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3.0 out of 5 stars over priced, 13 Jun 2012
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This review is from: Canon 18 x 50 Image Stabilising All Weather Binoculars with Neck Strap & Case (Electronics)
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. What a joke. It made no difference at all. Anyway, several emails later, I asked them to either refund my money, or exchange them for another pair. This, they side stepped
and suggested that I send them back to Canon, which I did in the end. Anyway, Canon had them for around 3 weeks, and sent them back, having replaced the I.S. unit under warranty. The problem is still there and I am in the throes
of sending them back again.
If I had paid the full rrp for these bins I would be spitting nails and at over 1500 I consider them well overpriced. I would recommend anybody interested in buying a pair, to get them cheaper from Amazon. Not purely because of
the price, but for Amazon's no quibble after sales, just in case there is a problem. OK, I paid 750 for mine, which is half price. However, had everything been OK, I still think that this all they are worth. 750 is still a lot of money
to fork out for something that is not up to scratch. As for 'Middleton Banks' I won't deal with them again, nor will I recommend them.
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Initial post: 13 Aug 2012 14:40:52 BDT
Keith Harris says:
The 'blurring' is a known 'effect' with these binoculars. I know of around a dozen people have bought these after having tried mine first, and they all say the same thing, but they are still much clearer to use even with the blurring than ordinary non-IS ones. None of us would ever go back to ordinary ones again.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Nov 2012 15:45:26 GMT
super mjj says:
Ive had mine about 5 years now and i agree with you that there is a slight blurring when the IS is swithed on, but i never found it to be much of a real problem. The other thing people criticised them for was that the batteries didn't last long on them, this was mentioned on the gadget show recently when they tested the 18 x 50's.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Nov 2012 17:43:32 GMT
Keith Harris says:
Batteries are no real problem, I just take a fast charger and rechargeables, a set can last, with a fair amount of use, for 2 or 3 days - and they're cheaper.

Posted on 15 Jun 2013 18:16:44 BDT
john says:
Thanks guys, your'e feedback on this issue has been invaluable and a great comfort. I wasn't aware that what I regarded as a one off defect, was in fact a known phenomena.
Many thanks

Posted on 9 Mar 2014 13:32:22 GMT
Last edited by the author on 9 Mar 2014 13:32:54 GMT
Grand Prix says:
I agree that they have a slight shimmer when they're moved. I had two pairs, both 15 & 18x and they were the same. In my view it made them unsuitable for astronomy.

It's unforgivable that Canon firstly have this problem, and secondly won't admit it to the likes of yourself that return under warranty.

Posted on 28 Mar 2014 14:54:28 GMT
Phil says:
I have been looking to purchase a pair of these Canon binocs for some time but cannot settle on the magnification. Having read your reviews about the 18x 50's I am sorely tempted. I just want them for general use not being a keen horse racing fan or bird watcher but feel that if I'm going to get a pair they might as well be the most powerful, as I will only be purchasing them once. Could anyone please advise which model to get? Many thanks Phil
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