Reviews and Problems with Canon 15x50 IS All Weather
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Great Pair of Binoculars
Bob, B&H Photo
25 May 2014
Excerpt: Used for mountain, desert, and lava hiking. Great for animal and land features spotting (don't know about marine use - this is a desert). Exposed objective lenses bothered me, so I added UV filters, 58mm X 7/8" lens hoods, and lens hoodies. Much safer for lens.
Pros: Quality Lenses, Strong Construction, Waterproof, Works Well With Glasses
Conclusion: The image stabilization works beautifully and for viewing game at high power and long ranges it is essential. I really was amazed at the stabilization. I did not feel however that the optics quality and clarity was up to the price tag! If they put the system together with better optics I will be all over it. Two other minor complaints were the lack of lens covers and the weird eye cups.
EX Value and IS is great! If using in difficult light, buy Zeiss or Swaro.
6 February 2012
Summary: This is an amazing optical system. The IS System is stellar and for normal lighting, I highly recommend these binoculars. However, control of light in difficult circumstances is not up to the standard of the world-class (European) optics -- Zeiss and Swarovski, in particular. I compared these against a pair of Zeiss NightOwl 10x56 P*T* binoculars and the optical coatings of the Canons didn't stand up well against this 15+ year-old technology in difficult lighting...
Excerpt: Did some online research before identifying the 15x50 as the best fit for my use. Tried them in the store for comfort and handling, found them to be heavy (as expected), but well balanced and easy to adjust. I typically use them with sunglasses on, so I leave the eyecups rolled down. My only complaint is that Canon does not include lens covers. I purchased screw-on 58mm UV lenses and snap-on lens caps, which I feel are necessary for a quality instrument like this.
Pros: Easy to use, Excellent image stability, Works Well With Glasses
Excerpt: I use the product for work, for idendifing vessel from far away in a rocking boat, so I need the Image Stabilized Binoculars to do my job. The only thing with them is the weight. They are around my neck, in a bouncing high speed boat. The weight is a factor, and it didn't come a neck strap.
Excerpt: Out here in Utah the sky is clear and visibility is typically 75 miles or more. So it's great to have binoculars that really cut through the distance, as these do. But the best part is the image stabilization. Your eyes would quickly become fatigued if you tried to handhold a 15x (or even a 10x) binocular without the stabilization feature. But with it, the image is amazingly sharp and steady! We can see details miles away that we have never seen before.
Pros: Close Focus, Quality Lenses, Strong Construction
Excerpt: Great for astronomical use. My two telescopes are gathering dust in the attic thanks to these binoculars. While they are easy to use, they are a bit bulky from most binoculars. However, for what you receive from this product you can't really complain. The ISB is fantastic. Great all around product.
Pros: Close Focus, Quality Lenses, Strong Construction, Works Well With Glasses
Excerpt: The IS system works very well.Dyed in the wool birders refuse to acknowledge that IS helps so you get some dirty looks when out with other birders. But when alone I love these binocs. The image is sharp but not quite as crisp as Swarovski (my other binocs) or Zeiss. Also closer focusing would be helpful.
Pros: Quality Lenses, Steady view, Strong Construction, Works Well With Glasses
Summary: I bought the 15 x 50 IS binoculars primarily for plane spotting. I had previously used a pair of the 10 x mag Canon IS binoculars and was impressed with the optical quality.I have been using a pair of 12 x 50 bins and a 30 x 80 telescope for some years but wanted something a bit 'up market' that would be used more often.I read the write ups before buying and noted the comments that these Canon 15 x 50 are heavy so I weighed my ancient 12 x 50s and they weighed more than...