Kowa SV 42 Roof Prism Binoculars
The Kowa SV 42 Roof prism binoculars are a new offering from the world-famous Japanese scope and binocular manufacturer. Kowa have infused over half a century of heritage in optics design and manufacture into this new series, which boasts top end features such as Kowa Repelling (KR) lens coatings and 100% waterproofing. The SV Series represents the perfect balance between optimal performance and lightweight construction, with one of its most striking attributes being aesthetic beauty.
Robust by Design
The Kowa SV Series binoculars have been built with the more demanding user in mind, with each model boasting a set of features to match. Firstly, they are wrapped in extra thick rubber armour, designed to appropriately protect the internal optics from casual knocks and scrapes. Next, a new protective measure: Kowa engineers have proportionately increased the size of the objective lens’ outer armour when compared to other models of this type.. This innovative measure helps to act as a buffer, providing an extra layer of protection for the fragile internal lenses.
Fully protected against the elements
As well as making the binoculars robust, Kowa have also designed their SV Series to be fully optimised for use in any climate. Firstly, all body joints and cavities have been fully sealed to make the binoculars 100% waterproof. Each pair is thoroughly water tested after production to ensure that they hold up to their 100% waterproof claim- if a pair fails any of these stringent tests then it does not leave the factory! The second area of climate optimisation is the body and surface design. The body of the binoculars incorporate several natural contours, exaggerated by the surface texture’s variation between soft and granular. The combination of these two design features makes the binoculars feel gratifying in the hand and allows for good grip to always be maintained, whether wearing gloves or in wet conditions. Kowa engineers have added a final level of climate protection by injecting and sealing each barrel of the binoculars with nitrogen gas. This measure counters any internal fogging of the lenses, a common problem when the binoculars are subjected to varying temperatures.
Incorporating reliable everyday features
The SV Series incorporates a set of practical features that help to enhance the daily user experience. Kowa has substantially increased the size of the large, centrally-positioned focus wheel, and used an inner grip design to ensure that the wheel responds well to fine-tuned movements. This inner gripping has also been applied to the dioptric adjustment ring, which is conveniently located under the right eyepiece. The next feature is three-click turn and slide eyecups which allow the user to optimise the distance between pupil and eyepiece. These eyecups are also designed to accommodate spectacle wearers, so they too can enjoy a complete field of view. Finally, a centrally positioned tripod socket allows the binoculars (with use of an L-mount adapter) to be attached to a tripod.
Kowa lenses and prisms
The internal optics are the backbone of any binocular on the market today, and it is an area that Kowa places in the highest regard. All optical components in the SV Series are manufactured from high quality Japanese eco-glass and all surfaces are fully multicoated. The Roof prisms have also been treated with phase coatings in order to increase their reflectivity. These coatings ensure that light transmission, colour definition, brightness and contrast are always performing at a maximum.
The binoculars therefore produce clear, vivid and crisp images, creating natural and representative viewing subjects.
The eyepieces and objective lenses are covered in Kowa’s unique formula: Kowa Repelling (KR) technology. The KR technology works to stop grease, fluid and dirt from accumulating on the surface of each treated lens, making cleaning much simpler. Furthermore, the KR technology reduces the risk of scratching a fragile lens surface, as less pressure needs to be applied to remove dirt during cleaning. This type of lens coating is a feature only usually found on far more expensive binocular models.
Supplied with useful accessories
The Kowa SV Series binoculars come with a set of useful accessories. A durable case with belt loop is designed to protect the binocular when not in use. A premium quality neck strap is constructed of durable neoprene and a rubber underlining which combined with its broad width, ensure that the binoculars sit comfortably around the neck during use or transport. Finally, a high quality rainguard and a pair of objective lens covers which ensure that all lens surfaces are protected when not in use.
Many wide ranging uses
The Kowa SV 42 Series binoculars have a wide range of applications, thanks to their many features. The top class image reproduction, as a result of the high quality internal optics, make these binoculars suitable for any sort of viewing where finer details need to be made out. This includes a long list of observational hobbies such as vehicle spotting, as well as more general pursuits. Thanks to the size of the 42mm objectives, the binoculars would also operate well in low light conditions, making them perfect for viewing subjects at dusk.
The robust design and climate protection features ensure that the binoculars perform well in wet and rugged conditions. This makes them ideally suited to bird watching or sailing, both pursuits where low temperature and wet climates are often prevalent. Furthermore, the KR lens coatings mean that the binoculars are also easy to maintain in dusty/sandy conditions making them ideal for use on safari.
ModelSV42-8 SV42-10 Magnification8x 10x Objective Lens Effective Diameter42mm 42mm Real Field of View6.3° 6.0° Exit Pupil5.3mm 4.2mm Relative Brightness28.1 17.6 Eye Relief19.5mm 15.5mm Field of View at 1000mm110m 105m Minimum Focusing Distance4m 4m Interpupillary Distance58.5-72mm 58.5-72mm Dimensions
(L x W x H)174x128x56mm 174x128x56mm Weight665g 670g