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Canon 10x42 L IS WP Image Stabilized Binocular USA

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Product Highlights
  • Waterproof & Fogproof
  • Wide Angle
  • Porro Prism
  • 6.5° Angle of View

Well that's quite a mouthful of initials and adjectives.  Canon's supreme monarch of binoculars is the first to have their "L" designation.  The "L" suffix in their lineup of lenses for Canon's SLR and video cameras is officially designated as 'luxury' but may as well have evolved to mean 'legendary' - with a price and performance to match the lexicon.

While this is not the absolute lightest 10x42 binocular, for many users this will nonetheless be a better choice for fulfilling a life's list of exquisite tools and witnessed species alike.  In use, the ability of this unit to stay locked upon your subject is uncanny.

Through practice and handling expertise, it is true that experienced users can make good use of a 10x42 roof prism binocular-despite its magnification that's pretty strong for general handholding.  But even the steadiest hands cannot match the views rendered by the Canon 10x42 L IS WP, and that means you'll spend more time perusing finer details thanks to the incredibly efficient stabilization.  While other similarly-priced binoculars may be brighter, they don't provide higher perceived resolution than these fine lenses with their special field-flattener and ULD lens elements.  So if you prefer longer observation sessions or have a less than ideal capacity to handhold a binocular, than this is quite likely for you the best price-no-object 10x42 option available today.

The Canon 10x42 L IS WP uses conventional 'penlight' AA batteries to operate its stabilization system, and can use either traditional alkaline, NiMh, or lithium versions.  It is highly recommended to use lithium whenever conditions are terribly cold, as it greatly increases the battery life at those times.  In conditions below 20°F(-7°C), normal alkaline batteries will provide only a tiny fraction of the operating time that you could expect from lithium power.

Another nicety Canon bestowed upon the 10x42 L; 52mm filter threadings on the objective lenses, which can be used for polarizers and (best of all) telephoto lens hoods to increase contrast in bright light.

Helicoid-type twist-up eyecups
"L" Series optics with four elements of Ultra-Low Dispersion (UD)
Runs on ubiquitous "AA" batteries
Excellent close focusing capacity
Includes Canon's superior 3-year warranty
Interpupillary distance adjustment range of ~57-75 mm
±3 Dioptric correction
Accepts 52mm screw-in filters, lens caps, and lens hoods
Prism Type Porro
Magnification 10x
Objective Lens Diameter 42 mm
Angle of View 6.5° (actual)
Field-of-View 341' @ 1000 yd / 113.21 m @ 1000 m
Minimum Focus Distance 8.2' / 2.50 m
Exit Pupil Diameter 4.2  mm
Eye Relief 16  mm
Interpupillary Adjustment 57 - 75 mm / 2.24 - 2.95"
Dioptric Correction Not Specified By Manufacturer
Focus Type Center
Tripod Mount Yes
Dimensions 5.4 x 3.4 x 6.9" / 13.72 x 8.64 x 17.53  cm
Weight 36.79 oz / 1043 g
Canon 10x42 L IS WP Image Stabilized Binocular
  • Padded Case w/ Strap
  • Neoprene Strap
  • Eyepiece Rainguard
  • 1-Piece Push-On Objectives Cap
  • Two 1.5-Volt "AA" Alkaline Batteries
  • 3-Year Limited Warranty
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    Canon10x42 L IS WP Image Stabilized Binocular
     
    4.5

    (based on 24 reviews)

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    91%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Quality lenses (19)
    • Strong construction (15)
    • Works well with glasses (10)
    • Waterproof (6)
    • Close focus (4)

    Cons

    • Heavy (7)
    • Heavy / bulky (4)

    Best Uses

    • Bird watching (15)
    • Wildlife viewing (11)
    • Sporting events/concerts (6)
    • Astronomy (3)
    • Boating / sailing (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid adventurer (13), Casual/ recreational (9)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    I'm impressed.

    I'll probably never give a five star rating.

    These are an impressive piece of gear. I've used several sets of 7x50 marine binoculars. Some big names have fogged as soon as...Read complete review

    I'll probably never give a five star rating.

    These are an impressive piece of gear. I've used several sets of 7x50 marine binoculars. Some big names have fogged as soon as they were in a damp environment. Others have been my go-to's and never failed after some tough use.

    I'm a Canon camera user and familiar with their "L" lenses, so I was going to be a tough sell.

    I'm very happy with the 10x42 L IS glasses. I was using them next to a pair of 7x50 Fujinons, which have served me well during years of sailing, so I have a good comparison.

    The Fujinon 7x50's are a great product. Mine have the built-in compass that has been very useful while doing a lot of hand navigating. I love those glasses and will have to keep them around because they work so well.

    The compass is less of a feature for day-to-day use, because new electronic charting is so easy. In a backup role, I'd always opt for the compass feature.

    I'm guessing the Fuji's will be brighter in marginal dark conditions because of their bigger objective lens--another reason to keep the 7x50's.

    The last reason to keep the 7x50's is that they don't require an "on" switch. They are always ready.

    Then why the new glasses?

    They simply see more clearly from any distance, including far farther than anything I've used. Traditionally, 7 magnification has been considered the most you can use on boats because you can't keep them still. The extra magnification helps to see further, of course, but the IS feature and quality lenses makes the 10x42's clearer at any distance.

    For those of us who wear glasses, the Canon's screw-down eye cups are a vast improvement over the folding rubber cups on previous binoculars, and possibly reason alone to look at other options.

    Focusing with the Canons is far easier than the separate focus knobs on many other water-proof binoculars. Focusing is smooth and sure. The individual diopter focus for the right lens snaps in and out of focus mode and is simple, sure and easy to reset to your specific needs. The ease with which you can use the Canon binocs with your corrective glasses makes the diopter control less of an issue because your vision is otherwise corrected.

    My first use on a boat proved the Canons to be a better bet for reading bouys and other boats' names. The two "AA" batteries lasted for 10 days before they started to shudder slightly, then fail to lock into the stabilization mode.

    I've been leery of another tool being reliant on batteries, and the binoculars are pretty bouncy when not "locked in" by using the IS feature, so plan to have batteries available.

    When researching other brands, I learned that some will fail, needing repair, if you try to use them with dead batteries, so be careful about choosing a product with that nasty booby trap.

    I haven't tried higher magnification IS binoculars and I imagine some reading this would rather go for the numbers than think too hard about how they want to use their new tool. A magnification of "10" seemed to be a real improvement over the "7's" I've been using, and adequate for my use.

    The instructions suggest running water over the glasses if you use them in a particularly harsh environment like salt spray or sand. That seems like harsh treatment for such a fine instrument, so I think I'll just take good care of them, knowing they're probably more robust than I think. The instructions also suggest changing the rubber seal on the battery compartment every two years. I'll have to see if that makes sense after using them for awhile.

    I'm not spending as much time in the cockpit of a sailboat as I am in the pilot-house these days, which will make a difference in how much abuse I'm dishing out.

    These are great glasses with better acuity than I'm used to. Focusing is easier, and the manufacturer seems to think they're as robust as my previous pair. I'll probably take better care of these, but use them more. I'll need to find out more about how they compare in marginal light conditions. Also, they may be too heavy for anything but occasional bird watching. Others said they are too heavy for star-gazing, too. I'd say they're great for a quick look at something that catches your eye, but there are better tools for serious birding or star gazing.

    I haven't tried other IS glasses with higher magnification, but these seem to be as strong as I'll need. The booby-trap feature of some others make them a non-starter.

    There have been no surprises with the Canons, other than how nicely they work.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    A dimond that needs a bit more polish.

    I own another 3 Canon IS photo lenses with L optics and I can tell that this binocular is the same quality;I mean mechanicly and optically exceptional.The L lenses send this product above the...Read complete review

    I own another 3 Canon IS photo lenses with L optics and I can tell that this binocular is the same quality;I mean mechanicly and optically exceptional.The L lenses send this product above the similar price products in the market and the IS makes the difference even bigger to whatever else I have tried.On the top of all,the WP gives you a peace of mind when you use it and makes it easy to maintain and clean.
    On the other hand what negatively surprised me was the design/specs/manufacturing negligence with the electronics PCB's which,visible through the front lenses, have no finish on the contour edges and fiber glass filaments/burrs are exposed,allmost loose and ready to detach and contaminate the inner optics and mechnics,given the mechanical and thermal shock regime to which this kind of object is usualy subject to.
    The front caps are difficult to use.
    The rear caps are the worst design I ever have seen;they are too big loose and heavy.
    The bag is nicely sewn/good quality but not of real use;it has no pokets for accessories and there's not enogh room for the binocular strap.
    It is difficult to attach filters to the front lens because the plastic threads are not rigid enough and a bit loose in terms of fit tollerances;they start too deep and crossthreaded very easy with all filters I have tried.

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    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    10X42 L IS WP by Canon

    By James E. Taneyhill

    from Overseas

    About Me Avid Adventurer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Quality Lenses

    Cons

    • Is Function Not As Effect
    • Poor Construction
    • Unstable

    Best Uses

    • Star Watching

    Comments about Canon 10x42 L IS WP Image Stabilized Binocular:

    As a sailor I am always looking for buoys - so these are what I have wanted since the 80s.
    Lens clarity is remarkable! I am very pleased.
    Structurally, the battery storage area could be beefed up, I see it is a point of failure.
    The IS feature is not as effective as desired.

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    4.0

    I'm impressed.

    By LSW

    from Seattle

    About Me Avid Adventurer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Quality Lenses
    • Strong Construction
    • Waterproof
    • Works Well With Glasses

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Boat

      Comments about Canon 10x42 L IS WP Image Stabilized Binocular:

      I'll probably never give a five star rating.

      These are an impressive piece of gear. I've used several sets of 7x50 marine binoculars. Some big names have fogged as soon as they were in a damp environment. Others have been my go-to's and never failed after some tough use.

      I'm a Canon camera user and familiar with their "L" lenses, so I was going to be a tough sell.

      I'm very happy with the 10x42 L IS glasses. I was using them next to a pair of 7x50 Fujinons, which have served me well during years of sailing, so I have a good comparison.

      The Fujinon 7x50's are a great product. Mine have the built-in compass that has been very useful while doing a lot of hand navigating. I love those glasses and will have to keep them around because they work so well.

      The compass is less of a feature for day-to-day use, because new electronic charting is so easy. In a backup role, I'd always opt for the compass feature.

      I'm guessing the Fuji's will be brighter in marginal dark conditions because of their bigger objective lens--another reason to keep the 7x50's.

      The last reason to keep the 7x50's is that they don't require an "on" switch. They are always ready.

      Then why the new glasses?

      They simply see more clearly from any distance, including far farther than anything I've used. Traditionally, 7 magnification has been considered the most you can use on boats because you can't keep them still. The extra magnification helps to see further, of course, but the IS feature and quality lenses makes the 10x42's clearer at any distance.

      For those of us who wear glasses, the Canon's screw-down eye cups are a vast improvement over the folding rubber cups on previous binoculars, and possibly reason alone to look at other options.

      Focusing with the Canons is far easier than the separate focus knobs on many other water-proof binoculars. Focusing is smooth and sure. The individual diopter focus for the right lens snaps in and out of focus mode and is simple, sure and easy to reset to your specific needs. The ease with which you can use the Canon binocs with your corrective glasses makes the diopter control less of an issue because your vision is otherwise corrected.

      My first use on a boat proved the Canons to be a better bet for reading bouys and other boats' names. The two "AA" batteries lasted for 10 days before they started to shudder slightly, then fail to lock into the stabilization mode.

      I've been leery of another tool being reliant on batteries, and the binoculars are pretty bouncy when not "locked in" by using the IS feature, so plan to have batteries available.

      When researching other brands, I learned that some will fail, needing repair, if you try to use them with dead batteries, so be careful about choosing a product with that nasty booby trap.

      I haven't tried higher magnification IS binoculars and I imagine some reading this would rather go for the numbers than think too hard about how they want to use their new tool. A magnification of "10" seemed to be a real improvement over the "7's" I've been using, and adequate for my use.

      The instructions suggest running water over the glasses if you use them in a particularly harsh environment like salt spray or sand. That seems like harsh treatment for such a fine instrument, so I think I'll just take good care of them, knowing they're probably more robust than I think. The instructions also suggest changing the rubber seal on the battery compartment every two years. I'll have to see if that makes sense after using them for awhile.

      I'm not spending as much time in the cockpit of a sailboat as I am in the pilot-house these days, which will make a difference in how much abuse I'm dishing out.

      These are great glasses with better acuity than I'm used to. Focusing is easier, and the manufacturer seems to think they're as robust as my previous pair. I'll probably take better care of these, but use them more. I'll need to find out more about how they compare in marginal light conditions. Also, they may be too heavy for anything but occasional bird watching. Others said they are too heavy for star-gazing, too. I'd say they're great for a quick look at something that catches your eye, but there are better tools for serious birding or star gazing.

      I haven't tried other IS glasses with higher magnification, but these seem to be as strong as I'll need. The booby-trap feature of some others make them a non-starter.

      There have been no surprises with the Canons, other than how nicely they work.

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      5.0

      Canon 10x42

      By Volodymyr Goi

      from VA

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Close Focus
      • Quality Lenses
      • Strong Construction
      • Waterproof

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Canon 10x42 L IS WP Image Stabilized Binocular:

      I like it do much! I see the moon!!!!!!

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      • Yes

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      4.0

      Almost there

      By Rip

      from Bayfield, CO

      About Me Avid Adventurer

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      Pros

      • Bright
      • Quality Lenses
      • Stable
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Hard eye cups
      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy

      Comments about Canon 10x42 L IS WP Image Stabilized Binocular:

      I use these for astronomy. As expected they are heavy but sharp, bright, and have an excellent field of view. With the press-and-release feature to lock image stabilization on they are rock solid and a pleasure to use. I can readily resolve double stars with separations of less than one arc minute. Great and almost all that you could ask for... EXCEPT for the eye cups/guards! You have to wonder if anyone at Canon ever actually looked up at the sky through these eyepieces. When I recline to view near the zenith the binocular is so heavy that my nose and eye sockets must carry some of the weight. The 10x42 eye cups are too hard to hold in position for more than 20-30 seconds. The pain is about what you would expect from a couple of 1 3/4" pieces of heavy iron pipe pressing against your face. After waiting several days for Canon to reply to an e-mail request for assistance, I gave up and rolled off the rubber eyepiece covers, cut a couple of neoprene "donuts" for liners and reinstalled the covers. This helped but was still not as comfortable as my old 7x35 binoculars. Finally I removed the underlying plastic eye piece extenders and replaced all of this with a pair of $10, 1 1/2" rubber eye cups for Gemini LW binoculars (available on-line). What I have now is a 5-star binocular but I can only give Canon credit for 4 of those stars.

      One final note: based on the other reviews, I ordered B+W coated U-V filters and generic lens caps as part of my order. I never bothered trying Canon's lens caps.

      For horizontal viewing the eye cups may not be a problem. For astronomy, make sure you can support these totally with your arms for extended periods or that you are willing to modify the eyepieces.

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      5.0

      Best from the Best

      By German

      from Vilnius, Lithuania

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Quality Lenses
      • Strong Construction
      • Waterproof

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Sporting Events/Concerts
        • Wildlife Viewing

        Comments about Canon 10x42 L IS WP Image Stabilized Binocular:

        Incredible clear and stable image. Little bit worse in twilight.

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        5.0

        Incredible!

        By Bearman

        from Jackson, Wyoming

        About Me Avid Adventurer

        Pros

        • Quality Lenses
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Bulky
        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Wildlife Viewing

        Comments about Canon 10x42 L IS WP Image Stabilized Binocular:

        I've used these watching wolves at distances of up to three miles, with stunning results! The clarity and amount of detail that you see at these distances is simply amazing. Not one of the many people I've let look through these, has had any other reaction than that of being blown away. Yes the lens covers are worthless and they are a little bulky, but the veiw you get for the price you pay makes this an absolute no brainer!

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        5.0

        Don't over look these binos

        By Dale 1540

        from Henderson, NV

        About Me Avid Adventurer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Close Focus
        • Quality Lenses
        • Works Well With Glasses

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Canon 10x42 L IS WP Image Stabilized Binocular:

        I have been watching for a good price on the 10x42 Swarovision Binoculars and run across the canon 10x42Ls. Based on the reviews I decided to give them a try and ordered a pair. So right after I ordered the Canon's A local guy had a pair of the Swaro's for sale at a great price and I bought them. Received the Canon's yesterday. I set up both binos on tripods with a resoluton chart at 50' to do a optics test. I spent over an hour looking between the Swaros and the Canons. Opticly I could not tell a difference both were sharp to the edge and a superb image. I waited til dusk to see which one was brighter. Again could not tell a difference. No color fringing shown in either bino. The Swaros were a little easier to look thur and were lighter. I will be keeping both as their as good as it gets and I love the image stabilizer which is leaps and bounds above hand holding. Knowing what I know now I would have just bought the Canons at half the price. Yes you have to use some care handling the Canons but at twice the price I think I would be very careful with the Swaros as well. I am not an optics expert but I know what looks good and both of these binos are "A" list.

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        4.0

        Pretty much what you would expect.

        By Cpan

        from San Jose, CA

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Excellent stabilization
        • Quality Lenses
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Cheap caps at both ends

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Canon 10x42 L IS WP Image Stabilized Binocular:

        If you haven't tried a Canon IS binocular, you have to try it to believe it. The stabilizing mechanism works extremely well. This is probably the perfect binocular for a wide variety of things but that will really depend on what specs you are looking for. At 10x42, you probably can't do much better.

        I am giving 4 stars (4.5 really) mainly because at this price point, I expect Canon to provide better accessories. The covers at both ends are fairly annoying and not very functional. The case is alright but not the best. Having an external pocket for additional filters and such would have helped ... and of course it is expensive as *the place you go instead of heaven if you are a bad person since I can't type the actual name here* :) Other than that, quality and functionality wise, it is 5 out of 5.

        I have not had a chance to use it in bad weather yet so no comments on how it performs there.

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        5.0

        A birder/cruiser says YES!!

        By Dave

        from St. Petersburg, FL

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Close Focus
        • Quality Lenses
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Bulky
        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Bird Watching
        • Wildlife Viewing

        Comments about Canon 10x42 L IS WP Image Stabilized Binocular:

        Alaska cruising and land touring on a variety of platforms proved the worth of these bins to me. Excellent optical quality without the stabilizer feature engaged. From an unstable viewing platform, with the image stabilizer engaged, (tour boat, train, etc), these proved to be far superior to my cutting edge Swarovski 10 X 42 Swarovision bins.

        Will I go to these for my main birding bins? No! Why? When the image stabilizer is activated, there is a certain amount of focus "float", which means that the image sharpness doesn't maintain exact focus. You have to constantly fine adjust the focus knob to get the best clarity. I happen to be blessed with way above average visual acuity, so I am able to descern the slight differences in sharpness of focus (when in image stabilized mode), that most people would not see. I have also owned and used some of the best glass in the world. I feel these bins are world class. The only negatives are size and weight which is easily negated by a binocular shoulder harness. The 3 year warranty is less than the top names, but not a big concern to me. Would I trade my Swarovski's for them-no! The Swarovski's are the top of the heap. Would I ever trade these Canons off-never! In fact, on my next trip to AK, I'll leave the Swaro's at home.

        My next "slug it out in the mud and rain, 10 mile birding walk, over rough terrain?", I'll take the Swaro's. For just about everything else, I'll take the Canon 10 X42's.

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        4.0

        Great optics, great ergonomics

        By Stargazer

        from Toronto, ON

        About Me Avid Adventurer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Close Focus
        • Strong Construction
        • Works Well With Glasses

        Cons

        • Bulky

        Best Uses

        • Bird Watching
        • Star gazing

        Comments about Canon 10x42 L IS WP Image Stabilized Binocular:

        I've had mine for about 18 months now. I use them for birding and casual stargazing and the optics are superb.

        My 10x42's have a strange issue - they flatten the batteries even if they are turned off. This is really a nuisance issue, but you may want to watch for it. I decided that the cost of sending them back was more than the problem was worth... on reflection, maybe that was a mistake.

        I find that the strap is uninspiring - I'll dump it sooner or later and get something a little more functional. The case strap is AWFUL!

        As others have commented, the stock lens caps are next to useless and should not be part of a flagship product. I recommend installation of 52 mm B+W UV filters (just to protect the protective element which is difficult to replace.) I also suggest a pair of B+W 52 mm metal glare shields which help prevent dew formation on the lenses.

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        5.0

        Great product

        By 2 LKY

        from Ottawa, Canada

        About Me Avid Adventurer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Quality Lenses
        • Works Well With Glasses

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Bird Watching
          • Wildlife Viewing

          Comments about Canon 10x42 L IS WP Image Stabilized Binocular:

          Naturalist & Sailor
          Clarity like never before. 1 click stabilization is great. Auto shut-off is convient. Waterproof fantastic. I don't find these inordanately heavy or large for their power.
          The lense caps are a real pain. Useless!
          Aluminium tele lense hoods reduces the need for caps except for eye pieces.
          I bought the 52mm lens caps thinking they would go with the lens hood. They fit on the binoculars without the hoods.
          Binoculars come with a good strap. One should not buy an alternate until they give the Canon strap a try.

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          5.0

          Very satisfied

          By Andre

          from Switzerland

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Quality Lenses
          • Strong Construction
          • Works Well With Glasses

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Bird Watching
            • Boating
            • Wildlife Viewing

            Comments about Canon 10x42 L IS WP Image Stabilized Binocular:

            Everything perfect as others mentioned many times, but the lens caps are a joke! I put two UV haze filters as protection and bought two nice no-name lens caps with CANON Logo. That's perfect now, but strange that Canon missed this detail!

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            5.0

            Finest view without trembling!

            By Ken-chan

            from Hiroshima, Japan

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Image stabilization
            • Quality Lenses
            • Works Well With Glasses

            Cons

            • Heavy
            • Poor Construction

            Best Uses

            • Bird Watching
            • Sporting Events/Concerts

            Comments about Canon 10x42 L IS WP Image Stabilized Binocular:

            The main reason I perchased this binos is that I can get a still view without trembling. Canon's Image Stabilization is amazing! The lens are the same quality as other cammera L lens!
            The bad point is that lens' caps for eyecup and object lens don't fit perfectly.

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            5.0

            If you are "shakey" these are the binocs

            By Scott W.

            from Redmond , WA.

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Pros

            • Image stablizer
            • Quality Lenses
            • Strong Construction
            • Waterproof
            • Works Well With Glasses

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Bird Watching
            • Pelagic birding

            Comments about Canon 10x42 L IS WP Image Stabilized Binocular:

            4-5-09 I am a avid birder but have gotton "shakier" the last few years and birding has become less fun.My new binocs have given me a new lease on life!They are great for scanning at a distance.I normally dont buy "extended warranties" but I did in this case.It allows me to use the binocs for three years before I have to put on UV filters to protect the objective lenses.My salesman James was very knowledgeable and non-pressure.

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            5.0

            These are great!

            By KC

            from British Columbia, Canada

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Quality Lenses

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Bird Watching
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Comments about Canon 10x42 L IS WP Image Stabilized Binocular:

              We have other Canon image stabilizer binoculars but these are by far the sharpest.

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              3.0

              A dimond that needs a bit more polish.

              By Gladiator

              from Vancouver,BC,Canada

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Good Value

              Cons

              • Needs some design changes

              Best Uses

              • All weather outdoorsbird
              • Astronomy
              • Boating

              Comments about Canon 10x42 L IS WP Image Stabilized Binocular:

              I own another 3 Canon IS photo lenses with L optics and I can tell that this binocular is the same quality;I mean mechanicly and optically exceptional.The L lenses send this product above the similar price products in the market and the IS makes the difference even bigger to whatever else I have tried.On the top of all,the WP gives you a peace of mind when you use it and makes it easy to maintain and clean.
              On the other hand what negatively surprised me was the design/specs/manufacturing negligence with the electronics PCB's which,visible through the front lenses, have no finish on the contour edges and fiber glass filaments/burrs are exposed,allmost loose and ready to detach and contaminate the inner optics and mechnics,given the mechanical and thermal shock regime to which this kind of object is usualy subject to.
              The front caps are difficult to use.
              The rear caps are the worst design I ever have seen;they are too big loose and heavy.
              The bag is nicely sewn/good quality but not of real use;it has no pokets for accessories and there's not enogh room for the binocular strap.
              It is difficult to attach filters to the front lens because the plastic threads are not rigid enough and a bit loose in terms of fit tollerances;they start too deep and crossthreaded very easy with all filters I have tried.

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              5.0

              "L" Lives up to Canons name

              By lonesomedoc

              from Hilo,HI

              About Me Avid Adventurer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Quality Lenses
              • Strong Construction
              • Waterproof

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Bird Watching
                • Marine
                • Security
                • Sporting Events/Concerts
                • Vacationing
                • Wildlife Viewing

                Comments about Canon 10x42 L IS WP Image Stabilized Binocular:

                Bottom line:the best visual acuity possible.No eyestrain,bright,easy to use.I use these for recreation,marine,and have a ranch in Americas rainiest city,Hilo HI.You will never be wondering if you made the right choice with these.Others also have great optics,but Not with IS.I only wish Canon/Nikon could make a camera with instructions to submerge it in fresh water to thoroughly rinse after muddy,sandy,swampy or marine use!Unbelievable and worth the money.

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                4.0

                Good but pricey

                By Serg

                from Atlanta GA

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Quality Lenses

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Bird Watching

                  Comments about Canon 10x42 L IS WP Image Stabilized Binocular:

                  I bought these to fool around with (general purpose). They are really sharp and the image stabilizer works great. I also like the fact that I do not have to worry about them getting wet.

                  However: For the price, the lens cap are really cheap and do not stay on the binos. Shame on Canon cutting corners on such a simply item.

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                  5.0

                  Stunning product

                  By DEMON3

                  from Mississippi

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Quality Lenses
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Bird Watching
                    • Yachting

                    Comments about Canon 10x42 L IS WP Image Stabilized Binocular:

                    These provide stunning L glass clarity on a par with Canon L prime lenses and the image stabilization helps a lot too. These gather loads of light so you can still see at dusk when it's too dark to see much with the naked eye. These are so sharp that there is no discernable blur at all under any conditions. Yes the lens caps are rubbish and the strap too thin but those are details and should not dominate the reviews of this superb product.

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                    5.0

                    very good binoculars

                    By Peter

                    from Maryland

                    About Me Avid Adventurer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Quality Lenses
                    • Strong Construction
                    • Works Well With Glasses

                    Cons

                    • Bulky

                    Best Uses

                    • Bird Watching

                    Comments about Canon 10x42 L IS WP Image Stabilized Binocular:

                    I am an avid birder and lead field trips. The image stabilization works well and is a great help in wind or in situations where you need to pick out a small field mark to make the correct identification. You can bird while in a car going 55+ and pick out hawks on poles before anyone can even see them. I have had to send them back in twice for service. It took awhile to get them back for a trip but I used the 10x30 Canon binoculars as a back up. Pelagic trips, rain, snow, and tropical weather are not a problem with these optics. They are heavy but a binocular strap that supports the weight from your shoulders make that a non issue. Op/Tech USA makes a nice strap.

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