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Canon Binoculars
« on: August 18, 2013, 05:03:05 AM »

Has anyone every used Canon binoculars in particular the 18x50 IS? Just after an opinion on what their like?
I hear that they are around 10yrs old, has anyone heard any new upcoming models? There is hardly any info on the web about Canon binos, from most reports they are brilliant but hardly any info!
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Re: Canon Binoculars
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2013, 07:03:19 AM »
I have that pair.  They work just fine for my purpose.  The IS, while 10 years old, is just fin for binoculars.
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Re: Canon Binoculars
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2013, 07:33:37 AM »
Interesting, do these type of binoculars also have AF?
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« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2013, 07:47:55 AM »
if they not changed them in 10yrs...  canon must be pretty happy with thme

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Re: Canon Binoculars
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2013, 08:00:19 AM »
Interesting, do these type of binoculars also have AF?

AF in binoculars!! Really? (I am not being sarcastic, I am just astonished if that is even possible)......
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« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2013, 08:23:04 AM »
Interesting, do these type of binoculars also have AF?

AF in binoculars!! Really? (I am not being sarcastic, I am just astonished if that is even possible)......

This made me think, and research. They do exist although they do not work in the way we would assume:

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Re: Canon Binoculars
« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2013, 08:59:44 AM »
Hey mrsfotografie, good to know. I was wondering given my understanding of how AF work (the distance of image plane from mirror equal to distance of af sensor from mirror and the split/half covered pixel thingy.) in DSLRs how it would work with binoculars. Thanks for the link. It is always good to something new.
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« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2013, 10:12:32 AM »
Been looking at Canon binoculars myself, mainly for the IS feature.  I'm trying to talk myself out of getting the 10x42L IS WP set...very nice for $1400, but I can get the 10x30 IS set for free. 
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Re: Canon Binoculars
« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2013, 10:35:04 AM »
Been looking at Canon binoculars myself, mainly for the IS feature.  I'm trying to talk myself out of getting the 10x42L IS WP set...very nice for $1400, but I can get the 10x30 IS set for free.

Talking about 'L' fever!  ;D ;)
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Re: Canon Binoculars
« Reply #9 on: August 18, 2013, 12:22:36 PM »
Think like this, 300mm f4, or 300mm f2.8.

Right...300/2.8 for $1400, or 300/4 for $0.  Also, I have a '12x150 IS spotting scope' of sorts (aka 600/4L IS II), although it's not quite as handholdable (or 17x150 and 24x150, with TCs).   ;)
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Re: Canon Binoculars
« Reply #10 on: August 18, 2013, 01:06:06 PM »
Sorry for somewhat off-topic reply, but I recall reading quite interesting news about binoculars and stabilization about a year ago. Luckily I found it again, you can read it here: http://www.popsci.com/gadgets/article/2012-08/worlds-steadiest-binoculars

The most interesting part is this: "Fraser Optics.......has adapted its gyroscope-based mechanical stabilization system into the Mariner, a pair of consumer binoculars that cancels vertical movements of up to 50 degrees without any delay".

I wonder when we'll see such stabilization in telephoto lenses  :)


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Re: Canon Binoculars
« Reply #11 on: August 18, 2013, 02:04:54 PM »
The Canon IS are not very popular. Serious birdies tend to go for Swarovski, the most popular, then Leica. I tested loads of pairs and found that the Hawke Frontier ED 8x43 performed as well as the Swarovski at about 20% of the price. Quite remarkable for a company whose other products were not noteworthy - they got it right for  this model.
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Re: Canon Binoculars
« Reply #12 on: August 18, 2013, 02:32:07 PM »
The Canon IS are not very popular. Serious birdies tend to go for Swarovski...

How do the birdies hold them?  With their wings?   ;)

Or is birdies : lift :: birders : elevator?   On this side of the pond, a birdie is what little kids call a bird, or one under par on the golf course...

Seriously, I wonder why the Canon IS binocs aren't more popular.  Audubon Society shops here often don't even carry them.
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« Reply #13 on: August 18, 2013, 02:40:25 PM »
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Re: Canon Binoculars
« Reply #14 on: August 18, 2013, 04:01:36 PM »
The Canon IS are not very popular. Serious birdies tend to go for Swarovski...

How do the birdies hold them?  With their wings?   ;)

Or is birdies : lift :: birders : elevator?   On this side of the pond, a birdie is what little kids call a bird, or one under par on the golf course...

Seriously, I wonder why the Canon IS binocs aren't more popular.  Audubon Society shops here often don't even carry them.

The authentic English term for a bird watcher is a twitcher, but that would stretch your vocabulary too far. Who in their right mind would want to hold a heavy pair of binoculars all day that require their batteries changing every few hours? Importantly, field of view is important, and the high magnification of the Canons is against this. If you want really high magnification, and the Canon IS is betwixt and between, you need a scope with tripod.
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