Canon 18x50 IS Image Stabilized Binocular

Canon 18x50 IS Image Stabilized Binocular

Canon 18x50 IS Image Stabilized Binocular

B&H # CA18X50 MFR # 4624A002
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Product Highlights

  • Weatherproof Housing
  • Wide Angle
  • Porro Prism
  • 3.7° Angle of View
  • ±0.7° Image Stabilization
  • Field-Flattening Lenses
  • UD Ultra-Low Dispersion Element
  • Accepts 58mm Filters & Lens Hoods
  • Standard 1/4"-20 Tripod Socket
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Canon A002 overview

  • 1Description

Canon 18x50 IS Binoculars deliver truly outstanding optical performance and a well-stabilized, high-magnification view. Whether at 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 is 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. The design is water resistant, with 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 binoculars in cold weather, it is highly recommended to use lithium batteries (optional) 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, thus improving contrast.

Image Stabilizer counteracts hand tremors for ±0.7° movement in all directions
Field-flattening lenses improve edge-to-edge sharpness
UD Ultra-low dispersion glass elements
Remarkable close focus distance of 19.7' for an 18x power binocular
Eye relief of 15mm is sufficient for most users
Accepts 58mm filters & lens hoods
Standard 1/4"-20 threaded tripod socket on bottom of housing
UPC: 082966302152

Canon A002 specs

Prism Type Porro
Magnification 18  x
Objective Lens Diameter 50 mm
Angle of View 3.7° (actual)
Field of View 194.3' @ 1000 yd / 64.5 m @ 1000 m
Minimum Focus Distance 19.7' / 6 m
Exit Pupil Diameter 2.8 mm
Eye Relief 15 mm
Interpupillary Adjustment 58.0 to 76.0 mm / 2.3 to 3.0"
Dioptric Correction ±3
Focus Type Center
Tripod Mount Yes
Dimensions 7.6 x 6.0 x 3.2" / 19.3 x 15.2 x 8.1 cm
Weight 2.60 lb / 1179.33 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 3.9 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.0 x 8.3 x 4.7"

Canon A002 reviews

18x50 IS Image Stabilized Binocular is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 49.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great replacement for a telescope I bought a little Meade telescope for planet gazing, but the setup took so long I hardly ever used it. So I sold it and bought the 18X50 IS binos...and they're superb. Just point, press the button, and the image is rock solid. I've seen 4 moons around Jupiter, the rings of Saturn. I also use them for wild life watching - and they're just marvellous. A couple of small minuses: 1) I think (and I could be imagining it) images have a faint yellow cast 2) Against some backgrounds (eg birds against cloud), I can see a yellow edge to dark objects. But overall, the convenience, simplicity and quality have made me totally happy with these.
Date published: 2008-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Stabilized optics add to a birder's happiness. As steady as you try to hold yourself, even your beating heart will cause the visual field to jiggle, but the built-in stabilization works perfectly (and quietly) to provide easy viewing. These superb optics are not meant for hikers but for observers at fixed positions. Using these binoculars to study raptors migrating along the coast and to cut down on haze and glare, I suggest adding Tiffen 812 filters and Sensei lens hoods in 58mm thread as well as a wide strap for comfort, if you don't mount the optics to a tripod for prolonged use. I give these binoculars a five star rating as they are everything I hoped they would be.
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best long-range hand-held binos made. 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.
Date published: 2015-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Essential for detailed observations I use these binoculars for home inspections, particularly for very large homes where roof access is not practical. I am able to clearly see details in the granular surface of shingles, the degree of splitting, decay and algae in wood shakes. For masonry chimneys I can easily see loose mortar, hairline cracks, loose and separated flashings as well as any spalling in the bricks. The image stabilization is excellent regardless of the distance. For my applications these glasses have exceeded my expectations. I've also used them in Alaska where distances are vast - phenomenal!
Date published: 2009-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 10+ years and still going strong 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.
Date published: 2012-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product This is my second pair. The first pair was stolen in a home burglary last month. I live on the 7th floor of a condo on the beach. The image stabilizer allows full use of the 18x binoculars while being hand held. I am able to see detail of sea birds, fish feeding frenzies and boats at distances that 35x binoculars would only see objects and all of this without a tripod. I reordered these binoculars only a week after my burglary. There is not a day that goes by that I don't use them. I do not carry them when hiking because they are too heavy to carry along with all of my camera equipment.
Date published: 2008-07-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Great but.... I have had my 18x50 IS binoculars for four years. They chew through batteries fairly quickly but I am happy to pay that price for the performance. What I'm not happy about is the phenomenon called 'melting'. Part of the rubber coating deteriorates to a sticky goo which now requires a hand washing after each use. My understanding is that this is a known and reasonably widespread problem and Canon are either not interested in addressing it or are doing the duck and cover. For that reason alone I can't recommend the product and will not go to Canon again.
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from excellent binoculars, but poor amenities These binoculars are outstanding. They would get a 5-star across the board from me if it were not for the cheap-cheap-cheap case and strap included with the binoculars as well as the lack of a cover for the lenses, necessitating the purchase of UV protector filters. For an item of this cost, I do expect better quality in the extras that come with the product. Aside from the filters that I had to purchase, I will have to buy a decent strap and probably sew a fully protective case. All that said, the binoculars themselves are marvelous. We use them for stargazing, bird watching, and freighter watching here on the Great Lakes. The image stabilization is well worth the cost. We have two other Canon binoculars as well as Canon camera lenses with the same feature, and we would not do without it.
Date published: 2013-10-11
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