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Old Monday 18th March 2013, 21:28   #1
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Minox BVii 8x42 BR

I received my pair of these entry level Minox binoculars a week ago.

Here are my thoughts in briefÖ.

Build Quality: Very impressed. Fit and finish are excellent. This is the 2nd pair of Minox I have owned and both presented excellent build quality. Weight is about 28 ounces. Itís well balanced and doesnít seem overly heavy. Right eye focus ring is located below the eye cup and doesnít lock yet will remain where itís placed.

Focus: Very smooth. Slightly detectable play when changing directions. Focus speed seems mid ranged with a biased toward fast. I own a pair of Nikon 8x32 Premier so just about every other bino seems slow.

Optics: Very impressive. Color transmission appears neutral. Resolution drop off occurs fairly far out, maybe 15% from the edge and doesnít drop off fast. No sense of distortion. Ability to resolve detail is very good. It doesnít have ED glass yet I donít know if it would be noticed without sandbagging these against another pair.

Eye Relief: I wear glasses and suitable eye relief has been a problem with a number of binoculars. These claim to be 18mm. I actually have to back the eye cups out a bit to avoid blackout. I read somewhere online about using O-rings to shim the eye cups out and it worked well with this pair.

Accessories: Came with nice ocular covers that are not very deep yet stay one quite well. No Objective covers which might be bothersome. I prefer aftermarket tethered covers to most factory covers so this doesnít bother me. Carrying case and neck strap are nice enough.

Field of View: Stated at 389ft and seems wider than many 8x42s out there.

For a little over $200 these are an excellent value.
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I received my pair of these entry level Minox binoculars a week ago.

Here are my thoughts in briefÖ.

Build Quality: Very impressed. Fit and finish are excellent. This is the 2nd pair of Minox I have owned and both presented excellent build quality. Weight is about 28 ounces. Itís well balanced and doesnít seem overly heavy. Right eye focus ring is located below the eye cup and doesnít lock yet will remain where itís placed.

Focus: Very smooth. Slightly detectable play when changing directions. Focus speed seems mid ranged with a biased toward fast. I own a pair of Nikon 8x32 Premier so just about every other bino seems slow.

Optics: Very impressive. Color transmission appears neutral. Resolution drop off occurs fairly far out, maybe 15% from the edge and doesnít drop off fast. No sense of distortion. Ability to resolve detail is very good. It doesnít have ED glass yet I donít know if it would be noticed without sandbagging these against another pair.

Eye Relief: I wear glasses and suitable eye relief has been a problem with a number of binoculars. These claim to be 18mm. I actually have to back the eye cups out a bit to avoid blackout. I read somewhere online about using O-rings to shim the eye cups out and it worked well with this pair.

Accessories: Came with nice ocular covers that are not very deep yet stay one quite well. No Objective covers which might be bothersome. I prefer aftermarket tethered covers to most factory covers so this doesnít bother me. Carrying case and neck strap are nice enough.

Field of View: Stated at 389ft and seems wider than many 8x42s out there.

For a little over $200 these are an excellent value.
Are better than Vortex Diamondback 8x42?
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Old Friday 31st May 2013, 19:06   #3
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Hi
I just bought a pair of the bf 8x42 br's..Which i beleive is the same as the bv but black in colour.
Do you know what the difference is in the bv and bvII's ?

Thanks Gary
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If I recall, the BV II's have newer multicoatings. I'm not sure if there are any other differences.

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Thanks bino boy..
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