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Kowa 8x25 Green Roof Prism Binoculars
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The Right Compact Binocular for a Serious Birder

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner Written on December 2, 2013
As I got more and more serious about birding, I purchased increasing expensive binoculars, and finally purchase a pair of Swarovski EL's about 12 years ago. At the time, I seriously thought they would be the last binoculars I purchased. I was absolutely convinced that no better optical clarity was possible - and still believe that (but I understand technology has improved, so I'd be willing to look through new binoculars, but there's a limit to what my eyes can perceive).
But for many years I wanted a pair of smaller binoculars, or compact binoculars, as a "back-up" pair or to keep handy in the car or at my office. But I couldn't justify the cost of a new pair of binoculars - after all: I'd purchased my "lifetime" pair, hadn't I?
My father was coming to Alaska to visit last summer, and that was the excuse I needed to buy a 2nd pair of quality binoculars. I wanted both of us to have binoculars around our necks in the car as we drove the Dalton Hwy - I didn't want to have to pass a single pair back and forth between us. So I got online, and researched many reviews and options. As a birder, I occaisionally see articles about optics, so I knew something about what was out there, but hadn't researched the area deeply for several years.
In the end, I decided on a pair of Pentax 9x32 AND these Kowa 8x25 compact binoculars. I'd had a cheap pair of double-hinged compact binoculars many years ago, and did not like them, and found them hard to use. So the single hinge design...
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handy little thing

by Legacy Reviewer, Written on September 26, 2013
This little binocular handles well and seems well built. The view is not as sharp as my 8x42 nikon but is acceptable for such s small unit. Focus is kind of finicky and fine tuning is slightly hard because focus does not jump out at you. Also i think it is too expensive for what you get. I have to say you are better off with a medium size pair than with this, both price wise and optics wise.
Pros: nice size seems well built
Cons: fussy eye placement 4 little lens caps fall off...
Would recommend: Yes
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