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Canon IS Binoculars

Postby EricBr on Fri Nov 19, 2010 6:03 pm

I am considering getting a pair of the Canon IS binoculars and have narrowed it down to the 10x30 IS and the 12x36 IS II.

Does anyone have any experience with both of these binoculars? If so, other than more magnification and a little more light, what are the differences, and are the 12x worth ~$200 more than the 10x?

Thanks,

Eric
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Re: Canon IS Binoculars

Postby Jne_K on Mon Nov 22, 2010 10:16 am

Hi

Not going to be a matter of more light - same exit pupil for both - but there will be a difference in size and weight. That's something you might also want to consider, given that IS binos are bigger and bulkier than the same size in a non-IS bino.
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Re: Canon IS Binoculars

Postby ET on Mon Nov 22, 2010 10:42 am

The 12x will give you minimally more info than 10x, but will be still steady to hold. I think the mahor change from 10x is going up to 15x or more and a tripod. With regular models. So you might see what you can affordin IS at 16x.

The jump from 8x to 10x appears bigger than 10x to 12x. I had one 12.5x once but sent it back in 30 days.
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Re: Canon IS Binoculars

Postby litesong on Tue Apr 26, 2011 5:31 pm

If weight is a factor, the Canon 10x30 & 12x36 IS binoculars are in the mid 20 ounces. Think almost all other stabilizing binoculars are 40+ ounces.
Also, as magnification increases, IS becomes increasingly important. So there is more need for stabilization between 10 & 12 power, than their numbers may suggest. Besides, if you can't see the detail you need with 10 power & 12 power reveals the detail, the power difference is great indeed. Was just using regular 10 & 12 power binoculars, in which the 10 power failed to show the detail I wanted & the 12 power did show what I wanted. The 12 power also showed more information than what I was seeking which is really what we search for, when we use microscopes, telescopes, & binoculars.
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Re: Canon IS Binoculars

Postby Jne_K on Wed Apr 27, 2011 9:57 am

Good point.

The trick is deciding how much steadiness you do or do not have and proceed, accordingly. Speaking for myself, as I am no longer a spring chicken, I am finding it harder and harder to hold my favorite 10x binoculars steady. Maybe it is time for me to be thinking IS.
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Re: Canon IS Binoculars

Postby kevreg01 on Sat Apr 30, 2011 12:16 am

sorry to interrupt. I just bought a pair of marikel special .7,x35 binoculars. I dont know much about binoculars. What is the approximate worth of these? Thankyou
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Re: Canon IS Binoculars

Postby litesong on Sat Apr 30, 2011 1:24 am

Jne_K wrote: The trick is deciding how much steadiness you do or do not have....... Speaking for myself, as I am no longer a spring chicken, I am finding it harder and harder to hold my favorite 10x........ Maybe it is time for me to be thinking IS.


My friend & I owned a small astronomy business twenty years ago. Tho we couldn't afford an IS binocular for ourselves, we sold one IS binocular...... & snuck some peeks with it...... sweeeeeeettttttt. It was the binocular miracle viewing through the IS binoculars to see all the stars your naked eye couldn't see. & then as I pushed the stabilizing button, even more stars filled the Universe. You didn't have to struggle to see detail anymore. The star fields & Milky Way star clouds drifted across the image field serenely & majestically.

Well........... After bidding & losing for months, I just won a Fujinon 14x40 Techno-Stabi binocular on Ebay. In transit now, I think my days of struggling with binoculars are nearly at an end, at least if I don't walk too far & have to leave the heavy Fujinons behind with my bad back & arthritis.

Yeah, I agree with you. Your time of struggling with vibrating binocular images should come to an end. Get a stabilized binocular.
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Re: Canon IS Binoculars

Postby Jne_K on Mon May 02, 2011 10:17 am

Hi

Wow! That is the Rolls Royce of IS binoculars. Enjoy!
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