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- Neoprene Strap
- Eyepiece Rainguard
- 1-Piece Push-On Objectives Cap
- Two 1.5-Volt 'AA' Alkaline Batteries
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|Exit Pupil Diameter||4.2 mm|
|Item Dimensions||5.2 x 7 x 8.4 inches|
|Item Display Weight||3 pounds|
|Item Weight||2.45 pounds|
|Objective Lens Diameter||42 mm|
|Shipping Weight||3.65 pounds|
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|Objective Lens Diameter||42 millimeters||—||50 millimeters||40 millimeters||50||40 millimeters|
<ul> <li>Canon's first waterproof IS Binocular.</li><li>High performance L Lens with 2 Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) elements on each side.</li><li>Doublet Field Flattener Lenses for sharp, distortion-free images edge-to-edge.</li><li>Bright field-of-view from a 4.2mm exit pupil diameter, the largest of any Canon IS Binocular.</li><li>Wide angle rating from an apparent angle-of-view of 65°.</li><li>One touch IS usage.</li><li>Body components feature metallic coating to prevent fogging.</li><li>Distinctive, easy grip design.</li> </ul>
From the Manufacturer
The much-anticipated 10 x 42 L IS WP is the first waterproof binocular to incorporate Canon's exclusive image stabilizer technology for steady, shake-free viewing. The high quality L series optics, featuring 2 ultra-low Dispersion (UD) lens elements (on each side), deliver excellent correction for chromatic aberration. With a large lens diameter and a 4.2 millimeter exit pupil diameter, this binocular provides an exceptionally bright view, even in low-light conditions. The 10 x 42 L IS WP binocular offers both the desired brightness and excellent waterproof capabilities, making it ideal for a host of activities including marine use, stargazing and wildlife observation.
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My past positive experiences using the Canon DSLR IS L-Glass lenses always intrigued me and spiked my interest to try the Canon IS offerings in binoculars. With the current excellent 10x42L IS sale (and reading great reviews all over the net), I ordered and began my comparative evaluations.
I already understood the possible issues and positive features that the 10x42L was known for. Things like their bulkiness, heft, slow focus speed, lack of high-end ergonomics, quirky accessories and a short, non-transferable warranty period turn many off to the concept of these great optics. However IMHO, any of these possible turnoffs melted away as soon as I engaged their Image Stabilization Prowess...AMAZING! They possess excellent optics (very, very close to my Swaro EL 10x50 SV's), and with their image stabilized feature turned on, the Detail, Resolution and Clarity of FOV makes even my glassing non IS steady hands Obsolete. I typically don't use any type of stabilization assist (mono, bi or tri pods) and with hand holding the 10x42L with IS engaged (convenient), I can easily view a superb, sharp and detailed point of interest (No Shake) as if I had my top end alpha pair of 10X on a tri-pod (inconvenient)!!
Great Optics, Solid Build, Quality accessories, Quick and Very effective IS function and as a Porro II design, wonderful 3D viewing. Battery life using fresh Lithiums is superb (15 hrs of IS use-charge still at 1.74V)! These unconventional binos have a permanent place in my excursion outdoor back pack!
After reading every review here, and reviews by astronomy authors, I figured these would be a good compromise between size and features. I own a lot of top-end Nikon lenses for my D800, so I'm fussy about image quality. I know Canon's L series are first rate, despite the brand rivalry, and Canon has the best assortment of IS units. So I took the plunge.
Others have covered the technical aspects of binocular optics better than I could, so I'll talk about my hands-on impressions. My first thought was that these are UGLY. Yeah, but who cares? They are bulbous and fairly heavy. The objective lenses are barely recessed, making them vulnerable to damage. I don't believe in putting a filter on a lens unless it provides some needed quality - like a polarizer. Each side of a filter reflects some light, and the possibility of flare from the sun hitting the glass at an angle is increased with a filter. However, the addition of some lens hoods makes lots of sense. They protect the front lenses and they cut glare. So, two of those and 58mm lens caps for them were ordered. The only drawback is that the binoculars are too long to zip up the case.
Some have complained about the eyepieces being too hard or too large. I haven't found that to be a problem with my facial dimensions. Yeah, softer cups might be more comfy, but then they don't provide the stable connection between the back of the bins and the front of my face. Their diameter isn't a problem for me, either, but if your interpupillary distance is on the short side, it might be. The rotatable cups increase or decrease the distance between the eye and the rear lens, and they have detents to make symmetrical adjustment easy. Without my glasses, I found the first detent was about right for me. There were two more if I needed to move my eyes farther from the lens.
The focus control and the push button for the stabilization don't fall immediately in place for my fingertips. I have to hunt a bit for them, but I suppose I'm at least minimally trainable, so I guess I'll get used to their positioning. I like that the IS stays on after a momentary push of the button, but it shuts off after five minutes. I would have preferred that it stays on as long as the binoculars are horizontal, but that would leave them vulnerable to running down the batteries if they were set down horizontally. The IS shuts off after a few seconds when they are pointed downward, as they might be when hanging around your neck, a good battery-saving feature.
The right eyepiece can be adjusted to compensate for differences between the eyes. There is a collar that slides forward to allow adjustment and back to lock that setting in place. It takes only a little force to move this collar, so it might be inadvertently moved, allowing the focus for the right eye to move from its intended setting. I would have liked to see that catch a little more forcefully to maintain the setting.
The case is well-made with two zippers and generous padding. With the supplied snap-in objective lens covers, which are a bit of a nuisance to put on and easily fall off unless positioned perfectly, and the eyepiece covers in place, the bins are a snug fit in the case. With the aftermarket lens hoods in place, the case is too short to zip up. Another inch in length for the case would solve this problem, but then the bins would rattle around inside without the additional hoods, so I guess Canon is damned if they do and damned if they don't.
So much for the mechanics. Now to the optics.
The binoculars work with or without the stabilization turned on. Either way, the image is stunning. With lesser units, you get the impression that you're looking through a tube, but not with these. Once you get the eye relief set with the adjustable eye cups, you'll be treated to a wide apparent field of view, akin to being in the front rows of a movie theater. This makes it easier to acquire your target, especially if stargazing. The image is pin-point sharp from edge to edge, and there is no visible barrel or pincushion distortion. When looking at high contrast edges, like a mountain ridge against a bright sky, there is only the smallest bit of green/magenta fringing near the edges of the field of view. There is no obvious chromatic aberration, and this results in a crisp, well-defined image. The focus is smooth and the depth of field is forgiving of minor focus errors. The focus mechanism is entirely internal, with no movement of the eyepieces as the focus is adjusted. The image is well-collimated so there is no appreciable eye strain. The interpupillary distance is adjusted by rotating the rear eyepiece holders, and they are stiff, so they hold your setting even when placed in the case.
The real magic of these binoculars is the image stabilization system. While lying back in a recliner and watching the stars, one can brace the bins pretty well, but when the stabilizer is actuated, it's like you just snapped a photo on your smart phone - the image just sits still. It's one of those OMG moments! Of course, you can still pan to different views, and the pan is smoothed out as well, so it resembles watching a movie shot by a skilled camera operator. It's hard to describe the effect, but the result is vastly improved acuity. Try reading a sign at a distance with the IS off, then try it on. Huge difference! You will LOVE this feature. I haven't tried these in a moving car, but apparently the IS system solves the vibration problem there, as well.
These bins are waterproof, not water-resistant. The manual suggests immersing them in a bucket of water to remove dirt and salt residue. That means you can take these out whale watching or fishing and not have to worry about ruining your expensive toy. The rubberized exterior coating also protects the rugged housing from dings and scratches. Because they are sealed, you won't have to worry about them fogging, either.
Like any product, these binoculars have their quirks, as I've described above. You can call it "personality" if you're the optimistic type. Overall, I'm thrilled with my purchase. Visually, they are just stunning. Even though the objectives are "only" 42mm, the view of the night sky is amazing. I'm in the Phoenix area, at the NE corner of civilization, where the light pollution is pretty bad. I drove out of the area by about 20 miles to watch a pass of the International Space Station. Looking away from the city, the sky was fairly dark. Looking at Cassiopeia, Perseus, the Pleiades and the Hyades was a thrill. There are so many stars visible that it's hard to pick out the asterisms from the background stars. Some might prefer a higher power for sky viewing, but the wide field of these binoculars makes them a delight to use. The stabilization makes it much easier to study small objects like the Double Cluster in Perseus. The contrast was mind-boggling, even in our polluted skies. I've used these for some bird watching during the day, and I'm tempted to take up the hobby just for the astounding views. Awesome.
So, I guess you can tell I like these. You will, too. Go ahead, splurge! You only live once.
As others have mentioned, strongly recommend purchasing UV filters to protect the lens; then purchase a basic lens cap which reliably snaps on (and stays on) to the UV filters. Pelican 1400 case is perfect size and ultimate protection for these binoculars while traveling. This size Pelican case will fit in medium to larger size day backpacks.