From Richard C. in Tucson, AZ:
Excellent close focus
I had been using a Vortex Diamondback 8x42. It had good close focus (4.5'), but was noticeably dark at distance and not as precise compared to my beloved Leica 8x42's.
Tired of switching binoculars back and forth between watching butterflies and birds, I was looking for a binocular at least as good for close-up and better than the Diamondback for distance.
The Kowa Genesis 8x33 Binocular fits the bill. It is modestly better than the Diamondback for close focus -- it will focus down to 4 feet!!. While the Kowa is not as good as my Leica at distance, it is still much better than the Diamondback. Just what I needed.