Kowa SV II 8x42

Cost effective with superior optical performance. 

The Kowa SV II Roof prism binoculars infuse over 60 years of heritage in optical design and manufacture and boast superb 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 and ease of use.

All optical components in the SV II Series are manufactured from high quality 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, color 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.

The SV II 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 optimize 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 adapter) to be attached to a tripod. The body is sleek and tactile to hold making use out in the field a fantastic experience.

Magnification: 8x
Objective Lens Effective Diameter: 42mm
Minimum Focusing Distance: 4.0m
Real Field of View (degrees): 6.3
Field of view at 1000m/yds: 136
Exit Pupil Diameter: 5.3mm
Eye Relief: 15.5mm
Relative Brightness: 28.1
Twilight Factor: 18.3
Dimensions (Length x Width x Height):
Weight: 665g


  • Binocular
  • Case
  • Strap
  • Objective lens caps
  • Eyepiece caps
  • Instruction manual