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Kowa Genesis 8.5x44 Binocular

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Kowa's top-performing Genesis binocular rewards you with the fine details. By incorporating Prominar XD glass, your view through the Genesis benefits from enhanced resolution and reduced chromatic aberration. Fully multi-coated lenses and prisms provide excellent transmission of the light gathered by the 44mm objective lenses. The magnesium body of the Kowa Genesis is built tough for all weather conditions with waterproofing and fogproofing and comes with the Kowa limited lifetime warranty.

Optical Features
Prominar XD Glass Enhances resolution, color, and contrast.
Fully Multi-coated Lenses Increase light transmission with multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces.
Dielectric Prism Coatings Optimize light transmission. C3 dielectric coating.
BaK-4 Prisms Optimize light transmission.
Construction Features
Roof Prisms Appreciated for a streamlined shape and durability.
Magnesium Body Is sturdy and resistant to corrosion.
Rubber Armoring Provides a secure, non-slip grip.
Multi-position Eyecups Twist up and down for comfortable viewing with or without eyeglasses.
Center Focus Wheel Adjusts both binocular barrels at the same time.
Locking Right Eye Diopter Adjusts for differences in a user's eyes. Located by the right eyepiece.
Design Features
Waterproof Optics are sealed with O-rings to prevent moisture, dust, and debris from getting inside the binocular.
Fogproof Barrels are filled with nitrogen gas to inhibit internal fogging.

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Magnification 8.5x
Objective Lens Diameter 44 mm
Field of View 365.7 feet/1000 yards
Eye Relief 18.3 mm
Close Focus 5.6 feet
Weight 33.5 ounces
Dimensions (HxW) 6.5 x 5.4 inches
Weatherproofing Waterproof/Fogproof
  • Rainguard
  • Tethered objective lens caps
  • Neck strap
  • Harness strap
  • Case

Total Reviews: 6

Average Rating:

Among the Very Best - 02/09/2016

by Dan from Los Angeles, CA

I have owned and tried out more than 20 binoculars over the past 10 years. They ranged from mid-priced to the most expensive. I use binoculars for everything ranging from sports, hiking, theater, birds, to astronomy.

These Kowa Genesis binoculars are right up there in image quality and ergonomics with the top European makers' models, including those selling for twice the price of these Kowas. Image quality attributes I evaluate are sharpness across the field, distortion, contrast, and chromatic aberration.

I like the easy viewing experience. It is very pleasing and comfortable to look through. This is probably a combination of the image quality attributes, appropriate eye relief (and the ability to adjust the eye cups easily when changing from glasses to contacts), sufficient exit pupil, and proper collumnation of the unit.

I also like the focusing - it is not too loose and not too tight, and it's easy to get an accurate focus without overshoot (i.e. not too many back and forth iterations to get it accurately focused).

What you are giving up in comparison to the absolute best is a very slightly less apparent field of view (although still pleasingly wide) and weight. These Kowa's are heavier; however sometimes I find that the extra weight helps to steady the view in comparison to lighter top European ones (which are at 8x).

This is perhaps the best optics purchase I have ever made.

Top pick - 08/05/2014

by Tom from NC

The Genesis 8.5x44 binocular is alpha material in my book. Sharp, clear and no CA I could find.

How can it get better than this? - 06/30/2014

by Roberto P. from Marietta GA

I have two mid-range binoculars that I use for backyard birdwatching: Nikon Monarch 3's and MINOX BL's. Both very nice. I'd heard Kowa made excellent product, their corporate website makes them seem like the sort of geeky, engineering-driven company that I'd prefer to do business with for optics. No flash, no advertising forays into how cool I'd become if I owned their gear, just descriptions, and explanations. I saw the Genesis 8.5x44 demos available at a bargain price, so I sent my brother over the EO store for a quick field test. He reported that they compared very favorably to some of the $(4-figure) products they had available in the display case, so I went ahead and bought them. 30 days to return if my brother was mistaken so how could I go wrong? He wasn't wrong - these are in another league entirely compared to what I was used to. Just by luck I had the opportunity to visit the store & repeat his test against the top-price units. Oh, yes sir, I conclude that these are near-perfect in every way that matters....
I saw the Genesis 10.5x44's come up as demos on the website shortly thereafter, so I bought those, too. My wife even agreed that it was a good idea - and it's not like we have vast amounts of disposable income - so in a way, these binoculars promote marital harmony in addition to their jaw-dropping price/performance ratio. Nice!

Top quality, affordable price - 06/03/2014

by Justin E. from Indiana

Optically and mechanically, these binoculars easily hold their own against the best available from brands such as Swarovski, Leica, Zeiss, and Nikon. Particular attributes of note are the exceptional center-field sharpness, nearly unrivaled control of chromatic aberration, incredibly bright images, neutral or true-to-life color representation, excellent construction and build quality, and a focus-knob with near perfect tension and dampening. The only issues I believe one may find with these binos when compared to the very best are increased weight and a slightly smaller true field of view. These few negatives are quite minor, however, and the performance of these binos at their relatively lower price is truly outstanding.

Are these the best kept secret in bird watching? - 04/30/2014

by Steve L. from Indianapolis, IN

I spent six months deciding how to upgrade from my Atlas Intrepids. They had served me well but were an entry to bird watching so that if i didn't stick with it I was only out a little money. I went to the Optics Expo to buy either the Zeiss Conquest HD's or the Vortex Razors. The Kowa rep asked me to try the Genesis and it was soon clear that they were both brighter and sharper then the other two. I then tested them against the Zeiss HT and the Swarovski EL. I only had a cloudy overcast day to work with but I couldn't see a difference. I couldn't test at dawn or dusk where those two are supposed to be better but I am very happy with my choice. I highly recommend these and as always the Eagle Optics Staff were great.

Excellent - 11/03/2013

by R. McKernan from California

Simply one of the best binoculars on the market regardless of price.

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