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Minox BD 9.5x42 IF Binocular

Special deal for SWFA customers on select Minox binoculars.

 

62145 Minox BD 8-14x40 BR ED Asph. Vario.......$649.95 (compare at $949.95)

 

62146 Minox BD 6.5x32 IF "Short Magnum".......$269.95 (compare at $389.95)

 

62136 Minox 9.5x42 IF "Magnum"..........$289.95 (compare at $399.95)



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Chris, how does the vario work?  Is it smooth adjustment or set values like in the Leica? I am a little leery of variable binoculars, what's your take on these?

 

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ILya

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Hello Ilya,

Our Vario has smooth variable zoom adjustment.  I hope this answers your question.

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Gene,

 

Up until now variable power binoculars have been generally a big dissapointment.  They tend to be less than acceptably robust and the image quality is generally poor. As a rule they seem to have been good ideas on paper that never seem to be realized in the products themselves. Brunton came out with a zoom binocular not long ago that was supposed to be the first truly premium variable power binocular (not counting the Leica Duovid, which is not a true zoom.)  Everything I have read however, indicates that the Brunton product is just another in a long line of dissapointments (and horrifically expensive to boot.)

 

Knowing all this, it seems that Minox is fighting an uphill battle to get a zoom binocular that will acheive general acceptance. Can you tell us what Minox has done differently from the other manufacturers that makes this zoom binocular worth the investment?  How have you managed to resolve the difficulties associated with the zoom mechanism? 

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Dear Lucznik,

I would like to thank you for your inquiry and I am sorry I could not reply earlier.

Speaking of our Vario,  it is probably interesting to mention that Minox, in fact, was a first company to introduce  zoom variable full size binocular to the market.  I believe many engineering difficulties during designing our 8-14x40 Vario were overcomed by Minox Director of R&D department, Optics,  Mr. Klaus Dieter Shaefer (former director of R&D and Head of Optical Design of Leica Camera AG.  Mr. Shaefer has worked at Leica for a little over 40 years), and Minox Consultant of R&D Department, Mechanics, Mr. Alfred Hengst (former Director of R&D and Head of Mechanical Department of Leica Camera AG – Mr. Hengst has spent at Leica around 35 years).  I am sure these fine gentlemen know a thing or two about optics and mechanics.


Speaking of other zoom or variable binoculars at the market, I regret to admit that I have never had a chance to field-test similar features products offered by other manufacturers – so I can not make any comments.   


To mention a few points of our 8-14x40 Vario: ED fluoride glass, Aspheric Lenses, Argon Gas filled, Lifetime Warranty.  Unit is very well built and easy to handle.  Zoom mechanism works as it supposed to.  Zooming is very smooth but in the same time the action wheel feels solid and sturdy.  What else I can say?  I wish the field of view at 8x could be better, but looking at the overall features/price picture and comparing it to the other products, our 8-14x40 Vario is definitely worth consideration.


I thank you again for your questions and I hope the above was informative.


Happy hunting!

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