Canon 15x50 IS, Weather Resistant Porro Prism Image Stabilized Binocular with 4.5 Degree Angle of View, U.S.A.

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About Canon 15x50 IS

The 15x50 IS AW is unique among high-magnification binoculars because they incorporate Canon's remarkable Optical Image Stabilizer technology. This revolutionary system employs a novel Vari-Angle Prism that instantly and continuously makes adjustments to maintain a steady image.

The Canon 15x50 IS is commonly used for Astronomy, Bird watching, Wildlife viewing and more.The Canon 15x50 IS is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Avid adventurer, Casual/ recreational among others.The Canon 15x50 IS is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon 15x50 IS: Quality lenses and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Quality lenses (8),Strong construction (8),Image stabilization (3),Works well with glasses (3)
Cons:
Heavy (3),Heavy / bulky (3)
Best Uses:
Bird watching (7),Wildlife viewing (5),Astronomy (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Casual/ recreational (6),Avid adventurer (4),Birder (3)

Canon 15x50 IS Features

  • Optical Image Stabilizer (lock switch provided)
  • High Magnification Optics, 15x, accommodate wide-ranging activities
  • Wide, Extra-Bright Field of View from large-diameter 50mm Objective lens, Doublet field flattener lens
  • Multi-Coated Ultra-Low Dispersion (UD) Objective Elements add contrast, clarity and color fidelity
  • Long 15mm Eye Relief for easy viewing
  • Shock-and-Water-Resistant Construction with non-slip rubberized coating
  • Closest focusing distance of 6 meters/19.7 feet

Canon 15x50 IS Specifications

Type of Prism
Porro II Prism
Coating
Super Spectra Multi Coating
Real Angular Field of View
4.5°
Field of View at 1000 Yards
237 '
Exit Pupil
3.3 mm
Eye Relief
15 mm
Relative Brightness
10.89
Twilight Factor
27.4
Eye Width Adjustment Range
58mm-76mm
Close Focus Distance (ft)
19.7 '
Rubber Coated (Armored)
Yes
Waterproof / Fogproof
Yes Water-resistant, all-weather design can be used in heavy rain.
Camera Tripod Adaptable
Tripod socket Provided
Dimensions
6.0 x 7.6 x 3.2 in.
Weight
41.6 oz. (excluding batteries)
Power source
Two size AA batteries (Optional Battery Pack BP-B1 can also be used)
Special Features
+/-3.0 diopters
Image Stabilizer System: Optical correction with vari-angle prism
Correction Angle: +/- 0.7

Canon 15x50 IS Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.6

(based on 38 reviews)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (28)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

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  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great replacement for a telescope

I bought a little Meade telescope for planet gazing, but the setup took so long I hardly ever used it. So I sold it and bought the 18X50 IS binos...and they're superb. Just point, press the button, and the image is rock solid. I've seen 4 moons around Jupiter, the rings of Saturn. I also use them for wild life watching - and they're just marvellous. A couple of small minuses: 1) I think (and I could be imagining it) images have a faint yellow cast 2) Against some backgrounds (eg birds against...

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I bought a little Meade telescope for planet gazing, but the setup took so long I hardly ever used it. So I sold it and bought the 18X50 IS binos...and they're superb. Just point, press the button, and the image is rock solid. I've seen 4 moons around Jupiter, the rings of Saturn. I also use them for wild life watching - and they're just marvellous. A couple of small minuses: 1) I think (and I could be imagining it) images have a faint yellow cast 2) Against some backgrounds (eg birds against cloud), I can see a yellow edge to dark objects. But overall, the convenience, simplicity and quality have made me totally happy with these.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

All Weather? Canon 15X50 IS binoculars

In June or July 2005 I purchased a pair of Canon 15X50 "All Weather" Image Stabilized Binoculars. I thought they would be great for birding and some astronomy. Until recently I had enjoyed great service but a couple of weekends ago I had a bunch of friends come to our property for a camp out over Memorial day and we got caught in a rain storm. I ended up with some water in the "All Weather" binoculars and sent them back for repair. I got a notice from them saying that the repair cost would be...

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In June or July 2005 I purchased a pair of Canon 15X50 "All Weather" Image Stabilized Binoculars. I thought they would be great for birding and some astronomy. Until recently I had enjoyed great service but a couple of weekends ago I had a bunch of friends come to our property for a camp out over Memorial day and we got caught in a rain storm. I ended up with some water in the "All Weather" binoculars and sent them back for repair. I got a notice from them saying that the repair cost would be $1568.48. Man do I feel taken advantage of and will no longer being doing business with Canon in any shape of form. They obliviously do not value their customers or stand behind their products. Anyone else had this problem?

Reviewed by 38 customers

 
5.0

Great Investment

By

from Undisclosed

Best investment in optics I ever made. Sure, they are a bit bulky,but the clarity with the stabilizer make them my primary binoc.My 15x50mm pair is a constant companion in my vehicle. Never had binoculars that allowed me to "Look" into the woods.I have been using them for 10 years+ with no problems. They cost a chunk of change but the best investment for the money I have ever made. You can read a vehicle license plate from a quarter mile with these babies and no tripod necessary.Make a pair in 50x100mm and I'll think about being your first customer. Image stab should be standard on any binocs over 10x.

 
5.0

Excellent binoculars!

By

from Santa Rosa,CA

I use these for everything.They are light weight and fit comfortably around my neck. They are the only binoculars I use, or even need. I've had them for about 6 years and I've had no problems with them at all.The easy focus is right where you need it.I watch birds and squirrels in my back yard and they absolutely stop the image from bouncing around.

 
5.0

Stunning binoculars!

By

from Seattle, WA

I have had these binoculars for almost 14 years. I probably average using them a dozen times a year (usually quite gently, although they have been on a boat with light salt spray a couple of times) and they still work perfectly. I replaced the eyecups recently, since the rubber was cracking from being folded up and down. I'm very happy with them. I use them primarily for astronomy and sometimes for birding. They are not a replacement for either a spotting scope or standard binoculars for birding, being a bit too low in power to replace the scope, and limited by field of view for general birding at close range, but they are great for longer range situations (flying raptors, for example). For astronomy, they are great fun. Saturn is just a little too poorly resolved to see the rings: you can tell something is weird, but I can never see exactly what is going on (a lot like Galileo's original drawings of the planet). They really shine for sweeping rich parts of the Milky Way looking at open clusters and star clouds like M24. Again, they don't replace the telescope, since you can't really dig into the detail of the clusters, but it is nice to be able to sweep from Messier object to Messier object rapidly. Also had a good view of the North American Nebula once at a dark-sky site. IIRC, I held a "high-contrast" nebula filter up to one eyepiece to view the nebula. Last month I had these at a small star party in Australia, standing next to a 30" reflecting telescope, so it was a crowd used to excellent equipment. The users of the big scope were quite impressed with the Canons. The owner of the big scope commented that they had excellent light through-put. The Milky Way in Carina was beautiful! I've even used them as a telephoto lens for a smartphone or small digital camera by holding the camera up to the eyepiece. It's awkward, but can work fairly well if your target is not moving. It really helps to have at least three hands...

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good but not outstanding

By

from Ft. Davis, Texas

I am an amateur astronomer with 40 years of experience looking through various optics to see deep sky objects. My needs are quite specific to this task and might be more rigorous than many other uses. The image stabilization feature is the primary reason I bought them. It works wonderfully! I am able to use the binos without a tripod. Bravo to Canon for a job well done. After many many hours of use I do have some criticism of it. Lens caps should be supplied for all of the glass, not just the eyepieces. Also, there should be a means for the caps to hang from the product while in use. As is I'm forever stumbling in the dark looking for where I put them last. The indicator light for the IS is too bright and the wrong color. It should be red and very dim. As is, when my eye sees it, I lose some dark adaptation. Weight and battery life are acceptable. I found optical quality -for my astronomy application- to be lacking. Stars do not focus well to a pinpoint regardless of how long I leave them to come to thermal equilibrium. Inside and outside focus is asymmetrical. Perhaps the IS feature compromises image quality. I'm not entirely certain, but it appears to me that image quality is better with IS off. My bottom line is that these binos have made a huge contribution to the state of the art. They are fun to use within their limitations.

 
5.0

perfect IS and SHARP!

By

from egg harbor city, nj

I have been using these binocs for several years and the IS is perfect and I depend on it. It is particularly beneficial for star-gazing - keeps your view steady while trying to see details and faint objects. For birdwatching it helps to stabilize your view so that the 12x magnification is not a drawback. I will never birdwatch or stargaze without these binocs!!

 
3.0

Poor eye-cup design

By

from Novato, Ca.  -  Casual/ Recreational

The eye-cups should be redesigned to be more adjustable with perhaps side shields to block extraneous light.The lens quality is O.K., but should be better for this price range. Is there an aftermarket eye-cup for this product? I could not find one.

 
4.0

Loved them but...

By

from Cashmere Washington

The image stabilization works beautifully and for viewing game at high power and long ranges it is essential. I really was amazed at the stabilization. I did not feel however that the optics quality and clarity was up to the price tag! If they put the system together with better optics I will be all over it. Two other minor complaints were the lack of lens covers and the weird eye cups.

 
3.0

excellent binoculars, but poor amenities

By

from Michigan

These binoculars are outstanding. They would get a 5-star across the board from me if it were not for the cheap-cheap-cheap case and strap included with the binoculars as well as the lack of a cover for the lenses, necessitating the purchase of UV protector filters. For an item of this cost, I do expect better quality in the extras that come with the product. Aside from the filters that I had to purchase, I will have to buy a decent strap and probably sew a fully protective case. All that said, the binoculars themselves are marvelous. We use them for stargazing, bird watching, and freighter watching here on the Great Lakes. The image stabilization is well worth the cost. We have two other Canon binoculars as well as Canon camera lenses with the same feature, and we would not do without it.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

UFB! PHENOMINAL PERFORMACE!

By

from The World Is My Playground

I do not mine spending the $$ for a good piece of gear, whether camera or binoculars. When I got these Binoculars, I took a chance based on reviews. I figured if the binoculars worked half as good as a camera lens stagilizer, I would be ahead of the game. I WAS WRONG, these Bino's are UNBELIEVABLE PERFORMANCE PHENOMINAL producing results that will astound you! First trip we took them to Alaska, in Denali Park on one of the excursions into the back country on the tour bus, I spotted a Blond Grizzly Bear through my camera with a 600mm zoom lens, about 1500 yards away from us. My better half with the Bino’s spotted the two cubs with the Grizzly(a Mom). Even our guide was skeptical, he thought we were giving him a hard time, until he saw the digital pictures; his initial question was how did I know it was a Grizzly? I told him, I shot one back when I was younger, you don’t forget what they look like. Without these glasses I would not have seen the cubs and I had unbelievably expensive cameras and lenses. I finally got the picture after looking to see where I had to shoot! Earlier in the trip we spotted Humpback whales, Orca’s, Eagles, iceberg’s forming and more. The 2nd trip was to the West Indies, again, just too good to believe! The Moon, Jupiter and land sights we saw when others just asked to see what we were seeing, their bino’s could not see what we were seeing. Recently we have seen the Moons around Jupiter (5 at one time!), the Rings of Saturn (ROUGHLY 750 MILLION MILES FROM EARTH) and the Space Station as it passes! After seeing the real results with Cannons 18x50 Binoculars, I searched for a better pair; I have not found anything to even come close. What is missing is the adaptor to my camera body using these Binoculars! A couple of other points, when looking at Saturn or Jupiter, use a mono pod while seated in a comfortable chair! You are not going to see that far without Cannon Stabilization on and a relatively stable surface, in other world you have got to steady yourself. A sea captain friend of mine tried them and immediately put this Cannon Binocular on his wish list to his better half, he now owns a set and we have a blast talking and watching the stars. Heavy, not really, wife is a petite woman and I cannot pry them away from her on trips. RESPONSE IS USUALLY; “Get Your Own!� The lugging (love) of these are worth the weight in “sights to be seen!� Who knows, maybe the Aliens will take me and end my Cannon Stabilizer Binocular needs!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Finest Stabilized Optics

By

from Stamford, Connecticut

The binoculars are a brilliant piece of optics and technology, second to none. They lack not a thing, are extremely dependable & a sturdy well-built, water-resistant, sealed & coated to perfection. There are no others, on the market, that can stabilize, that are as light and yet durable enough to compare to what Canon has created. They serve for a number of uses, most of which have to do with aviation. I also use them to track many type of animals, before capturing wildlife, with my Canon 5D MkII. The binoculars are a wonderful investment, which gives back, over and over and over again.

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