Excerpt: on a recent cruise through Alaska, we had the Canon 18x50 and another pair. The difference is amazing! The stabilizing feature is incredibly useful. We were able to truly enjoy eagles sitting on top of trees with amazing detail, not to mention the whales and other wild life. One thing that we noticed is that it eats up the battery rather quickly. Other than that, they are perfect!
Pros: Close Focus, Quality Lenses, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I bought these Binoculars for a trip that we took to the Grand Canyon. I was standing next to a guy with "regular" high power (read shaky) binoculars. He commented that he could see an eagles nest "down there". I looked in the same direction with my Canon IS and said, "yea, but can you see the three eaglets too?". WHAT?! I let him borrow my Canons...his last words were, "I'm going to have to get some of those". I couldn't have said it better...
Pros: High Power But Stable, Strong Construction, Waterproof
Conclusion: These binoculars are outstanding. They would get a 5-star across the board from me if it were not for the cheap-cheap-cheap case and strap included with the binoculars as well as the lack of a cover for the lenses, necessitating the purchase of UV protector filters. For an item of this cost, I do expect better quality in the extras that come with the product.
"Would buy again - this is our 4th pair"
Army, B&H Photo
9 October 2013
Excerpt: Our Transmission Construction and Maintenance department patrollers use these Binoculars to inspect our Transmission line(s) insulators, hardware, conductor, and structures. These work great for spotting cotter keys that are backing out, and for locating operations (flashed insulators, lightning strikes, etc.) on our circuits. Would be nice if the eyepiece lens caps were attached to the binoculars and if there were objective lens caps.
Pros: All Weather, Quality Lenses, Quick focus, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I am an avid wildlife and bird photographer. I use these for spotting my subjects and then photographing them. This was a replacement for a lost pair of the same Manufacturer and type of binoculars. Having had Canon IS Binoculars for the past 1o years or more, I would buy no other. On buying these I chose to upgrade in power from my previous pair and while they weigh a little more, I did not really feel the difference in weight and the IS worked just as well.
Pros: New Features, Quality Lenses, Strong Construction, Waterproof, Works Well With Glasses
Excerpt: If you have never looked thru Canons image stabilized binocs, you have to at least once in your lifetime. Powerful binoculars tend to just about make you seasick while you look at objects moving up and down. It is impossible to hold them truelly steady. When you push the button on these binocs, everything becomes rock solid - it is incredible. Yes, they are expensive and heavy but you can see Jupiter's moons with them and looking at the earth's moon is amazing.
Conclusion: I do not mine spending the $$ for a good piece of gear, whether camera or binoculars. When I got these Binoculars, I took a chance based on reviews. I figured if the binoculars worked half as good as a camera lens stagilizer, I would be ahead of the game. I WAS WRONG, these Bino's are UNBELIEVABLE PERFORMANCE PHENOMINAL producing results that will astound you!
Cons: get a wider softer strap easier on the neck.
Excerpt: For the price, the Canon 18x50 IS should include lens caps; they don't. Buy a pair of Tamron 58mm lens caps, they work perfectly! Love the binoculars, I bought mine from Adorama nearly two years ago. I am now going to buy a pair of Hoya 58mm UV Haze "high density" i.e. extra strong 4x more tensile strength, filters to protect the front optics. Still haven't got the eye cups to where I am satisfied with comfort and light blocking.
Pros: Image Stab Is Essential, Quality Lenses, Strong Construction, Waterproof