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Old Friday 28th March 2014, 02:33   #26
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As impressed as you are with these, I wonder if they will be enough better to justify the huge price difference ?

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Old Friday 28th March 2014, 02:43   #27
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Anyone have experience with this vendor ? These are listed as new unopened at $599 + $15 dollars shipping.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Minox-BL-15x...item2c7f3c1129
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Old Friday 28th March 2014, 02:43   #28
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As impressed as you are with these, I wonder if they will be enough better to justify the huge price difference ?
Yes, always! : )

They are sharp just not what I call alpha "sharp".

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Old Friday 28th March 2014, 02:45   #29
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Anyone have experience with this vendor ? These are listed as new unopened at $599 + $15 dollars shipping.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Minox-BL-15x...item2c7f3c1129
Send Doug at clny a pm or call him.

Save yourself about $70.

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Old Friday 28th March 2014, 02:55   #30
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I'll just have to try them to say for sure, but compared to the Minox Porro I use, these probably won't cut it.

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They are sharp just not what I call alpha "sharp".

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Old Friday 28th March 2014, 03:05   #31
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I'll just have to try them to say for sure, but compared to the Minox Porro I use, these probably won't cut it.
I get very sharp details on birds and distant objects.

It all depends on your expectations.

I didn't expect them to be as sharp as my Swarovisions, did Iget what iI paid for.

You bet and then some.

They do what I want them to do.

I can view distant objects and still get a sharp image.

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Old Friday 28th March 2014, 03:07   #32
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Hey, if I didn't like them I would of sent them back!

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Old Friday 28th March 2014, 03:09   #33
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Do you know if the Kaibab at $899 is a big step up from the Minox ?
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Old Friday 28th March 2014, 03:21   #34
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Do you know if the Kaibab at $899 is a big step up from the Minox ?
Short answer, no I don't. I highly doubt it would be a big step.

Like I said give Doug a pm. He would be happy to help!

PS. After buying a Vortex HD spotter I'm skeptable to their marketing claims.

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Old Friday 28th March 2014, 03:23   #35
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Thanks for the help.
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Old Wednesday 2nd April 2014, 16:18   #36
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Are these on your radar ? I believe they are made by Meopta.

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Hunti...3Bcat104217480
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Are these on your radar ? I believe they are made by Meopta.

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Hunti...3Bcat104217480
I saw those.

Right now I'm enjoying the minox.

The more I use it the more I like it.

Really nothing to fault for what Igot it for.

Really like the focus, very smooth and sharpness is easily obtained without fiddling with it.

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Old Thursday 3rd April 2014, 01:37   #38
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That's good news.

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I saw those.

Right now I'm enjoying the minox.

The more I use it the more I like it.

Really nothing to fault for what Igot it for.

Really like the focus, very smooth and sharpness is easily obtained without fiddling with it.

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A couple months ago I emailed this to Cameraland

Hello. I am considering a pair of the Minox German 15x56 binoculars. Can you tell me if they are optically better than the non German ones? Did they use better coatings on the glass or better glass overall? It's pretty well unanimous that the 15x58 ED are a better bino than the 15x56 non German but I would love to know how the Made in Germany ones stand up to the 15x58 EDs as I have looks through the EDs and found them to be just superb. Thank you in advance.


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They are the same optics. The assembly is done in Germany which has the highest level of workmanship.
The BL series is lighter than those ED's but optically they are 1 grade below.

Thank you for your continued support.
If there is anything else that I can assist you with please let me know.
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Possibly they are misinformed though. It would be great to have all 3 side by side.
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A couple months ago I emailed this to Cameraland

Hello. I am considering a pair of the Minox German 15x56 binoculars. Can you tell me if they are optically better than the non German ones? Did they use better coatings on the glass or better glass overall? It's pretty well unanimous that the 15x58 ED are a better bino than the 15x56 non German but I would love to know how the Made in Germany ones stand up to the 15x58 EDs as I have looks through the EDs and found them to be just superb. Thank you in advance.


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They are the same optics. The assembly is done in Germany which has the highest level of workmanship.
The BL series is lighter than those ED's but optically they are 1 grade below.

Thank you for your continued support.
If there is anything else that I can assist you with please let me know.
Happy Holidays to you and yours
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Possibly they are misinformed though. It would be great to have all 3 side by side.
Yes, I still in hind site wish I had the ed's. But, this new model is better in several key areas that matter to me.

According to Minox the coatings along with the newer body style are changed from the previous 15x56.

I have never used the made in China version so can't really say much more than what has previously been said about it.

I do know this newer model shows the same amount of detail that I got with the 15x58 ed.

I have several places that i frequently use to test new optics and just go to view wildlife at long distances.

While these aren't perfect for what I'm into them I have been more the pleased.

As I stated earlier they will be replaced but, I like this model enough that I probably won't sell it.

It actually replaced the one I sold you that i ended up rregretted selling!

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Old Thursday 26th June 2014, 04:29   #41
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Based on your glowing review I bit the bullet today on a pair of these for an upcoming antelope hunt here in Oregon.

One question though.....did they come with a tripod adapter. If not which one did you purchase?

This is my first foray into "big eye" binoculars used in a traditional spotting scope manner.

These Minox seemed to be an excellent blend of performance/cost.

Taking them on a pre-scouting trip the second week of July and will report back on my views.
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Called Cameraland this morning and they do come with the adapter.
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Called Cameraland this morning and they do come with the adapter.
Really, hmmm not that I need another might have to make a call.

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Really, hmmm not that I need another might have to make a call.

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That's what the guy said.

When I called them and asked he wasn't sure and had to go check downstairs. 10 minutes later he calls back and said they were in the box.

Guess come Wednesday I'll know for sure.
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To answer the question.....yes, mine came with the tripod adapter. Will give them some field time at the end of the week in the Steens.
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I did have the chance last week to run these through some paces on a pre-scouting trip to the Steens Mountains in SE Oregon. Mounted up to my tripod it did somewhat feel like I was "cheating" when running through the landscape compared to experience in the past with spotters working a hillside. Much more relaxing on my eyes, excellent clarity and light transmission. Colors appeared natural to me also.

Have not tried them with a harness yet and really don't intend to. Unless you have incredible steadiness holding them freehand would be tough for any extended periods of time.

Feel well built as well and so far seem like the previous reviews were correct in the performance/value area. We will see how they hold up, but my initial response to this product is positive and I would recommend them to my friends.
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Thought I would bring these back up.

I'm still really impressed with this binocular.

They have seen rigorous use and abuse and are as good as the day I received them.

Over the weekend high up in the coast range I couldn't use a scope because of unseasonably warm weather in our neck
of the woods.

The use of this binocular mounted along with my 8x32 sv was all I needed.

It also made it clear to me for my use these 15's are all I need, if I need more and the atmosphere and air currents
are in check then I will break out the scope.

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I just noticed these this morning.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Minox-BD-BR-...item43d03f9435
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Yes, they started at 199.00! Now they are up where they should be.
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