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1. Canon 18x50 Image Stabilization
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2. Canon 10x30 Image Stabilization
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3. Canon 15x50 Image Stabilization
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4. Canon 12x36 Image Stabilization
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5. Canon 8x25 Image Stabilization
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6. Canon 8x32WP Waterproof Binoculars
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7. Canon 7x17 Flat Ultra Compact
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8. Canon 7x42A Waterproof Binoculars
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9. Canon AE-B1 Anti-Fog Eyepiece
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10. Canon 10x25A Compact Binoculars
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11. Canon 5x17 Flat Ultra Compact
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12. Canon 12x36 Image Stabilization
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13. Canon 8x23A Binoculars with Case
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14. Canon 8x23AWP Waterproof Binoculars

1. Canon 18x50 Image Stabilization All Weather Binoculars with Case, Neck Strap & Batteries
list price: $2,000.00
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Asin: B00004THDE
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon
Sales Rank: 1548
Average Customer Review: 4.65 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Canon's 18x50 IS binoculars incorporate an optical image stabilizer for shake-free viewing and minimal eye fatigue. This technology was first developed for Canon video camcorders and is now available in many of Canon's binoculars. The system employs a Vari-Angle Prism, dual transparent plates, independent vertical and horizontal sensors, and a dedicated microprocessor to continuously adjust the prism to maintain a steady image.

The 18x50 IS binoculars feature a water-resistant, shock-resistant rubber coating for a nonslip grip and better durability. If you get caught in the rain and still want to view, you don't have to worry about the optics fogging up. These binoculars deliver high magnification and wide-field viewing. Controls for focusing and image stabilization are centrally located and accessible by both hands. These binoculars provide long eye relief for extra comfort.

Image Stabilization and More
With any high magnification binoculars, most users will experience frustrating image shake. Unless fixed to a tripod, image shake can render high magnification binoculars useless. Canon's IS technology is remarkably effective at eliminating this problem and is widely used by the television industry with Canon's professional broadcast quality video recording equipment. A special VAP (Vari-Angle Prism) corrective IS system sits between the objective lens group and the porro prism on each side of the binoculars. Within thousandths of a second of the binoculars being moved from their optical axis by vibrations, a detection system activates the IS mechanism. The VAP shape alters to refract or 'bend' the light path by precisely the right amount, thus fully compensating for the vibration. It is this essentially immediate response that effectively suppresses image shake.

Super Spectra Coating
A number of optical factors affect the brightness of an image, including the amount of incidental light that is reflected by the lens. An uncoated lens will refelect away as much as 8% of the incidentail light, significantly dimming the image. Canon's Super Spectra Coating prevents that reflection.

What do the numbers mean?
15x50? 8x25? The two numbers used to describe any pair of binoculars are their magnification — 8x, 12x, 15x and so on — and the diameter of their objective lenses — 25mm, 36mm, 50mm, and so on. The larger the first number is, the larger the object will appear to be in the objective lens. For instance, if you use a 10x lens and look at an object that is 100 yards away, it appears to be the same size as an object located just 10 yards away. The second number, the size of the objective lens, is important because the larger the objective lens, the more light it can admit for brighter, more detailed images, and the better suited they will be for lowlight situations.

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Features

  • 18x magnification
  • Built-in optical image stabilization uses 2 AA batteries
  • Wide, extra-bright field of view
  • Lenses are multicoated for contrast, clarity, and color fidelity
  • Shock- and water-resistant

Reviews (17)

5-0 out of 5 stars Almost a hand-held telescope
One of my co-workers got a pair of these from Amazon today. Wow! We stood at the window of our 24th floor office and read the menu of a hot-dog cart on a corner a block and a half away.

What really clinches it (and made it possible to read the hot-dog cart menu) is the image stabilization. If you have a high magnification, any minor shake of your hand is magnified. Try it with a video camera with one of thos high digital zooms. When you're at 100x, even the electronic image stabilization can't compensate just for the average minor muscle twitches in your hand.

The image stabilization on this is optical (i.e. analog), not digital, meaning there's no fuzzing of the image as a processor tries to adjust the image to compensate for vibration. Optical zoom and optical stabilization require more expensive mechanical components to implement, thus you'll see mid-range video cameras offering their digital counterparts to enhance or substitute for optical zooms and stabilizers.

Given, these binoculars will set you back a pretty penny, but you could go to a ball game, sit in the nosebleeds and count the laces on the ball. Definitely a very cool thing for the gadget-oriented.

5-0 out of 5 stars ... some additional comments
A few additional points after using the Canon 18x50 image stabilisers on an extended holiday ... frankly, nothing beats these binoculars for bird watching or while using binoculars from a moving platform. I watched sea eagles in flight off the Norwegan coast with a clarity of vision that made it feel like I was flying in formation with them. But be warned ... carry a large stock of batteries. The Canon stabilisation system will chew through a pair of batteries in a day's steady use. Of course the binoculars still functions without image stabilisation, but once you have used the I.S. anything else seems vastly inferior. As my earlier review noted the Zeiss image stabilisation system does not use batteries, but the 3000 pound sterling cost is still prohibitive.

4-0 out of 5 stars An Interesting High-Tech Toy
I bought the Canon 18x image stabilizer binoculars a month ago and I love them.

The reason I bought these high-powered binoculars is I want to identify all the major landmarks in the San Jose South Bay area. My wife and I ride up to the mid-hill of Mt. Hamilton once a month. Most of the time before we are ready to turn back and coast down the hill, we spend a fair amount of time looking at the spectacular scenery of the San Jose and South Bay area. We want to identify as many landmarks as possible. With our compact Minolta 10x binoculars, we get a clear look at downtown San Jose and of course the Lockheed aircraft hangers. But we could not find the San Jose airport. With the new Canon binoculars, we can identify the airport and many other places. We can even find the street intersection that is only one street away from where we live. The interesting thing is once we identify a place, we can also use the compact Minolta to see the landmark, although with smaller vision. These Canon binoculars make excellent spotter.

The image stabilizer is an interesting high-tech feature. It helps to get a clear and stable view if you press the stabilizer button. However, the binoculars weight 2.6 lbs. I am tired after holding them for two to three minutes. Last time we rode up Mt. Hamilton, we bought a regular camera tripod with us. These Canon binoculars come with a built-in screw thread that can accept a standard tripod quick-release plate. With the binoculars mounted on the tripod, we spent a good half hour looking down the beautiful landscape. The obvious question is, does the use of the tripod defeat the purpose of paying extra for the image stabilizer? How much something is worth is a very personal question. It differs from person to person. I am not going to attempt to answer this question.

We are very happy to own these binoculars. This is a very pricey toy, but we love it. I first saw the Canon 15x image stabilizer binoculars at Wolf's Camera web site and they have a price tag of around $1,200. I was shocked by the price. I told myself some day I might buy it. A year later, amazon.com was carrying this 18x version at a much lower price. I was overjoyed and broke down and bought this toy the following month.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nice Binoculars!
I really like these binoculars. Please read the other reviews to gain knowledge on the product's high points. Also note, I have not found any of the low points mentioned to be present or affect my viewing in any way.

5-0 out of 5 stars Love My Binocular!!!!!!
These are a great binocular. A little pricey, but give exceptional optics with rock solid stability for viewing. ... Read more


2. Canon 10x30 Image Stabilization Binoculars with Case, Neck Strap & Batteries
list price: $640.00
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Asin: B00004THDC
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon
Sales Rank: 131
Average Customer Review: 4.63 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Whether you are sitting in the nose-bleeder seats of a stadium or an opera house, with Canon's 10x30 IS binoculars you'll get an outstanding close-up view of the action. The binoculars are designed to fit perfectly in your hands and have a rubber coating for nonslip grip and protection from damage. The focus dial is center-mounted and the image stabilizer controls are easily accessible from either hand. Canon's optical image stabilization technology eliminates shake and reduces curvature of field. The image stabilizer operates with two AA batteries. A BP-B1 battery pack is included. The lenses are coated with Super Spectra multicoating that improves image quality by maximizing contrast and minimizing color smear.

Image Stabilization and More
A tripod is unsuitable when your subject is moving on its own. You need the ability to follow your subject under a variety of outdoor conditions, and Canon's IS technology makes tracking and keeping your outdoor subjects in view easy. Canon has taken its renowned Image Stabilizer technology from its high-performance camcorder family and adapted it for its IS binoculars as well. The Image Stabilizer system features a Vari-Angle Prism (VAP) that instantly and precisely adjusts the visual path through the binoculars to maintain a perfectly steady image. Whether you are on a moving boat chasing a school of fish, walking through the forest tracking a pair of deer, or trying to follow a fast-moving sailboat race, simply switching on Canon's Image Stabilizer gets you the sharp, clear and steady images you are after.

The VAP Image Stabilization System is available in Canon binoculars with 8x, 10x, 12x, 15x and 18x magnification. Two sensors detect vertical and horizontal motion, and a microprocessor adjusts the Vari-Angle Prisms in the right and left telescopes. Each prism is expanded in a bellows motions to instantly adjust the refraction angle of the image. The result is high-magnification and a clear, steady image at the push of a button, without the need for any additional equipment, such as a tripod. Now, you are free to follow your always on the move, outdoor subjects regardless of the conditions you are faced with.

Super Spectra Coating
A number of optical factors affect the brightness of an image, including the amount of incidental light that is reflected by the lens. An uncoated lens will refelect away as much as 8% of the incidentail light, significantly dimming the image. Canon's Super Spectra Coating prevents that reflection.

What do the numbers mean?
15x50? 8x25? The two numbers used to describe any pair of binoculars are their magnification — 8x, 12x, 15x and so on — and the diameter of their objective lenses — 25mm, 36mm, 50mm, and so on. The larger the first number is, the larger the object will appear to be in the objective lens. For instance, if you use a 10x lens and look at an object that is 100 yards away, it appears to be the same size as an object located just 10 yards away. The second number, the size of the objective lens, is important because the larger the objective lens, the more light it can admit for brighter, more detailed images, and the better suited they will be for lowlight situations.

A look inside

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Features

  • 10x magnification in a compact design
  • Built-in optical image stabilization uses 2 AA batteries
  • Super Spectra multicoating and lead-free glass lenses
  • Long 14.5mm eye relief
  • Weighs only 21 ounces

Reviews (27)

5-0 out of 5 stars Why image stabilization is a revolution in binoculars
If you want to get a quick idea why image stabilization (IS) is the next revolution in binoculars, that's easy: take any binoculars that you can get and look through them at some object (a printed page of paper with several font sizes is ideal). Then look again at the same object from the same distance, but this time with the binoculars moudnted on a steady support (don't touch em!). You will notice that the actual resolution increases by a factor of at least 2 or 3 when mounted. That is, you can discern details that are at least two or three times smaller, because mounting eliminates the smear caused by the shaking of your hands. IS is like having this support available any time and anywhere you need it by a push of a button! In most conditions, the practical resolutions I can get with my Canon IS cannot be matched by any hand-held, unstabilized binoculars in the market, including those fancy Nikons, Swarovskis, Leicas and Zeiss that cost three or four times as much. No matter how good (and how expensive) is the optics of these top-of-the-line binoculars, their limiting factor in the field is the shaking of your hands. You may have heard that IS is important because it eliminates eyestrain and headaches, or because you can use the binoculars from a boat or a moving car. While these are good reasons to buy the Canon, the best reason is that they let you see much more detail in any given distance. And this is the reason why you buy binoculars in the first place.

If you are a birder like me, and you are looking for a top of the line binoculars, do not buy anything before you try this one. In my opinion IS is going to revolutionize the whole field, so a costly pair of Swarovski or Zeiss, that normally could be considered as a good investment for life, will not be top of the line anymore in two or three years. In addition to the IS, the Canon has quite good optics, good field of view and is much smaller and lighter then most models you probably considered. This makes the Canon very close to the ideal birding binoculars: Highest resolution, less weight, and less money. I did not have the opportunity to test the larger Canon IS models, but I don't think I'd buy them even if I had the money, because they are twice as heavy and (very important for birding) has smaller field of view.

Note one general disadvantage of the Canon, however: They are not as tough as the top roof prism binoculars. They are water resistant but not water proof, and the IS requires batteries (a pair of NiMH for several hours of birding. This is the digital camera procedure: get a charger and at least one replacement set). While the binoculars feel sturdy, dropping them is not good for the IS mechanism, and this is probably why Canon gives only one year warranty. So the Canon are not the best pair to take for an expedition in Alaska, but for a Sunday birder like me, these are easily the best in their price range, and probably the best in any price.

5-0 out of 5 stars A real surprise
I've been a binocular junkie for years. I've specialized in high end glasses, particularly Leitz, Swarovski and Hensoldt (when I could get them). Two years ago, in anticipation of a trip to Kenya where I would spend the days in a moving LandRover, I thought I'd try the (then new) Cannon 10x30 Image Stabilizers. I was just blown away! The optics are excellent and the weight is surprisingly light. But the image stabilizing feature is just fabulous. There is simply no wiggle when holding these binoculars (and I'm a big coffee drinker). While they won't compensate for big rolls, jumps and twists in a moving car, they eliminate all the vibration and result in much less eye fatigue. In my opinion, it's a case of technology having obsoleted a very fine product. Take my word, do not spend over $500 for fixed binoculars without first trying the image stabilized Cannons. It's a revelation.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellence in Action
I had my eye on these binoculars for months now. When I saw them on sale at Amazon, I jumped. Amazon was only about $150.00 cheaper than a store I was planning to buy at. When they came, I couldn't believe how well the Image Stabilizer works. I remember my Dad's Binoculars as a kid. Man! Did the image look shakey! With Canon's I.S. technology, with a push of a well located button, the image stabilizes perfectly! These are great for watching wild life, birds, boats or in your neighbor's window (just kidding). I like them so much, I am saving up money now to buy the next higher up magnification for more intense bird wathcing at greater distances. I would highly recommend these sturdy, well engineered binoculars to anyone. They are EASILY worth every penny.

5-0 out of 5 stars 3 Year Warranty
I just received my 10x30IS, my first pair of high quality, made in Japan binoculars, and found out about the 3 year warranty provided by Canon USA. I bought it thinking it had just 1 year. This makes for a very sound investment in a marvelous technology.

It works great on regular AA rechargeables. No expensive proprietary li-ion packs or hard-to-find batteries to deal with here.

2-0 out of 5 stars Binoculars nice - Canon service and case not so good
Got these binoculars for my wife at Christmas this year so they are about 3 months old. We went on around 5 short hikes when the stitching binding the strap to the case came completely out of one side dropping the case to the ground. I emailed Canon expecting an apology and a new case. I got the apology, but it was with an explanation that the cases have NO warranty and I was out of luck. After spending over $300 on this product by a well-known company with a high reputation and owning it only 3 months, I expected better. The binoculars are nice, but what happens when the strap on your unwarranted case breaks, drops and breaks your binoculars, and you call Canon? Very poor quality cases. Right now I cannot use the binoculars because I have no case and have to figure something else out. So what good are great binoculars you cannot use?

Binoculars - 5 stars; Case - 0 stars; Canon - 1 star ... Read more


3. Canon 15x50 Image Stabilization All Weather Binoculars with Case, Neck Strap & Batteries
list price: $1,600.00
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Asin: B00006I53P
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon
Sales Rank: 747
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

With its wide 50mm objective lenses and high magnification,these rugged, all-weather Canon Image Stabilizer binoculars are destined to set a new and higher benchmark for image brightness, clarity and ergonomic design.

Leave your tripod at home when you use the new Canon 15x50 binoculars. Canon has once again made its world-renowned optical image stabilizer more convenient to use on this all-weather binocular. With a push of a button, bumpy images are stabilized instantly for maximum viewing. Multicoated ultralow dispersion (UD) objective elements add contrast, clarity, and color fidelity. Housed in a rugged, water-resistant, and slip-free rubber body, these binoculars can be used in rain or shine, whether in a football stadium or on the high seas. Stargazing is also possible with these versatile binoculars. The 15x50 is greatly improved over the previous model, with a larger 50mm objective lens, more convenient operation of the optical image stabilizer, and optional antifog eyepieces. Two AA batteries power the device. Also included in the package are a case, neck strap, and eyepiece covers.

Image Stabilization and More
With any high magnification binoculars, most users will experience frustrating image shake. Unless fixed to a tripod, image shake can render high magnification binoculars useless. Canon's IS technology is remarkably effective at eliminating this problem and is widely used by the television industry with Canon's professional broadcast quality video recording equipment. A special VAP (Vari-Angle Prism) corrective IS system sits between the objective lens group and the porro prism on each side of the binoculars. Within thousandths of a second of the binoculars being moved from their optical axis by vibrations, a detection system activates the IS mechanism. The VAP shape alters to refract or 'bend' the light path by precisely the right amount, thus fully compensating for the vibration. It is this essentially immediate response that effectively suppresses image shake.

Super Spectra Coating
A number of optical factors affect the brightness of an image, including the amount of incidental light that is reflected by the lens. An uncoated lens will refelect away as much as 8% of the incidentail light, significantly dimming the image. Canon's Super Spectra Coating prevents that reflection.

What do the numbers mean?
15x50? 8x25? The two numbers used to describe any pair of binoculars are their magnification — 8x, 12x, 15x and so on — and the diameter of their objective lenses — 25mm, 36mm, 50mm, and so on. The larger the first number is, the larger the object will appear to be in the objective lens. For instance, if you use a 10x lens and look at an object that is 100 yards away, it appears to be the same size as an object located just 10 yards away. The second number, the size of the objective lens, is important because the larger the objective lens, the more light it can admit for brighter, more detailed images, and the better suited they will be for lowlight situations.

A look inside

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Features

  • This pair of binoculars from Canon are unique among high-magnification binoculars because they incorporate Canon's remarkable Optical Image Stabilizer technology
  • The Image Stabilizer technology compensates for handshaking as well as minute vibrations at the touch of a button
  • It also features 15x zoom to accommodate wide-ranging activities
  • A 50mm objective lens for a wide, extra-bright field of view
  • Multi-Coated Ultra-Low Dispersion Objective Elements add contrast, clarity & color fidelity

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars nothing short of spectacular
This is one of the finest optical instruments i ever bought. The Image Stabilizer works so fantastic and flawless you just don't wanna let this bino out of your hand. It even works while you watch from a driving car. You can make out license plate numbers from about 400 ft away. I also bought protective lenses which I use during daytime. When stargazing I realized some mirror effects from the protective lens - so just let those off during nightime. This is the most useful and inexpensive tool for stargazing. Even better than some telescopes for the same price. The AA at 2100 mAh last for about 3-4 hrs. Even with the IS shut off the optics are awesome - but with the IS engaged it is breathtaking. It is definitely worth to spend the extra money to get this system over any other w/o IS.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for learning basic astronomy
I bought these binoculars (along with "The Backyard Astronomer's Guide", "Touring the Universe Through Binoculars," and Starry Night software) to learn some basic astronomy. This has turned out to be a winning combination.

While these binoculars weigh 2.6 pounds, they have a very natural, comfortable fit in the hands and are easy to handle.

The image stabilization is amazing and really improves my ability to resolve stellar objects and surface details of the moon.

It does seem a little odd that Canon did not include front lens caps. However the 15x50s are threaded for 58 mm filters, so one can easily purchase standard lens caps. I bought a pair of 58 mm Canon lens caps which fit, although the heavy rubber armor leaves minimal clearance to operate the lens cap release buttons. With filters installed the lens caps fit exactly as they would on a camera lens with plenty of clearance to remove, even if wearing gloves.

5-0 out of 5 stars Stellar Performance
These binoculars are spectacular. Point them at Jupiter and you see a bright dot wandering around in the field of view. Press the image stabilization switch and the planet and its moons instantly become visible. While they can't subtract all movement they do get rid of the little shakes that make hand held viewing so difficult. 15x is enough magnification that Saturn is obviously not round.

A complaint about earier versions of the Canon IS line was that your finger went to sleep holding the IS switch down. Now you can press it briefly to turn on the IS circuitry which will automatically shut off in 5 minutes. If you press and hold the switch it shuts off as soon as you release it.

I haven't had my pair long enough to comment on battery life but do see a problem changing them when they are mounted on a tripod. Unlike most binoculars where the tripod mounting is at the objective end where the two barrels rotate on the Canons it is at the bottom of the binocular near the center of the tubes which don't rotate. And the battery compartment is just in front of it so you can't get to it if the binoculars are on a tripod of have a quick release plate attached.

Since the lens barrels don't rotate intra-ocular distance is adjusted by actually moving the oculars. They are kind of stiff but that is good because they stay in place once you get them set.

The tripod mount is lower than the highest part of the lens barrels so if you have a big quick release plate like that of the Manfrotto (Bogen) 410 geared head (highly recommended) it presses against the bottom of the barrels and not the flat between them.

For some reason Canon doesn't seem to fell that the objective lenses need any protection as they don't ship lens covers for them. They do provide lens covers for the oculars but they pop off a lot because the eye cups are so soft. It looks like you need something like 69mm lens caps. They don't tell you in the manual but Canon sales says they are threaded to accept 58mm filters so you can buy solar filters for them.

I can use the binoculars with my glasses on due to the 15 mm eye relief but it is really easier to use them without the glasses.

They are heavy, ~2,5#, but if you support them on the heels of your hands very stable. ... Read more


4. Canon 12x36 Image Stabilization II Binoculars with Case, Neck Strap & Batteries
list price: $999.99
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Asin: B0001XH6G2
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon Cameras US
Sales Rank: 1673
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Amazon.com Product Description

Canon's 12x36 Image Stabilization II binoculars incorporate an optical image stabilizer for shake-free viewing with minimal eye fatigue. This technology was first developed for Canon video camcorders and is now available in many of Canon's binoculars. The system employs a Vari-Angle Prism, dual transparent plates, independent vertical and horizontal sensors, and a dedicated microprocessor to continuously adjust the prism to maintain a steady image.

These 12x36 Image Stabilization II binoculars feature a water-resistant rubber coating for nonslip holding. If you get caught in light rain, you don't have to worry about the optics fogging up or getting ruined. These binoculars deliver high magnification, long eye relief, and wide-field viewing. Controls for focusing and image stabilization are centrally located and are accessible by both hands.

Improvements to the objective lens assembly have resulted in the binoculars being approximately 26% lighter and 10% smaller than the previous 12x36 IS model they replace. And reductions in power consumption mean a massive 270% increase in battery life of up to four hours using two AA-size alkaline batteries.

Image Stabilization and More
With any high magnification binoculars, most users will experience frustrating image shake. Unless fixed to a tripod, image shake can render high magnification binoculars useless. Canon's IS technology is remarkably effective at eliminating this problem and is widely used by the television industry with Canon's professional broadcast quality video recording equipment. A special VAP (Vari-Angle Prism) corrective IS system sits between the objective lens group and the porro prism on each side of the binoculars. Within thousandths of a second of the binoculars being moved from their optical axis by vibrations, a detection system activates the IS mechanism. The VAP shape alters to refract or 'bend' the light path by precisely the right amount, thus fully compensating for the vibration. It is this essentially immediate response that effectively suppresses image shake. The binoculars' compact design is based on Canon's popular 10x30 IS model. Curved surfaces mean easy handling, while nature lovers will appreciate the low-reflectance exterior and low gloss front covers, which help to avoid disturbing birds and other

What do the numbers mean?
15x50? 8x25? The two numbers used to describe any pair of binoculars are their magnification — 8x, 12x, 15x and so on — and the diameter of their objective lenses — 25mm, 36mm, 50mm, and so on. The larger the first number is, the larger the object will appear to be in the objective lens. For instance, if you use a 10x lens and look at an object that is 100 yards away, it appears to be the same size as an object located just 10 yards away. The second number, the size of the objective lens, is important because the larger the objective lens, the more light it can admit for brighter, more detailed images, and the better suited they will be for lowlight situations.

A look inside

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Features

  • Light and compact Image Stabilizer binoculars featuring Canon's Vari-Angle Prism
  • High magnification (12x), long-eye relief and wide-field viewing optics with wide, extra-bright field-of-view
  • Multi-Coated Canon optics including Doublet Field-Flattener for excellent edge-to-edge sharpness and contrast
  • Power-saving design allows for up to 4 hours of continuous use
  • Water-resistant non-slip rubber coating

5. Canon 8x25 Image Stabilization Binoculars with Case and Neck Strap
list price: $460.00
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Asin: B000063YA5
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon
Sales Rank: 695
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Whether you are sitting in the nosebleed seats of a stadium or an opera house, with Canon's 8 x 25 IS binoculars you'll get an outstanding close-up view of the action. The binoculars are designed to fit perfectly in your hands and have a rubber coating for nonslip grip and protection from damage. The focus dial is center-mounted and the image stabilizer controls are easily accessible from either hand. Canon's optical image stabilization technology eliminates shake and reduces curvature of field. The image stabilizer operates with two AA batteries. A BP-B1 battery pack is included. The lenses are coated with Super Spectra multicoating that improves image quality by maximizing contrast and minimizing color smear.

Image Stabilization and More
With any high magnification binoculars, most users will experience frustrating image shake. Unless fixed to a tripod, image shake can render high magnification binoculars useless. Canon's IS technology is remarkably effective at eliminating this problem and is widely used by the television industry with Canon's professional broadcast quality video recording equipment. A special VAP (Vari-Angle Prism) corrective IS system sits between the objective lens group and the porro prism on each side of the binoculars. Within thousandths of a second of the binoculars being moved from their optical axis by vibrations, a detection system activates the IS mechanism. The VAP shape alters to refract or 'bend' the light path by precisely the right amount, thus fully compensating for the vibration. It is this essentially immediate response that effectively suppresses image shake.

Super Spectra Coating
A number of optical factors affect the brightness of an image, including the amount of incidental light that is reflected by the lens. An uncoated lens will refelect away as much as 8% of the incidentail light, significantly dimming the image. Canon's Super Spectra Coating prevents that reflection.

What do the numbers mean?
15x50? 8x25? The two numbers used to describe any pair of binoculars are their magnification — 8x, 12x, 15x and so on — and the diameter of their objective lenses — 25mm, 36mm, 50mm, and so on. The larger the first number is, the larger the object will appear to be in the objective lens. For instance, if you use a 10x lens and look at an object that is 100 yards away, it appears to be the same size as an object located just 10 yards away. The second number, the size of the objective lens, is important because the larger the objective lens, the more light it can admit for brighter, more detailed images, and the better suited they will be for lowlight situations.

A look inside

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Features

  • 8x magnification with wide field of view
  • Optical image stabilization system
  • Multicoated for contrast, clarity, and color fidelity
  • Doublet field flattener lens
  • Rounded design for holding comfort

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars They beat Leica 8X32's
Oh, man. I worked eBay, finally got myself a pair of the vaunted Leica 8X32 roofs at a decent price. And splendid binoculars they are. Excellent.

Then Canon comes out with these IS 8X25's. I already had the 12X36 jobs, wonderful and bulky. HAD to have the 8X25's.

Here's the deal. Serious binocular users know "Better view Desired" http://www.betterviewdesired.com/

I used a casual version of his NEED test.

The $300 canon IS 8X25's beat the $500 Leica 8X32's all hollow on any measure of hand-held resolution. HAND-HELD. On a rest, the Leicas showed their precision optics. Hand held, the Canon's were far better.

There ya be, friends. Image stabilization RULES.

RossB

5-0 out of 5 stars Viewing Power per Dollar - Second to None!
I have to give these binoculars 5 stars, not because they are the finest optics money can buy, but because they give the clearest and steadiest handheld viewing you can get at anywhere near this price. Value for the money is the point, here. But, besides value, they actually are very good quality optics! They feel well made. Although they are mostly plastic, it's good quality material, they don't feel cheesy. No, they are not built like a Leica tank (intended to survive an atomic blast), but the image stabilization is so amazing, I am willing to be a little extra careful with them. You look through them and press that button, and, PRESTO, the view just stops jiggling! It's just fantastic! The I.S. has greatly improved my stargazing pleasure. Maybe I have especially bad hand tremor, but I would bet anybody would notice a big difference. I really love them!!

4-0 out of 5 stars You can't pound tent pegs with them.
They are, and they aren't, great binocs

What they are: as it says, the lightest and least expensive IS binoculars on the market (right now). The optics themselves are only merely very good, but - HAND HELD - with the IS activated, they allow me to read fine print about 20% closer than with my Leica 8x32 Ultras. On a rest, the Leicas are superior. It's the elimination of the jiggles - the 8x25 Canons don't give an image that's as bright and contrasty as those high dollar Leicas, but the steadier image more than makes up for that.

What they aren't: waterproof or armored. So have a care if you use them in conditions of rain or dust. They're much more complicated than simple binocs, with electric circuits inside, and the matter of reliability does come into consideration - but in the first year, they've survived life in the tote bag ,bouncing along dirt roads without a hiccup. Two more things: besides armoring and ruggedizing, Canon had to compromise _somewhere_ to make them this small. So, while the IS deals well with rapid human shaking. it doesn't seem to correct at all for slow motions. I imagine the engineers were forcd to leave off the sensors for slow motions, to fit everything else in. And, they use CR123 batteries, more expensive and harder to find in a pinch than AA batteries. Of course, if the batteries run dead, all your are left with is a functional set of very good, if a bit bulky, 8x25 binocs. What Canon has created is $300 binoculars that - hand held, with the IS active - outperform my high dollar Leica 8x32 Ultras. And, I imagine, the Nikon SE's, too. No kidding. ... Read more


6. Canon 8x32WP Waterproof Binoculars with Case & Neck Strap
list price: $260.00
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Asin: B00004THDA
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon
Sales Rank: 677
Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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Canon's 8x32 WP binoculars are rugged and waterproof, perfect for marineuse or other activities in which you are bound to get wet. The nitrogen-filledconstruction protects the optics from fogging or damage. This model has 8xmagnification, long eye relief, and wide-field viewing even in poor conditions. The multicoated Canon optics include a field-flattener for excellent edge-to- edge sharpness and contrast. ... Read more

Features

  • Nitrogen-filled waterproof construction
  • Rubberized nonslip grip
  • Ideal for marine use
  • 8x magnification and multicoated optics
  • Made with environment-friendly lead-free glass

Reviews (10)

4-0 out of 5 stars Best waterproof binocular in price range
These are a great value with good eye relief (18 mm, important for use with glasses), easy to hold and focus, good sized exit pupil (8/32 = 4 mm), wide field of view (395'), and not too heavy (26 oz.) A large exit pupil is important on a moving boat; it's easier to keep the image in view. They appear to be rugged; I and several other people used several pairs of these for several years, and none of them went out of alignment.
Minuses are:
(1) they do not focus close (minimum 19 feet), which is a major drawback for bird and butterfly watching but fine for boating,
(2) the optics are not phase corrected so images are a bit soft,
(3) the eyecups on the ones I used roll up and down which is tedious if you often switch between use with glasses and without, and may eventually cause the rubber to crack. However, the photos of the newer models suggest they now have rigid eyecups that pull or twist up or down, which are much better.

Birders and other serious users should look at slightly more expensive waterproof roof prism models that all focus closer (5-6'), are phase corrected, have a bit more light and larger exit pupil (5 mm), and have eyecups that click up & down: the Celestron Regal LS 8x42 or Eagle Optics Ranger Platinum 8x42 (both made by Celestron) or the new Nikon ATB 8x42. All cost between $300-$400 at discount and weigh about the same as the Canon 8x32. I own the Celestrons and they are great. There is also a Pentax 8x42 DCF waterproof with similar specifications but it costs a bit more.

4-0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Quality for the Price
I repaired optical equipment for the Navy for 15 years and am quite particular in regards to the optical equipment I purchase. I found these Binoculars to be an outstanding value. The binoculars are constructed very well. The rubber coating makes them very comfortable to hold but kind of on the heavy side. The brightness was quite impressive despite only having a 32mm objective lens. The eye relief is acceptable for those who wear glasses. I have used them in all kinds of weather and in the short time I have owned a pair I have found they can take quite a beating. Granted with optics you always get what you pay for but for the price of these binoculars I don't feel that you can beat them.

4-0 out of 5 stars Ranger Platiunum NOT made by Celestron
The above review is actually ABSOLUTELY INCORRECT! Ranger Platiunum Class binoculars are NOT made by Celestron. They are made by Eagle Optics independently. Call them and ask! :-)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good optics for the price
I compared this model in a sporting goods store to similar sized $500-1000 models from well known binoc. makers and to some other moderately priced units in the $100-250 range. I thought it outdid the other moderate units in handling and image quality and came pretty close to several of the high end models. For our limited uses this product is excellent. Canon is well known in camera optics but has not been well known in the binocular market and this non IS model is their way of breaking into the market. I use a Zeiss microscope everyday and appreciate good optics.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brightest binocular I ever used!
We bought this to bring to Everglades for birding and alligator watching and what a world of difference it is from my cheap compact one! The scope is so big and bright it makes looking into the binocular a pleasure and no longer strains the eyes. Sometimes I feel it's even brighter than seen with naked eye. The only drawback is it's larger and heavier than my compact one but I wouldn't mind this little inconvenience for the quality. I'm ready to toss out my old cheapie compact one... ... Read more


7. Canon 7x17 Flat Ultra Compact Binoculars
list price: $180.00
our price: $72.99
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Asin: B00004THD6
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon
Sales Rank: 1318
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Canon's 7x17 FC binoculars will travel with you everywhere. Whether you're dressed for the theater or a sports event, these ultracompactbinoculars are sleek and light. They have high-quality 7x magnification andSuper Spectra coated aspherical lenses for sharpness and contrast. ... Read more

Features

  • Ultracompact, high-quality 7x roof prism binoculars
  • Corrosion-resistant aluminum alloy exterior
  • Flat profile, retracting lens barrel
  • Fast operation with long eye relief
  • Canon's multicoated aspherical lenses guarantee sharpness and contrast

8. Canon 7x42A Waterproof Binoculars with Case & Neck Strap
list price: $359.99
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Asin: B00026Q16O
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon Cameras US
Sales Rank: 2753
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Features

  • Effective diameter of 42mm
  • Pupil Diameter of 6mm
  • Aspherical lens used in the eyepieces gives superb low-distortion imaging performance
  • Specially designed upper surface fits snugly in your fingers for a safe, secure grip, even with wet hands
  • Waterproof for all weather types

9. Canon AE-B1 Anti-Fog Eyepiece for Canon 15x50 & 18x50 Image Stabilization Binoculars
list price: $139.99
our price: $94.99
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Asin: B00009R6T5
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon Cameras US
Sales Rank: 4664
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10. Canon 10x25A Compact Binoculars with Case & Neck Strap
list price: $140.00
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Asin: B00004THD9
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon Cameras US
Sales Rank: 4490
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 10x magnification
  • Ultracompact, lightweight folding design
  • Multicoated Canon optics
  • Rubberized nonslip grip
  • Made with environment-friendly lead-free glass

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great for carrying around while hiking, etc.
I use these mainly while I'm hiking, they're fairly light, they fold up nicely, the focus is smooth and quick, and they're made by Canon. For you techheads, the technical specs on Amazon.com don't say, but the exit pupil is 2.5mm. They have a cord/strap attached to them, and it is NOT removable, just an FYI. And another note, these aren't waterproof. They also come boxed from the factory with a soft/padded carrying case which attaches nicely to a belt. ... Read more


11. Canon 5x17 Flat Ultra Compact Binoculars
list price: $150.00
our price: $64.99
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Asin: B00004THD5
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon
Sales Rank: 3694
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Canon's 5x17 FC binoculars will travel with you everywhere. Whether you're dressed for the theater or a sports event, these ultracompactbinoculars are sleek and light. They have high-quality 5x magnification andSuper Spectra coated aspherical lenses for sharpness and contrast. ... Read more

Features

  • Ultracompact, high-quality 5x roof prism binoculars
  • Corrosion-resistant aluminum alloy exterior
  • Flat profile, retracting lens barrel
  • Fast operation with long eye relief
  • Canon's multicoated aspherical lenses guarantee sharpness and contrast

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4-0 out of 5 stars theatre glasses
I bought these for the theatre and they work well for me. They might also be good for sporting events. The small size is a plus. Two things about them are bad: The strap is not long enough to go around your neck which is the natural resting place for binoculars. (This can be corrected by buying a new strap.) Also, the glasses are center focus with no provision for individual focus. This means that if you are near sighted with different prescriptions for each eye the glasses can never be properly focused. ... Read more


12. Canon 12x36 Image Stabilization Binoculars with Case, Neck Strap & Batteries
list price: $840.00
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Asin: B00004THDD
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon
Sales Rank: 5077
Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars
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Canon's 12x36 IS binoculars incorporate an optical image stabilizer forshake-free viewing with minimal eye fatigue. This technology was first developedfor Canon video camcorders and is now available in many of Canon's binoculars. The system employs a Vari-Angle Prism, dual transparent plates, independentvertical and horizontal sensors, and a dedicated microprocessor to continuouslyadjust the prism to maintain a steady image.

These 12x36 IS binoculars featurea water-resistant rubber coating for nonslip holding. If you get caught in lightrain, you don't have to worry about the optics fogging up or getting ruined.These binoculars deliver high magnification, long eye relief, and wide-fieldviewing. Controls for focusing and image stabilization are centrally located andare accessible by both hands. ... Read more

Features

  • High-magnification zoom binoculars
  • Built-in optical image stabilizer for steady viewing
  • Multicoated Canon optics
  • Compact and rugged roof-prism design with water-resistant rubber coating
  • Made with environment-friendly lead-free glass

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5-0 out of 5 stars The state of the art...
I also have the Zeiss image stabilized 20x60 binoculars, which run about $5000, and the comparison is interesting. First, the Canon eats batteries, and I've tried using lithiums which are much more expensive, without much improvement, so take a set of alkalines along on field trips. The Zeiss does not use batteries, but it will take a while for those savings to balance the cost difference! Second, the Canons won't stabilize in a rough sea; the Zeiss will. (So will the noisy gyro-driven Yamahas, by the way.) Third, the Canons give a rock solid image with fresh batteries; the Zeiss only give an easily readable image, but of course it is 20x instead of 12x. Fourth, the Zeiss weigh a ton, the Canons are easy to carry. Fifth, obviously, the field of view of the Zeiss is considerably less than that of the Canons. However, it's pretty good for a 20x; it's a portable scope without the need for a tripod. Both are easy to use for the complete techno-handicapped.

Against the best of the standard binox, the Nikon Super E and the Leicas, which I also have, the gains are terrific for most but not all purposes; e.g., the twilight performance of the stabized binox, with their limited 3mm exit pupil, is notably inferior, and the weight is less handy. But on balance, the 12x Canon is great!

5-0 out of 5 stars a really great product
I COULD NOT HELP BUT NOTICE TWO REVIEWERS WERE DISSATISFIED WITH THIS CANON PRODUCT BECAUSE THEY SAID THE EYEPIECES WERE AT A FIXED DISTANCE AND COULD NOT BE ADJUSTED TO THE WIDTH OF THEIR PARTICULAR EYES. NEWS BULLENTIN: THE BINOCULARS CAN INDEED BE ADJUSTED TO FIT A WIDE VARIETY OF EYE SIZES. PLEASE READ YOUR OWNER'S MANUAL. NEW BINOCULARS ARE A LITTLE TIGHT TO ADJUST. I ALMOST DID NOT PURCHASE THESE BINOCULARS BECAUSE OF THOSE COMPLAINTS WHICH WERE IN ERROR. I AM VERY HAPPY WITH THIS PRODUCT AND IT IS EASILY THE BEST BARGAIN FOR QUALITY BINOCULARS ON THE MARKET.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I was lucky - I found a nearly new used one on eBay, cheap.

Image-stabilized binocs are incredible. You won't believe the extra detail you can see. Need that little bit of detail on feather or bill for that rare bird ID? Does that bull elk half a mile off have a rack worthy of an extended stalk? The astronomy crowd touts them because those faint photons saturate the same cells in your retina, giving better images than giant binocs.

They're not exactly light or compact, but they beat carrying a spotting scope and tripod, hands down. Battery goes dead? 123 batteries aren't all that big - carry extras. You can find them for a buck apiece or less online. I use my 12x36's all the time and I get a month or more out of a battery.

See also my review of the Canon 8X25's

RB

3-0 out of 5 stars Canon IS 12x36 binoculars
While I agree that the binoculars can be adjusted to fit different individuals the range of adjustment is too small and will NOT accomodate some women and alsmost all children.

5-0 out of 5 stars We haven't found anything better.....
I have about 20 sets of 10X30 IS and three sets of 15X50 IS Canon binoculars and have ordered two of these. My officers rely on these to enforce game and fish laws in Minnesota and use them in very demanding weather. We have had few failures, only a couple of repairs(due to dropping and running a set over with a boat trailer). They make the difference between being able to tell that a guy shot a duck or being able to tell what kind of duck he shot. For the money there is nothing better when detail if important. ... Read more


13. Canon 8x23A Binoculars with Case & Neck Strap
list price: $110.00
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Asin: B00004THD8
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon
Sales Rank: 2517
Average Customer Review: 4.29 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Compact design
  • 8x magnification
  • Multicoated Canon optics
  • Made with environment-friendly lead-free glass
  • Rubberized nonslip grip

Reviews (14)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Binoc's for the $$$, buy these!
I was questioning the power of these binoculars prior to buying them. I wanted something lightweight enough for hiking, backpacking and birdwatching so I bought these. I am very pleased with the optics and recently compared these to a small pair of Nikon's my friend had paid double the money for, needless to say, the Canon 8x23's put his to shame. They had much better clarity at further distances, plus there was more viewable area with better lighting. Don't waste your money on other brands, Canon has done a great job with this product and I am going to buy a second pair for my wife. I would put these up against full size Binoculars any day, but not of course a $1K pair! Great buy for the money and you will be pleased.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for travelling
We bought these binoculars at the last minute for our trip to Costa Rica. They are perfect for travelling as they are very light and compact. They were perfect for viewing wildlife, birds and scenery. We were very glad that we made this purchase prior to our trip. I definitely recommend these if you are looking for binoculars that are easy to use and carry.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best deal ...
You can't beat the Canon 8x23A compact binoculars for the size, price, and quality. No other company does as well in this price range. The Minolta's feel plasticy and their diopter adjustment very fragile. The Nikon Medallion 8x21 are not bad but the Canon 8x23 edges out the Nikon by giving you slightly more light gathering ability and slightly better image quality. The Pentax's look unattractive to many people.

The binoculars are attractive, easy to hold, and come in a black pouch with a belt-loop. The only minor downside to the entire package is the short and thin neckstrap that comes with the binoculars.

For most casual uses these binoculars are at the sweet-spot in their class. Anything over 8x becomes hard to hold steadily and you can easily miss activity around the primary subject. You could go for a binocular with better low-light capability (23/8 = 2.875 pupil image) by getter larger glass on the front end like an 8x32. But the Canon in this range is 3x the price. For 2x the price you can get the 8x23A in an all-weather model if that is important to you.

All around a great buy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just the right size!
I own several pairs of binoculars and these are my favorite! They are small as noted by several of the other reviewers, but there really isn't any reason why this should be an issue. The optics are great that the adjustments are easy. These have a permanent place in my daypack and get used several times each week.

1-0 out of 5 stars unusable
I had to return mine. Maybe they were defective, but unless I held them "just so" I experienced huge brightness shifts and blackouts. Recommend sampling optics in stores before buying online. ... Read more


14. Canon 8x23AWP Waterproof Binoculars with Case & Neck Strap
list price: $170.00
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Asin: B000083CUK
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon
Sales Rank: 6055
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Amazon.com Product Description

Canon's waterproof 8x23A-WP binoculars come in handy for those all-weather conditions. Whether during a downpour at the stadium, out fishing, or wherever water is nearby, these binoculars will aid in your observational needs. Rubberized nonslip grips and tough design both aid in steady viewing and damage protection. With a center-focus system, multicoated Canon optics, and Porro prism, crisp viewing is guaranteed. It comes with a click-stop dioptric correction system, case, and neck strap. ... Read more

Features

  • Compact design
  • 8x magnification
  • Multicoated Canon optics
  • Made with environment-friendly lead-free glass
  • Rubberized nonslip grip

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