Canon 12x36 Image Stabilization II Weather Resistant Porro Prism Binocular with 5.0 Degree Angle of View

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About Canon 12x36 IS

12x36 IS II Image Stabilisation binoculars... Improvements to the objective lens assembly have resulted in the binoculars being approximately 26% lighter and 10% smaller than the 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.

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 wildlife.

The large IS button at the top and centre of the binoculars is easily accessible by a finger from either hand, while the large focusing dial also falls under the finger and rotates with a smooth action. Durable, large rubber covers over the entire objective lens assemblies provide improved impact resistance and the eyepieces have large rubber eyecups, making it easy to see through the eyepiece lens.

With the 12x36 IS II binoculars, Canon has achieved a generous 60º apparent field of view, allowing users to see more of the viewed object than is afforded by some competitor products in the same class. The eyepiece lenses of the 12x36 IS II binoculars feature Canon's Doublet Field Flattener lens.

This dramatically reduces the curvature of field, image distortion and blurring at the periphery found in traditional high-magnification binoculars, to deliver a beautifully flat, natural and even image. A long eye relief permits users to see the full field of view from up to 14.5mm from the eyepiece lens. This means easier, more comfortable viewing of the total image and is also ideal for users wearing spectacles.

These new binoculars draw on Canon's 70 years of experience in precision optics and lens development. Canon's Super Spectra lens coatings deliver bright and clear images with accurate colour balance, eliminating unwanted internal reflections that cause 'flare' and can have the effect of 'washing out' images.



The Canon 12x36 IS is commonly used for Astronomy, Bird watching, Sporting events/concerts, Wildlife viewing and more.The Canon 12x36 IS is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Casual/ recreational among others.The Canon 12x36 IS is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon 12x36 IS: Compact, Lightweight, Quality lenses and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Quality lenses (9),Strong construction (6),Compact (5),Lightweight (4),Works well with glasses (3)
Best Uses:
Bird watching (10),Wildlife viewing (5),Astronomy (4),Sporting events/concerts (4),Hunting (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Casual/ recreational (9)

Canon 12x36 IS Features

  • Approximately 26% lighter and 10% smaller than the 12x36 IS model they replace
  • Canon's IS Image Stabilization technology eliminates Hand held shaking & blurring
  • Special VAP (Vari-Angle Prism) Corrective IS System bends the light path by precisely the right amount to compensate for Vibration
  • Designed with Curved surfaces for easy handling
  • Low-reflectance Exterior and Low Gloss front covers eliminate Wildlife Disturbance
  • Large Focusing Dial falls under the finger & rotates smoothly
  • Generous 60º apparent field of view
  • Canon's Doublet Field Flattener Lens reduces field curvature, distortion & blurring at the periphery
  • Easier, more Comfortable Viewing with its Long Eye Relief

Canon 12x36 IS Specifications

Type of Prism
Porro II Prism
Magnification: 12x
Objective lens effective diameter: 36mm
Focusing method:
Manual focusing by turning the focusing knob
Coating
Super Spectra Multi-Coated
Real Angular Field of View
5.0 degrees
Apparent field-of-view: 60°
Field of View at 1000 Yards
287 feet
Exit Pupil
3.0 mm
Eye Relief
14.5mm (Long eye relief)
Relative Brightness
9.0
Eye Width Adjustment Range
55mm to 75mm
Close Focus Distance (ft)
6 meters/19.7 feet
Rubber Coated (Armored)
Yes
Camera Tripod Adaptable
No Tripod Socket
Dimensions
127 x 174 x 70mm /5.0" x 6.9" x 2.8"
Weight
660g/23.3 oz. (excluding batteries)
Power source
2x AA Batteries
Special Features
Dioptric correction ±3 diopters
Image Stabilizer Vari-Angle Prism
Correction angle ±0.8°
Doublet Field-Flattener lens
Mfr #
9332A002
SKU
CA12362

Canon 12x36 IS Reviews

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4.8

(based on 13 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Canon's Image Stabilization = Amazing

The only negative aspect of these binoculars is that they are conceived, crafted & offered by one of the world's leading optical organizations, yet, they offer and supply no protection for the front optics.I am perplexed by this and wondered if one of those overly educated, Harvard bred economist majors convinced Canon that this is where they can save money. What a horrible decision, if this be the case. I believe Adorama should throw a pair in with every purchase. I shall end this review on ...

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The only negative aspect of these binoculars is that they are conceived, crafted & offered by one of the world's leading optical organizations, yet, they offer and supply no protection for the front optics.I am perplexed by this and wondered if one of those overly educated, Harvard bred economist majors convinced Canon that this is where they can save money. What a horrible decision, if this be the case. I believe Adorama should throw a pair in with every purchase. I shall end this review on a positive note, however. Earlier this evening, I sat on my patio, as soon as darkness filled the night sky, and brought the moon into focus, of course using the I S function. The brightness of the half - moon was almost to the point of being too painful for my eyes, which equates to a plus for Canon optics. One must actually experience these binoculars by purchasing a pair. I bought the 12x36 level, in spite of the extra money involved over the 10by's...There is not a single being out there that could say one negative thing about these binoculars, other than the missing front optics protective caps. They are without a doubt, worth every dollar of the asking price. You will NOT be dissatisfied. Adorama, being truly dedicated to customer loyalty had them at my front door within two business days. This is a winning combination. Look no further and treat yourself to a pair from Adorama, of course.

Reviewed by 13 customers

 
4.0

Great Binoculars

By

from Oregon  -  Avid Adventurer

The stable image they provide allows greater detail to be seen. Not too big and heavy. 12x is really nice. Using mostly for birding. There is a small amount of CA under certain high contrast conditions. There will be a very small number of people who will get dizzy from the IS effect. Try before you buy.

 
5.0

Excellent.

By

from Texas  -  Casual/ Recreational

I bought the Canon 12x36 IS II binoculars for my wife. She spends hours looking at birds and deer with my 10x42 European-made binoculars that are three times the cost of the Canons. They also weigh over thirty ounces and are difficult to hold steadily after a short time. The Canons at 22 ounces are easier to hold, and with the IS on, the image is almost totally stable even though they have 12x magnification. I was surprised and very impressed. They do not have the low-light capability of my fluorite-glass binoculars, but the trade-off is a good one. My wife loves them and I use them often - and am repeatedly surprised when I use them in a moving vehicle - something that is absolutely not possible with my non-IS binoculars

 
4.0

I would highly recommend this product !

By

from Tenerife, Canaries Island, Spain  -  Professional Guide

As an amateur astronomer for the last 35 years i would highly recommend those binoculars for stargazing, its magnification ( 12 *) gives it sufficient resolving power for basic identification of most Messier . dark and bright nebula in the milky way ! I wish they would just be more luminous though, i would have to go for the 50mm model and loose the very light aspect of them !! One thing is i found negative though, the lack ok lens cap provided by Canon ? could be included for the price !

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for astronomy

By

from Indianapolis, IN  -  Casual/ Recreational

Bought these binoculars instead of an entry level telescope to share my daughter's astronomy bug. The IS makes all the difference - could see that Saturn 'has ears' and saw Jupiter's Galilean moons. And the binoculars have been used constantly since purchase for birds and sports, while a telescope would probably be relegated to a closet by now...

 
5.0

Wow! What a difference!

By

from Out west  -  Casual/ Recreational

When I traveled with anyone else in the past I often had difficulty seeing what they saw through binoculars because my hands shake badly. Now, with the image stabilization on these binoculars, I am thrilled at what I can see! I feel that I am so much better able to participate in the viewing experience now.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Binocs!

By

from Seattle  -  Casual/ Recreational

To compensate for the lack of objective caps, I installed a pair of flip-up rifle scope caps. They just press-fit on and it eliminates the chance of losing them.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Better than expected!

By

from Texas  -  Casual/ Recreational

The 12x Canon IS binoculars have a bit more bulk than some 12x binoculars, but they are not heavy at all. They are not armored, so they do not feel as solid as other makes, but overall construction seems to feel very good, and not cheap at all. Glass has excellent sharpness and contrast, and is as good as other famous makes that don't even have IS. The two controls are very easy to use, and the focus knob moves smoothly and easily. It also focuses very quickly too. I knew the IS would be great, but I am still in amazement at how good it actually is. I thought I could hold a set of binos fairly still, but hitting the IS button makes a world of difference. It is quite something to see such a greatly magnified view, while having less movement than you would get using 8x or even 6x binos. They work as advertised, and IMO the performance is worth the price. I think I will be getting rid of my 10x binos now, as these Canons work so well, and the extra 2x magnification makes more of a noticeable difference over the very good 8x binos that we also own. I'm not so sure that IS would make a big difference at 8x, but I know it will at anything above that level. And certainly if you need 12x or more, don't put your money into HD or ED glass, but instead put it into IS, which will make more of a useable difference. Now I have to figure out how to come up with the coin to purchase the 18x version......

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great all around binos

By

from Fort Worth, TX  -  Casual/ Recreational

Great all around binos. Enough magnification for a close up view. Good field of view. For looking at wildlife and astronomy, these are great with the stabilized image. With the stabilizer on, you can identify small details that you normally cant view without a tripod. They are small and light and good enough to leave the tripod at home.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Works as advertised

By

from South Bend, IN  -  Casual/ Recreational

The IS feature on these binoculars is well worth the added cost. It makes the binoculars much more useful. As soon as you press the IS button, but image snaps into place. It allows you to see details you cannot without the stablization due to hand shake. The binoculars are also suprisingly light weight given the added complexity they contain. They weigh about the same as my Nikon 10 X 42s and are actually smaller in size. A plus with this set is they actually use AA batteries rather than a proprietary battery. I don't think all of the Canon IS binoculars do. As others have mentioned, no protection for the optics is unexpected. The case is a bit cheap as well given the price of the binoculars.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Canon's Image Stabilization = Amazing

By

from Stamford, CT  -  Avid Adventurer

The only negative aspect of these binoculars is that they are conceived, crafted & offered by one of the world's leading optical organizations, yet, they offer and supply no protection for the front optics.I am perplexed by this and wondered if one of those overly educated, Harvard bred economist majors convinced Canon that this is where they can save money. What a horrible decision, if this be the case. I believe Adorama should throw a pair in with every purchase. I shall end this review on a positive note, however. Earlier this evening, I sat on my patio, as soon as darkness filled the night sky, and brought the moon into focus, of course using the I S function. The brightness of the half - moon was almost to the point of being too painful for my eyes, which equates to a plus for Canon optics. One must actually experience these binoculars by purchasing a pair. I bought the 12x36 level, in spite of the extra money involved over the 10by's...There is not a single being out there that could say one negative thing about these binoculars, other than the missing front optics protective caps. They are without a doubt, worth every dollar of the asking price. You will NOT be dissatisfied. Adorama, being truly dedicated to customer loyalty had them at my front door within two business days. This is a winning combination. Look no further and treat yourself to a pair from Adorama, of course.

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WERNER J  Image is larger than the 10 X 32 Swarovski's and the IS really helps viewing the image without shake. We took this pair with us on the safari and my wife loves it now for birdwatching. As noted above, the minimum focus is about 20 feet so the bird must be farther than that distance to be viewed.
Richard H  My binoculars have a minimum focus of about 25 ft while the specs say 19.5 ft. Is something wrong with mine? My old canon 12x36 IS focused to 12 ft.
STEVEN N  Ours focus to 19.5 ft or so. Old ones also focus to 12 ft. Love the lite wt and longer battery life.
Don H  The rubberized cover on our 12X36IS II is disintegrating to a gummy mess.Has anyone else had this problem?
GLENN A  We haven't had any problems yet. We purchased a few months ago and just used them on an Alaska cruise at the end of August.

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