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Canon 18x50 IS Image Stabilized Binocular USA

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Product Highlights
  • Weatherproof Housing
  • Wide Angle
  • Porro Prism
  • 3.7° Angle of View
  • ±0.7° Image Stabilization
  • Field-Flattening Lens
  • UD Ultra-Low Dispersion Element
  • Accepts 58mm Filters & Lens Hoods
  • Standard 1/4"-20 Tripod Socket

The Canon 18x50 IS Binocular delivers truly outstanding optical performance and a well-stabilized, high-magnification view.  Whether upon the water's edge enjoying a boat race or high in a stadium's uppermost deck, the 18x50 IS puts you right in the middle of the action with extreme intimacy.  The 18x50 IS binocular's great for big game hunters, spectators of extremely distant sports such as surfing or extreme skiing, or anyone hunkering for incredible pulling power that can actually be enjoyed without the use of a tripod.  It is a water resistant design and also has a tripod socket, as extended periods of observation are best enjoyed with some form of support.

The 18x50 IS was not designed to be habitually worn around the neck, but if you prefer to carry your optic in this manner then consider a thick neoprene strap instead of the supplied flat woven strap.  If you'll be using the binocular in cold weather, it is highly recommended to use lithium batteries instead of alkaline.

The 18x50 IS is threaded to accept 58mm filters, which is convenient for using polarizers around water, but it also means that during extremely bright or humid conditions you can use a pair of 58mm lens hoods to help shield the objective lenses from dew and stray light (and thus improve contrast).

Image Stabilizer counteracts hand tremors for ±0.7° movement in all directions
Field-flattening lens improves edge-to-edge sharpness
UD Ultra-low dispersion glass element
Remarkable close focus distance of 19.7' (6 m) for a 18x power binocular
Eye relief of 15mm is sufficient for most users
Accepts 58mm filters & lens hoods
Standard 1/4"-20 threaded tripod socket upon bottom of housing
Backed by Canon USA's 3-year warranty
Prism Type Porro
Magnification 18x
Objective Lens Diameter 50 mm
Angle of View 3.7° (actual)
Field-of-View 194' @ 1000 yd / 64.41 m @ 1000 m
Minimum Focus Distance 19.7' / 6.00 m
Exit Pupil Diameter 2.8  mm
Eye Relief 15  mm
Interpupillary Adjustment 58 - 76 mm / 2.28 - 2.99"
Dioptric Correction ±3
Focus Type Center
Tripod Mount Yes
Dimensions 6.0 x 3.2 x 7.6" / 15.24 x 8.13 x 19.30  cm
Weight 2.60 lb / 1180 g
Canon 18x50 IS Image Stabilized Binocular
  • Soft Case
  • Woven Strap
  • Two 1.5-Volt "AA" Alkaline Batteries
  • 3-Year Warranty
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    Canon18x50 IS Image Stabilized Binocular
     
    4.7

    (based on 25 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (18)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Strong construction (18)
    • Quality lenses (17)
    • Works well with glasses (5)
    • Close focus (3)
    • Compact (3)

    Cons

    • Heavy (7)
    • Heavy / bulky (3)

    Best Uses

    • Bird watching (14)
    • Wildlife viewing (13)
    • Astronomy (6)
    • Sporting events/concerts (4)
    • Yachting (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (14), Avid adventurer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (13)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Outstanding for birdwatching

    I've been birdwatching for four decades and the Canon 18x50 IS is the best I've ever used. And I've used Leica, Zeiss and Swarovski.
    The stunning amount of detail in a tremblefree...Read complete review

    I've been birdwatching for four decades and the Canon 18x50 IS is the best I've ever used. And I've used Leica, Zeiss and Swarovski.
    The stunning amount of detail in a tremblefree image is something that must be experienced in the field to appreciate the IS feature. There's simply no alternative, unless you choose to haul a scope on a tripod around with you. This binocular goes in a rucksack, or, as I prefer, around the neck. It's the only binocular I use, other binoculars stay at home. I gladly put up with the weight (1220 grams, batteries included) because I know beforehand I can identify birds at all distances, where other binoculars - even the most expensive ones - struggle or fail.
    I wish I had discovered these binoculars decades ago, I'm so pleased with them since I bought them a year ago.
    They are rugged and waterproof. I've used them in rain, drizzle, snow, on salt spray seawatches with tons of fine sand blown over them, and they are virtually immune. Excellent!
    The weight is the only downside, as far as I can see; I take a small stool with me, so for more comfort I can sit and use them, resting my elbows on my knees.
    I can recommend these binoculars to anyone who wants to see birds up close, as they are on the pictures in the fieldguide.

    Best regards, Ronald Sinoo

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Poor image stabilization /eye relief

    I wanted to use for astronomy,but the short eye relief made it a very bad choice for glasses users - only the center of the field of view is visible.I have other binoculars with...Read complete review

    I wanted to use for astronomy,but the short eye relief made it a very bad choice for glasses users - only the center of the field of view is visible.I have other binoculars with 16mm of eye relief that are not so bad.
    And the image stabilization is poor,to me the Canon 10x30IS that I have seems much more stable.
    Resume :If you wear glasses and want a good stabilization ,it's not for you....

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    5.0

    FANTASTIC!

    By babi

    from Austin Texas

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Close Focus
    • Quality Lenses
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Bird Watching
      • Wildlife Viewing

      Comments about Canon 18x50 IS Image Stabilized Binocular:

      on a recent cruise through Alaska, we had the Canon 18x50 and another pair. The difference is amazing! The stabilizing feature is incredibly useful. We were able to truly enjoy eagles sitting on top of trees with amazing detail, not to mention the whales and other wild life. One thing that we noticed is that it eats up the battery rather quickly. Other than that, they are perfect!

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      5.0

      "Would buy again - this is our 4th pair"

      By Army

      from Austin, TX

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • All Weather
      • Quality Lenses
      • Quick focus
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Line Inspections
        • Wildlife Viewing

        Comments about Canon 18x50 IS Image Stabilized Binocular:

        Our Transmission Construction and Maintenance department patrollers use these Binoculars to inspect our Transmission line(s) insulators, hardware, conductor, and structures. These work great for spotting cotter keys that are backing out, and for locating operations (flashed insulators, lightning strikes, etc.) on our circuits.
        Would be nice if the eyepiece lens caps were attached to the binoculars and if there were objective lens caps.

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        5.0

        Great combination of power and stability

        By Cathy

        from New York, New York

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Quality Lenses
        • Strong Construction
        • Waterproof

        Cons

        • Bulky
        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Sporting Events/Concerts
        • Wildlife Viewing

        Comments about Canon 18x50 IS Image Stabilized Binocular:

        Fantastic binoculars. Hesitated before making the investment, but glad I did. Great for city scapes as well as outdoor activities.

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        4.0

        Great Glass, Brutal Eye Cups

        By nikko

        from Boston,ma

        About Me Avid Adventurer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Quality Lenses

        Cons

        • Bad Eye Cups
        • Bulky

        Best Uses

          Comments about Canon 18x50 IS Image Stabilized Binocular:

          A lot is online about these so if you will spend some time looking you will be able to judge for yourself. I will keep mine, but I really dislike the eyecups, even having been forewarned. They are awful. The ones on my 12x36 are 1000x better. Come on Canon!

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          5.0

          10+ years and still going strong

          By Jim

          from Chevy Chase, MD

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Pros

          • Powerful stabilization
          • Quality Lenses
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Astronomy

          Comments about Canon 18x50 IS Image Stabilized Binocular:

          As a casual astronomy buff, the Canon 18x50 image-stabilized binocs are incredible. Looking at the stars is such a pleasure - great Canon optics. But it's the stabilization feature that stands out - I find something interesting (jittering away) then hit the IS "on" button and a solid "click" as the motors spin up and lock the image rock-solid. The binocs get heavy and I find I put them down to rest my arms just about as the 5-minute run time expires (just press the on button again for another session). Single-use lithium-ion batteries work well...light weight, very long-lasting and able to keep up with the high current demands of active image stabilization. I bought the 18x50 IS binocs when they first came out - so owned them for ten years+ with no issues.

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          5.0

          I would by this product again and again

          By OB1

          from Rome, Italy

          About Me Avid Adventurer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Quality Lenses
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Wildlife Viewing

          Comments about Canon 18x50 IS Image Stabilized Binocular:

          Great IS. Very well done construction.

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          5.0

          Excellent product

          By Chris

          from Queensland, Australia

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Quality Lenses
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Bird Watching
            • Wildlife Viewing

            Comments about Canon 18x50 IS Image Stabilized Binocular:

            Great for bird & animal watching so as not to disturb them.

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            4.0

            Fine workmanship

            By Woody

            from Mississauga, Canada

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Quality Lenses
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Bird Watching
              • Hunting
              • Sporting Events/Concerts
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Comments about Canon 18x50 IS Image Stabilized Binocular:

              I planned to uses this binos for general purpose. On the sail boat for long distance viewing, star gazing, birds or whatever.

              Image clarity is excellent. I had hoped that the image stabilization would have removed more of the jitter. When they are turned on, it does stabilize the display, but not as much as I hoped, so you still have to hold it steady.

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              4.0

              Great For Hand-Held Astronomy

              By crlytle

              from West Linn, OR

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Astronomy
                • Bird Watching

                Comments about Canon 18x50 IS Image Stabilized Binocular:

                After a lifetime of dragging around a tripod and/or having to find something on which to prop my elbows, these binoculars solved the "jitters" completely. I'd still recommend a tripod because they're heavy and will tire you out fairly quickly.

                I get a fairly pronounced kidney bean effect in that stars tend to smear out a bit. However, the image is tack-sharp for the moon. In fact, the IS allows you to clearly note changes in viewing due to the atmosphere from hour to hour or day to day. The IS allows you to clearly see many of the Meisser objects as faint, fuzzy patches. However, don't expect IS to solve the problems of light pollution or bad "seeing."

                I've had problems changing the eyepiece separation distance, and the right eyepiece diopter is a bear to turn. Also, the center focus is incredibly touchy and very easily goes out of focus. I find myself constantly fiddling with it, which detracts from the observing experience.

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                5.0

                Powerful binoculars

                By eddie

                from houston, tx

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Quality Lenses
                • Strong Construction
                • Works Well With Glasses

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Bird Watching
                  • Natural scenery viewing
                  • Star gazing
                  • Wildlife Viewing

                  Comments about Canon 18x50 IS Image Stabilized Binocular:

                  Powerful and amazingly stable image. Great for the day or at night. From spotting license plates on a moving automobile to awesome star gazing, these binoculars are pleasure to use. Actually saw the moons of Jupiter and the Orion nebula with this baby. As good as any telescope for a fraction of the cost.

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                  5.0

                  Awesome binoculars

                  By mikej

                  from canada

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Quality Lenses
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Bird Watching
                    • Sporting Events/Concerts
                    • Wildlife Viewing

                    Comments about Canon 18x50 IS Image Stabilized Binocular:

                    Great image stabalisation I do not find them too heavy. Work better with the rubber eye sleaves pealed back. Cannot believe they come without lens covers for the price!

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                    3.0

                    Poor image stabilization /eye relief

                    By The Marquees

                    from Curitiba ,Brazil

                    About Me Casual/ Recreational

                    Pros

                    • Well built quality

                    Cons

                    • Heavy
                    • Unstable

                    Best Uses

                    • General all around use

                    Comments about Canon 18x50 IS Image Stabilized Binocular:

                    I wanted to use for astronomy,but the short eye relief made it a very bad choice for glasses users - only the center of the field of view is visible.I have other binoculars with 16mm of eye relief that are not so bad.
                    And the image stabilization is poor,to me the Canon 10x30IS that I have seems much more stable.
                    Resume :If you wear glasses and want a good stabilization ,it's not for you....

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                    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    steady image at high magnification

                    By Jose

                    from Sao Paulo, Brazil

                    About Me Avid Adventurer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Image stabilization
                    • Quality Lenses
                    • Strong Construction
                    • Works Well With Glasses

                    Cons

                    • No frontal caps
                    • Overpriced

                    Best Uses

                    • Bird Watching
                    • Wildlife Viewing

                    Comments about Canon 18x50 IS Image Stabilized Binocular:

                    Great optics and good image stabilization for 18x(not perfect, however, since some vibrations remain) .
                    Excellent for observations of furtive small birds and to see details in great distances; reasonable minimum focus distance (6m).
                    Objectives dangerously exposed, thus frontal caps must be part of the package (not provided by Canon; it is a shame, since this is a high priced bino). I will buy sets of two 58mm hoods, caps and UV filters to protect this expensive optics.
                    4.5 stars really, not 5 because absence of frontal caps and price.

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                    5.0

                    Great Birding and Astronomy Binoculars

                    By unclejace

                    from Ellsworth, ME

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Image stabilization
                    • Magnification

                    Cons

                    • Bulky

                    Best Uses

                    • Astronomy
                    • Bird Watching
                    • Wildlife Viewing

                    Comments about Canon 18x50 IS Image Stabilized Binocular:

                    I use these for astronomy, birding and general nature viewing on both land and water. This is my second pair, replacing a 10 yr old 15x50 IS set that died from hard use. I researched most of the IS binoculars on the market and came back to these for a second round. Difference between the 15x and 18x is minor in terms of magnification or jitter from the narrower field of view.

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                    5.0

                    Outstanding for birdwatching

                    By Kor Haan

                    from Hilversum, The Netherlands

                    About Me Professional Guide

                    Pros

                    • Quality Lenses
                    • Strong Construction
                    • Stunning detail
                    • Works Well With Glasses

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Bird Watching
                    • General use
                    • Star gazing
                    • Wildlife Viewing

                    Comments about Canon 18x50 IS Image Stabilized Binocular:

                    I've been birdwatching for four decades and the Canon 18x50 IS is the best I've ever used. And I've used Leica, Zeiss and Swarovski.
                    The stunning amount of detail in a tremblefree image is something that must be experienced in the field to appreciate the IS feature. There's simply no alternative, unless you choose to haul a scope on a tripod around with you. This binocular goes in a rucksack, or, as I prefer, around the neck. It's the only binocular I use, other binoculars stay at home. I gladly put up with the weight (1220 grams, batteries included) because I know beforehand I can identify birds at all distances, where other binoculars - even the most expensive ones - struggle or fail.
                    I wish I had discovered these binoculars decades ago, I'm so pleased with them since I bought them a year ago.
                    They are rugged and waterproof. I've used them in rain, drizzle, snow, on salt spray seawatches with tons of fine sand blown over them, and they are virtually immune. Excellent!
                    The weight is the only downside, as far as I can see; I take a small stool with me, so for more comfort I can sit and use them, resting my elbows on my knees.
                    I can recommend these binoculars to anyone who wants to see birds up close, as they are on the pictures in the fieldguide.

                    Best regards, Ronald Sinoo

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                    5.0

                    Very Satisfied

                    By piratecliff

                    from boise, ID

                    About Me Casual/ Recreational

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Quality Lenses
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Canon 18x50 IS Image Stabilized Binocular:

                        This pair of binos have been with me on a sailboat for 4 years now without the best of care. It's been left in the cockpit during storms and packed along dusty hiking trails to no end. Be prepared, they aren't light weight.

                        Every time I pick it up I'm amazed at the clarity and image the IS provides. I've had zero issues and the batteries seem to really last.

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                        5.0

                        Excellent!

                        By Scott

                        from Atlanta, GA

                        About Me Professional Guide

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Quality Lenses
                        • Strong Construction
                        • Works Well With Glasses

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Bird Watching
                          • Wildlife Viewing

                          Comments about Canon 18x50 IS Image Stabilized Binocular:

                          The IS binoculars by Canon excellent - easy to use with great images.

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                          4.0

                          Very good Product

                          By Hondo TX

                          from Just North of San Antonio

                          About Me Casual/ Recreational

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • Heavy

                          Best Uses

                          • Wildlife Viewing

                          Comments about Canon 18x50 IS Image Stabilized Binocular:

                          Well made, seems to be sturdy, heavy but I knew that when I bought, use a tripod most of the time

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                          5.0

                          Great equipment for sports, wildlife wat

                          By canon guy

                          from hamden, ct

                          About Me Casual/ Recreational

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Quality Lenses
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Bird Watching
                            • Sporting Events/Concerts
                            • Yachting

                            Comments about Canon 18x50 IS Image Stabilized Binocular:

                            Used for sports, wildlife, scanning for shots prior to using my 300mm lens

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                            5.0

                            You see the Jupiter moons circling

                            By Woodley

                            from Argovia, Switzerland

                            About Me Casual/ Recreational

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Close Focus
                            • Compact
                            • Quality Lenses
                            • Strong Construction
                            • Works Well With Glasses

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Astronomy
                              • Bird Watching
                              • Security
                              • Yachting

                              Comments about Canon 18x50 IS Image Stabilized Binocular:

                              The impressive magnification paired with IS offers astounding new perspectives of wildlife, birdwatching, mountains or distant events. For some it may be on the heavy side during hikes, No real disadvantage considering all the fascination it provides.

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                              Duracell -  AA 1.5v Alkaline Coppertop Battery (2-Pack)
                              • You Pay: $1.98
                               

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                              Strap your device securely & carry in comfort.

                              Bushnell -  Deluxe Binocular Harness Strap (Black, Clamshell Packaging)
                              • You Pay: $12.99
                               

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                              Magnus -  PV-7450M Photo/Video Tripod with Monopod
                              • You Pay: $79.95
                               

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                              Help keep your optics clean & fog free with these tools.

                              Pearstone -  Microfiber Cleaning Cloth, 18% Gray (7 x 7.9")
                              • You Pay: $4.99
                               

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                              Protect your lens or eyes from unwanted glare.

                              Tiffen -  58mm UV Protector Filter
                              • You Pay: $5.47
                               
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