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Canon 10 x 42L Image Stabilising Water Proof Binoculars with Neck Strap & Case

by Canon
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  • L-lens quality - the very finest in precision optics
  • Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Rugged waterproof construction
  • 10x Magnification
  • Extremely large 4.2mm exit pupil
  • Anti-fog technology
  • 16mm Long Eye Relief
  • Wide 65° angle of view

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 13.7 x 17.6 cm ; 1 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.7 Kg
  • Item model number: 10x42L IS WP
  • ASIN: B0008G2P8Q
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 24 July 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

Product Description

Product Description

Professional lens quality for binoculars: • Professional power: The 10x42L IS WP binoculars are the first from Canon to be engraved with the hallowed red L-series ring: a mark until now reserved for Canon's finest professional photographic lenses; the pinnacle of Canon's 60 year heritage in precision optics design and manufacture. • Raising optical performance standards, the binoculars feature 2 Ultra-low Dispersion glass (UD) lens elements on each side. Developed by Canon, these elements are effective in

Manufacturer's Description

The 10x42L IS WP binoculars are the first from Canon to be engraved with the hallowed red L-series ring: a mark until now reserved for Canon's finest professional photographic lenses; the pinnacle of Canon's 60 year heritage in precision optics design and manufacture.

Raising optical performance standards, the binoculars feature 2 Ultra-low Dispersion glass (UD) lens elements on each side. Developed by Canon, these elements are effective in eliminating chromatic aberration - the rainbow-like distortion that affects lesser quality binoculars. The result is super bright, high contrast, 10x magnification viewing clarity

To suppress vibrations caused by viewing hand-held, on moving vehicles or boats, the 10x42L IS WP binoculars include Canon's Vari-Angle Prism (VAP) Image Stabilizer (IS). Tiny gyros detect the slightest movements, while a microprocessor controls a special prism to correct the refraction angle of incoming light.

Designed to survive the toughest outdoor conditions, the 10x42L IS WP binoculars are fully waterproof. The design incorporates a distinctive easy-grip for wet conditions, and a robust rubber coating to withstand all your adventures.

To prevent fogging on internal lens elements caused by the ingress of moisture, all exterior surfaces are treated with a special metallic coating. This works in concert with special O-rings and use of waterproof adhesives on all external contact points to prevent water molecules permeating the outside casing.

All the lens element surfaces are treated with Canon's Super Spectra coatings. These ensure vivid high contrast images with accurate colour balance by eliminating unwanted internal reflections that cause 'ghosting' (secondary images) and 'flare' (low contrast, washed out images). The exceptionally large 4.2mm exit pupil allows a bright field of view in low light conditions.

Every aspect of the 10x42L IS WP binoculars is designed around viewing comfort. A wide 65° angle of view gets plenty of horizon into view, while a 16mm Long Eye Relief minimises vignetting (or the 'tunnel effect') that can affect prescription glasses wearers. A correction lock prevents unintentional dioptric correction errors, and the extending eye-cups can be rotated for customised fitting.


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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ludovico Sforza TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Feb. 2011
I'll keep this brief, I have several pairs of binoculars, including other Canon IS ones, and I can say without the shadow of a doubt or fear of contradiction these are the very best binoculars money can buy, that's it! There is nothing else to say or write that is germane... course, one could complain about the objective lens caps, but they are no price to pay for the best - as the man said "once you've had the best then there's only all the rest" be they Leicas, Swarovski's, Nikons whatever, they are just all the rest! For usablity and clarity no one comes close to the Canon 10x42L's!

On a more serious note, I would say that the case and lens covers supplied by Canon are of very limited use, especially the cover for the objective's. My solution, taken up from someone else's idea I might add, was to get a metal case with foam inserts for normal storage and only to use the soft case if I have to. With regard to the objectives I purchased a couple of B+W UV filers and keep them permanently screwed in so I don't need to fiddle with the rubber items supplied by Canon. The other lens covers can be made to work, which I do, but they are far from a quality piece of kit. If you are into astronomy give your eyes a treat beyond compare and splash the cash for a pair of these, I can't believe that you will be disappointed. Be aware though that they are quite a heavy binocular, considerably heavier than Canon's 10x30 IS bins and no one could call them small. They do have a tripod screw hole on the base.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R.E. Viewer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Aug. 2012
- Build/Construction -

Fully waterproof, fog proof and of solid rubber coated construction. These binos feel well made. The focus ring is smooth and easy to use, eyepieces screw out for adjustment and have four positions. Good materials. The only poor area here are the lens caps, which do not fit well and I would recommend replacing with camera lens caps from the Canon range.

- Optics -

Very good indeed. Sharp, clear and good in low light. The practicality of these is increased enormously by the inclusion of the Image Stabilization. This works amazingly well. Turning it on and off during use really highlights the benefits. Your ability to read things or pay attention to small details is increased no end. It spoils you though as already I feel I would never use binoculars without IS! Good for a multitude of uses too. Hand holding, use in high winds, on a boat, in a car, the list goes on for the usefulness of the I.S. It really is that good.

Pros:

High build quality, fully waterproof
Top notch optics, clear image
Amazing Image Stabilization
Cheaper than Swarovski, Zeiss and others without I.S.

Cons:

Both sets of lens caps are very poor. They are hard to fit and come off easily
Pretty heavy at just over one kilo
Requires 2 x AA batteries to use the I.S

Having used other good quality 10 x 42 binoculars I would recommend the extra cash to get yourself a set of IS ones. These are about as good as they get. A worthwhile investment that I am sure will last a long time.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Larrie on 4 May 2010
I was lucky enough to borrow a pair of these from a friend, from the first moment I looked through them I knew they where special, the image is so bright and crystal clear it's difficult to describe without actually experiencing it for yourself, just looking at a meadow in summer is mesmerising at fist glance with the naked eye it looks like there is no wildlife but through these & with the IS on it's like the world slows down, I noticed hundreds of insects that I couldn't see before, and I know it sounds silly but just to look at insects in a meadow is compelling.

I use them also for stargazing which again with the IS enabled they excel at, the binoculars look and feel very tough and are lovely to hold, the strap you get is really nice quality too. They use the same optics used in top of the range Canon L series camera lenses, it's a bit overkill for a pair of binoculars but is of course reflected in the price.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Fergus on 19 Feb. 2011
I've used some of the best marine binoculars available, like Steiner Commander and Leica 7x50, but these Canon IS binoculars are better and by a significant margin. On dry land I find I can make out more detail with these (with IS turned on) than with Leica Duovids at x15. Afloat in the usual wind against tide chop that you get in the Solent, these were significantly better than my Leica 7x50's in terms of light and mark recognition, and because the subject isn't dancing in front of your eyes they are much quicker and slightly more accurate to focus. They work well for glasses or sunglasses wearers and Canon's advice for cleaning off salt spray is to leave them in a bucket of water...which gives me quite a bit of confidence about their ability to withstand life afloat! I'd recommend lithium rather than alkaline AA batteries as they seem to last much, much longer. One negative, the diopter adjustment dial looks a fraction too exposed, I haven't accidentally moved it yet but I'm left with a feeling that I may. I'd also recommend fitting 52mm photographic filters to the front elements to prevent cleaning scratches, these are expensive binoculars and deserve looking after. If Canon added a compass and tightened up the diopter dial they'd be perfect, as they are they come pretty close!
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