you might want to look at the this thread:
~$1000 Binoculars pollSince the Alpha binoculars poll got a good response, I decided to start a poll for $1000 bins. I'm guessing this will get an even better response since these bins are more affordable. I expect this to be a close contest between Zeiss Conquest and Nikon Monarch HG. Vote for the binocular that you...www.birdforum.net
I’m new to bird watching [………edited.] Being into photography I know nothing of quality Binos so any and all advice is welcomed......[....edited.]
The Kowa Genesis 8x33 is great. Virtually no CA, great build quality, wide FOV, great microcontrast. The only downside is its rolling ball effect, if that matters.... I was quite surprised they didn’t list any of the Kowa in the poll. Although I did read where it was above the 1K price point. I have the 883 as a spotter and love it.
I don't think you'll regret it for $250 off regular street price. Don't go with a 8x33, since the wider objective of the 8.5x44 gives you better brightness and image quality. Just my 2 cents
I am assuming you know how heavy those Kowa's are. According to the optic sages around here the Genesis are widely regarded as Alpha minus (Swaro SLC-esque) glass and that quote is a great price. But heavy. Then again, the Maven B2s and Meopta's are equally stout in terms of weight and price. If you are basing this purchase on pure optical performance at that price point, then yes, the Kowa's are the best. If lighter weight or longer eye relief are priorities the Monarch HG and Conquest HDs and those new Opticron Aurora's are contenders for your $$. I own MHGs and Conquests. I would go with Opticron's new flagship. But I am weight sensitive over about 28 ounces