MINOX BF 8X42 & BL 8X44 HD BINOCULARS, MD60 Z SCOPE,
A trio of Minox products – two binoculars and one scope – go under scrutiny
MINOX HAS LONG produced high quality optics in the low to medium price brackets, so we tested three products alongside each other. Build quality on all three is excellent, with sturdy armouring giving a solid feel. Both binoculars are compact and feel well balanced, with the BFS having a traditional closed bridge design, and the BLS an open bridge that offers a very comfortable grip. The scope is a straightthrough design, and is compact and light for something that boasts a 60mm objective lens. It’s also very well balanced on a tripod. Focus wheels on all three, and the zoom wheel on the scope, felt a little on the tight side, but all the wheels are wide enough. They’re a little over a finger wide on the bins, while the scope’s zoom and focus wheels are two fingers wide. All are well textured for grip.
Eyecups on all also feel solid and are comfortable in extended use, although it takes a while to find the right eye position on the scope, and it can be hard to maintain. The BFS are outstanding for their price, just £139, while the BLS, too, offer great value for their £459 price tag. The scope also has a lot to recommend it, despite some quirks, but at a correspondingly higher price. Try all three – there may well be something to suit you.