Kowa BD II XD 8×42 Binoculars: Our Evaluation

Kowa BD II XD 8×42 Binoculars: Our Evaluation

These binoculars have an excellent really feel, wonderful picture, and a clean focus wheel. They’re one in all our High Picks.

At A Look

Kowa BDII XD 8x42 binoculars
Kowa BDII XD 8×42 binoculars. Picture by Hugh Powell.


  • Vibrant, crisp, colourful picture
  • Glorious really feel to the main focus wheel
  • Small and light-weight with out compromising optics
  • Vast subject of view and wonderful shut focus 


  • Towards the highest finish of the value vary we examined


  • Value: $449 MSRP at press time. Costs usually fluctuate, so examine with retailers
  • Shut focus: 5.9 toes (180 cm). In assessments, we might focus these binoculars all the way down to about 4.7 toes (142 cm)
  • Subject of view: 8.2° (431 toes at 1,000 yards). Extra about subject of view 
  • Weight: 23.6 oz (668 g)—that’s about 2.2 oz (61 g) lighter than the typical for 8×42 binoculars in our overview
  • Eye reduction: 17 mm

Viewing Expertise: These are fantastically pleasant binoculars that in our assessments reminded us why we love watching acquainted birds. The crisp and detailed picture introduced out the various delicate shades of grey and buff of a Tufted Titmouse framed towards a grey maple trunk. When a Golden-crowned Kinglet peeked round a department, the sensible yellow crown flared towards the soupy grey October sky with out being overwhelmed by the glare. Wanting throughout a subject at feeders greater than 150 yards away, the picture was sharp sufficient to resolve the spangled wings of Blue Jays and even the buffy sides of titmice. Each the sphere of view and the shut focus are among the many finest (widest and closest, respectively) of fashions we examined.

Really feel and Construct: These binoculars are small and lighter than a median 8×42 regardless of being outfitted with high-quality glass. The main focus wheel is a excessive level within the really feel: a fine-textured knob that glides simply, at a good tempo, making it straightforward to observe shifting birds whereas conserving them sharp. The eyecups are stiff and exact, dialing securely into every of three positions for non-eyeglass wearers. The olive-green barrels are slim and grippy, with contoured accents that present grip for thumbs. Total the binoculars are compact and light-weight however have a stable and well-built really feel to them. The Kowa branded neck strap is among the finest inventory straps we’ve seen for binoculars, extensive with beneficiant padding.  

Feedback From Testers: 

  • Very good really feel to focus wheel
  • I just like the lightness and measurement of those
  • Pretty really feel to focus wheel, compact measurement and balanced weight, nice really feel
  • Could also be slippery when moist
  • Tremendous straightforward to focus
  • Simple to make use of, very snug
  • Vibrant picture

This text is one in a sequence of mini-reviews. To see how these binoculars examine to others we’ve examined, see our full overview of reasonably priced 8×42 binoculars.  

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