Wow! What a difference. I picked up the Kowa today and there is no comparison to the Nikon.
The sun was coming up in the direction I was looking so that makes things washed out. The color comparison from Nikon to Kowa is drastic. The Nikon view was drab but the Kowa was still vivid. I could pick out a lot more details with the Kowa. And, that zoom eyepiece is impressive. The whole package oozes quality.
The overall viewing experience is WOW level. Awesome.
Thanks for a great forum to hash out all the details of the different products. I'm going to be happy with this one for a long time.