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Canon 18x50 IS Image Stabilized Binocular

B&H # CA18X50 MFR # 4624A002 USA
Canon 18x50 IS Image Stabilized Binocular

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  • 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
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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 27 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (20)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Strong construction (19)
    • Quality lenses (18)
    • 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 (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (15)

    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

    Best long-range hand-held binos made.

    By Photo-flyer

    from Norfolk, Virginia

    About Me Avid Adventurer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Quality Lenses
    • Strong Construction
    • Waterproof

    Cons

    • Poor Eye Shades

    Best Uses

      Comments about Canon 18x50 IS Image Stabilized Binocular:

      Being able to read the names on ships a mile or two distant hand-held with a smooth, clear image indicates the quality of the Canon glass and its IS system. As others have noted, the eye cups are uncomfortable and fail to block bright light from the side. B & H sells the Zacuto Z-Finder V2 Protective Upgrade kit Z-FPU for pro movie cameras and buying 2 sets will be a real welcome improvement to the 18 x 50 orignal eyecups. Just fold the the Canon eyecups back and slip on the LARGE, soft Zacutos. Whether for horses on the back straight at the race track, ships at sea, or close-up bird watching, the Canon !8 x 50 IS binos can't be beat. Also, be sure to buy a pair of 58 mm snap-on covers for the front lens.

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      5.0

      Had 1 bought 2 more for crew!

      By Charlie

      from Georgia

      Verified Buyer

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        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Canon 18x50 IS Image Stabilized Binocular:

            Best binoculars on the market i know of.

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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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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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

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                  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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                    • No

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                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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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                        • No

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                        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Powerful binoculars

                        By eddie

                        from houston, tx

                        About Me Avid Adventurer

                        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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                          • No

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          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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                            • No

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                            (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            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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                            • No

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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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                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            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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                            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            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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