Kite Lynx HD+ 8×42

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Objective diameter:  42 mm
Magnification:  8 x
Exit pupil: 5.25 mm
Eye relief (acc. to spec): 17 mm
Eye relief (effective, measured from rim of eyecup): 13mm
IPD:  55 – 73 mm
RFOV:  8.6  degrees = 151 m
AFOV (measured, rounded): 62 degrees
Minimum focus distance (measured): 2.0 m
Focus type:  CF (direction of rotation from close to infinity: > clockwise)
Degrees of rotation of focus wheel from 3m to infinity (measured): 290 degrees
Range of diopter adjustment (estimate): +/- 3 dpt*
Excess travel of focus wheel beyond infinity position (estimate): 6 dpt*
Prism system:  Schmidt-Pechan
Waterproof: yes
Weight (measured, with eyepiece cover and objective caps): 797 g
Made in: Japan (?)
*range of diopter adjustment not affected by position of focus wheel



Among its roughly a dozen lines of binoculars, Kite Optics had for years had a compact and lightweight “Lynx HD” in two configurations on the market, 8×30 (see separate post×30-hd/ ) and 10×30. In the summer of 2019,  Kite added a new line of Lynx “HD+” binoculars, this time in 8×30, 10×30, 8×42, 10×42 and 10×50. The present 8×42 model proved to be a compact, very well built and finished instrument that feels solid, with pleasant haptics, well balanced, and with good ergonomics. Other strong points of the Lynx are a very wide field of view – wider than any other current 8×42 model (except for the Swarovski NL Pure, see separate post×42/), good central sharpness, and good color rendition and image brightness.



A brief initial review of the Kite Lynx HD+ can be found here:

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