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9.0 out of 10

Kowa BD42-8x

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Reviews and Problems with Kowa BD42-8x

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Overall 10

Expert Review

31 October 2013
  • Conclusion: Acknowledgement I would like to thank Alpha Digital Services Limited, the UK distributors of Kowa Binoculars for providing me with these Kowa BD42 Series Binoculars to review.
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Overall 7

Kowa 8x42 BD42-8

10 October 2012
  • Conclusion: Although our test result of the Kowa 8x42 is good, the overtone of our summary won’t be positive. That Japanese company decided to use a narrow field of view. We can understand their reasons but not without difficulty. If the field is so narrow you should get something else instead. For example you can expect the field which is corrected perfectly well till the very edge. Here there is no such thing, though. Quite the opposite in fact.
  • Pros: solidly made, stylish casing,, low astigmatism,, sensibly corrected coma,, slight light fall-off on the edge of the field of view,, good quality prisms made of BaK-4 glass,, clean and dark inside the tubes.
  • Cons: narrow field of view,, noticeably truncated exit pupils,, weak distortion correction,, noticeable chromatic aberration on the edge of the field of view.
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