 315 foot field of view which translates into 6 degrees and an apparent field of view of 60 degrees.

     

    Now it may sound like I am negative towards this particular model and configuration. I hope it doesn't because I really am not. I was simply pointing out a characteristic that I did not think they quite measured up to the competition with. They sacrifice apparent field of view somewhat for better edge sharpness. A simple tradeoff and something that just about every bin does in one way or another. I still think the image quality is above average and would be really interested in getting my hands on a pair of the HGs.

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    Frank,

    Thanks for the "clarification".   
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