Minox binoculars: Are they bad or have I been unlucky?

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Subject: Minox binoculars: Are they bad or have I been unlucky?
From: John Brown <>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 23:51:24 +0000


I am wondering if others have had trouble with Minox binoculars. I’ve recommended them in the past, but not anymore! I am not sure if  I’ve just been very unlucky or they have remarkably poor build quality.


I’ve already sent mine back for replacement twice – taking months each time – and my 3rd set arrived with exactly the same problem that the 2nd pair had!


In April 2013 I bought a pair of Minox BL 10x52 plus a cheap harness online from the USA for $USD571 inc P&P


I soon found that the dioptre adjustment didn’t work on such that it wasn’t possible to focus them properly, so I returned them. The Australian distributor was very helpful and there wasn’t any problem with the international warrantee. A replacement pair arrive a few months later. (In the meantime I bought a $200 pair of Nikons which are much lighter and actually quite nice. I’ve ended up using them a lot more than the Minox!)


The second pair of Minox were fine when they arrived, and I enjoyed using them. However, the problem you can see in the attached photo developed, so eventually I returned them as it was clearly just going to continue to get worse. The problem appears to be some kind of coating on the ~inside~ of the objective lens delaminating


The third pair arrived during the week with the same problem as the 2nd pair out of the box! See photo. I haven’t used them at all. I opened the box, noticed the problem, took a photo, and have now packaged them back up ready to return immediately. Very frustrating!


I’d be interested to hear if others have bought Minox binoculars, and if they have had any problems with them.






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