It's been almost 4 years now and I never get tired of using them!
8 March 2013
Summary: I have owned the 18 x 50's for 4 years now. I have thoroughly enjoyed using them. The daytime scenic views are really impressive. But, using them for astronomy is where I think they really shine. Holding a pair of bino's up and looking at stars takes time and is exhausting. My first pair of bino's had less power and were lighter. Even so, trying to keep them steady for any length of time was near impossible.
A LOT OF RESEARCH AND EXPEIENCE LED ME TO THE CANON 18X50.
28 September 2011
Summary: I already own the Canon IS 10x30 and 10X42 L. I wanted something that would reach further and not be as shaky as my standard 15x50. The 18X50 are superb! You may want to do the same thing I did with these and the 10X42 set, and that is invest in some good Hoya filters to protect the objective lens. Or spend less BUT by all means protect the glass.
Summary: In an unscientific survey I'd say these have emerged as a favorite among deployed soliders conducting mounted patrols, looking out the window of a vehicle jostling down unimproved roads. Just finger dial into focus, press the magic button, and presto, the image is substantially stabilized despite your own movement. I got the 10x30 because they're light and small enough to easily use with one hand.
Summary: What an experience when you turn on the stablizer.Try them you will like them!Great for birding and any distance viewing. Had read other positve views and decided to try them. My wife likes their ease of use. I keep them on my back porch to use on a minutes notice. Couldn't go back to the old type.
Summary: I am really impressed with the clarity and usefulness of this set. I own ziess binoculars and thought I might be a little disappointed with these but the quality is outstanding. One con is the ocular caps are not tied together so they fall off individually. Other than that well worth the money.
Summary: These binoculars are the best I have ever purchased. They are 12 power and work like a dream in the field or in rough seas. You can see birds on the water that I could not see before and get on the fish faster for better catches. I would recomend these to anyone.
Summary: For years I wouldn't use more than 10x glasses. Just too hard to keep steady and most have 42mm lenses or less so light gathering was problem above 10x. These change that. High(er) magnification at 18x coupled with 50mm lenses are hard to beat when the Image Stabilization is active. Great for long range looks in the field and stargazing. Heavier of course but that adds to the stability of the image. Only downer is the eye cups, hard and not very ergonomic.
Summary: The stabilization of the view is mind blowing. I was a bit concerned about spending this much money on a pair of binoculars. We love to casually birdwatch and my wife and I live for most of the year on a catamaran sailboat and the rolling of the deck can create some steadying issues using our standard binocs. Since not only pleasure but our safety was on the line, I was willing to give it a try. The end result is nothing short of amazing.
Summary: you need to own a pair of these. I've had them for many years, and they wow everyone who looks through them. exit pupil is small, but the IS more than makes up for it. Is the glass zeiss quality (on the L series, yes), no. But very, very good. look through both side by side, and you will see more detail with the canons guaranteed. doesn't matter how good the glass is with a shaky view. You will not know how you ever hunted without them.