Summary: I own 9 pairs of Binoculars among them Minolta,Tasco,Olympus that are very nice in there different sizes and I use them for various things,birdwatching/sports/hunting I bought the 15x50s for myself after purchasing the 10x30s for my brother-in-law and seeing how great they worked. The 15x50s are even better than I expected images are crisp and clear even before stabilizing them. I use them for birdwatching right now but will be using them for hunting next fall.
Pros: Quality Lenses, Strong Construction, Works Well With Glasses
Summary: Fantastically sharp and bright. Well balanced for weight. Stabilization makes use very easy and comfortable Problems Encountered: Rubber caps for eye end lenses constantly fall off. For a product this excellent, one would expect Canon to find a solution for this annoyance.
Summary: Last year I purchased two pairs of binoculars both of which I would describe as superb. One was a Helios Quantum 4 15X70 and the other a Strathspey waterproof 10X50. The Helios are utterly amazing with the 70mm objective lens giving a great 4.5 field of view. The Stratspey's have terrific lenses and I find them so handy for carrying around in general use. However because of their weight the Helios bins must be tripod mounted which is not as easy as it sounds.
Summary: I am no technician, being an ex Sailor and used to smaller lighter models, but these are great mounted on a a tripod on my balcony in Golfe Juan. I can pick out vessels names passing on the horizon. What I see laid on the decks of passing Yachts is not for discussion, especially when getting the shakes its instantly fixed by pressing the button on top, but keep the batteries in good condition and do not forget to remove them if you store for any length of time.
Summary: These stablised 15x magnification binoculars are great for long-distance bird watching or star gazing and represent a significant improvement over non-stablised binoculars. They can also be tripod mounted for hands-free operation and the object lenses are threaded to accept filters and lens hoods. I am delighted with these binoculars and recommend them to anyone seeking the maximum performance from a single pair of binoculars.
Excerpt: After having waited 2 plus weeks for another supplier to provide my binoculars and their not being able to tell me when the goods might arrive, I turned to Mark at Smifu. He was professional, did not give me false hopes, and checked availability - in contrast to the other supplier! I ordered the binoculars from Mark at 10.30am one day and they arrived the next at 4.45pm. I could not recommend Smifu more highly and the courier service that delivered the goods.
Summary: The 15X50 bins arrived safely packed inside the carry case. However, a small piece of plastic had snapped off from the lock on the case so that it couldn't be opened. The whole package had to be returned. I used Royal Mail and the package arrived back at Middleton Banks within 24hrs. The replacement which was sent back to me took a fortnight to arrive. Ugh! I could have walked there and back in half the time!
Summary: I bought these for my husband to view ships passing up the Channel on the distant horizon. They are amazing. Ships that are just a blur to the naked eye become clear enough to read their names. The stabilisation works perfectly. I am sure they will be good when out birdwatching as they are quite lightweight for their size. The field of vision is good, enabling the object to be quickly picked out. Thouroughly recommended.