The Kowa BD Series 10x42, we think, is just an outstanding binocular.
It is my choice for a bino under $700.
Here is our review:
Kowa BD42 Series 10x 42 Binocular Review
High class binoculars with a full range of specifications that can be used in all conditions in the outdoors. A bright wide field of viewdelivers sharp images.
Just the Facts:
-Utilization of “C3 Coating”
This is new technology for enhancing the prism reflection rate. By reducing the amount of light lost, a brighter and clearer field of view is attained.
-Multi-coating processing applied to all lenses and prism surfaces
-Use of phase-coated prism surface
-Close minimum focusing distance
-Use of twist-up eyecup for easy viewing
-Rubber coating that is comfortable for holding
-Waterproof structure filled with dry nitrogen gas
Field of view 104.8 meters at 1000 meters
Real field of view 6 degrees
I have been a fan of Kowa since I purchased a Kowa spotting scope about 1 year ago. The spotting scope has been nothing short of fantastic!
I decided on the Kowa BD Series 10-42 after spending days and days in the store comparing them to other binos in the similar price range of $550. I then compared them to many binos in the $850 price range, and felt they were equal. NICE JOB KOWA
I have been using the Kowa binos now for about 2 weeks on my daily hikes. I have been spotting big game at ranges from 100 yards to several thousand yards. I of course, do most of this at first and last light. It is critical to have a binocular that gathers as much light as possible and transmits that to your eye. The Kowa nails this! There multi coating system is not that different from other binoculars, but seems to be more effective.
I am giving a high level overview here, but trust me the brightness was nothing short of fantastic.
The Kowa binos give me the feel that I am looking at items with my own eyes, and not having to struggle to look through something. Meaning, I could look through these binoculars for hours with no eye strain.
I was able to compare the Kowa side by side with several similar priced binoculars and have felt they are the clear winner in several categories:
-Clarity around the edg
This is how I evaluate binoculars, and the Kowa are the best at meeting this criteria in all of the $500 to $800 binoculars that I tested.
Best Binocular for under $700
No eye strain after hours of glassing
Light gathering is outstanding
Total Clarity and Edge Clarity is second to none.
Great job Kowa, the BD series 10×42 is an outstanding binocular, and well worth the investment.
What they could do better:
They have a very firm focus knob, (both the overall focus, and the single lens focus) not a big deal for me, but others may have concerns with this.
Get the word out, these are great binos!
Thanks for reading!