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Kowa YF 8x30 Binocular (Black)

B&H # KO8X30YFB Mfr # YF30-8
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You Pay: $89.00
Product Highlights
  • Porro Prisms
  • Fully Multi-Coated
  • Phase Coating
  • Wide-Angle AAoV
  • Twist-Up Eyecups
  • Rubber Armoring
  • Stylish Ergonomic Design
  • Nitrogen-Filled: Waterproof and Fogproof

The YF 8x30 Binocular (Black) from Kowa Sporting Optics is a porro prism binocular with a stylish exterior and an optically excellent interior. Smooth and sleek with strategically placed indentations in the rubber armoring, this glass delivers a secure and firm grip. It has a closed hinged bridge with an eye-catching red line at the intersection of the bridge's point-of-contact. Fully multi-coated, highly reflective coated and phase coated, these optics deliver crisp, clear, contrasted images with real color fidelity. With an eye to keeping the weight down, the engineers at BSA have not sacrificed the nitrogen gas filled fogproofing and waterproofing. This is a wide-angle glass with the ability to scan an exceptional field of vision. Rubber armoring provides a secure and comfortable grip, as well as added shock-resistance. Twist-up eyecups customize the viewer's personal preference with or without eye or sunglasses. The YF 8x30 binocular is a nice looking binocular with the optical features that will be appreciated in any venue; hunting, hiking, birding or sporting events.

AAoV of 59.9°
A Relative Brightness of 14.4 and a Twilight Factor of 15.5
Nitrogen filled waterproof and fogproof ensures all-weather performance
Porro prisms offer greater contrast and depth of field for easier distinction between near and distant objects
Rubber armoring provides a secure and comfortable grip, as well as added shock-resistance
Highly reflective Kowa KR coating minimizes light loss and produces a clear and sharp image
The stylish design includes depressions placed in the rubber armor for a more secure and comfortable hold
Phase coating ensures that color wave-lengths have the same focus point reducing chromatic aberration and ensuring color fidelity
Fully multi-coated optics provide multiple layers on all air to glass surfaces for a brighter, higher-contrast image with less eyestrain
Prism Type Porro
Magnification 8x
Objective Lens Diameter 30 mm
Angle of View 7.5° (actual)
Field-of-View 393' @ 1000 yd / 130.48 m @ 1000 m
Minimum Focus Distance 6.56' / 2 m
Exit Pupil Diameter 3.8  mm
Eye Relief 15.5  mm
Interpupillary Adjustment 50 - 70 mm / 1.97 - 2.76"
Dioptric Correction Not Specified By Manufacturer
Focus Type Center
Tripod Mount Not Specified By Manufacturer
Dimensions 6.30 x 4.49 x 1.89" / 160 x 114 x 48  mm
Weight 16.7 oz / 473 g
Kowa YF 8x30 Binocular (Black)
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  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
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    KowaYF 8x30 Binocular (Black)
     
    4.7

    (based on 9 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Quality lenses (8)
    • Lightweight (7)
    • Waterproof (6)
    • Compact (5)
    • Strong construction (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Wildlife viewing (7)
      • Sporting events/concerts (5)
      • Bird watching (4)
      • Hunting (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual/ recreational (6)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (6)

      Reviewed by 9 customers

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      5.0

      Ideal for people who wear glasses

      By Di

      from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Lightweight
      • Quality Lenses
      • Strong Construction
      • Works Well With Glasses

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Sporting Events/Concerts
        • Wildlife Viewing

        Comments about Kowa YF 8x30 Binocular (Black):

        Needed a lightweight, economical, well-made binocular for travel; these accommodate both my glasses and narrow IPD.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Crystal clear!

        By Minna

        from Chico, Ca

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Close Focus
        • Compact
        • Quality Lenses

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Hunting
          • Wildlife Viewing

          Comments about Kowa YF 8x30 Binocular (Black):

          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.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Good Value Starter Binocular

          By Alex

          from Denver, CO

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Kowa YF 8x30 Binocular (Black):

          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. The only thing I don't like about them is that their design is a bit wide for my taste.

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          5.0

          Great value for money

          By Quent

          from Auckland, New Zealand

          About Me Avid Adventurer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Close Focus
          • Good value for money
          • Lightweight
          • Quality Lenses
          • Strong Construction
          • Waterproof

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Bird Watching
            • Wildlife Viewing

            Comments about Kowa YF 8x30 Binocular (Black):

            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.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Potent little binocs.

            By Hakluyt

            from Central TN

            About Me Avid Adventurer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Quality Lenses
            • Strong Construction
            • Waterproof

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Hunting
              • Sporting Events/Concerts
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Comments about Kowa YF 8x30 Binocular (Black):

              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.
              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. Where my Steiners would show just a grey, dark, depth the Kowas showed detail and color.
              Of course, my Steiners are probably decades old. But still, these Kowas greatly impressed me.
              Also nice is the small size and light weight - it's about the same as the Steiners.

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              • No

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              4.0

              great value

              By jeepnuthimself

              from Anaonda, MT

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Close Focus
              • Compact
              • Lightweight
              • Quality Lenses
              • Strong Construction
              • Waterproof
              • Works Well With Glasses

              Cons

              • Difficult To Focus

              Best Uses

              • Bird Watching
              • Hunting
              • Sporting Events/Concerts
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Comments about Kowa YF 8x30 Binocular (Black):

              seem to be well made. surprisingly affordable for Kowa.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              5.0

              Best value

              By Jen

              from San Francisco, CA

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Close Focus
              • Compact
              • Lightweight
              • Quality Lenses
              • Strong Construction
              • Waterproof
              • Works Well With Glasses

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Bird Watching
                • Sporting Events/Concerts

                Comments about Kowa YF 8x30 Binocular (Black):

                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. So super clear with these Kowa binoculars. I wore sunglasses & a baseball cap, no problem with the brim. I also used the binoculars to view crows & gulls fighting & attacking each other in mid-flight for food. Caught all the swift moving action. Used them in the rain, no problem. The best & most memorable usage: watching the SF Giants make the World Series from the absolute top row of the rafters. I could see the sunflower seed debris in the Giants dugout.

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                • No

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                4.0

                crystal clear

                By deng811

                from Chicago

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Lightweight
                • Quality Lenses
                • Waterproof

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Viewing Scenery
                  • Wildlife Viewing

                  Comments about Kowa YF 8x30 Binocular (Black):

                  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.

                  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.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great value

                  By Phil

                  from Charleston, SC

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight
                  • Quality Lenses
                  • Waterproof

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Bird Watching
                    • Hunting
                    • Sporting Events/Concerts
                    • Wildlife Viewing

                    Comments about Kowa YF 8x30 Binocular (Black):

                    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.
                    The optics are not as good as the Leica ( edge to edge ), but are quite good ( awesom for a binocular at this price ).

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