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Canon 12x36 Image Stabilization II Binoculars w/Case, Neck Strap & Batteries
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- 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
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|Item Dimensions||4 x 7 x 9 inches|
|Item Display Weight||2.5 pounds|
|Item Weight||1.96 pounds|
|Objective Lens Diameter||36 mm|
|Shipping Weight||2.4 pounds|
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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.
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Top Customer Reviews
I bought the Canon 12x36 almost 2 years ago based mostly on my respect for the Canon L lenses with internal stabilization that I use on a regular basis for bird photography. All I can say is... Wow!. These light-weight, high powered lenses have become my favorites in the field for wildlife observation, especially when viewing wild birds.
At first they took a little time to get used to. They really don't have the feel of a top-of-the-line pair of binos (they are somewhat darker than most and setting the eye-peices for your own interocular distance is a little strange compared to the roof prism glasses that many of us have become accustomed to), but they are what they are. These are not your daddy's binoculars. However, if you are looking for state-of-the-art high tech optics, look no further.
When a subject is focused you see the type of image shake that one would expect at 12x magnification. Then I depress that wonderful little button that activates the image stabilization feature. All of a sudden I feel as though I am now looking at the bird face to face, like I'm just THREE FEET AWAY! It's as if I was studying the bird in a book. I can see details and field marks that others only wish that they could. It has helped me to make some really tough indentifications for my life-list that I might not have recorded otherwise.
After being so pleased with the 12x I decided to buy the 18x50's. I've owned them both now for a while and I find that I take the 12x36's out much more often that the larger, heavier 18x. I highly recommend the Canon 12x36 for serious nature (and or sports) observation.
SOLUTIONS: We bought her a pair of 10x30's, and to hold the button down, we simply wrapped a strong rubber band, compliments of our postal letter carrier, around them and stuck a short piece of 1/2" dowel rod between the rubber band and the button. The dowel rod is connected to the focus knob by a piece of thread so that, when we do not want the button pushed, the dowel rod does not become lost. We have opted to use lithium cells, rather than alkaline, as they are lighter and last longer, and using our rubber band system will likely mean using the IS much more.
Some reviewers complain that the image still moves as you move. Yes it does, gracefully. What the Canons do well is take out that itty bitty shake that makes things difficult to concentrate on well enough to observe details. Now I can aprreciate eagles as I smoothly track them in flight, or follow the antics of a chipmunk, or count some of Jupiter's 63 moons.
Some complain about the small size of the "exit pupil.Read more ›
The size of the binos is a compromise between capability and size. They feel a little bulky, but this is expected with the IS feature. It is very easy to adapt to the feel of these binos and they balance well.
They provide a sharp and crisp image and the IS feature is amazing. It does not compensate for the larger hand movements, but does stabilize all the minor shakes that come from hand holding a 12x bino. I was even able to use them when moving in a car. It took some practice, but after some practice reducing the larger bumps I could easily read license plates hundreds of yards down the road. This feature is well worth having. I find that 12x makes viewing nature all the more enjoyable. After all, the purpose of a bino is to magnify detail and a 12x bino does it better than a 8x bino. When you see a steady 12x image and compare this to a slightly sharper brighter image of a top of the line 'alpha' bino, you might agree that the Canon IS with 12x makes more of a difference to your overall bino experience than the superior image of the higher end bino. To me it was not close.
Some have complained about them being dark and while I agree that they do not match up with binos costing $1500 and more. It is really not an issue for me.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I just gifted these "old" binos to my daughter, and went shopping for an upgrade. I thought they were 10 x 50 (based upon the price I remembered). Read morePublished 19 days ago by Rob
These arrived quickly and in good condition. Since the do not come with lens covers I order and installed 2 Vortex Flip Cap Cover Size 7. Read morePublished 1 month ago by TV Guy
These binoculars are the best.Great design and stabilization perfect.Once you experience these binoculars you will never go back to regular binoculars. Read morePublished 2 months ago by John Tamburri
Great performance but big and heavy. Stabilizer greatly improves usability, but for this money you could instead get normal binoculars with better optics. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Harlan J. Chizen
Very nice image. Would have been nice to have the objective lens caps, but I found some substitutes that work well. Weight is about the max you would want to hand hold. Read morePublished 5 months ago by JPPersch
These were purchased as a retirement gift for our CEO who is impossible to buy anything for. He Loved!! Something he wouldn't have bought for himself.Published 5 months ago by Paula R. Woodruff
Habit forming! Once addicted to the freeze view, it's hard to use any other binoc. The soft, rubbery coating is starting to get sticky, but is still OK, not yet annoying.Published 5 months ago by Carls
Has and still is being used on a daily basis for birding. Did well during travel to the tropics and on pelagic trip. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer