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Got some Bushnell 16x50 power views, as a gift any . any opinions?

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Initial post: Feb 21, 2010 6:45:49 PM PST
Brad says:
I'm a novice bird watcher.

Posted on Feb 22, 2010 7:26:06 PM PST
B. Speer says:
Sell them and get Canon 10x30 IS or 12x36 IS (image stabilization). Your 16x50 are meant for tripod use only. You cannot hand hold them. The image will shake so much it is hard on your eyes and basically no fun. Canon's offers half a dozen image stabilized models. They start around $200 and go up, up. The 10x30 IS cost about $350 and the 12x36 IS about $550. I have the 10x30 IS bought on Ebay used for $200. When I let other people look through them they are shocked how "rock steady" the image is. This means you see much more detail and looking continuously for 20 or more minutes is easy on the eyes. You will see more detail through 10x30 IS than you will ever see through 16x50 unless they are on a tripod. Tripod defeats the purpose of binocs because following an object with the tripod is awkward. I have a Canon 20x60 scope which I use on a tripod or car window mount. They have been unused for ten years do to the hassle of use. One last detail, the Canon 10x30 IS and 12x36 IS are fairly light in weight. Canons above that power get heavier fast. Not nice to hand hold for any length of time. Even with the Canon IS binocs it is always easier to lean against something with your shoulder or put your elbows on something for long viewing. On a recent cruise to Mexico I leaned on the ship's rail and watched whales like I have never seen them and an interested passenger next to me was sold on my Canon IS binocs. Note the "IS" even compensated for the ship's movement!

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