Summary: Initially I was impressed. The IS feature is very nice, but it only works up to a point. My interest is astronomy and these Canon are optically close to my Leica binoculars. However, I soon after acquired some Helios Apollo 15x70 and there is no comparison. The 15x70 just blow away x50 and x56 bins.
Summary: I have hummed and hard about purchasing these for years the cost is quite high although I have always known that you get what you pay for and the quality is second to none,I had read reviews of these binoculars on many websites mostly I have to say five star rating although you can only be certain...
Summary: I bought my pair of 18x50is binoculars from 'Middleton Banks' for £760.00 including shipping. The big problem I found, was that, when the I.S. was switched on, a slight blurring and loss of focus occurred. I raised the issue with 'Middleton Banks', who initially said to change the batteries.
Summary: I have been an avid birder watcher for several decades. I've owned most of the top-of -the-line European binoculars (Zeiss, Leica, etc.) over the years. I purchased the Canon 12x36 IS binocs almost 6 years ago and I love them.
Summary: I bought these for wildlife viewing. The magnification is incredible and the image stabilization very good. I did a bit of research before buying them and they looked to be the best image stabilized binoculars available.
Summary: "YOU DON'T NEED TO GO TO THE SUN GATE NOW YOU'VE SEEN IT WITH THESE" SAID THE GUIDE AT MACHU PICHU HAVING LOOKED THROUGH THE CANON 18x50 BINOCULARS. WORDS LIKE "ASTONISHING" AND "FABULOUS" ARE UTTERED BY ALL WHO TRY THEM.