Excerpt: This 8x42 BD42-8B Binocular purchase represents our third pair of this particular binocular by Kowa. We've found that its only shortcoming is that just one person at a time can look through them at a time, hence we keep adding to our inventory. These are ideal for everything from bird watching, to football games or any outdoor activity requiring a bright image and a wide field of view.
Pros: Close Focus, Compact, Lightweight, Quality Lenses, Strong Construction, Waterproof
Excerpt: Bought these Kowa's to replace a lost pair of beloved Leica Ultra 8x32 (1995; $1500 CDN). Could not justify a replacement pair of Leica's right now ($1800-2300 USD) but still required an excellent pair of binos for work and adventures. I study seabirds so waterproof housing and clear, crisp optics are needed to detect subtle plumage differences, sometimes from boats, and often in poor light.