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Old Tuesday 19th July 2016, 20:43   #1
Icaru5
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Kowa 8x42 Prominar XD vs 8x32 Europ. Alpha

Hi guys, I'm currently searching a small 8x32 binocular to carry when I go hiking. The most important things are so: sturdiness/reliability and
smallness/lightness

My searches led me to the Kowa 8x42 Prominar XD: magnesium frame, XD lenses and a 42mm with a size of a 32mm. All others binoculars with 42mm size in fact seem too big for my purpose, this Kowa seem the only 42mm that I could take with me.

So my question is: do these 42mm offer some kind of advantage over the european high-end and smaller 32mm or I just should save more penny and take a zeiss or swaro? What do you think?

Thank you

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Old Tuesday 19th July 2016, 21:44   #2
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So my question is: do these 42mm offer some kind of advantage over the european high-end and smaller 32mm or I just should save more penny and take a zeiss or swaro?
No. Well... other than price. The XD's have surprised me at how good they are, but they will not provide the performance of a "european high-end and smaller 32mm". And between the two, I would much prefer the high-end 32mm, even if I had to spend a lot more for it.

BTW - you might also look at or through the Nikon 8x30 Monarch 7, if available where you live. These provide a very nice view in an extremely small and lightweight package. I don't remember the exact weight, but I doubt it weighs more than 450g. Also has objective covers that stay on quite tightly, so you are less likely to have them fall off unnoticed while hiking. Overall, a great little package for hiking for someone who might not want to spend alpha money.
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No. Well... other than price. The XD's have surprised me at how good they are, but they will not provide the performance of a "european high-end and smaller 32mm". And between the two, I would much prefer the high-end 32mm, even if I had to spend a lot more for it.

BTW - you might also look at or through the Nikon 8x30 Monarch 7, if available where you live. These provide a very nice view in an extremely small and lightweight package. I don't remember the exact weight, but I doubt it weighs more than 450g. Also has objective covers that stay on quite tightly, so you are less likely to have them fall off unnoticed while hiking. Overall, a great little package for hiking for someone who might not want to spend alpha money.
Thank you, I will consider also the Monarch :)
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