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