Kite Binoculars from Kite Optics

Kite Ibis ED Binoculars

About Kite Optics
A family owned and run business, the Kite Optics brand began life in 1984, but as a family they have been involved in distributing optical equipment from 1949.

Located in Belgium, the founding family member was passionate about nature and a keen birder and decided to create his own brand of optics that would better reflect his own ideas.

As well as binoculars, Kite Optics produce monoculars, spotting scopes, tripods, tripod mounts, digiscoping accessories and adapters, magnifiers, Skua cases for scopes and other optical accessories.

The Kite Binocular Range

Kite Optics have a substantial range of binoculars and monoculars designed mostly for outdoor use in a wide range of price points. They include cheap to mid level compacts in both roof and porro prism designs, a selection of full sized porro prism binoculars for general use and bird watching as well as one specifically designed for marine use. However their main focus is on better quality mid and full sized roof prism binoculars, where they have a big selection in both standard shaped bodies as well as top and open hinge designs:

Kite Optics Binoculars:


Kite Lynx HD+ Binoculars

Kite Lynx HD+ 10x50 BinocularsStepping up from the already excellent Lynx HD series (see below), the Lynx HD+ series has now superseded them to become the flagship series from Kite Optics.

Like the "standard" Lynx HD, Kite Lynx HD+ binoculars, are produced in 10x30 and 8x30 configurations, but they have now also expanded it to included the more traditional 8x42 and 10x42 configurations as well as a larger 10x50 model.

Main highlights include a modern single top hinge body design with a water and fogproof (Nitrogen filled) chassis. The optics are fully multi-coated using Kite's own MHR Advance + coatings and the exterior lenses surfaces contain scratch resistant as well as water-dirt repelling coatings.

Kite also incorporates very high quality Schmidt/Pechan roof prisms that have been phase corrected to help ensure a high definition image is maintained after the light passes through the prisms.

Available Configurations:

Price Range & Where to Buy:
Depending on the model and where you buy, these very high end instruments are available from around $500 / £450 / €450:

Kite Lynx HD 8x30 BinocularsKite Lynx HD Binoculars

Kite's 30mm mid-sized Lynx HD binoculars are designed to be the ideal, easy to carry/transport, high end, great all rounder.

Currently there are two models in this series, one with an 8x magnification and the other with 10x, they are both nice and compact as well as light and the top hinge design makes them comfortable and secure to hold.

Main highlights include the extremely wide view, especially on the 8x model that is 151 meters wide at 1000 meters (453ft @1000 yards), which means it easily makes it onto my very select list of wide angle binoculars.

The HD optical system includes fully multi-coated optics and the outer surface of the lenses also come with Kite's Perma Vision coating that improves their resistance to scratching and repels water and dirt.

All Lynx HD bins come with the excellent Kite Optics 30 year warranty.


Main Specifications:


Lynx HD 8x30

Lynx HD 10x30
FOV (ft @ 1000yds) 453 360
FOV (m @ 1000m) 151 120
Eye Relief (mm) 15 15
Close Focus (ft / m) 4.3 / 1.3 4.4 / 1.35
Weight (oz / g) 16.3 / 461 16.4 / 465

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Kite Ibis ED 8x42 BinocularsKite Ibis ED Binoculars

The high end Kite Ibis ED binoculars all feature BaK-4 roof prisms with an open bridge body design. They are available in two different sizes with either 42mm or large 50mm objectives and variety in magnifications from 7x right up to 12x.

All models are full multi-coated and use extra low dispersion (ED) glass elements in their lenses to reduce the amount of chromatic aberration, which results in a clearer picture without noticeable color fringing.

The roof prisms have been phase corrected and have the very best and very highly reflective dielectric coatings that ensure maximum image quality and light transmission.

All Ibis ED's come with the Kite Optics 30 year warranty.


Main Specifications:



10x42 7x42 8.5x50 10x50 12x50
FOV (ft @ 1000yds) 378 242 384 306 306 273
FOV (m @ 1000m) 126 114 128 102 102 91
Eye Relief (mm) 17 17 19.5 17.5 19 16.4
Close Focus (m) 1.4 1.4 1.4 2.4 2.4 2.4
Weight (g) 745 760 725 868 887 902

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Kite Binocular Reviews

Below are a few featured and fully reviewed Kite Binoculars: View >> All Kite Binoculars that I have reviewed.

Kite Lynx HD+ 10x50 Binoculars Review

These high-end 10x50 binoculars from kite Optics are only slightly larger and heavier than most 10x42 binoculars, yet at the same time they offer the user a superior quality and very wide view with an image brightness and low light performance that match many high-quality 8x42 binoculars.

other highlights include Aluminium Twist-up Eye-cups, Phase Corrected Schmidt/Pechan Roof Prisms and lens with Scratch Resistant & Water-dirt Repelling Coatings.

Price: (5/6) High Value Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 8/10 83%
Body Stats: 9/10
Optical Quality: 8/10
Optical Stats: 9/10
Image Quality 9/10
Extras & Details: 7/10

Kite Ibis ED 8x42 Binoculars Review

These premium grade 8x42 binoculars are made in Japan using all the top end components and coatings you expect including ED Glass Lens Elements, Fully Multi-Coated Optics, Phase Corrected Bak-4 Roof Prisms with Dielectric Coatings on the reflective prism surface.

This results in a superb quality of view at a cost that is less than you'd expect and so should bring a smile to even the most discerning users.

Price: (5/6) High Value Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 8/10 82%
Body Stats: 8/10
Optical Quality: 9/10
Optical Stats: 8/10
Image Quality 9/10
Extras & Details: 7/10

Kite APC 16x42 Image Stabilised Binoculars Review

With 2 degrees of correction, these 16x42 Kite APC Image Stabilised Binoculars offer a lightweight and compact alternative to a high-powered binocular and tripod combination making them extremely useful in a wide variety of uses.

Price: (5/6) High Value Binoculars

Kite Lynx HD 8x30 Binoculars Review

Small mid-sized bins or large compacts? You decide, but these high quality Kite Optics binoculars are ideal for anyone who wants to save space, but does not want to sacrifice too much on optical performance.

They are a very well made and produce a great quality image with a very wide field of view and very near close focus.

Price: (4/6) Mid-High Value Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 7/10 83%
Body Stats: 10/10
Optical Quality: 9/10
Optical Stats: 9/10
Image Quality 8/10
Extras & Details: 7/10

View >> All Kite Binoculars reviewed on The Best Binoculars & Reviews website.


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Telephone. 0032 50 69 23 19

89 8490 Jabbeke

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