Gear re­view

MI­NOX BF 8X42 & BL 8X44 HD BINOC­U­LARS, MD60 Z SCOPE,

Bird Watching (UK) - - Contents - RE­VIEWED BY MATT MER­RITT

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.

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