Built for the challenge, this 50mm objective lens, high magnification image stabilized binocular is perfect for viewing far horizons or distant galaxies. There's no reason to worry about needing a tripod. The image stabilization technology makes adjustments for motion to provide you with blur-free images. Canon Image Stabilized binoculars come with a three-year limited warranty.
Increase light transmission with multiple anti-reflective coatings on at least one lens surface.
Appreciated for a streamlined shape and durability.
Provides a secure, non-slip grip.
Roll up and down for comfortable viewing with or without eyeglasses.
Center Focus Wheel
Adjusts both binocular barrels at the same time.
Right Eye Diopter
Adjusts for differences in a user's eyes. Located by the right eyepiece.
Just took these babies for birding in Australia. They out-performed the 12X I had before. I didn't always have to push the button because they were stable without SI. Recommend Buy!
Brandon Y. from Blackshear GA.
Very good product!!!! Customer service very good before and after sell!!!!
Power to the Peeping
Alan Birnbaum from Fresno CA
OK, Canon IS 18 x 50 are NOT meant mainly for "peeping," though my wife finds these a wonderful instrument for people-watching from a big city hotel.
In fact, I bought my pair in 2003, as a supplement to a 12.5" telescope. Over the years I have used them not just for binocular astronomy, at which they excel, but also for open country birding, where they are wonderful, and their 20-foot near focus limit not a problem.
The apparent field of view of over 66 degrees is expansive and immersive, and surprisingly stable even without the stabilizer, due to the body design. Image stability is very adequate once the IS is clicked on. The focus works fairly well, though the wheel could be a bit larger. Eye relief listed at 15 mm seems accurate. I can see the entire field with my eyeglasses on.
Yes, these are HEAVY. A chest harness helps if you plan to ramble very far from your vehicle. Yes, they are somewhat expensive, though not the most expensive binoculars by far.
No, these are not glasses for warblers in nearby bushes. For that however I have several 8X and 10X pairs, and have just ordered the Swarovski 8 x 32 EL particularly for that purpose. The 18 x 50 IS are a unique product, binoculars which subtotally supplant the need for a spotting scope. OK, so I have one of those also, but that's ANOTHER story, and another review.
Unless one's primary interest is astronomy, these should NOT be a first purchase. For someone who birds, who already has 8 x 32's, arguably the best size for general birding, or 8 x 42's, certainly these can be considered as the next purchase, in lieu of a spotting scope and tripod, or as a third purchase after that. These are great for birding festival trips, where it would be clumsy to get maneuver a scope and tripod in and out of a van.
So, "power to the peeping," err, people, for astronomy and open terrain or seashore birding.