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Canon 10x30 IS Ultra-Compact Binoculars (Black)
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- Ultra-compact lightweight 10x binoculars
- Built-in image stabilizer
- Doublet field-flattener for sharp, distortion-free images from edge-to-edge
- Long eye relief for easy viewing
- Water-resistant rubber coating|
- 10x magnification in a compact design
- Built-in optical image stabilization uses 2 AA batteries
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|Item Dimensions||5.9 x 5 x 2.8 inches|
|Item Display Weight||2.35 pounds|
|Item Weight||1.38 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||2.2 pounds|
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With the Canon 2897A002 10x30 IS Ultra-Compact Binoculars delivers outstanding optical performance and stabilization capability at an affordable price. Whether you're upon the water's edge or perched high in the upper deck of a stadium, you'll get a close view of action with this well-contoured Canon offering. A textured rubber coating provides a sure grip as well as a bit of protection from the elements. The center-mounted focus and stabilizer controls are easily accessible for both hands.
From the Manufacturer
Lightweight and powerful, the ultra-compact Canon 10x30 Image Stabilization Binoculars delivers the built-in benefits of Canon's refined and active Image Stabilization. It also features a doublet field-flattener for sharp, distortion-free images from edge-to-edge. Canon's super spectra multi-coating provides superior contrast, as the water-resistant rubber coating ensures secure holding. It also has a long eye relief of 14.5-millimeters for easy viewing.
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So is this crazy problem unique to me? No. If you go online, or read reviews on Amazon, you will see others have had the same problem I have. When I contacted Canon a month ago, I asked if there was any compensation or help, since my warrenty had expired. The rep said no, except that I could send the binoculars in, and they would send me a repair bill after recoating the body. Well, I have learned from other users who followed this path that the recoating process would cost almost $400, which is about the same as getting a new pair. By the way, the Canon rep said he had been with Canon for 10 years, and never heard of this problem. Well, if he was truthful, he should go on the internet!
Why would I buy a new pair after my bad experience? Because these have got to be about the greatest binoculars ever made. Just read all the gushing 5 star reviews on Amazon and elsewhere. I love these binoculars for birding. For astronomy, they are unique. You look a Jupiter, and turn on the IS, and it is rock steady, and you can see 4 moons. And you don't need a tripod!
They are relatively light. The optical quality is superb!
What causes a binocular coating to melt? There are several reasons, all of which affected my Canons. First, I live in hot humid Florida. When I transport my Canons in a car, they get hot. I don't leave them in the car permanently, but it's hard to avoid the hot temps, Second, I use sunscreen and Deet bug repellant. It got from my hands to the Canons. This may be the biggest cause of melting. Also, I used alcohol wipes to clean the lenses, and stupidly used them to clean the sweat off the rubber coating-bad move.
I am enjoying my new Canons, and will treat them differently.
Don't get sunscreen, Deet or other repellants on the Canons.
Don't clean the body with any chemicals-water or mild soap only.
Don't subject them to a hot car, or any heat source.
Somebody else may have other advice to offer, and it would be appreciated.
You cannot find an image stabilized binocular of this quality with fine optics at anywhere near this price. I can't live without these bincoculars!
I personally carry the 10x or 12x for normal birding. I'm shorebirding I'll carry the 15x. 12x is good compromise of both.
My view: I feel they are the best birding bins out there, by which I mean better than the $2500 super-high end optics, and better than the $1200 Canon IS birding binoculars. These binoculars present a very different trade-off between strengths and weaknesses compared to "normal" high-end birding binoculars, so it takes a while to get used to them.
When people try them for 10 seconds they feel cheap, bad and strange. It isn't until you've gotten used to them over a few days that you start to appreciate that they are different -- and better -- than normal binoculars.
Negatives: They don't feel like "normal" binoculars: they are much lighter are differently balanced. The color distortion and light-gathering are both noticeably worse. Pressing the stabilizing button takes some getting used to. Their close focusing distance is quite poor.
Positives: ability to use higher magnification than you can with regular binoculars. Stabilization. Light weight. Low cost. Don't need to carry a scope. Great low-light performance.
The bottom line is that the normal comparison metrics of color, distortion and light-gathering don't capture the reality of how useful these guys are in the field. Here's a better way to compare binoculars. Give it a try the next time you have a chance to try IS bins. Pick a really distant bird or object. Try to focus on tiny details, such as counting exposed primaries. Try it with your Swarovskis or Leicas. I assure you that you'll see more and better with Canon IS binoculars. The reason is simple: the human brain needs time to process images, and if there is any vibration then any image smaller than that vibration distance is effectively invisible. With hand-held binoculars, there is always some amount of vibration.
If there is any wind (which can cause tiny vibrations in your hands) or motor vibration such as on a boat, of other vibrations (like from passing cars or pedestrians), then there is no comparison and the IS binoculars will win by a mile. In those conditions I can often make out fine details on birds that my companions can barely see let alone identify.
There have been several situations in which I've been scanning a flock looking for a difficult bird together with dozens of people using high-end scopes. For example: find the Black Noddy at 100-200 yards among the thousands of Brown Noddies; find the American Golden-Plover at 150 yards among the hundreds of Black-bellied Plovers sleeping with their heads tucked. You get the idea. With these binoculars, I regularly am the first to find the bird and it sure isn't because of superior skill. That's pretty amazing when you consider that it's 10x binoculars going up against $5000 scopes with top birders behind them. The reason it happens is that I can see more than they can, period.
Another test to try is to look at something at night. In theory the low light-gathering of these IS binoculars should make them far inferior to high-end bins. Not so. Stabilization becomes even more valuable in low-light situations because the brain needs more time to process in low-light situations. The result: I can easily make out fine details on an owl at night that my partners CAN"T EVEN SEE, let alone identify using their binoculars.
As an aside: 90% of serious bird photographers consider Canon IS camera lenses to the best tool available. They are. Why then are stabilized binoculars not held in the same esteem? I think the binoculars deserve the same level of respect as the camera lenses.
I told the clerk I wanted these. He gave me the price $410 + tax and I said OK. He went to the manager and was told he could not sell them, I would have to wait for another pair from the warehouse on Monday or Tuesday, this was Saturday. I said thank you, went home and ordered them from Amazon.
Without these binoculars our expensive vacation would have been less enjoyable. We both have glasses and these binoculars were fast to focus clearly, fast to adjust the distance between the pupils and most importantly didn't jiggle what we saw. My wife carried them constantly and was always looking. This made the entire trip most enjoyable. She would find something and hand the binoculars over to me. The simplicity of operation and the high quality of the images was very impressive.
We were looking at some of the 10X images that I took with my HD video camera as well as comparing what we both observed today. She was giving me additional detail and explaining things that I had not seen. This was a very good purchase. I thank Canon for the technology that allowed my technophobic spouse to enjoy the vacation.