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Kowa Genesis 8.5x44

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Kowa Genesis 8.5x44

24 November 2010
  • Conclusion: The binoculars virtually without flaws. It didn’t have a weak or below-the-average result in any category. If only Kowa improved a bit the astigmatism correction, the light fall-off at the edge, and added a tripod exit, we would have a market hit which would be able to compete with the most cult brands’ products. Even now we deal with an exceptionally well made set of binoculars – it would be difficult not to recommend it. A standing ovation!
  • Pros: solid housing made of high quality materials,, high transmission,, quite wide field of view,, high class prisms and coatings,, relatively low distortion,, excellent coma correction,, perfect correction of chromatic aberration,, sharp image already from 1.7 meters,, good whiteness rendition,, good blackening inside.
  • Cons: lack of a tripod exit,, short guarantee period for this price segment.
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