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Re: Canon Binoculars
« Reply #15 on: August 18, 2013, 04:28:43 PM »
I thoroughly recommend IS (stabilized) Canon binoculars and I have a few to prove it:

10x42L - original purchase, good general purpose, originally for astronomy but wanted more aperture/mag
8x25 - second purchase, great for theater and stage, and lightweight walkabout
15x50 - third purchase, perfect for astronomy and wildlife, more magnification gets tough to handhold

I have tried a friend's 18x50 and they are fine -- but the key point about IS is to allow handheld steady use and there is always going to be more "jiggling" at 18x rather than 15x, even with IS, so I am extremely happy with my 15x50 for my purposes.

I don't see an optical quality difference in practice between the L 10x42 and non-L 15x50. All have crappy lens caps of various designs (or none at all). The L has a more padded case. The 8x25 takes less common CR123A batteries, whereas the other two take AAs. The 8x25 annoyingly needs you to hold the IS button down -- the other two have a time delay to hold it down for you, then releases to save the batteries. Battery life seems good on all (never been a problem for my use).

In summary, they are an expensive indulgence but I would never go back to non-IS. If you can afford them, I recommend them to all -- especially astronomers and wildlife enthusiasts.

PS. Look for deals on used.  My 15x50s were well under 1k on eBay this year. See also BH/Adorama used. http://www.canonpricewatch.com/ tracks binoculars.
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Re: Canon Binoculars
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Re: Canon Binoculars
« Reply #16 on: August 18, 2013, 04:44:54 PM »
Who in their right mind would want to hold a heavy pair of binoculars all day that require their batteries changing every few hours?

Someone who wants a stabilized image?  As for weight, I'm used to carrying a 1D X and 600 II, not too concerned about a few extra ounces...

I thoroughly recommend IS (stabilized) Canon binoculars and I have a few to prove it

I guess, since the 10x30's are free, I might as well get them, and if I like them, move up to the 10x42L...
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Re: Canon Binoculars
« Reply #17 on: August 18, 2013, 05:23:30 PM »
The Canon 15x50 weigh 41.6 oz plus wt of batteries,  and the Swarovski 10x42 29.6 oz and cost considerably more.  Twitchers don't count pennies when they buy their gear. 

I use neither but use my Canon camera as a monocular. The 600mm (300mm + 2xTC) lens on the 5D is roughly 10 x magnification and you can take a photo and enlarge on the screen to give telescope-like magnification when twitching. 

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Re: Canon Binoculars
« Reply #18 on: September 11, 2013, 03:20:19 PM »
I guess, since the 10x30's are free, I might as well get them, and if I like them, move up to the 10x42L...

Got the 10x30 IS binocs, so far, I quite like them...
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Re: Canon Binoculars
« Reply #18 on: September 11, 2013, 03:20:19 PM »