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4.8 out of 5 stars
Canon 18 x 50 Image Stabilising All Weather Binoculars
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 20 August 2011
Having moved to the Algarve in Portugal 9 years ago and now having fabulous views into the hills and valleys behind us I bought some binoculars, not being that happy with these low powered ones I then bought some 10+50 and used these for several years. Recently however I yearned for even more power and after a great deal of consideration I bought a pair of the Canon 18+50 with image stabilising, even after I received them I was still worried about the cost but having used them for about a month I have nothing but praise, they are superb. I am able to see the distant hills in great detail and as for watching birds, particularly the eagles, they bring them almost next door. The image stabilising works very well taking out any shaking or tremors and although quite heavy they are managable. All in all a superb pair of binoculars which if you can spare the money are well worth it.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 5 July 2010
Got these three days ago and they are truely amazing. AM no expert on binoculars but the magnification is simply incredible - without the image stabilising on they are impossible to use without a stand - with the IS on you can use them with ease. They do exactly what they say and are worth every penny - i got mine from microglobe in london and they came next day.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 8 April 2012
They do exactly what it say's on the tin. With the image stabilising on it's easy to track birds in flight, the stars just about stay in one place and a full moon is well worth a look at. Expensive, but they should last for my lifetime - funny how easy it is to justify stuff as I get older - A small point, make sure your insurance covers these.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 26 April 2014
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 using your own eyes so I bit the bullett and ordered a pair from Amazon,now I had searched the web on prices & Amazon we're not the cheapest by a long way however I purchase a lot products over the years and think you can trust Amazon the supply genuine UK products not grey goods from Hong Kong or wherever so I think the extra is worth it ,I wasn't disappointed these are the business beautiful optics and the image stabilising is incredible yes they do get through batteries if you use them continuously but that's a small price to pay I've just retired so they were a gift to myself and I'm thrilled with them my children are all claiming them when I'm gone and I believe they will still be incredible in thirty years or so wishfully thinking on my part anyway all I can say is these are quality products by a world renowned manufacture who are to be congratulated on leading the way,and thank you Amazon for prompt service
Paul Newton
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 23 December 2013
These are simply exceptional binoculars.
Image stabilization works very well.
Yes, they're heavy: there's a lot of high-precision glass in there.
One innovation would merit six stars: if the IS switched on as soon as the binos were horizontal: that could avoid the need to switch IS on (and off, which you can forget).
But for birds, stars -- moons of Jupiter -- they're fabulous.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 3 August 2011
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. If you have this level of magnification and a tripod is not an option then image stabilization is essential. Yes they are expensive but there are good deals available- Amazon was best when I bought mine. The weight is no different from the 15x50 so if you can, it's worth going for the bigger magnification. I put standard camera lens filters on the lenses to protect them.
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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on 29 January 2007
"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. IT IS DIFFICULT TO ENVISAGE A BETTER OPTICAL PERFORMANCE FROM BINOCULARS WHICH GENUINELY WORK WHEN HAND HELD. THE SNAGS ARE WEIGHT AND PRICE. 3Kg IS A HEAVY WEIGHT TO HOLD UP. FOR LESS MONEY YOU COULD BUY AN EXCELLENT TRIPOD MOUNTER AND A LESS POWERFUL PAIR OF HAND HOLDS, PROBABLY A BETTER BUY FOR MANY PEOPLE. BUT FOR A HIKER OR A MOBILE NATURALIST OR PLANE SPOTTER THESE BINOCULARS ARE BRILLIANT THOUGH HORRIBLY EXPENSIVE.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 14 December 2010
The product although expensive in my opinion is in a class of its own with regard to quality and performance and i would like to thank Amazon for the very competive price offered.
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on 23 August 2014
I would like to thank all the people who answered my question concerning restricted FOV on these high magnification binoculars, I had a pair of compact zoom binoculars some time ago which went to 18x, when on high magnification the restricted FOV made them difficult to use, the small lenses made them very dark to look through, so because of this bad experience I had concerns about these, the positive answers to my questions put my fears at ease and I have finally bought a pair.

Sure enough the Narrower FOV does have very little effect and the large lenses means that the image is bright, I can look at an aeroplane which to the naked eye is a small speck in the distance but through these I can make out the logos on the aeroplane, now these binoculars are quite heavy and very comfortable to use, consequently I find them easy to hand hold and keep steady without the image stabiliser, but when I do push the IS button, there is a slight delay then the difference is incredible, I can actually read the writing on the side of that aeroplane, superb binoculars, fantastic quality, wish I had bought them a long time ago.
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on 16 July 2015
If I have ever to buy any binocs again, I won't be getting anything other than Image Stabilised. In fact I'm going to sell my other pair of non stabilised binocs on the famous auction site today. These are very good and the stabilisation works a treat. The only reason I'm not giving them the full 5 stars is because the rubber eye piece is a little uncomfortable on the eyes and for the price I think they should be better.
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