Excerpt: These binoculars are crystal clear, the visible distance is great and the size is small enough to be compact but not too small as to be lesser quality. They make everything brighter, especially helpful in the dusk hours! I can read numbers on the neighbors mailbox from approximately 100 yards away.
Excerpt: I purchased this binocular to use mainly during my hikes but also to just have a relatively good quality product to play around with. The binoculars seem well built and sturdy. I haven't dropped them (yet) but I think that they would fare well if dropped from a height of a few feet. They fit well in my hands and the exterior's rubber texture allows for a good grip. The focus knob is also easy to turn.
Excerpt: I bought two pairs for my 8 & 10 year-old kids (for Christmas, but I gave them a quick try out before wrapping them). My choice was guided by other very positive reviews on the web and I have to agree with them: they are great little binoculars, considering the price. I thought the image quality (sharpness and brightness) was very good and the binoculars are small enough that my kids should have no trouble carrying them around.
Pros: Close Focus, Good value for money, Lightweight, Quality Lenses, Strong Construction, Waterproof
Excerpt: I bought these for my brother; when I got them I compared them to by old Steiner Military 8x30s. These were WAY brighter, maybe a little crisper, and had a tiny bit wider field of view. Build quality is good and tough, though not as "tank like" as the Steiners. <br />The bit that impressed me most was how they could "see" into shadows and pick out details. For example, looking into the shadowy recesses of a garage at 150 yards.
Excerpt: I chose Kowa because it is a reputable brand. A binocular expert suggested this specific model for best value. I took a chance. It paid off tremendously. They are quite clear. I have back & neck problems, so I needed this lightweight binoculars. The neck strap is comfortably cushioned. I used them to view 500meter dragonboat races. I am the videographer at the finish line, but needed to see the partially obstructed start line.
Pros: Close Focus, Compact, Lightweight, Quality Lenses, Strong Construction, Waterproof, Works Well With Glasses
Excerpt: We are on the 31st floor and have a great view of the lake & Lincoln Park from our apt in Chicago, so we bought this so we can see the beach, boats and everything happening around us. <br /><br />Although this is not a super high power zoom, the picture is crystal clear and allows you to see detail at a distance. It is compact & will be added to our normal outdoor gear.
Excerpt: I bought this binocular for my wife. She complained about the weight of the Leica 8x42 she was using. the Kowa is much lighter and fits her hands. They are too small for me.<br />The optics are not as good as the Leica ( edge to edge ), but are quite good ( awesom for a binocular at this price ).
Summary: I bought these for my husband's birthday and he was thrilled with them. The magnification is great and they were crystal clear. I would have given them 5 stars but for one little niggle which is that the lens caps come off far too easily and you could be in danger of losing them.
Summary: The caps for the objective lenses do not fit. Stupid really - this precision instrument fails simply because a small piece of plastic is the wrong size! Without caps the lenses will get scratched. If you don't mind scratched lenses this may be fine - but I returned them. The other issue that annoyed me was the price. I paid £139 - I later realised the vendor at the top of the Amazon page was charging far more than the cheapest (£104).