The MINOX ZA HD riflescopes are equipped with 5x magnification, 30 mm or 1“ tube and long-range reticles for increased accuracy, and are particularly distinguished by their high-performance optics and Fast Target Acquisition (FTA).
Compared to previous ZA models, the vignetting has been reduced by up to 90% to create an exceptionally bright and sharp image all the way to the outer edges of the field of view. With the increased size of the exit pupil, the eye remains completely relaxed and can observe images without any further distractions - the eye is no longer preoccupied by attempts to adjust to the field of view before even getting on target - the fast target acquisition system gets the shooter quickly and precisely on target.
● Fast Target Acquistion (FTA)
● High performance German HD optics
● Aluminum tube (1" and 30 mm)
● Anodized scope body
● 5x magnification range
● Long, safe eye relief
● Large field of view
● Reticle at the 2nd focal plane
● Parallax adjustment (SF models)
● Purged with Argon gas
is making a big splash with American assembled, German-designed scopes
featuring Schott Glass and generous eye relief. The ZA-3 series has a
3:1 ratio erector, while the ZA-5 is a 5:1 power range line. Tested is
a ZA-5 example.
has an interesting history, as the “Minox” was the spy camera
invented back in 1936 by Walter Zapp. Minox still manufactures sub-miniature
cameras. Minox was purchased by Leica, reportedly in 1996, and became
an independent company again in 2001. My first experience was with a set
of Minox binoculars during an informal optics comparison some years ago.
The test set of Minox binoculars was and is outstandingly good. Now, Minox
has launched a riflescope line, designed in Germany for the American market,
meaning inclusion of one inch tubes. They are the ZA-3 and ZA-5 riflescopes,
with 3x and 5x erector ratios respectively. Minox scopes feature Schott
glass and are assembled in the United States, in Oregon. The scopes are
all feature four inch plus so eye relief, argon purging, quick-focus ocular
portions, and offer three basic reticle choices. They are a plex, the
#4 German, and the BDC holdover reticle. I opted for the #4 German reticle
in this ZA-5 test scope, a terrific hunting reticle as far as I'm concerned,
and not as widely available as it should be. This is about a 14 oz. scope,
lighter than most with 5X or greater power ranges.
is a little ongoing discussion over the usability of extended zoom range
scopes, from those who prefer fixed power scopes to those who want as
wide a power range as possible. It really is up to the individual to decide
for themselves. Personally, I do see the value in a 5X scope like this,
leave it on two power for a deep woods bear hunt and enjoy the extra field
of view. Ten power is more than you'll ever need for big game hunting.
Ten power also limits a scope design in other ways. With a reasonable
objective, 40mm, ten power is all the law allows if you want to maintain
a 4mm exit pupil. Ten power is a practical limit before a scope might
need an adjustable objective as well. If you feel you need a 50mm objective
in this platform, Minox offers a ZA-5 2-10 x 50 as well.
are aggressively priced scopes as well, with the Minox ZA-3 clearly taking
a shot at the Zeiss Conquest line, the ZA-3 running a hundred dollars
less street price than the Czech (Meopta) glass equipped Zeiss, with the
#4 reticle, and about the same with the standard plex at about five hundred
dollars. In fact, right now the street price for this ZA-5 2-10 with the
#4 reticle is about the same as a Zeiss 3-9 x 40 with a #4 reticle, and
it is about an ounce lighter despite the extra zoom range. It is also
about four hundred dollars less than a Leupold 2-12 x 42 VX-6, and only
a couple of dollars more than a Bushnell Elite 4200 2.5 – 10 x 40
and substantially less than Bushnell 6500 models. At about $480 street,
this Minox is priced to sell. The ZA-3 3-9x40 with a German #4 reticle
runs just under $400 street.
tested Minox ZA-5 2 -10 x 40mm scope has likely my favorite big game hunting
reticle, the #4 German. It is a 14.1 oz. scope with very generous
eye relief, and is 12.4 inches long. The specifications for the relevant
portion of the Minox line follow.
rubber enhanced power ring is a dream to grip and turn effortlessly, the
generously rubber-covered ocular quick-focus ring is easily appreciated,
and the scope has a very balanced, aesthetically pleasing look. My only
minor grievance is the overly prominent, silver, bumper stickerish "MINOX"
on both sides of the objective that could be far more subdued and tasteful.
A little more restraint in this area would be easier on the eyes from
a cosmetic standpoint, as far as I'm concerned.
is presenting their line as "uncompromising value," and that's
not far off the mark. It is clearly targeted to "out-conquest
the Conquest." I'd say they have met their goal, on the basis
of lighter weight, better zoom ratio, no excessive upcharge for a #4 reticle,
equal to or better eye relief, argon gas purging, slightly better adjustment
range, and what is to my eyes slightly better image quality. The extended
rubber power ring is also an upgrade from the Conquest, as far as I'm
concerned. That's quite a substantial battery of features in this ZA-5
2-10 x 40mm Minox, for actually a few less dollars current street price
than the popular 3-9 x 40 Zeiss Conquest with a #4 reticle. For all of
these reasons, this is an easy scope to recommend without hesitation.