Conclusion: My first pair of these binoculars were great when new. After about 4 years the image stabilizing mechanism froze. Although I live about one mile from the coast, the Canon Factory Service said that they were corroded. Repairs would be almost the cost of a new pair...which I bought.
Pros: light weight very sharp for size.
Cons: not durable, not the quality one expects from canon
it is extremely annoying. I am not sure if that ghosting effect ...
5 September 2014
Summary: I purchased 2 pairs of these and with both of them I have a ghosting effect around the subject I am looking at, it is extremely annoying. I am not sure if that ghosting effect is normal (for an IS bin ) or if both my bins are defective.
Summary: Swayed by excellent reviews everywhere, I decided to break the bank and go for Canon's Image Stabilising technology when choosing a new pair of binoculars. As you'd expect from Canon, image quality is excellent, they're really pin sharp.