Kowa SV II 8×42 Binoculars: Our Review

A excellent, crisp symbol however with narrower box of view and not more shut focal point than competition. We rated them as a Heart Flooring selection.

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Kowa SV II 8x42 binoculars
Kowa SV II 8×42 binoculars. Symbol by way of Hugh Powell.


  • Very crisp, transparent symbol
  • Excellent efficiency even in backlit stipulations
  • Great neck strap


  • Stiff focal point wheel
  • Considerably longer frame than maximum different binoculars
  • Slim box of view


  • Value: $259 MSRP at press time. Costs frequently range, so test with outlets
  • Shut focal point: Indexed as 13.1 ft (399 cm). In exams, shall we focal point those just a little nearer, to about 10 ft (305 cm)
  • Box of view: 6.3° (331 ft at 1,000 yards). Extra about box of view 
  • Weight: 24.4 oz. (691 g)—that’s about 1.1 oz. (38 g) lighter than the common for 8×42 binoculars in our evaluation
  • Eye reduction: 19.5 mm

Viewing Enjoy: Those binoculars are brilliantly crisp, despite the fact that they’re hampered reasonably by way of a slender box of view and not more than splendid shut focal point. Taking a look throughout a box at a feeder greater than 150 yards away, we made out a chickadee’s black bib and the red blush of a male House Finch in stipulations the place many binoculars would display simplest grey, grainy blobs. And in a harshly lit treetop at nearer vary, a Downy Woodpecker was once a crisp mixture of sharp black and white contrasts because it curled its frame round a sprig, tiny invoice declaring like a thorn. A close-by titmouse’s giant black eye stood out from its grey face, in spite of the backlight. The slender box of view is offset reasonably by way of the standard of the picture you do see.

Really feel and Construct: Those binoculars have a trendy glance with olive-green armoring and lengthy, gracefully flared barrels. A sculpted ridge swoops down the period of the barrels providing a spot to grip together with your thumbs. The lengthy barrels (a forged inch or 25 mm longer than maximum different 8×42 fashions) imply those binoculars take in extra space and will really feel much less neatly balanced. The eyecups click on firmly via 4 preset positions, however on our demo type one of the vital eyecups gave the impression fragile and turned into very unfastened. The target lens caps shouldn’t have tethers—a characteristic that has transform common in recent times—so that you’ll want to stay them on your wallet when you’re out birding.

Feedback From Testers: 

  • Very crisp symbol however slender box of view
  • Very sharp symbol all of the solution to the brink of the sector
  • Focal point knob was once tricky to show
  • Binoculars are very lengthy/tall
  • Gradual, stiff focal point
  • Great company motion to eyecups, however extraordinarily stiff focal point wheel
  • Are compatible palms neatly, now not slippery, appreciated the feel
  • Love the colour
  • Lens covers don’t connect

This text is one in a sequence of mini-reviews. To peer how those binoculars evaluate to others we’ve examined, see our complete evaluation of inexpensive 8×42 binoculars.  

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Eric Adjei

I love animals and am glad to share fun facts and stories about our four-legged and feathery friends, etc. I also try to teach people how to take good care of their pets, to create the best environment for them in the family.

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